Recorded on Tape
with kind permission from St. Joseph Publications
from the book She Went in Haste to the Mountain
NOTE: All excerpts from Conchita's
be in extra-bold type
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September 4th, 1962 was a Tuesday.
According to Fr. Valentin's annotations, toward 11:00 in the morning. Conchita
fell into ecstasy at the door of the church, and there received Communion
from the hand of the Angel; somewhat later, the same thing happened to
The afternoon passed; the night
began, and at 1:30 Conchita had an ecstasy again. She went to the graveyard,
made her way through the streets of the village, prayed the rosary, sang
the Salve. On entering her home, she fell on her knees and said farewell
to the Vision. As she was speaking, a person near to her — not satisfied
with just hearing what the girl was saying — held a microphone to her lips.
What he recorded confirmed afterwards what his ears had not understood
«You say there's going
to be a miracle? . . . And the miracle is going to be that? . . . And
the Virgin will be seen? . . . And when? ... So long away?
. . With me alone . . . No. I don't want that . . .
do that! Perform it with the four ...»
Such words could not but cause
repercussions, and soon began to be the foremost reason for comments and
Five days later, on Sunday, September
9th, Dr. Ortiz in Santander noted in his agenda concerning Garabandal:
«My wife and I with
her cousin Maria Lopez-Dóriga were at Maximina's house. Conchita
came to present a gift as we were beginning to eat. We invited her, and
soon Maximina began talking in jest:
— We already know your
secret. . . That there is going to be a miracle! You can't deny it, since
it has been recorded on tape.
Conchita smiled, and after
a moment of silence said, Yes, there's going to be a miracle. The Virgin
told me, and it's going to be very great . . .
— When will it be?
— I don't know.
— Then none of us will see
— Everyone will see it
who is here. And the Pope, from wherever he is. And also Padre Pio. Everyday
I pray that the miracle will be with everybody. But don't say anything
— Not even to Fr. Ramón
and Fr. Retenaga?
— Well... to them
. . . yes.»
On that very night of September
9th, as it progressed into the early morning of September 10th, Conchita
was heard again (and this was recorded on a tape recorder too):
«When you perform
the miracle, perform it with all (the four of us). I don't want
to be alone by myself. Look! With everyone, do you want that? You aren
't telling me? Should I tell it so that she will know?» [I
do not know to what this could refer: perhaps to Loli who seemed destined
to share many things.]
This matter is useful to alert
those who believe in Garabandal and encourage them to keep watching.
Naturally those who came to the
village, especially if they belonged to the circle related to the girls'
families, soon noticed what was in the air.
On September 24th from Hotel
Real in Santander, Maria Herrero de Gallardo wrote to her sister in Madrid
to tell her about her last visits to the site of the apparitions:
«The other day, while
in Conchita's house, there was a very interesting conversation, with 2
psychiatrists and 3 priests [Concerning the three priests,
Maria Herrero says: «Jesuit, Passionist, and pastor.»
From the notes of Dr. Ortiz, it comes out that the Jesuit was Fr. Argila
and the pastor Fr. Antonio Yllensa Borras of San Cucufate. It seems that
both came with Dr. Puncernau and were considering, according to Fr. Valentin,
information to the archbishop of Barcelona.»The Passionist
had to be Fr. Eliseo, whom the lawyer Luis Navas speaks about in his report.
Of the psychiatrists, the only one we know for sure is the previously mentioned
Dr. Ricardo Puncernau.] present . . . Fr. Valentin told me that
Conchita, according to his words, had to tell him something under the seal
of confession, because of which — he added laughing — he couldn't tell
me anything about it. What I know for certain is that the next proof
(of the truth of the apparitions) is going to be, according to what
the girls say, much greater than the day of Conchita's visible Communion.»
Two weeks later on October 7th,
she wrote her sister another letter from Santander:
«Friday, two days ago,
I was back in Garabandal again. No one was there . . . And during all the
time that I spent there, the girls and their mothers told me about such
marvels that it seemed a bottomless well from which they were pulling up,
little by little, a multitude of things. How I profited by it and how I
remembered you! We went to see Conchita at the time she was going outside
for the rosary with her mother . . . Two women who were coming with me
hung on to her and I wasn't able to ask her anything on the way to church.
I took Aniceta by the arm and tried to question her about when the announced
miracle was going to be.
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— I don't know.
Possibly Conchita doesn't know either . . . What I can tell you is that
the other time (July 28th) she told me: "Mama, there's going
to be a little miracle." And today she told me: "There's going to
be a very great miracle!"»
And so from the information that
I have been able to gather, it was in September, 1962, that the prediction
of the great miracle was made for the first time in a clear and open way.
A miracle which, for what later began to be said about it and because of
its outstanding singularity, soon began to be called "The Miracle."
The first announcements about it reported:
• That it was going to be «very great
• That everyone in Garabandal when it was performed
would see it.
• That the Pope would see it «wherever
he would be», and « also Padre Pio.»
But Conchita, who seemed to be
the only seer who had anything to do with the Miracle, still did not know
the date on which it would take place.
And for the moment, the news
of the Miracle could not be unrestrictedly divulged. We have heard the
girl's words in Maximina's house in front of Dr. Ortiz and his wife, and
what she told Fr. Valentin « under the seal of confession.»
But the news was not shrouded
in total secrecy. Perhaps Loli's questions during her ecstasy on Monday,
September 17th refer to this; and also Conchita's on September 18th:
LOLI: Yes, should I write today? ... Most
Holy Virgin, then should I tell it? . . . When can it be said? . , , He's
waiting for me to tell him by letter or when I see him . . . Good,
I'll tell it...
CONCHITA: Can I tell it to Father Valentin tomorrow?
. . In confession? ... To whom else can I tell it?...
the bishop? . . . Did Loli tell it to Father Andreu? . . . Do I
tell it to him? . . . No? . . . When? ...
Perhaps the person to whom Loli
communicated the announcement was Fr. Jose Ramón de la Riva, since
among his papers I have seen a small holy card of the Virgin with these
lines on its back, written in poor penmanship:
October 8th, 1962
The Virgin told us there
is going to be a miracle.
With all my love,
(For Father José Ramón)
"foretold to me"
The prediction of the Miracle
unmistakably confirmed by these lines from Conchita's diary: [According
to my information, the girl began the diary in September of 1962, and ended
it in the spring of 1963.]
The Most Holy Virgin has foretold to me a great Miracle,
that God Our Lord is going to perform through her
As the chastisement is very great, as we merit;
the Miracle also is immeasurably great, as the world