Published in: https://www.peliculagarabandal.com/
Date: May 19th 2019
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Felipe Gómez is a Colombian singer and composer, well known for his love for Our Blessed Mother. He is also known for his love for his wife and his large family of six children. On the occasion of the premiere of Garabandal: Only God Knows in Colombia, he publicly supported the broadcasting campaign with a video. A few weeks ago, he responded on Facebook to a question raised by one of his fans.
Question: Feli, I had really looked forward to seeing the movies about Garabandal and Padre Pio, but neither of one them makes the Church look good. Is it necessary to denounce and scandalize so much instead of being constructive at a time when our Church suffers so much persecution? Thank you for your reply.
PS: I love your song about Padre Pio.
Answer: Thank you for your message, my brother. The life of Padre Pio was full of beautiful, mystical experiences, but also tribulations. Perhaps they wanted to highlight in the movie that the path of the saints is surrounded by roses and many thorns.
Sadly, in the history of the Church, saints, lay people, priests and religious are often persecuted by their own brothers and sisters in community and even by high-ranking officials.
It should be noted that, in many cases, the same ones who served as devil's advocates ended up recognizing the supernatural virtues of the saints. God even allows those who persecute the saints with bad intentions to be discovered.
Concerning Garabandal: Only God Knows, the Marian apparitions have faithful devotees, but also critics. Being an apparition, we are not obliged to believe it as if it were a dogma. We can and we have the freedom to believe it or doubt its veracity.
In this particular case, there have been many fruits: thousands of conversions, miraculous healings, etc. We even know that it was supported by Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta and by Saint Padre Pio himself, while the local church at the time did not know what the messages said, showed disinterest or even persecuted the visionaries.
This is the history of the Church. We are surrounded by good and evil, by sympathizers and enemies, by humanity and divinity. Thank God, at the end of the day, the truth comes to light and shines.
The life of Padre Pio and the apparitions of Garabandal were surrounded by persecutions, intrigues and slander. But love ends up highlighting the struggle for holiness, goodness and love.
These two films question us and invite us to put ourselves on the good side.