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
Revolving around the feast of Corpus Christi in 1962, Garabandal experienced one of the most outstanding times in its history.
This feast honoring the Eucharist is celebrated in Spain with greater external solemnity than 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 against triumphalism in the Church, as a result of a tendency in many of the clergy to desecrate, as a result of etc., etc.. But in Garabandal, in the year 1962, it was celebrated as never before.
Three days previously something occurred that seems not to have been sufficiently noted: the active reappearance of St. Michael the Archangel.
We can speak of reappearance, not
because he had disappeared completely, but because his presence had been
reduced for some time to interventions of a lesser degree: fleetingly supplying
for the absence of a priest in giving Holy Communion to the girls, and
accompanying the Virgin from time to time as a silent witness. Now on the
contrary, on the evening of the feast of Corpus Christi, he returns to
play a role almost as he did in the beginning.
"They said that they would put it in writing."
On the following day, Tuesday the 19th, he wrote:
«At 10:30 (at night) Jacinta, Mari Loli and Mari Cruz were in the Cuadro. Previously Loli and Jacinta had gone there running, and on arriving were in ecstasy. And they said that they saw the Angel, and that he told them to return to the Cuadro at 10:30. Then they went down to the village and later went up with Mari Cruz . . .
The girls cried and said: Don't tell us these things! Take us away . . . They should confess! They should get ready!
Afterward they said that they would put it in writing, (as the Angel had told them to do) It lasted 50 minutes.»
— You haven't accomplished anything by not letting her go out. Look what she has done.
"She began to write on it with a pen."
Then she went up to her room, changed her pen and continued writing.
When this had ended and she was normal again, Plácido [The businessman from Santander, Plácido Ruiloba.] came into the house, all excited, and exclaimed:
— Did you hear the screams that the girls made
in the Calleja?
— They were horrible!»
[It is difficult to determine if it was the Virgin
who personally presented all these things to them, or if it was done by
The Virgin told us:
That we do not expect the Chastisement;
That without expecting it, it will come;
Since the world has not changed.
And she has already told us twice;
And we do not pay attention to her,
Since the world is getting worse.
And it should change very much.
And it has not changed at all.
Prepare yourself. Confess,
Because the Chastisement will come soon.
And the world continues the same . . .
I tell you this:
That the world continues the same.
How unfortunate that it does not change!
Soon will come a very great Chastisement,
If it does not change.
Maria Dolores Mazón Jacinta González
— That the Chastisement (I write this with a capital so that no one will interpret it to be an ordinary chastisement.) announced in the first message of October 18th was inexorably going to come. The reason for this is that only penitential reform could save us from it, and instead of this, what is happening in the world today is a rapid progression down the road of filthiest deviations.
— That only those who prepare themselves by a sincere return to God, together with constant prayer and watching, will be able to face the terrible test [The punishments of God in this world never have the exclusive reason of getting even vindictively. They always come impregnated with mercy, offering an occasion for each one to satisfy for himself and for others by willingly accepting the hardships that come.] in the proper state.
On the night after the girls' terrifying screams, tears, and broken, incoherent speech, Garabandal could not sleep tranquilly. But the next day was even worse.
Early in the morning arrived Fr. Félix Larrazábal, the superior of the Franciscans of San Pantaleón de Aras (Santander), summoned by Fr. Valentín to perform services for Corpus Christi in the village. A little after his arrival, he went to Conchita's house; but he found no one there.
«We were accompanying» — said the sister-in-law of Dr. Ortiz — «Conchita at the Pines, where she was waiting to receive Communion from the Angel. We were praying and waiting; the time was dragging on. In the meantime her mother went to the edge of the hill and saw in front of her house someone who appeared to be a friar or a priest.
— He seems to be wearing a white cord . . .
Hearing this, Conchita hurried to descend and we followed her. Actually he was a Franciscan father; he celebrated Mass and gave Communion to us. Conchita's mother commented:
—That's the reason that we've waited so long up above! Whenever there's a priest to give Communion, she doesn't receive it from the Angel.»
«At 1 o'clock at night» — states Eloisa de la Roza Velarde — «I went to Mari Cruz's house to pick up a rosary that I had left, and on the way I heard that the others were already in the Calleja. I returned immediately to search for my daughter, but I didn't find her. Then I hurried to the Calleja, and there she was with Maximina (in whose house we were staying) and many other people, among whom was Fr. Felix Larrazábal.»
"A horrible thing was going to happen."
On returning to normality (Father Valentin's notes say that this remarkable apparition ended at about 2 in the morning), the girls said that they would stay there all night in prayer.
— And us? the spectators asked.
At that time (there was a beautiful sunrise), Father Larrazábal went toward the church, followed by all the people. And he began a series of confessions. The whole village confessed; and it appears that they were confessions of truly exceptional sincerity and repentance.»
How could it have been otherwise, after such preparation, both personal and communal, at the Calleja? The pure love of God will always be of the greatest value and the great measure of every spiritual life. But the holy fear of God should not be neglected, which from ancient times has been shown to be the beginning of wisdom. (Eccl 1:16)
The holy fear of God was experienced as never before by the men and women of Garabandal on the two 'nights of the screams'. Months later, the memory of it was still vivid. On September 24th, María Herrero de Gallardo wrote from Santander to her sister, Menchu:
«I spent a long time speaking alone with Jacinta's mother, and she told me that the night before Corpus Christi had been terrifying . . . The girls ran to the Cuadro. Afterwards they advised the people that they should approach no further than a certain distance, that they shouldn't go beyond a place in the road from which the girls couldn't be seen.
Jacinta's mother told me that she heard them cry with such voices and such horror that she wanted to run toward her daughter to see what was happening; but the people held her back. When the vision ended, the girls came to the place where the people were, and the people saw that the girls were covered with tears. The girls requested the whole village to confess and receive Communion, as a horrible thing was going to happen. María (the mother of Jacinta) experienced such fright that she couldn't sleep.»
You can't imagine what that was. I have never experienced anything like it.
«Oh!» — exclaimed the girl — «That was horrible to see. We were really frightened. And I know no words that will explain it.»
We saw rivers change into blood . . . Fire fell down from the sky . . . And something much worse still, which I'm not able to reveal now.
The message that we gave at the time said that we don't expect the Chastisement, but that, without expecting it, it will come . . .
The Virgin asked everyone to confess and receive Communion.»
The girl did not say many words; what her few words said was enough.
In 1970 Fernando Corteville wrote in issue N° 31 of the L'Impartial about the messages of the 19th and 23th of June, 1962 — up to then unpublished — that Mari Loli had verified and presented to Mrs. Saraco. [Mrs. Carmela Saraco is a promoter of the cause of Garabandal in the U.S.A..]Three years previously, these messages had been given to Father Morelos. [Father Gustavo Morelos, a Mexican, played a great part in the pro-Garabandal movement following the events. He came to Spain toward the end of 1964, with the proper authorization of his ecclesiastical superiors, as he himself stated in writing in 1965, to study the apparitions of the Most Holy Virgin in the village of San Sebastian de Garabandal.
In Spite Of Seeing the Virgin, (during the 'night of screams')we began to see a great multitude of people who were suffering intensely, and screaming with tremendous fear . . .
The Most Holy Virgin explained to us that this great tribulation — which was not the Chastisement — would come because a time would arrive when the Church would give the impression of being on the point of perishing ... It would pass through a terrible test. We asked the Virgin what this great test was called and she told us that it was Communism.
Then she showed us how the great Chastisement for all mankind would come, and that it would come directly from God ...
There will come a time when all motors and machines will stop; a terrible wave of heat will strike the earth and men will begin to feel a great thirst. In desperation they will seek water, but this will evaporate from the heat . . . Then almost everyone will despair and they will seek to kill one another . . . But they will lose their strength and fall to the earth. Then it will be understood that it is God alone Who has permitted this.
Then we saw a crowd in the midst of flames. The people ran to hurl themselves into the lakes and seas. But the water seemed to boil and in place of putting out the flames, it seemed to enkindle them even more.
It was so horrible that I asked the Most Holy Virgin to take all the young children with her before all this happened. But the Virgin told us that when it would come, they would all be adults . . .
PHOTO: page from the Apocalypse
Loli's words could be compared to those written in the Apocalypse (16: 8-12) about the effects that would result from the pouring out of the fourth, fifth and sixth chalices . . .
This is startling, shocking. It should make every person reflect on his salvation. But I am afraid for many . . . The charismatics of optimism do not see more in the actual situation of the Church today, in its convulsions, than a crisis of growth. They detect with certainty (I don't know by what signs.) the coming of a new springtime. And they regard every thing that has just been mentioned as an erroneous prophecy. An erroneous prophecy from outdated medieval prophets of doom.
The true prophets were sent to communicate to the people of God, time and time again, what it was necessary for them to know. And it cannot be denied that we have needed — more than once — the sternest warnings and corrections.
The words of the prophecy itself distinguish the false from the true prophet ... It is clear that the people of God do not like to hear certain matters, even though they are conducive to their salvation, and their guides like to hear them even less. It was the same in Israel in the days of Jeremiah the prophet. The insistence on reform by that prophet of doom did not please the Israelites; they preferred instead the pleasant predicters of a prosperous future. But it is well known what then happened.
We can well imagine how the feast of Corpus Christi, the great feast of the Eucharist, was celebrated in Garabandal during that year of grace, 1962, after such a vigil and after such reception of the sacrament of Penance.
No one missed the solemn Mass and almost everyone received Communion. Later, during the procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the cleaned and garlanded streets of the village, there resounded the traditional hymns of homage to the hidden God in the Blessed Sacrament.
As if for the purpose of directing all attention toward the mysteries celebrated on that day, the visionaries did not present any spectacle.
«Mari Cruz went to the Cuadro» — Fr. Valentín wrote — «she went there in the natural state, and on arriving, knelt down and went into ecstasy; but she didn't say anything . . . The other girls didn't have an apparition.»
The following day, Friday, there
was no apparition at all. But on the next day, Saturday, June 23rd, came
the final statement from the nights of the screams; the second message
from Loli and Jacinta [The reader can notice that Conchita
was not taking a significant part in the important events occurring in
Garabandal on the feast of Corpus Christi.] bears this date:
The Virgin has told us:
That the world continues the same, that it has not changed at all;
That few will see God; so few they are, that it is causing the Virgin great sorrow.
How unfortunate that the world does not change!
The Virgin has told us that the Chastisement is coming.
As the world is not changing, the cup is filling up.
How sorrowful is the Virgin, although she does not allow us to see it.
Since the Virgin loves us so much, she suffers alone, since she is so good.
Everyone be good, so that the Virgin will be happy!
She has told us that those who are good should pray for those who are evil.
Yes, we should pray to God for the world, for those who do not know Him.
Be good, be very good.
Jacinta Gonzalez, 13 years
END BOOK 2