INTRODUCTION / BACKGROUND
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Upon bringing a
complex question to Heaven about the Garabandal
manifestations and their format, I received an instantaneous response.
The theo-logic of the response, of course, strengthens the Garabandal's
case - were that still possible.
It also explained the statement which is part of the last message (1) - "You are now receiving
the last warnings."
I am truly amazed at the
timing. As we were composing this text, we just
realized that today is June 18th, the 46th anniversary of the last and
most dramatic message. We will publish
the details soon.
Here are the details.....
In the very early '90's (1991 or 1992), after reading the collection of
straightforward testimonies from most residents of Garabandal (2)
(published by Ramón Pérez in his "Garabandal
- el pueblo habla,") my comments to a dear friend, a theology
professor priest, were:
scientist, after reviewing those testimonies from these very simple
people - whose minds are not cluttered by the preconceptions and
"scientific" knowledge which clutters the mind of First World country
citizens - all I can say is that everyone should believe the
supernatural reality of those messages and act upon them as if their
lives depended upon it.
This priest knew me well: my scientific background, as well as the
state of my soul after seven years of a radically different life,
completely centered on God. He marveled at my remarks.... and soon
thereafter experienced a massive conversion, abandoned academia, and
became a parish priest in a parish where the Holy Rosary was prayed
daily and the Exposed Blessed Sacrament was adored one day a week. (3)
Now, regarding the response from Heaven to our question, as we
mentioned at the start of this document:
Why were the Garabandal
ecstasies so many (over 2,000), and so obviously and spectacularly
dramatic for the
thousands upon thousands (millions?) of onlookers who streamed through
that village from 1961 to 1965? Why were they so different from most
Marian apparitions to date?
Simply because God had tried all else - up to and including the
spectacular miracles in Fatima on October 13, 1917, witnessed by ca.
70,000 individuals (believers and non believers alike) - to no avail (4).
In Garabandal, thousands upon thousands of people would be able to
home" whatever they witnessed, with ample confirmations, in
those ecstasies: be it the transfiguration of the faces of the
visionaries; be it the ecstatic marches and everything associated with
it the physical alterations of the visionaries - weight as well as feel
to the touch; be it the many times the apparition read the mind of a
visitor who was trying to "test it" and acted upon such information; be
the multitude of apparently impossible situations associated with the
blessings of religious objects and their return to the rightful owners;
Heaven turned Garabandal into a "spiritual souvenir shop" from which
all visitors could take home - free of charge - the experience of real
miracles, completely unexplainable by the most
dedicated-to-debunk-the-supernatural scientists. People made much to-do
about the "little miracle", as Conchita called the visible communion
given to her by the Archangel Michael. However, from a cold scientific
point of view, every ecstasy was accompanied by a number of obvious and
durable miracles which, in our opinion, surpassed the one time that the
host, for a fleeting moment, became visible on Conchita's tongue. To
us, that would have been worthy of just a footnote compared to all
other events associated with the ecstasies.
That is - everyone who witnessed an ecstasy took away a confirmed
miraculous experience - not a "so and so told me that..." or "while
Conchita was talking she said..." or "one feels something special
there", etc., etc. (that is, the same general stories that one may have
from witnesses to most Marian Apparitions, except from those
present at the miracle in Fatima on October 13, 1917).
who witnessed an ecstasy, without question, took back home a confirmed
miraculous experience: an experience which should have made all who
streamed through Garabandal between 1961 and 1965 take the last
message of October 18 (1961)
has not be 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 (intervention) of St. 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.
heart and act upon it as if their lives and those of their families
depended upon it... which it
did and does!
Quoting a statement made by a close collaborator of The M+G+R Foundation regarding
I regularly attended church in
1961-1965, with attendance at chapel in the Episcopal Day School, and
with regular Sunday attendance at our Episcopal parish. Garabandal was
never mentioned; nor was any other Marian apparition.
I only heard about Garabandal when I
became apparition-aware in 1991/1992, even though I was an active
(Protestant) Christian again from 1978 onward.
Certainly, during the 1980s, I was an adult, actively Christian, and
thought I was well informed … but I knew nothing of this phenomenon. By
contrast, I think I heard about Medjugorje from 1984 or so onward – and
into a Cold War context, since Yugoslavia was then Communist.
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The theology professor priest
mentioned above had not even heard about Sister Faustina or the Divine
Mercy phenomena until I appointed him my Spiritual Director and
instructed him about it. This appointment was obviously from God, since
that contact triggered the priest's much needed conversion.
More typical fruit of a completely
failed Evangelization effort.
Indeed the world was then "receiving the last warnings".
and all subsequent apparitions – actual or alleged – were and are just
secondary reminders that the die had been cast back in 1965, or was it
really in 1962 during the two Nights of Screams when Mary....
us that we should not wait for the Chastisement, because it
will come without being expected because the world has not changed and
She has told us so twice, and we do not pay attention to Her, since the
world is worse. The world should change much and it has not changed at
all. Prepare yourselves, confess, the Chastisement will come soon, and
the world does not change. I say: the world is always the same, it is a
shame that it does not change. If it does not change, a great
Chastisement will come soon. (5)
But do not despair.... the consolation for the Elect has been clearly
spelled out in chapter 3 of the Book of Wisdom:
 But the souls
of the just are in
the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them.  In
the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was
taken for misery:  And their going away from us, for utter
destruction: but they are in peace.  And though in the sight of men
they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality. 
Afflicted in few things, in many they shall be well rewarded: because
God hath tried them, and found them worthy of himself.
 As gold in the furnace he hath proved them, and as a victim of a
holocaust he hath received them, and in time there shall be respect had
to them.  The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks
among the reeds.  They shall judge nations, and rule over people,
and their Lord shall reign for ever.  They that trust in him, shall
understand the truth: and they that are faithful in love shall rest in
him: for grace and peace is to his elect.  But the wicked
shall be punished according to their own devices: who have neglected
the just, and have revolted from the Lord.
May God be Thrice Glorified - Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy
(1) The messages of
(2) Testimonies gathered in
1971 and 1972
(3) The last letter miguel
from him contained the following statement: "I have become a priest
(4) Fatima ignored!
June 20th for
more details on this.
Published on June 23rd, 2011 -
The Feast of Corpus Christi