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Posted - May 11 2005 :  11:26:58 PM  Show Profile Send n/a a Private Message
A Stunning Conversion
Reprinted with kind permission from GARABANDAL JOURNAL November - December 2004
Excerpted from Los MILAGROS o FAVORES DE NUESTRA MADRE DE GARABANDAL, by Maria Josefa Villa de Gallego. Translated from Spanish by Dr. Edward Serrano.


The following account o/ the conversion of a British subject, was told to me [Josefa Gallego] by Father Miguel Fernandez, a priest from Barcelona, now deceased, who had given me authorization to publish it. Father Fernandez talked about this conversion, which he witnessed and was a part of, in a conference at a convent of religious Sisters in Barcelona in April 1982.

A friend of mine from Santander told me about the ecstasies of the four girls of Garabandal, and even gave me a photograph which I still have. He suggested I go there, but I wasn't the least bit interested. Granted, the Virgin Mary can appear any place she likes, but I was perfectly satisfied working in my parish and had no desire to go.

Later on, two priests from Madrid came to Barcelona during the summer and spoke to me about Garabandal in a rather contemptuous way. This sparked my interest to visit the place.
Then a book on Garabandal fell into my hands that turned me off completely. In spite of this, I still felt the need to visit. Then I read a book by Father [Eusebio Garcia de] Pesquera, which left me wondering. He mentioned priests who went to investigate the events, and even if they weren't outright believers, they at least were submitting the happenings to scientific methods. Among them were the Jesuit brothers, Fathers Luis Maria Andreu (now deceased) and Ramon Maria Andreu.

Surely it was clear to me, that when confronted with the events surrounding Father Luis Maria, this wasn't something to fool around with, and I thought to myself: "Why can't God do that?"

After reading more books on the subject, I decided to make the trip and went with four boys from my parish during summer vacation. They had marvelous experiences there.

The next summer, I felt compelled to go again, so I asked the youngsters if they wanted to join me. This time instead of four there were eight. Half of them, and a 43-year-old woman, went with me in my car while the rest took the train.

We arrived in the village around 10:00 P.M.; it was dark and chilly. A light drizzle, made everything damp and the rocks underfoot were slippery. A man hurrying up the hill appeared next to us and since he looked as though he was about to slip and fall, I told the oldest boy to give him a hand. Instead of accepting the boy's help, the man shunned him. We didn't know what he said, as he spoke in English, but he made a sufficiently unedifying gesture. The boy's first reaction was___. But I said to the youngster, "Hey! no murmuring! We came here to pray and we're going to pray for him, for the rebuff he gave us for our act of charity and kindness." So we recommended him to the Virgin.

What do you think happened next? That man, who acted as if he'd been stung by a dozen wasps, came back down and joined us staying the rest of the evening.

We remained there praying for about two hours with this man next to us. At the halfway point, we noticed him fall to his knees grimacing with pain. From time to time he seemed to be speaking to someone; we had no idea what it was all about.

The next morning we arose and prepared to celebrate holy Mass at the Pines because I didn't want to miss Communion. (We had planned to stay a week.)

Now, what I'm about to say is not my opinion but what actually happened.

A lady came up to me and said in English, "Miracle, Father!" I didn't understand what she meant, but people were pointing at me and saying, "He's the one! He's the one!" Then they brought me a boy and said, "Bless him! Bless him!" Another boy came up, and they said, "He wants to be a priest! Bless him!"

When I saw all these people coming toward me saying, "Touch the medals! Touch the medals!" I didn't know what to think."

As all this was happening, a Passionist Priest arrived wearing his cassock. I was not dressed as a priest; we'd been camping out and sleeping on the ground in a tent, and I wore very ordinary clothes.

Seeing that things were getting out of hand, I told everyone to go to that priest for the blessing, but what was my surprise when he himself came over and knelt in front of me for my blessing. I was dumfounded, and also afraid. I didn't know what was going on and thought everyone had gone mad.

They took up a collection of about 6,000 or 7,000 pesetas and gave it to us. Once things settled down, I began the Mass. When it came time for Communion, people began to weep, give thanks, and praise Mary out loud. We still didn't know what was happening as people continued to shout. "Miracle! Miracle!"

Finally, an Indian girl who spoke a little Spanish said to me, "Father, last night a great miracle happened here, and the Virgin chose you to be part of it."

"What happened?"

"I don't know; I just found out about it."

"Well, then, let's just let it go."

Besides all this, a sad event occurred that morning. A woman I knew had died of cancer and left three young daughters. I felt that if I had had something kissed by the Virgin of Garabandal she wouldn't have died, so I went around the village asking everyone for some object kissed by Our Lady.

Finally, I went to the Pines, and said in front of the image of the Virgin: "Mother! I want this, not for me — I'm content with your motherly love — but for those who are gravely ill. I'm very upset about the pitiful death of this woman who was in the prime of her life."

I had no more than made this plea, when I opened my eyes (I always pray with my eyes closed) and there on the ground beside me was a rosary with a tag on it saying, "Kissed by the Virgin at Garabandal." This was another emotional moment. I went around trying to find out who had lost it, but it wasn't until some time later that a man came up to me lamenting and said in English, "You have my rosary." I gave it to him, saying mentally to the Virgin, "Well, you gave and you took away; your will be done."

Not a moment after the man left, the woman who accompanied us to Garabandal and was staying in the village, came up to me and said, "Here, take this rosary that you were asking the Virgin for." They divided the rosary keeping one part and giving me the rest.

Well, the morning after the rosary incident, the man [who we encountered going up to the Pines and who stayed with us for two hours] asked me after Mass if I planned to go to the church and pray the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament; I said yes, and would see him afterwards. He told me, "Here, Father, take this letter and God bless you." I opened the letter and found the story of his conversion.

What happened was this: this Englishman had been tricked by fellow English Catholics to join them on a pilgrimage. They visited the tomb of St. Peter in Rome, and he made fun of it. They went to Lourdes and he made fun of the Virgin. They went to Fatima and Santiago de Compostela and he made fun of and blasphemed the Virgin. He was angry with everything and everyone who had deceived him into taking the pilgrimage. This explains why he indignantly refused our help when climbing the slippery path. Here is what happened according to his own testimony.

As soon as we started praying to the Virgin for him, she took hold of him, lifted him up from the ground, and told him, "Don't go to the Pines. Join up with that priest. He is a minister of God." That is why he came to us.

I've already said that I wasn't wearing my cassock, not even a cross, and even so, it was so dark he wouldn't have been able to tell anyway. Then in his letter he says:

Father, in that moment I felt raised from the ground by a mysterious hand and it forced me go back to where you were. I understood the prayers that you and your companions were saying for me, even though I don't know a word of Spanish. I was there for two hours while you prayed, understanding everything you said to Mary, but at a certain moment the Mother made me fall to the ground.
Later he wrote me a letter of explanation. He had been away from the Church for twenty years fighting against it, ridiculing all its beliefs especially the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary. He couldn't stand priests, but that day he fell on his knees, thanks to the power of Mary, crying and begging God for forgiveness. He felt the need to confess his sins. By Divine Providence, that English Passionist priest climbed up to the Pines and the man was able to make his confessin amidst a sea of tears. That was the cause of all the buzz. Next morning when I was getting ready to celebrate Mass, I heard the Englishman telling the priest, "He's the one. That's him," while pointing at me.
Signed: Father Miguel Fernandez


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Posted - May 12 2005 :  11:34:10 PM  Show Profile Send Stormy a Private Message
The history of all approved apparitions shows that the Church requires unequivocal evidence of supernaturality. This can be cures, as at Lourdes and Beauraing, or a supernatural prodigy, as at Fátima. The reason from the Church's mystical theology is that most mysticism (as both St. Thomas Aquinas and St. John of the Cross teach) is mediated by the angels (who have a created angelic nature). What the good angels can do the bad angels can imitate, so that many so-called "supernatural" phenomena are merely preternatural (above human nature, but not above the angelic nature). At Garabandal this would include the ecstasies, the ecstatic walks, the returning of rosaries and medals to the proper owners and so on. None of these things, much less the miraculous photos, rosaries turning gold etc. of more recent alleged apparitions, proves anything to the Church about the divine origin of a phenomena. In the absence of some clear supernatural proof neither the local bishop or Rome is likely to approve an apparition.

While two commissions convened by bishops of Santander, Spain, have stated that there were no phenomena which would authentic the events as certainly supernatural they did not condemn the message. In this regard, the first commission stated, "we have not found anything deserving of ecclesiastical censure or condemnation either in the doctrine or in the spiritual recommendations that have been published as having been addressed to the faithful." The bishop who called the second commission, Bishop del Val, upon retiring from office stated in an interview that the message of Garabandal was "important" and "theologically correct." Indeed, some of the prophetic elements of the message can be found in private revelations which have been approved since the initial decision on Garabandal in the 1960s. For example, the concept of a worldwide warning can be found in the Diary of Saint Faustina (Diary n.83), and both the message of Divine Mercy given to her (Diary n.1588), and that of Akita (approved by the local bishop), speak of chastisement if mankind does not ultimately repent. Similar prophetic content can be found in the writings of Elizabeth Canori-Mora and Mary of Jesus Crucified, both of whom were beatified by Pope John Paul II, as well as in prophecies given by God to Blessed Anna Maria Taigi and St. Caspar del Bufalo. Finally, the principal promoter of Garabandal, Joey Lomangino, testifies that it was Saint Padre Pio who told him the Blessed Virgin was appearing at Garabandal and he should go.

It seems, therefore, that notwithstanding the decisions of two commissions accepted by the bishops of Santander, that there are reasonable grounds for individual Catholics to find Garabandal credible. The children themselves predicted that the message of Garabandal would be approved with difficulty, but in sufficient time to spread it. Perhaps this means that the "warning" (a clearly supernatural event) must occur first for approval to be given. Given the seriousness of the times we do well to heed the message of conversion, whether proposed by Fátima or some other source such as Garabandal, Medjugorje or another, without fear, that is, with complete confidence in God's providence for us and the world. The future will take care of itself if we remain spiritually prepared for anything. This has always been the advice of the saints, anyway.
Answered by Colin B. Donovan, STL

To Jesus through Mary,
"Now there stood by the Cross of Jesus, MARY, HIS MOTHER" who by Her perfect assistance at HIS FIRST MASS on Calvary became our whom we now offer the prayer that she may help us to stand more worthily by the "CROSS OF JESUS" Our Sunday Mass.

Come Holy Spirit ...Come by the means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well beloved Spouse.
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Posted - Aug 18 2008 :  10:00:18 PM  Show Profile Send avila a Private Message
One of the children grew up, married an American and lived in a modest house in Queens. She later moved to Manhattan with her husband and children.

Her home in Queens was always open, the downstairs had a huge crucifix and many fotos and stories. Jerry LoMangina would hold prayer meetings there. The fruits of the Holy Spirit were so evident and a beautiful sense of peace pervaded her home shrine.
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Posted - Aug 19 2008 :  9:13:21 PM  Show Profile Send avila a Private Message
I believe Garabandal had a message of warning to the priests and in light of the recent scandals, the message is almost prophetic. It would explain also a hesitancy on the part of the clergy as to the meaning of Garabandal.
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Posted - Aug 20 2008 :  4:28:23 PM  Show Profile Send n/a a Private Message
The message of Garabandal is for all of us, it is not only for priests,The messages of Garabandal have to do with our need for a conversion of heart; we must ask forgiveness for our sins and strive to lead good lives. Some of the messages are of a prophetic nature, referring to extraordinary events that will occur in the near future (at least the first two events must occur within the lifetime of one of the visionaries, Conchita, who was twelve years old in 1961, now forty-five years old).

Out of over 2000 apparitions, there were two very important messages to the world given by the Virgin Mary. Along with these messages are the prophetic messages for the world given to prepare us for their fulfillment.

The messages help us to prepare for the coming warning and other events that God will send to purify our hearts. The following sections contain extracts from some of the messages from Garabandal. They have been prepared for you so that you can be able to judge for yourself their importance and their relevance to your life and to the world.


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."

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."

Grace Mizzi
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