People ask us this question so many times. How many times over the years has Conchita also been asked this very same question? And what is her answer?..."Soon"...
Is that all we can think about? Why?... It is such a sensation. We think it will solve all our problems in the blink of an eye.
My wife, Helen, and I have been actively involved in the Garabandal ministry for approximately 12 years now. It was not something that we planned to do. It just developed. It was developed by God, not out of any particular desire on our part. In fact, we have always preferred to remain in the background but God chose otherwise. Through His Blessed Mother's intercession, He chose to heal me on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1994. My story is by now fairly well known. It is through my sharing of the story of my healing that our life has completely turned around. It has turned around physically and spiritually. It has made our marriage a much more open and wonderful love affair. It has cemented our relationship with our children. It has raised eyebrows with our friends. Some have accepted this and embraced us, yet others it has driven away.
As we shared our story, very often a common theme arose, the very frequent question: "When is the miracle that was predicted in Garabandal going to take place?" "Has the miracle happened yet?" "Does Joey have his eyes yet?" This seems to occupy a great deal of our time. How important is this wonderful prophesied miracle? Yes, it is important...but by focusing all our time and efforts on its probable date, we are losing the rest of the Message of Garabandal. Even today, lodgings in the Garabandal area are all completely booked around the dates which could be, by human thinking, potential dates of the great miracle predicted by Our Lady. At the same time we continue living our lives as before, rushing around, not listening to what Our Lady tried to tell us in Garabandal. And what did She tell us? Here is Her first message:
October 18, 1961 - We must make many sacrifices, perform much penance, and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, we must lead good lives. If we do not, a chastisement will befall us. The cup is already filling up, and if we do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon us.
"But first we must lead good lives"... Here is the part we all forget. Do we follow Her teaching? Or do we continue to rush ahead and step over anyone who gets in our way? We get up in the morning and because we are rushing, we forget to say our morning prayers. We forget to thank Our Lord for the gift of a restful night. We forget to ask for His help on this new day. We forget to look outside and see the wonderful beautiful day, the sun shining outside, life greeting us with each new day. We forget to say to our family - I love you. No, we get up and rush.
We rush to work. We arrive at work frustrated and upset because someone almost hit our car or cut us off on the road. We arrive in a bad mood. We use bad words at work. We say bad things to and about our fellow workers. We try to undermine our boss. We step on and step over others to "get ahead" in our workplace. The list could go on and on. People, think about what you are doing. Is this how we "lead good lives"? Have we really changed since Our Lady's messages were given? NO! And just because our media has wrongly led us to believe that using four letter words is OK, it is not OK. As long as our words or actions are contrary to Love, as long as they cause or mean harm to anyone, they are not of God and certainly not how God wants us to be.
And then, do we go to church often? Do we drop in at any time of day just to visit Jesus there, as Our Lady told Conchita... "My son waits for you there, day and night"? How many times do we drive right by a church and never even think about Jesus. And when we do manage to be in church on Sunday, is it to be with Jesus or is it out of habit or a sense of obligation or to only make a show of it? Or perhaps, instead of being at Mass, we must wash the car or cut the grass or go golfing? After all, when could we possibly have time to do these things?!?
And when we do go to Mass, when it is time for Holy Communion, do we just automatically walk up with the rest of the people, as Helen and I have seen in most churches? Almost everyone goes to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. But how many have been to confession? When was the last time you went to confession? Our Lady asked us to go to frequent confession before receiving Jesus. We must be free of sin to receive Jesus worthily. We are welcoming a Royal Guest! Our house should be scrubbed clean and spotless! But we know better! How many have not gone to confession for months, years, even five or ten or twenty years? We have even confronted people who have not confessed since their First Holy Communion when they were children. Or still others tell us that they go to confession directly to God at home and speak to Him. That is equivalent to standing in the rain and claiming to be clean, instead of getting in the shower and using soap! This is not what Jesus taught; it is certainly not what the Church teaches. And we wonder why God does not answer our prayers! In Garabandal, Jacinta was refused Holy Communion, given by the angel, because she spoke badly to her mother, didn't apologize and hadn't gone to confession. Mother Mary told her this. And how many things of this nature, or worse, do we commit every day?
And then we read the second message from Our Lady in Garabandal:
June 18, 1965 - As my message of October 18 has not been complied with and has not been made known to the world, I am advising you that this is the last one. Before, the cup was filling up. Now it is flowing over. Many cardinals, many bishops and many priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist. You should turn the wrath of God away from yourselves by your efforts. If you ask His forgiveness with sincere hearts, He will pardon you. I, your mother, through the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel, ask you to amend your lives. You are now receiving the last warnings. I love you very much and do not want your condemnation. Pray to us with sincerity and we will grant your requests.
You should make more sacrifices. Think about the passion of Jesus.
Imagine how scandalous this message seemed, when presented in 1965. Today we see how true it was and is. What has happened to many of our priests? Have we been praying enough for them? Do we pray for them at all? They need our prayers so much! Or do we forget about them entirely? What we have now is a direct result of our efforts or lack of. We deserve what we get! The blame rests on our own shoulders. But it is not too late. Let's return to God in the way that He wants and not according to our own whims. How do we begin?
In all our talks around Canada, in the U.S.A. and in Ukraine we often speak about the value of frequent confession. This is a key teaching not only of Garabandal, but of our Faith. Everywhere people have responded positively. They have waited in long line-ups at the confessionals, sometimes for hours, and no one complained. The priests have often told us how wonderful the day was, how they witnessed the greatest miracles happening in the confessionals. They heard confessions for so many hours and found it a blessing. By contrast, in many parishes here in North America, if there are a few people in line and we must stand or wait for more than 10 minutes, it is too long. We have heard people tell priests that there are a lot of people waiting and his confession is too long. They complain that he takes too long with each person. Some actually have the audacity to confront a priest angrily, telling him to speed it up! Have we forgotten that the priest is God's representative? When we meet God or Jesus some day, will we try and tell Him to speed it up also? It is only in humility, in the cleansing of a true and sincere confession that we can hope to receive the graces we so greatly need from God. Only in our own humility of heart can we expect His help. Are we really ready?
Oh yes, back to the Miracle of Garabandal.Do we need to wait for that specific miracle, that so many ask about? I had a miracle in 1994 and it gave me back my life. If you have been reading the many wonderful testimonies on our web page at www.ourlady.ca, you will have realized that almost all those who suddenly had their prayers answered, had recently gone to confession. And they continue to go to frequent confession. They believed what Our Lady said in Garabandal. It is not something that my wife, Helen, and I have invented. It is written in the story of Garabandal. And Our Lady said that we must "be like little children." How many tremendous instant miracles happened with children in Ukraine? Let us not think so much as believe! And begin now! There is the miracle waiting for you now. Change your life now and receive Our Lady's graces and God's miracles now. You do not necessarily need to wait for the miracle some time in the future. Nor do you need to go "miracle chasing" all over the calendar and all over God's globe. There is one waiting for you now, wherever you may be. Do you want it or are you going to wait and go on bumbling your way through life, complaining how God is not listening to you? When we change our way of life, when we admit to our faults frequently in confession, when we try to live with our fellow humans in a loving and caring way, we will not need to panic when that glorious day arrives, because we will be at peace and ready, whether we are in Garabandal or elsewhere. The truth is, if God wants you in Garabandal on the day of the Great Miracle, He'll make sure you get there. If He doesn't, then no matter how you try, you will not get there. So why worry about the possible date, circumstances, etc. What a waste of precious time! We know that the worldwide Warning must come first. We know that the world will be at its very worst at the time of the Warning. We know that Conchita is to announce the day of the Miracle eight days beforehand. That's all we need to know at this time.
Miracles happen every day. God is here, waiting for each of us now. Do you want Him? Then do as Our Lady said. Then the date of the Great Miracle predicted in Garabandal will not be of such all-consuming importance because you will feel His presence with you at all times. Are you ready for your miracle now or do you really insist on waiting still longer? Glory be to God!
Written by Dr. Michael Rozeluk
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