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
What Conchita wrote was this:
«The Warning, that the Virgin is going to send us, will be like a punishment: to bring the good closer to God, and to warn the others either to convert, or receive what they deserve.
I'm not going to reveal what the Warning consists of. The Virgin didn't say that I should tell it. And concerning this, there is nothing more to be said.
God wishes that, due to the Warning, we would amend our lives and commit fewer sins against Him!»
«Dying will not be caused by the Warning itself, but by the effect that we will have on seeing and feeling it.»
«Before the Miracle, there will be a Warning, so that the world can amend its ways.»
PHOTO: Maximina and visionary
Hearing this, Maximina wanted to know more. The niece explained the Warning to her the best she could. From those explanations, the aunt remembered the following, which she wrote down:
«She told me we were going to suffer a horrible disaster some day, in all parts of the world.
None of us will escape this: the good, so that they may draw nearer to God; the evil, so that they may amend their lives.
She didn't tell me what it was; but that she was expecting it any day. It would come before the Miracle.
She said that it was preferable to die rather than suffer for just five minutes what was going to come.[According to later statements given by Jacinta, and published in the July-Sept, 1977 issue of the magazine Needles, now titled Garabandai,
I said to her: Why don't you publish it, so that the world may know what is going to happen to it? And she told me that she was tired of giving warnings and the world was not paying any attention.
She said that the Virgin told her that the world certainly believes that there is a heaven and a hell, but that it can be seen that we think little about it. The Virgin also told her that when we suffer this punishment, all of which we have caused ourselves with our sins, that we should not feel the sufferings and pain for ourselves, but rather that we should suffer every thing for her Son, since He is very offended by what we do.
I asked her how long this catastrophe would last, and she said that she didn't know; but that we could suffer it both in the night and in the day. I said to her, Will we die? And she told me, I think if that happens, it would be from fright.
— And if we were in the church praying?
— Since you've told me this, I've done nothing but look at the sky, to see if I can see anything.
PHOTO: "to see if we amend"
— Well then, when we see that it is coming to us, we can all go to the church.
How horrible it will be! If I could tell it as Conchita told it to me . . . She said that if she didn't already know what the Chastisement was, she would say that the Warning was worse than the Chastisement. »[It is no wonder that Conchita, having learned this and coming down from the Pines on New Year's eve, appeared at her aunt Maximina's house, according to the latter's testimony as «very excited but also very happy»]
• It will cause terribly afflictive and striking suffering.
• It will have a universal scope; that is, it will reach everyone, in all parts of the world.
• It will be seen that it is a thing from God, something that man himself could not perform, leaving him to implore the mercy of God.
• It will come with a purpose of salvation: in order that the good may draw nearer to God, and the bad take their amendment of life seriously.
• It will certainly come, and before the Miracle; but no one knows the day or the hour.
• Its time, probably, will be a time of mysterious darkness.
• At that time, there will be no other refuge or relief except prayer.
Conchita's important communication appears not to have been disseminated for a long time, since in the letters and information that I have seen from the first months of 1965, no reference was made to the Warning, which should have occupied everyone's attention. [Maximina, who was always so prompt to report everything that was happening to her friends the Pifarre family in Barcelona, did not bother to say anything about the Warning until many months later (in a letter on September 9th), and then only because the Pifarrés had asked her about it: «Concerning what you asked me about the Warning, I believe in it, that it is true; at least I have heard something about it from Conchita ...»]
What did capture the people's attention was the announcement of the Angel's upcoming visit on June 18th. Many of those who believed in Garabandal began then to make plans and even to reserve rooms. On that same day of January 1st, Maximina wrote to Maria Herrero de Gallardo:
«I am very, very sorry to have to tell you that the two rooms at my disposition have been promised already to Dr. Ortiz and Fr. Luis Retenaga. I have inquired at the other houses and they told me that, since it is such a long time away, that they couldn't promise a room. The village is going in a bad way. (She is referring to selfishness and interest in monetary gain associated with the coming of the visitors.) Perhaps not as many people will come as they expect. But I think it is most likely that you won't be able to walk through the streets because of the people who will come, since the people want to see apparitions again.»
Obviously in such an atmosphere the news and the expectation of the Warning would not easily penetrate. However Conchita continued to think about it, and during the year spoke about it to others, repeating basically what we have learned from Maximina, but adding other details that will be seen in tune.