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
Finally coming to the end of this long endeavor, I feel a mixture of joy and liberation. Joy, in thinking that I have done a good work. Liberation, in not having the pressure to finish this work quickly.
After great effort and innumerable hours of work, revising papers and putting in order the mountains of information, it seems that I have succeeded in reconstructing the events and the climate of Garabandal during the apparitions, so that I can offer its first history to persons of good will.
Because of this, I find Garabandal to be more in measure with the History of Salvation, more in line with the Church itself, where the most beautiful and exalted interventions of God have been continually intermixed with lamentable and repeated human miseries, with the results that we know.
The full picture of Garabandal is disconcerting: on the one hand it offers abundant proofs so that many might find its truth, and on the other hand, it leaves motives for others to remain in their doubt and disbelief.
I believe in the supernatural authenticity of Garabandal, taken as a whole. But not everything offers the same guarantee of truth.
A descending scale of credibility can be noticed:
In the last case, it is necessary to proceed with great caution and discretion; since, unfortunately, not all — or even a single one — of the seers have shown themselves to be completely trustworthy.
But here a question comes up: Since November 13th, has Garabandal completely ended?
Or does it remain only temporarily interrupted?
My personal impression is that a simple intermission is taking place, since the evidence shows that Garabandal has not concluded. An interlude has come, as in a dramatic play, that for some purpose leaves things abruptly interrupted, suspended . . .
Garabandal is an event of enormous proportion, which is unfolding in three stages:• The first stage, with a personal and local imprint: the time of marvels and astounding communications; the time already experienced, which ended on November 13th.• A second stage, of intermission, with matters suspended: a period of pruning and purification. This is what we are experiencing now, with its disillusions, expectations, falling away.• A third stage, which we await, that will bring to light many things and fulfill the great prophecies of universal reach: the Warning, the Miracle, the Chastisement.
With such a purpose, God has placed in front of us:
• A new Marian Epiphany.• A call for greater devotion to the Eucharist.• A prediction of approaching eschatological times.
Why the second? Because the reality of the actual presence of the Lord among us is the last thing that we can allow to be neglected in the Church. And this is precisely what has started to happen, and what is continuing to happen.
Why the third? Because the last times can be already at the door. We should not be oblivious or forgetful of what we repeat in the Credo: And He will come again in glory, since without the inflaming emotions of hope, religion will not keep burning in the hearts of men.
"The biblical writings revolve around a theological drama that unfolds throughout history and reflects the plan of salvation from a God Who constantly seeks out mankind to transform it. From the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of the Apocalypse can be seen the silent struggle by forces fighting for the hearts of men. Man, wrongly exercising his free will and trying to assert his autonomy, chooses to live separated from God, Besides this, the power of evil seems to dominate humanity, seeking to draw it from its natural orbit: the God of Creation, Who directs the world and the march of history." (M. Garcia Cordero, Biblical Dilemmas)
Eschatology is the word used to refer to the final act in the great drama of our salvation.
And it might be asked if Garabandal does not have an eschatological purpose.
There are many things in it that put before us the last times and alert us to them:
Possibly, Garabandal has come to repeat to us, Christians of these last times, what the Christians of the early times said for greeting and encouragement: Maran Atha! The Lord returns!
And as the hour draws near for the realization of Garabandal, let us repeat without ceasing what is said on the feast of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace:
On our knees, let us adore
Christ the Savior,
Who wants all good things
to come to us thru Mary.