About Garabandal

Clarification

Interview with Bishop del Val Gallo

"For sure I consider The (Garabandal) Messages important! Because they are important!...It is important for us Christians to LIVE what The Messages of The Blessed Mother are saying..." The following is a complete and exact translation from Spanish to English of the June 1992 question and answer interview, granted by His Excellency, Bishop del Val Gallo. It was a very great privilege indeed, Maria Saraco prepared the questions, Mari-Loli translated… [ read more ]

Garabandal Clarification

In November 1996 a letter from Bishop Jose Vilaplana Blasco of Santander, Spain, "postmarked October 11, 1996" appeared in a periodical called GOSPA MISSIONS. Since then, it has been widely circulated causing confusion because the English translation of the original Spanish is inaccurate in key areas. This letter has now appeared on the Internet and in The National Catholic Register and was reprinted in SOUL Magazine in its March-April 1997 issue.… [ read more ]

A Meeting With the Bishop

Recently I had two interviews with the Bishop of the diocese of Santander, Don Juan Antonio del Val, who is the only authority in the Church responsible for pronouncements concerning the apparitions of Garabandal. My first meeting with Don Juan Antonio occurred September 4, 1978, and lasted 90 minutes. During the meeting I presented him with the official message sent to him by the delegates of the World Marian Congress on Garabandal that met in Lourdes… [ read more ]

The Lesson

Affirmations of the Faith at Garabandal

The Blessed Virgin reaffirmed at Garabandal the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church just as they were about to come under attack. All of the Church recognized appearances of the Blessed Virgin in the first half of the twentieth century were timed to historical events. Our Lady appeared at Fatima in 1917 during World War I (1914-18) and said that the war would soon end, but that if mankind did not amend its ways, a second and worse one… [ read more ]

The Garabandal Rosary: Antidote To Our Society

At Lourdes, Fatima, and Garabandal, the Rosary is a central part of Our Lady's visits and messages to this world. That the Rosary is a central part of Our Lady's visits and messages to this world cannot be disputed. At Lourdes, Fatima, and Garabandal, Our Lady clearly emphasized the Rosary as spiritual vehicle and cure, necessary to counteract and deal with the evils of this world. At Garabandal, Our Heavenly Mother ordered the visionaries to recite… [ read more ]

Blessed Mother Teresa and Garabandal

Clockwise from top left: Mother Teresa with Conchita (holding her daughter Conchita) in New York. Mother with Mari Loli in New York prior to the visionary's departure for Rome. With Conchita in New York just a couple of weeks before Mother's death. With Jacinta while recuperating in California. In her letter to Bishop of Santander, Juan Antonio del Val Gallo dated November 10, 1987, Mother Teresa wrote: "It was in 1970, eighteen years ago, that I… [ read more ]

Blessed Are Those

Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. Yet this is precisely why and where many are led astray! Against the backdrop of verified phenomena of the most spectacular kind, it nonetheless is easy - so easy - to lose sight of the real point of Garabandal: its message. It must come before the apparitions. Indeed, this is something the visionaries themselves repeatedly stressed. As humans, we are naturally drawn to the ineffable and… [ read more ]

But First of All

“Many sacrifices must be made. Much penance must be done. We must pay many visits to the Blessed Sacrament, but first of all, we must be very good. If we do not do this, punishment awaits us. Already the cup is filling, and if we do not change we shall be punished.” The next step is to trust. Admittedly, this is far more difficult than simply asking for the strength and wisdom to lead good lives. It is something that for most of us is fully… [ read more ]

Expressions of Charity

Of the many teachings Our Lady gave at Garabandal to the visionaries and all of us were lessons in charity. As St. Paul tells us, of the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity, the greatest is charity. It only stands to reason than that Our Lady would place great emphasis on this virtue during Her appearances. On one occasion, the Blessed Virgin gave a very pointed lesson on charity that would not be easily forgotten by those in the… [ read more ]

Forgetting Garabandal

To remember the message of Garabandal, we sometimes need to forget the events of Garabandal. There is no easy way to do this. Christ gave up His very life to prove this point, and countless saints through the ages have suffered to underscore it. Mercifully, most of us probably never will be called to be martyrs for the faith, but all of us in our own way are called to give up things that stand in the way of a closer walk with Christ. Consider… [ read more ]

Garabandal: Undoing Knots

As our Mediator and loving Guide, Mary is in a clear position to help us undo knots in our lives. In the Church of Mary, the Door to Heaven in Brazil there is a unique painting of Mary undoing a ribbon of knots. It seems that the original painting has been venerated in Perlack, Germany since 1700. While its artist is unknown, it is believed to have been inspired by a meditation made by St Irenaeus, who once said: "Eve, by her disobedience, tied… [ read more ]

Garabandal Has The Answer

Have a Difficult Decision To Make? Garabandal Has The Answer. Like the seers, we must remain open to God's spirit acting within us. Once we allow ourselves to remain open to God's plan, we can begin to discern what that plan is. "Prayer is more than thanksgiving, praise, recall, or request: it is a spiritual, supernatural bridge to the Almighty which will lead us to Him!" How does this choice relate to helping me fulfill the task/role… [ read more ]

Garabandal & God's Greatest Gift: The Holy Eucharist

PHOTO: Conchita in ecstasy in 1962, ready to receive Communion from Saint Michael. In all the pivotal events of Garabandal, we find the Blessed Sacrament. In the first Message we have Our Lady telling us that we must visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. The "nights of screams" of June 19 and 20, 1962, when the visionaries saw scenes of the communist tribulation and the threatened Chastisement, came on the two nights that preceded the feast… [ read more ]

Garabandal and Purgatory #1

The pastor of Garabandal, Don Valentin Marichalar, took notes of what he observed during his many visits to the village at the time of the apparitions. He relates an event involving a visit to the cemetery by all four girls. It took place on September 1, 1962. At about nine in the evening, after the public rosary in the village church, Conchita went into ecstasy at the door of the church, a place where many apparitions began. A few minutes later,… [ read more ]

Garabandal and Purgatory #2

Purgatory is another subject rarely preached today even though almost everyone who is saved will have to spend at least some time there. We know from the lives of the saints and other holy persons who have received revelations about the hereafter, that very few people go straight to Heaven. Purgatory is, so to speak, the last leg of our journey to God. The sufferings of sense and of loss in Purgatory are said to surpass all human sufferings while… [ read more ]

Garabandal and the Priesthood

The Blessed Virgin's emphasis on the priesthood at Garabandal underscores the prophetic quality of the events. In 1978, after a series of interviews with visionary Mari Loli LaFleur and her mother, Julia, Father Joseph Pelletier said: It is now unmistakably clear to me that the main reason why Our Lady came at Garabandal was the crisis of the Church and of the priesthood. And if we analyze what Our Heavenly Mother said, that crisis has not yet… [ read more ]

Garabandal and the Synagogue

After the Warning, the Miracle and the supernatural Pernament Sign, there will be a new beginning, a new era in the history of mankind. (This talk was given in a barn situated between the village of Garabandal and the pine trees above it, on August 8, 1988, the feast of St. Dominic.) In order to understand and assess correctly its portent, certain points of history must be kept in mind. Historians consider that the first schism in the history… [ read more ]

Garabandal's Reverence For Marriage

A ring is just a ring, but when it symbolizes a marriage before God, it becomes a sacred, holy, blessed object. It is clear from the Garabandal events and messages that the three central aspects of these apparitions are prayer, the priesthood, and the Eucharist. Below this main level of focus, however, are a number of secondary, but quite important, aspects of the Garabandal story. Among these secondary areas of focus is marriage. The importance… [ read more ]

Garabandal: The New Bethlehem

It is not a mere coincidence that San Sebastian de Garabandal has a curious comparision with Bethlehem. An angel announces the arrival of the Blessed Virgin to an inconspicuous village ignored by the world. This village is poor and its people lead an austere, country life; most herd animals for their meager wages. The Holy Virgin arrives at this village, carrying the Savior of the world. Amid the peace and serenity of this rural setting, the… [ read more ]

God's Presence in Garabandal

God reveals Himself to us by giving His name: "Yahweh" Throughout the Old Testament we read how Almighty God revealed Himself to His people. He did this in various ways, that is by speaking from a burning bush, in the case of Moses (Ex. 3:2); speaking to the 12 Tribes of Israel from the top of Mt. Sinai in the form of cloud, smoke, fire and lightning (Ex. 10:16-189) and speaking through a bright cloud at the transfiguration of Peter, James and… [ read more ]

The Holy Rosary

PHOTO: Marl Loli, left, and Jacinta in ecstasy leading the procession. "I felt a tremendous joy, since I know my daughter and how bashful she is. For her to be singing like that, I thought to myself, she had to be seeing something very great. On that day, my joy or emotion couldn't have been greater without seeing the Virgin herself." Another witness on this very special day was Maximina who wrote to the Pifarré family in Barcelona: "The greatest… [ read more ]

Holy Water: A Means of Spiritual Wealth

PHOTO: Maria del Camen Catherine's first Communion. Muriel already had faith. But to be baptized, she had to wait until she came of age, the parents being opposed to her initiative. She was baptized in the cathedral of Burgos, at twenty-one years of age, on October 20, 1963, under the name of Maria del Carmen Catherine. Muriel represents the first of three cases of a typical "conversion" linked directly to Garabandal. The two other cases are… [ read more ]

Humility

"What God loves above all is humility. What displeases Him above all is pride."- From a letter to Fr. Luis Retenaga, dated 13 October 1963. Reprinted in She Went in Haste to the Mountain, p. 479 (Eusebio Pesquera, trans. by B. Miller; pub. by Our Lady of Mount Carmel de Garabandal, Inc., 2000) For those who truly seek to understand and follow the message of Garabandal, the way is clear. A genuine commitment to living a life imbued with humility… [ read more ]

All Knees Must Bend: The Message of Garabandal and Eucharistic Reverence

The adoration and veneration of The Most Blessed Sacrament is a most fundamental and necessary element of both the Garabandal message and of our lives in Christ. "... to call kneeling idolatry is to deny the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist." The posture of the American Bishops runs counter to the Vatican's directive on these matters. In the Inaestimabile Donum of April 1980, the Pope declared that the faithful are free to receive… [ read more ]

Live the Message Today and Promote It

A priest friend of mine came up to me once and said: "Dr. Michael, I have known you for a long time, even before your accident. I know of the pain that you were in. I believe in everything that you have told me and the many wonderful miraculous healings that you have witnessed. But I have been a priest for 25 years now, and I have not seen any at all like yours. Why?" Without thinking, I looked him in the eye and took my index finger, pointed and… [ read more ]

Another Prophecy Fulfilled

Certainly for the visionaries of Garabandal, one of the more perplexing prophecies made by the Blessed Virgin was that they would doubt their visions. This did in fact happen almost as soon as they stopped having ecstasies and in August, 1966, Conchita and Mari Loli entered into a period of "deep doubts" which continued, although lessening in intensity, during the following years. It is against this backdrop that the following episode must be viewed… [ read more ]

Maximina's Key

Precious Souvenirs Very few, if any, of the houses in San Sebastian de Garabandal are in the same condition that they were 42 years ago when the apparitions first began. With the influx of visitors, the sale of property and the building of new homes, have come improved economic conditions so that now just about all the dwellings have been renovated in whole or in part. The house of Maximina, Conchita's aunt, is no exception, but for one thing.… [ read more ]

Modern Manifestation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

It can be presumed that the readers are sufficiently informed concerning Garabandal that the prayer, sacrifice and conversion of sinner’s messages of this contemporary Spanish happening need be only briefly recalled. In regard to prayer, our Lady requested that the girls recite the rosary each day, saying it very slowly and thinking about what they are saying. She also had them say it once or more during each apparition. She asked that people visit… [ read more ]

Modesty

In her lessons at Garabandal, the Blessed Virgin impressed upon the girls the importance of modesty. She did this in a number of ways by requiring: 1) a proper code of dress; 2) proper comportment; and 3) that they not wear jewelry or cosmetics (inappropriate for young girls) especially when they were going to see her. PHOTO: From left: Conchita, Mari Loli, Jacinta and Mari Cruz. Although short dresses for girls were the style of the time and… [ read more ]

Our Lady Shows the Way

PHOTO: Loli in ecstasy holding up rosaries and medals. On August 22, 1961, the pastor, Father Valentin Marichalar, received the bishop's directive and only he, Father Ramon Andreu and Father Jose Ramon Garcia de la Riva, who had just arrived in the village, knew about it. Since Father Valentin had some business to attend to on the following day, he asked Father de la Riva to take over as pastor in his absence. The latter gladly complied and… [ read more ]

Our Lady's Scapular

The Blessed Virgin appeared at Garabandal as Our Lady of Mount Carmel with a large brown scapular hanging from her right wrist. It is of great significance for her to have appeared under that title after having appeared at Fatima as Our Lady of the Rosary. The scapular and rosary are the two great Marian devotions and remind us of a saying attributed to Saint Dominic that "one day through the rosary and scapular she (Our Lady) will save the world."… [ read more ]

Penance and Sacrifice

The people in town understood from the beginning the necessity of performing penance. I will not forget the lesson that I learned from the three women who owned the house where I was staying. One early morning, at about five o'clock, I was going to my room for something when I found them and their three daughters seated in the kitchen. I asked them why they weren't in bed, since they weren't with the seers. The answer was irrevocable. "Because it's… [ read more ]

People Never Die - An Authoress's Account

"Your Son is in Heaven", from The Apparitions of Garabandal PICTURE: "She held the crucifix up for the Virgin to kiss. . ." The little girl was quite unperturbed. Very simply, she replied: "Because I asked her: 'Who is Miguel?' And she said to me: 'That lady's son'." I have confirmation of all this recorded on tape. The following day, I begged Mary Loli to record that passage so my husband could hear it. Naturally, the flow of our conversation… [ read more ]

A Place Too Sacred

Garabandal is where God will put a permanent sign...His monument for humanity. It would have no room or need for a human edifice. What Churches Cannot Do St. Francis taught us that there is one thing any church structure cannot do. When he rebuilt the church of San Damiano, this beloved saint took simple stones and generated a church simple in both structure and message. Following the message and teachings of Christ, Francis taught us that… [ read more ]

Prodigy in Seville

This happened on January 17, 1967 in Seville, Spain. The following persons were involved: Mari Pepa Caballero, a nurse who possesses a rosary given to her by Conchita in Garabandal and Dona Carmen Garcia Geraldo. Carmen and her husband, Hernandez-Pinzon, have an eight-year-old son with an incurable condition since birth. They were told by Conchita that the Virgin said the child will be cured the day of the Miracle. On Sunday January 15 at 11:30… [ read more ]

The Reading of Hearts

The reading of the Message at the Pines did nothing to alleviate Fr. Ramon's interior desolation and afterwards when he was called with two other persons to Loli's house, he reluctantly accepted and only to take the occasion to say goodbye. Loli invited him to sit down and without him having revealed anything about his doubts, she said: "The Blessed Virgin said to us: 'The Father doubts everything and is suffering very much. Call him and tell him… [ read more ]

Reconciliation

An important part of our Faith is reconciliation, both with God (through confession) and with our neighbor. In the following episode as recounted in She Went in Haste to the Mountain, the two forms of reconciliation came into play, and as is usually the case with true reconciliation, the results were salutary, and in this case, extraordinarily so. To be emphasized here is the fact that it was the Blessed Virgin herself, acting through one of the visionaries,… [ read more ]

Seven Characteristics of Confused People

3. Man is himself God and needs only to awaken to that fact. The view that "I am God" has been appealing since time began, and is alive and well today in our media, society, and political arenas. Every "ism" we know is based on this false and destructive notion, and abortion fits nicely within its value system. If I am God, I can define and rename everything I want to, and I can determine morality, value, and life itself. The Bible, of course,… [ read more ]

Sin Reaffirmed

October 18,1961: We must make many sacrifices, perform much penance, and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, we must lead good lives. If we do not, a chastisement will befall us. The cup is already filling up, and if we do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon us. June 18,1965: As my message of October 18 has not been complied with and has not been made known to the world, I am advising you that this is the last… [ read more ]

Two Parables and Footprints at the Pines

One of the key purposes of Garabandal is to bring people back to the fold. It also reminds us that we should be reflexions of holiness and goodness to the best of our abilities. The fact that The Blessed Mother requested that the girls give objects to the crowd to be kissed, that she asked them to pray aloud and in the outdoors, and that the entire Garabandal events were so public, so open to all, tells us that, in the words of Jacinta, the… [ read more ]

Upward Gaze

We have all seen the images of Conchita transfixed in an upward gaze of prayer, like some graceful sculpture poised to meet God Almighty. When we look down we become concerned with our relative position in comparison to others, which leads to jealousy and pride. When we look down we begin to rely only on ourselves and forget our God. Notice that insulting someone is called putting them "down", and that feeling depressed is called feeling "down".… [ read more ]

You Do Not Need A Cell Phone At the Pines

The other day I was on a train when Beethoven began playing behind my back. If I had heard this sound on a train twenty years ago, I would have assumed that someone was playing a miniature piano. Today, however, such sounds pass almost unnoticed as people "stay in touch" while on their way through their lives. "Stay connected," we are told. "Can you hear me? Good," we are reminded. You cannot sit on a plane without seeing someone tapping away at… [ read more ]

The Message

Our Lady's 2 Messages of Garabandal

October 18, 1961 We must make many sacrifices, perform much penance, and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, we must lead good lives. If we do not, a chastisement will befall us. The cup is already filling up, and if we do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon us. June 18, 1965 As my message of October 18 has not been complied with and has not been made known to the world, I am advising you that this is the last… [ read more ]

The Beautiful Habit of the Priest

It is a great inspiration to see in Garabandal the priests -- enthusiastic, smiling and obviously keen to hear what the Blessed Virgin has to say. When one views the many photographs taken at Garabandal over forty years ago, it is impossible not to notice the many priests present. The captions usually do not name every person in the photograph but we can recognize the priests by their clerical garb. A great inspiration it is too — to see the priests… [ read more ]

The Four Last Things of Garabandal - Part 1: Garabandal's Prophecy About Communism

To speak of communism today seems almost anachronistic. Isn't communism a thing of the past? According to what the Blessed Virgin told the visionaries of Garabandal the answer is no. Communism will again appear on the scene and cause great suffering before its reign of terror is suddenly ended. PHOTO: Of all the visionaries, Mari Loli has revealed the most of what Our Lady said about communism. Would the persecution just be in Europe? When… [ read more ]

The Four Last Things of Garabandal - Part 3: The Great Miracle

A look at the longed-for supernatural event prophesied at Garabandal which, judging by the current state of the world, cannot be far off. PHOTO: The road leading to San Sebastian de Garabandal. From this point on, Conchita would have only four more apparitions: one more in 1963, none in 1964 and three in 1965 with the last one being on November 13, 1965. However, beginning in March, 1963, she began having locutions, and significantly enough,… [ read more ]

Our Lady's Kiss

The kissing of blessed objects began early in the apparitions and was considered vital by Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Garabandal. She kissed rosaries, crucifixes, medals, and wedding rings. Missals were also among these sacramentals. Our Lady fanned the pages as She kissed them, thereby kissing all the pages. The kissing of blessed objects was the principal purpose of Her very last visit at Garabandal on November 13, 1965. Many months in advance,… [ read more ]

The Three Popes and Garabandal (Updated)

Picture: Pope John Paul II on Palm Sunday, 2001. On the right (in purple) is his faithful secretary, Archbishop Stanislaus Dziwisz, who wrote the letter to Albrecht Weber (inset). I can personally attest to the truth of these two documents because in 1994, while visiting Albrecht Weber at his home on Lake Constance in southern Germany, I was shown the letter signed by Msgr. Dziwisz which was typewritten in German on Papal stationary, as well as… [ read more ]

The Warning (Brief Synopsis)

The Miracle The Miracle will take place at the grove of the pine trees on a bluff overlooking the village of Garabandal. It will occur on a Thursday evening at 8:30 on or between the eighth and the sixteenth of March, April or May. (Visionary Conchita [Gonzales] Keena knows the date and will announce it eight days in advance.) It will be on a feastday of a martyr of the Eucharist and coincide with an event in the Church. All those either in the… [ read more ]

The Warning and Miracle: Interviews with the Seers

The Miracle According to the visionaries, everyone who would be in Garabandal on that day of the Miracle would see it. The sick who are there will be cured no matter what their disease or religion. Jacinta February, 1977 (Jacinta was never told about the Miracle by the Blessed Virgin. She said that whenever she questioned Our Lady about the Miracle, the Virgin simply replied, "Everyone will believe.") Loli February, 1977 Q.… [ read more ]

What is Garabandal?

At the age of 16, Brooklyn born Joseph Lomangino was blinded and had his olfactory nerve severed in a freak accident. He journeyed through life sightless and without a sense of smell until 1963 when his faculty for smelling was miraculously restored through the intercession of Padre Pio at San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. While there, Joey asked the famed stigmatist if Our Lady was truly appearing in Spain. When the Padre said yes, Joey went to Garabandal,… [ read more ]

The Story

The Little Miracle

"The Sacred Host appeared on her tongue. It was totally unexpected... (She) held the Sacred Host motionless on her tongue for about two minutes before consuming it normally..." In an interview recorded on a tape recorder, he made the following statement: "I was little more than a hand's breadth away from Conchita at the moment when she put out her tongue; I saw it was quite bare; there was absolutely nothing on it; I could see her tongue… [ read more ]

Awaiting the Hour (Miracle of the Host)

The miracle of the Host occurred just as Conchita said it would but not when she said it would -- and not before a certain amount of commotion. This brief notation by Luis Navas Carrillo gives us an idea of the atmosphere in Garabandal on the evening of July 17,1962: All day long countless cars were arriving. The houses were full, making it very difficult to find a bed in which to sleep. Once again many people slept in the stables. But many… [ read more ]

But as Many, as Received Him...

In July of 1961, Conchita Gonzalez was taken to Santander, where she stayed for several days. Authorities thought that by removing the one they thought to be the ringleader from the scene of the action, the events would cease. That did not happen, and the author picks up the narrative at the time Conchita, her mother and Aunt Maximina were returning to the village from Santander. PICTURE: From left: Mari Cruz, Conchita and Mari Loli being questioned… [ read more ]

An Interview with Conchita (Part 1)

Harry Daley first heard about Garabandal about 1970 and he saw a film about it. He first met Conchita in June 1972 and she agreed to do a documentary about the events for him. The documentary film they made in May 1973 was shown on television and in theatres around the world. It prompted the BBC to also complete a documentary about the Garabandal events. Here are the questions and answers from the documentary that Harry made with a few later added… [ read more ]

An Interview with Conchita (Part 2)

Harry Daley first heard about Garabandal about 1970 and he saw a film about it. He first met Conchita in June 1972 and she agreed to do a documentary about the events for him. The documentary film they made in May 1973 was shown on television and in theatres around the world. It prompted the BBC to also complete a documentary about the Garabandal events. Here are the questions and answers from the documentary that Harry made with a few later added… [ read more ]

Interviews with Conchita (Part 1)

Conchita Gonzalez Keena, does not grant interviews today and this is understandable. What could she add, at this late date, to what she has already said? But what Conchita has said on previous occasions is still of interest and we begin our series of former interviews with excerpts from one conducted by Dr. Jeronimo Dominguez in May 1973. Photo: Conchita in 2000. Dr Dominguez One of the things you have done in New York is give out scapulars.… [ read more ]

Interviews with Conchita (Part 2)

Continuing our series of interviews with Conchita, is one that was conducted in the early 1980s by Monsignor Francisco Garmendia, Auxiliary Bishop of New York. Bishop I want this to be very clear to all who hear this tape. Conchita was very precise. The Virgin told you that before the Miracle...? Conchita At the time, Pope John XXIII was living. The Virgin said, "Three more Popes are left; there will be only three more Popes." She was… [ read more ]

Interviews with Conchita (Part 3)

This final interview with Conchita in our series was conducted by Father Francis Benac, S.J., in June of 1978. Characteristics of the Ecstasies Benac How was it then that you followed a different course? Conchita After a locution with Our Lord [at a convent school in Pamplona], I don't remember the entire locution, but I do remember Him telling me that I was there doing my own will and not His. From this and the rest of what He said… [ read more ]

Statements of Dr. Luis Morales

Statements of Dr. Luis Morales to a Reporter from the Newspaper ALERTA Photo: Dr. Morales, now deceased, in Garabandal a few years ago. Doctor Luis Morales, now 86, has no interest in hearing people praise his long professional career which made him an institution in the area of mental health throughout Cantabria. He has lost his faith in psychiatry, but has regained his faith in God and - more risky yet in scientific circles - in the Virgin.… [ read more ]

Serafina Gonzalez Eyewitness Testimony

Garabandal Eyewitness Testimony An eyewitness to as many as 40 ecstasies, the author reveals her experiences. I have seen many, 40 or so, ecstasies. Each time, I had the feeling that I was accompanying the Virgin. I remember the first ecstasy that I witnessed. I went with Clementina (the wife of the village mason, Pepe Diez) and we could feel our legs getting weaker as soon as we got there. The four girls were already in ecstasy. Seeing them… [ read more ]

The Final Apparition

After having kissed everything, She said to me: "Through the kiss I have bestowed on these objects, my Son will perform prodigies. Distribute them to others." "I will be glad to do this," I replied. I asked the Lady to tell me about the petitions that people had requested I transmit to Her. She told me about them. Then She said: "Talk to me, Conchita, talk to me about my children. I hold them all beneath my mantle." She smiled. "Do you know, Conchita,… [ read more ]

Interview with Father Gustavo Morelos

How, when, and where this interview took place. Maria C. Saraco who speaks her Italian dialect spent the entire month of May 1986 in Italy. She went throughout Sicily from large cities to small villages with her slide-lecture presentation. Thousands of brown scapulars, rosaries and leaflets were given freely. Books and booklets in Italian as well were given gratis to all the priests, nuns and lay people, who were instrumental in arranging her conferences.… [ read more ]

The Intrusion of an Angel

June eighteenth marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Garabandal apparitions. A look in retrospect at that first day. Those of us who have visited San Sebastian de Garabandal over the years might have seen a villager leading a cow or two out to or from pasture or to the watering trough. We might even have seen villagers working in the fields. This bucolic setting could give the impression that everything was done randomly with… [ read more ]

Farewell in the Rain

Sadly and poignantly, she arranged and put back in the bag all the rosaries kissed by the Mother. Then she took a few slow, sad steps toward the crest of the ledge on which the nine solitary pine trees have their roots, and near the cliff edge she paused. There, partially hidden in the mist and rain was the unforgettable panorama: the mountain peaks, the steep slopes, the winding valleys, the woods and meadows with their lonely cabins; and nearer,… [ read more ]

Memoirs of a Spanish Country Priest

Inside account of the Garabandal Apparitions. Priest closest to the visionaries Father de la Riva was the priest in the early days of the apparitions who had the closest contact with the visionaries and their families. The four visionaries showed more affection and friendship for him than was shown to any one else. They all wrote letters to him during the early days of the apparitions, here published in this book. He participated in the activities… [ read more ]

A Miracle on the Horizon

After the Miracle of the Visible Host, another far greater one was predicted. The author takes up the subject of when this great Miracle was first revealed. Photo: Conchita dozing while waiting up for the vision. Perhaps the words Conchita was heard to say during the ecstasy had some relation to this unforgettable lesson from the Mother of God: "When you come down here to earth, why do you come? To save the world?" Surely the mentally… [ read more ]

The Nights of Screams

As the feast of Corpus Christi approached in 1962, Garabandal experienced one of the most "striking moments" in the course of the events. This feast honoring the Eucharist is celebrated in Spain with greater external solemnity that any other. The feast was soon to suffer a great eclipse in the days after the Council as a result of certain doctrinal derangements, as a result of a heated fight of many against "triumphalism" in the Church, as a result… [ read more ]

Prophecy at Garabandal

In our last edition, we showed how the reading of hearts, an important criteria for judging the authenticity of alleged manifestations, was present at garabandal. In this issue, we take up another important criteria: prophecy. Mystical theologians see the fulfillment of prophecies made during alleged manifestations as a positive sign pointing to supernatural origin. Photo: Albrecht Weber with Conchita in Garabandal in 1965. The positioning… [ read more ]

Sacred Ground

A look at some previously unpublished information about the Pines in Garabandal In a German book on Garabandal called Garabandal—Der Zeigefinger Gottes (Garabandal—The Finger of God), there is some previously unpublished information about the Pines in Garabandal. Since this information is new, we asked the author, Albrecht Weber, to give his sources. On page 136 of the book, the following is stated regarding the great Miracle to come: "It… [ read more ]

Jacinta's Vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Photo: Artist's depiction of Jacinta's vision. Description of the Vision Ever since Jacinta first mentioned her vision of the Sacred Heart in 1976, she has been asked on occasion to give a description of it. The most recent time was last August. She had gone to the Spanish city of Logroño with Jeff and their daughter, Maria, to visit a paralyzed woman named Olga who had asked if the visionary would come to see her. During their visit, they… [ read more ]

She Went In Haste to the Mountain

The monumental classic trilogy known as the "Bible of Garabandal". Impenetrable Mystery Brought To Light. At last the awesome history of the apparitions at Garabandal is available to readers in all its spellbinding detail. Remarkable Phenomena High up on a Spanish mountain, strange and mysterious activities began in the summer of 1961. Four girls between 11 and 12 years of age were caught up in rapture and told of seeing St. Michael the… [ read more ]

The Virgin's Kiss

Conchita stated the following to the author (reprinted pp. 49 - 51): One day we had brought many objects to the Virgin to kiss while we were in ecstasy as was Her practice. Among these objects was a very elegant powder case. I don't recall exactly but I remember that the people, prior to our going into ecstasy, would bring things which would be put on the kitchen table. Someone wanted to remove the powder case because he or she just felt… [ read more ]

Travelling To Garabandal

Map of Village

1. Calleja, where St. Michael first appeared on June 18, 1961. 2. Site of the apple tree. 3. Meson Serafin, the inn run by Conchita's brother, Serafin, and his wife, Paquita. 4. Conchita's house. 5. Site of the Miracle of the Visible Host, July 18, 1962. 6. Mari Loli's house during the time of the events. 7. Jacinta's house during the time of the events. 8. Plaza. 9. Mari Cruz's house during the time of the events. 10. Church… [ read more ]

The Village Church (Photos)

The village church of Garabandal 35 years ago. The sanctary has a new altar and new stone floor. The view from the balcony at the rear of the church. View of the Pines seen from the belfry of the village church in Garabandal. The new floor is made of wood at the center and inlaid stone at the sides. The wood is a special hardwood imported from Africa. In the latter part of 1988, Joey Lomangino,… [ read more ]

Witnesses


General

The Church's True Position Regarding Garabandal

It's time to set the record straight, once and for all One of the most misunderstood matters regarding Garabandal is the Church's true position on it. Opinion as to what it has been, is, or will be, has see-sawed relentlessly in the more than four decades since the apparitions began in the tiny hamlet of San Sebastian de Garabandal in northern Spain. There are those who are convinced the Church is disposed to look favourably upon it, as well as… [ read more ]

The Three Popes and Garabandal

Revisited Again in Light of the Passing of His Holiness Pope John Paul II For many years, some followers of Garabandal theorized that Pope John Paul II’s reign would see “the end of the times”. Although plausible on the surface, this scenario did not come to pass as some expected. While the pope’s passing is in many ways the end of an era or epoch – especially if considered from a moral perspective – there is nothing to indicate that his demise… [ read more ]

The Warning: Our Upcoming Damascus

The Warning will be a divine house call reaching out to us in a plea that we recognize our sins, realize their effects and harm, feel remorse for those wrongs, and amend our lives. It was high noon for the Christians in Damascus, a time of reckoning at the hands of one of their greatest enemies, Saul. As he neared the town, a sudden flash knocked him off his horse and a voice asked him, "Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?" Thus began what many… [ read more ]

Letter From Bishop Roman Danylak #1

Dear Sister, This letter is to introduce Dr. Michael Rozeluk and his wife, Helen Rozeluk, who are members in good standing of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto. Michael and Helen Rozeluk: Michael had a powerful and miraculous healing from a serious medical condition, twenty-two months ago, when he went on a pilgrimage in Garabandal. In gratitude the two have given their lives to the Lord as witnesses of the power of Jesus and Mary and they… [ read more ]

Letter From Bishop Roman Danylak #2

The Church has not yet spoken its final word concerning the alleged apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Garabandal. Bishop Doroteo Fernandez, Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Santander had established a commission to investigate the events. The commission was composed of two doctors and three priests and was to have studied events that spanned four years and included hundreds of alleged apparitions. No member of the commission went… [ read more ]

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