Four young girls - Conchita, Jacinta, Mari Loli and Mari Cruz -
claimed that the Virgin Mary appeared to them hundreds of times,
beginning in the year 1961. The messages from the Blessed Mother,
according to the visionaries, were urgent pleas for conversion so
as to avoid a global chastisement. The local bishop doubted the apparitions,
but the case has yet to be closed by the Catholic Church.
Spain possesses a tumultuous past, where Catholicism has survived
since the apostle James first preached it here following the death
of Christ. It was in Spain that James experienced the first recorded
apparition of Mary, which helped him persevere in his mission to
spread Christianity among the native people. Even during the Moorish
invasion that threatened to overtake all of Spain, the Church survived
and eventually retook its lands and peoples.
Not far from the site of the first Marian apparition, tucked away
in a mountain valley reminiscent of other apparition sites like Medjugorje,
sits the remote village of San Sebastian de Garabandal.
and peaceful in appearance now, Garabandal was once the site of
an event that drew people from all over the
girls began claiming that an angel, later identified as St. Michael
the Archangel, was appearing to them in preparation for what he called "The
coming of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title Our Lady of Mount
teaches that the Blessed Mother appeared to Saint Simon Stock at
Mount Carmel, introducing the scapular
to the world
as an important sign of devotion. Later in history, another Catholic
figure, Saint Dominic, would report that the Virgin appeared to him
with a message. "One day through the rosary and scapular I will
save the world."
Will this tiny Spanish village one day help fulfill Saint Dominic's
prophecy and play a role in Mary's plan to save the world? Despite
opposition, the four visionaries believe the answer is yes.
But for whatever reason, if indeed the Virgin did appear at Garabandal,
the fruits of this apparition have not been numerous. The visionaries,
however, claim that the Blessed Mother prophesied a general disbelief
in Garabandal as something that would precede the fulfillment of
During the apparitions,
the seer Conchita foretold this lack of belief. "A time will come when few people believe in the truth
of our apparitions… We ourselves will one day deny them. When
the great majority of people no longer believe, then the great Miracle
In fact, just as was prophesied, the four visionaries came to have
doubts as to whether or not the apparitions were real. At the present
time, however, they affirm that the Blessed Mother truly appeared
to them and entrusted them with secrets that will change the world.
The secrets of
Garabandal contain four events with global significance, set to
take place before what the Blessed
Virgin called "The
End of Time." The final part of these secrets involves a global
chastisement, sent directly by God as a punishment. The visionary
Mari Loli described this dreadful event. "We were absolutely
terrified…I cannot find words to explain it…We saw the
rivers turn to blood…Fire was falling from Heaven…And
something worse still which I cannot reveal at this time."
the visionaries, God will give mankind several chances to change
before He sends the chastisement. The
first such chance
is referred to as the Warning. According to the seer Conchita, this
experience will involve every person in the world. "The Warning
which the Blessed Virgin will send us is like a chastisement to make
the good draw closer to God, and to warn the wicked… It will
be like an interior realization of our sins. Believers as well as
unbelievers, wherever they are at the time, will see and feel it…"
is often referred to as the Illumination of Consciences, an event
foretold by many others, including Saint
who foresaw "a great day that would reveal all men's consciences." Then,
according to the visionaries, on the heels of the Warning will come
the Great Miracle.
The visionary Conchita knows the date of this Miracle and will announce
it eight days in advance. She claims that people in Garabandal and
on the surrounding mountains will be able to see it. The Miracle
will take place at the pines, a cluster of trees overlooking the
village where many of the apparitions took place. If mankind does
not convert after the Miracle, Conchita claims, God will be forced
to send the so-called Chastisement.
After the Miracle, a Permanent Sign will remain at the pines, which
in itself will be miraculous, because it will be able to be photographed
and filmed but not felt or touched. Coincidentally, this is the same
description given by the Medjugorje visionaries regarding the Permanent
Sign that is prophesied to appear on Apparition Hill.
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