Arising in those days,
Mary went in haste to the mountain
with kind permission from St. Joseph Publications
from the book She Went in Haste to the Mountain (Book 1)
NOTE: All excerpts from Conchita's Diary will be in extra-bold type
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What is printed here is mainly historical: the actual facts that occurred and the testimony of the witnesses who observed those facts. The opinions given by the author are not meant in anyway to presuppose the final judgment of the supreme ecclesiastical hierarchy, which at the time of this publication had made no definite stand either for or against the authenticity of the events here described.
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SHE WENT IN HASTE
Translated from the Spanish by Gerard Suel & Otto Miller
Se Fue con Prisas a la Montaña. (She Went in Haste to the Mountain.)
The author begins this book with the same words that St. Luke (1: 39) used to begin the Gospel account of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin to St. Elizabeth.
Nineteen centuries ago Mary journied to visit Elizabeth in a place that the original Vulgate Bible called the Montaña. Now in the 20th century the province of Santander, also named the Montaña, is the site of another visitation.
Mary had previously come to the Montaña on September 15, 1605, appearing with the Infant Jesus to shepherd children in the presence of a beautiful statue. From this appearance came the official title La Bien Apparecida, Reina y Madre de la Montaña (The True Apparition, Queen and Mother of the Mountain) by which she has since been venerated as Patroness of la Montaña.
In the year 1961, on July 2nd, the feastday of the Visitation, the Virgin came once more to the Montaña — to Garabandal. With St. Michael, the Angel of the Apocolypse, she came to visit mankind through four young girls. On her arm she carried a scapular as a sacerdotal maniple with a mountain on it to show that this was Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Mount Carmel, shrouded in unfathomable secrets related to the Mother of God, has apocalyptic significance as the mountain of the prophet Elias who is to return at the end of the world. Descibed in this book are an astonishing prophecy about the present Pope John Paul II, enigmatic allusions to the end of the times, and many other cryptic eschatological episodes related to the final book of the Bible and Christ's prophecy of the final times of the world. These intriguing elements, together with the Virgin's appearance under the Mount Carmel title, give these apparitions exceptional importance.
This book concisely presents the history of the most unusual supernatural event of modern times. Seen by hundreds of thousands of people, with hundreds of testimonies, and thousands of ecstasies, it still remains largely unexplained, a secret and mysterious preternatural marvel, unlike anything that has ever happened before or will happen again. This book is the astounding true story of Mary's coming in haste to the mountain.
1. This book is not presented under any pretense of pronouncing a final judgment on the nature — natural or supernatural — of these events that do not fall in the normal range of affairs. An attempt is being made simply to present an objective reporting of the facts; but always through the eyes of faith, without which there is no way of understanding them.
2. Regardless of what some may say and others think, the Church has never made a decision on the things that happened at San Sebastian de Garabandal.
Rome, the highest ecclesiastical authority, has persistently refused to give its opinion despite heavy pressures from both sides, and perhaps especially from the side of those who are opposed.
And if the diocesan chancery has not proceeded in the same way, these things should be pointed out:
A) The negative pronouncements made by the bishop of Santander have always been informative remarks or opinions (notas), without ever being an official "documento" with the canonical formalities required to make the cause "judged".
B) The diocesan chancery, when pronouncing a judgment on things related to its authority, is able to err; and falling into error, can lead others into the same; demonstrations of this sort are not rare in the history of the Church.
C) In the same way the diocesan chancery could act inadroitly and show bias in handling this affair.
3. Nothing then prevents a Christian from believing in his heart the truth about Garabandal, if there are good reasons for believing.
4. Whoever takes this book into his hands
should take care to begin the reading with a pure heart, for it is promised
to the pure of heart that "they will see God"; and without impatience,
so as not to miss any important matters. Interrupting the reading with
pauses for thought is the best way to proceed.