|The Visionaries of Garabandal|
The apparitions at Garabandal are less well know than Lourdes or Fatima but they strike a personal chord with me since the seers, three of whom are still alive, are my contemporaries born in the late 1940s as I was. Our Lady, like she did at Fatima, called for repentance and penance. The messages focused on respect for the Eucharist and warned that many would fail to believe. Mary told the children a very great chastisement would come upon all humanity if people did not change their ways. It was the same message she gave at Fatima and would give a few years later at Akita exhorting her children to repent and do penance.
The apparitions were never affirmed by the local bishop and his successor. They said they could not confirm that anything supernatural took place. But it's not true that the apparitions were condemned either. The commission acknowledged that the messages contained nothing contrary to faith and morals.
Did the Blessed Mother appear there? Padre Pio thought so. He believed the messages were authentic and described his own confirmation from Our Lady. He sent the girls a letter in 1962 giving them a special message from Mary to pray the "Fatima Rosary" substituting the normal mysteries with these:
1) In this first mystery we see how the Holy Virgin chose Fatima as her favorite city to spread her messages.
2) In this second mystery it is contemplated how the Holy Virgin chose the Cova de Iria for her visions.
3) In this third mystery we see how the Holy Virgin chose the three little shepherds for their celestial conversations and to entrust the great secret to them.
4) In this fourth mystery we see how the secret of Fatima is the greatest secret of all that she has said.
5) In this fifth mystery we can see how the visions of the Blessed Virgin continue to be present in all parts of the world.In light of all the Blessed Mother's warnings to us, have we heeded her? Are we changing our lives?
Is the world now holier and more devout than in 1961?
Is the Church holier and her leaders more devout than in 1961?
Mary said at Garabandal that there would be a "final warning" before the great chastisement. Everyone in the world would experience it and a miracle would be visible to everyone and a permanent sign left at Garabandal.
In one of the apparitions, Our Lady told Conchita that the final warning would come not long after a "synod." Are we seeing the fulfillment of that prophecy as we experience the synod from hell?
The messages of Garabandal were serious, but they carried the same exhortations to prayer and penance as the messages of Fatima. They warned that many bishops and priests were on the road to perdition. At the time, 1961, many were unwilling to believe the severity of what Mary was telling the girls about our priests. Now sixty years later, with all the evil of so many clerics well documented and the obvious heresy among so many, the Garabandal message is more understandable and more relevant than ever.
This is the first of 14 videos documenting the Garabandal apparitions. Were they supernatural?
This is the video that contains the last alleged message of Our Lady.
Below is a video with the testimony of Mother Maria de las Nieves Garcia, head of a school Conchita attended describing Conchita telling how the warning would come after "a synod." Like Bernadette, Conchita used words that she had no way of knowing or understanding.
I find the link between Fatima and Garabandal particularly interesting. On October 13, 1917 Mary appeared for the final time at Fatima and performed the miracle of the sun. During the apparition she appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the same way the children said she appeared at Garabandal. Padre Pio's letter closely connects the two apparitions. Like a loving mother Mary becomes more intense and urgent in trying to save her children.
Of course, no one needs to believe in the authenticity of private revelations even those approved by the Church, but we certainly need to heed the call to repentance and penance.
Will we listen?
Will we pray and do penance?
Or will we continue on our merry way ignoring the signs of the times? The hour is late!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us!
St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!