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
This display of small miracles favoring fervent participation in the Holy Eucharist must have had a telling effect in the setting of an ancient Christian village where Holy Communion had been, since time immemorial, something too serious to be received frequently. And much less, every day! [The case of Garabandal in this regard is not unusual. I have known many other small towns in sections of Leon and Castille where the frame of mind was about the same. I could name a little village in Burgos that had the most devout practices, where no one missed Sunday Mass or the rosary that followed it, where at specified hours of the day there was prayer in all the houses, where there was never heard a blasphemy. Nevertheless, its inhabitants, as the most natural thing in the world, received Communion only once a year to fulfill the Easter Duty.] Here the Blessed Sacrament was treated more with reverence than love; and the inhabitants, although believing and religious, ordinarily maintained a respectful distance toward It. The people still remained in Domine, non sum dignus — Lord I am not worthy.
The people had to be brought, even if through miracles, toward a greater living of the great Sacrament of our faith. The Word of the Lord has been insisting on this since the beginning: Amen, amen I tell you, that if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you will not have life in you. (John 6: 53) And besides this, we Christians should not neglect another great reason for reception of the Eucharist mentioned by St. Paul (Cor.11: 28), Every time that you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the immolation of the Lord, until He returns.
Until He returns.. The Eucharistic promotion coming forth through Garabandal has another extremely important purpose: the imminence of difficult times, the escatological days when, less than ever, can the faithful remain alone in the face of peril ...