This is a beautiful testimony sent to our website from Costa Rica. Marvin Vargas Jara explains how becoming familiar with Our Blessed Mother’s messages in Garabandal has changed his life.
Originally published on www.garabandalthemovie.com
I was born in Heredia, Costa Rica, on April 9, 1959. Therefore, I was two years and a few months old when the apparitions began. I come from a Catholic family. During my childhood and adolescence, I was close to the Church, but when I finished high school, I fell away. I think I made my last Confession before I turned eighteen... I was not a bad son or a bad person. I always had my Blessed Mother on my mind.
I got married when I was thirty-eight, and now I have two marvelous daughters who are eighteen and sixteen years old. My wife and I divorced five years ago, which impacted and hurt me a lot, especially for my daughters.
For a time, my sister lived in my house, and we used to talk about religious things in the evenings. We also commented on mysteries like Marian apparitions. One day she asked me if I had ever heard about Garabandal. To tell the truth, I had never heard that word in my life. I was curious and that night I began to look up information on the computer. I found several videos and chose one that lasted more than an hour. When I finished watching it, something impacted me so much that inside I said to myself, “This is the most marvelous thing I have ever heard in my life on apparitions of the Blessed Virgin.” From that moment, I watch and search for information on Garabandal. I have watched a lot of videos, almost every one that exists.
The messages and recommendations the Blessed Mother gave the girls was what made me go back to Church. I went back, went to Confession, I always go to Mass, and I am part of a prayer group. My life changed.
Before, months would go by without seeing my daughters, but one day I received a message from my daughters’ mother which read: “Marvin, you can see your daughters whenever you want and the days you want.” That message was a miracle from the Virgin Mary. Now, we have even begun a friendship for our daughters’ good.
I have gone through moments of economic difficulty. I have an obligation by law (alimony) that becomes difficult to manage on occasions. Yet, I have always been able to get through and I have never gone hungry. I feel protected by my Blessed Mother, and I remain under her protection. Material things do not matter. I have a house and a job. This house will go to my two daughters when I am gone. Before that though, I would be the happiest man on earth if I could go to Garabandal, be there, and pray the Rosary at the Pines... One day I will. My daughters know about Garabandal because I always talk to them about it. When I heard about the movie, I forwarded the information to them and they were happy to receive it. Yesterday, something really touched me. My eighteen-year-old daughter, Melissa, told me, “Dad, when I get a job, I will take you to Garabandal, even if you walk with a cane.” This made me shed a few tears.
God bless all those who were involved in this movie, which is a work of art. May the Virgin Mary enlighten the Vatican so that this miracle may be recognized. Thank you for reading this simple testimony.