The Blessed Virgin always
has had her share of devotees in Barcelona so the following anecdotes of
favors received there should come as no surprise.
Reprinted with kind permission from GARABANDAL
JOURNAL March-April 2006
Excerpted from Los MILAGROS
o FAVORES DE NUESTRA MADRE DE GARABANDAL, by Maria Josefa Villa de Gallego
Translated from Spanish by Dr. Edward
I'm going to relate an event that occurred here in Barcelona on February
11, 1969, feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Our dear friend, A.R., whose name
I'm not authorized to reveal, visited a family very devoted to the Virgin
to talk about themes related to Our Lady (we should all do this more often).
He was thinking of staying half an hour, but ended up staying two hours.
Our friend had to leave in a hurry to be on time for the torchlight procession
being celebrated in the cathedral in honor of the Virgin of Lourdes. As
he was on his way down the stairs, an intense, most pleasant fragrance
of roses invaded the living room where the family was sitting. It was an
agreeable surprise to all. After some time the fragrance faded but the
emotions: happiness, tears, and thanksgiving to heaven were then renewed
when that celestial fragrance returned stronger than the first time. Their
son who was not very interested in Garabandal suddenly said, "I want to
go to Garabandal." His friend, who also happened to be there, said, "Me
too." He picked up a religious card of Our Lady of Garabandal, kissed it,
put it in his pocket saying, "And now I'm going to confession."
Barcelona street scene with the cathedral in the background
With the objects kissed by the
Virgin at Garabandal, happenings have occurred that could be labeled miraculous,
reminding us of what the Virgin told Conchita: "By
means of the kiss that I give to these objects, my Son will perform prodigies.
Give them to others."(see FAQ: Medal)
In 1966, Mrs. M. P. was called
to give an injection to young Jose Luis, then two years old. He suffered
from a bladder infection caused by an obstruction in the urinary tract
and high fever. Because of his tender years doctors did not want to operate
on him but instead, treated him with high doses of antibiotics that were
not having any effect. The child grew weaker. When the nurse went to give
him the injection, she saw that his temperature was 40 degrees Celsius,
(104 Fahrenhiet) and put a
by the Virgin of Garabandal in
the bed. The crisis was over. Repeated tests showed a complete cure, to
the amazement of all the doctors.
On November 16, 1968, baby Javier
Jauregui, 40 days old, came down with encephalitis. He was taken to the
Teknon clinic, where treatment was begun under the care of Dr. Brotons.
After five days all hope was lost. Someone put a relic kissed by Our Lady
of Garabandal in his crib under his body. In a very short time, to the
astonishment of all, he was completely healed. We will only mention two
of the many cases that took place in St. Joseph's Clinic in the Punxet
of Barcelona, because they were cured almost instantaneously when touched
with a medal kissed by Our Lady of Garabandal. One was Dr. Carulla, from
Sabadell, with severe hepatitis, and the other was Mr. Arguello from Valladolid,
suffering from a kidney hemorrhage.
In September 1968, in the Provenza
Clinic, Matilde Boleda, 35 years old and a professor from the Manresa Institute,
was going to be operated on for a hernia. The surgery was almost over when
the anesthesiologist told Dr. Castellvi: "She's dying; her heart is failing."
The surgery was quickly finished, and oxygen and intravenous medication
were administered, but she didn't regain consciousness. They worked on
her all day to no avail; the last rites were administered and they began
to discuss how to get her home so she could die there.
At 10 P.M., when the shift changed,
nurse Maria Dolores Mana came in. She always had with her a rosary kissed
by Our Lady at Garabandal. This rosary had the special distinction of having
floated in the air when the Virgin took it from one of the girls' hands
to kiss it.
After asking permission from the
family, the nurse put the rosary in the hands of the patient, who was in
a coma, but a few moments after the rosary was placed in her hands, she
sat up and said: "What's going on? What am I doing here?" The doctors were
speechless. They kept her eight more days in the clinic for observation,
even though she was asymptomatic. Then she went home completely cured.
A sister of the patient had been
away from the sacraments for many years, but returned to them in the same
clinic to thank God and Our Lady for this favor. Happy are those who believe
without seeing, and who truly love our Mother in heaven who loves us so
Signed: U. A. M.
Reprinted with kind permission
GARABANDAL JOURNAL March-April 2006
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