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Many of us base our Christian life on feelings and emotional graces: “If I feel, I believe. But if I don't, I don't know if I believe."

Something Mari Cruz wrote to Father Andreu can help us reflect on this.


Be Very Good

A wave of evil unfolds before our eyes: destruction, war and persecution. The world and man stray further and further from God, consumed with avarice and the desire for power, consumerism, materialism. Man is living as if God did not exist and believes he is free. He even believes he is God, supported by the new technologies. Those men will soon have to appear before God, the just and truthful Judge. What will they say to Him?


The First Message contains these words: "If we do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon us.” We do not know when, how, or what this chastisement will be, but can presume that it will be terrible. On June 19 and 23, 1962, the “Nights of the Screams” took place. The girls were instructed about the Warning and the Chastisement. The Virgin Mary showed them a vision of the Chastisement that will come if, after the Warning and the Miracle, the world does not change. We can imagine what the girls’ screams must have been like to produce such fear in those present that everyone immediately asked for confession. One of the witnesses remembers, “The girls gave astonishing cries and said, ‘Wait! Wait!... Let them go to confession!’ People began to ask each other for forgiveness publicly. The whole village went to confession, and, apparently, they were extraordinarily sincere and repentant confessions.”

Loli and Jacinta wrote two messages regarding what they saw.

June 19, 1962

“The Virgin told us not to wait for the Chastisement. But it will come even if we are not waiting for it. Because the world has not changed, and She has already said this twice. And we do not listen, because the world is worse. We must change a great deal, and the world remains the same. I mean it: The world remains the same. What a shame that it does not change! If it does not change, soon the very great Chastisement will come.

June 23, 1962

“The Virgin Mary told us that the world is still the same and that nothing has changed… that few would see God. They are so few that it makes the Virgin Mary very sad.
What a shame that it does not change! The Virgin Mary told us that the Chastisement is coming. Since the world does not change, the cup is filling.
How sad the Virgin Mary was! ... Although she does not let us see it, because the Virgin Mary loves us so much… She suffers alone, because she is so good…! Everyone be good so that the Virgin Mary can be happy!

She told us that we who are good should pray for those who are bad. Yes, let us pray to God for the world, for those who do not know Him. Be good. Everyone be good.”

Prepare Yourselves!

There are many things in the world that we cannot change directly, but we must consider what is in our power and get to work. Personal conversion, the struggle for holiness and changing are not indifferent in the huge battle against evil that is taking place in the world today. If each one of us took the call to conversion seriously and made a sincere effort to live holy lives, we would be helping the world change. We must prepare ourselves and be aware that the time we must convert is the present moment, because who knows if there will be “later”? Who can add a minute—a second—to his life? We do not know how much time we have. We cannot sit around and wait for the moment to arrive when we say, “Now I am going to convert.” This “now” is right now—literally. It is the precious moment God gives you so that you can say, “Here I am, Lord. I want to follow You. I want to be faithful to You. You know that I am weak, but I want to start over and change.”

Be Good… If You Can

St. Philip Neri used to say, "Be good... if you can." We know that without grace we can do nothing. To be good we need—besides the desire to be good and the effort it requires on our part—the grace of God that makes it possible. The Lord said, "Without me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). We must count on Him and on Our Mother. They are there to help us. But this disposition, this "I will" that puts us on the way to this "be good," must be a personal response. 

Let Us Pray to God for the World

In addition to our personal effort, we must want everyone to know God and to return to Him. We can do this through evangelization by word or lifestyle, and through intercessory prayer. We must pray for the world, for sinners, for those far from God and for governors. We must also pray for the Church and for those whom the Lord has chosen to guide Her so that they, too, may be saints and that the Church may fulfill her mission in the world of proclaiming the Good News, baptizing in the name of the Lord Jesus and leading souls to Heaven. At this point we cannot stand with our arms crossed. We must watch over our hearts, so that no sterile complaints arise that lead nowhere but to bitterness and perhaps even division: “Did I complain about that priest, that person, that situation?” “Yes.” Then change. Now ask yourself: “Have I prayed? Have I offered sacrifices? Have I done penance?”

We Know hat the Victory Belongs to Our God

We know that the battle is won. This gives us the courage to continue. But we also know that in these moments, when the battle rages, we must fight with more courage to save as many souls as possible. Let not one be lost! 

Let us ask Our Mother to help us to take her words seriously and to give us the courage to be witnesses of Christ in the world that needs Him so much.

 Are you living the message?

Right at the beginning of this month we had the opportunity to remember a very special day in the history of the apparitions in Garabandal: July 2. It is the day of Our Lady's first apparition to the girls. The day before, the angel announced to them: "Do you know why I have come? I must tell you that the Blessed Virgin will appear to you tomorrow as Our Lady of Mount Carmel." This news filled them with joy and they exclaimed: "Tell her to come soon!" Thus began a precious time in which Our Lady visited this "hill country" in a special way, reminding us of another visitation of hers recorded in Luke's Gospel (Luke 1:39-56). In the Gospel, it says that she set out in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth. We could say that here too Our Lady was in a "hurry" to visit her children again to bring them to her Son, to show them her motherly love and to give them messages to get them back on the right path.

A humble and merciful Heart

We have already begun the month of June, a month dedicated in a special way to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus speaks to us about mercy and about trust. Mercy, because He is all merciful towards the repented sinner; and trust, because what He expects from us in return is trust in Him. How difficult we find it to trust completely in God despite all the times that He has shown us that He is trustworthy.

Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces 

In 1965, His Holiness Paul VI wrote an encyclical letter entitled Mense Maio, in which he invites us to pray to the Virgin Mary in the month of May. He says that one of the reasons for his appeal was the international situation, "the supreme benefit of peace is again being placed in jeopardy. Today we see tensions worsening gravely between nations in certain parts of the world.The Pope speaks of how peace will not be achieved by human work and effort alone, it is necessary to pray to God and ask him for the gift of peace. Peace “is not solely the work of man. It is also, and primarily, a gift from God. Peace comes from heaven. It will truly reign among men when we have finally proved ourselves worthy to receive this gift from Almighty God. Just as the happiness and destiny of nations are in His power, so also are the hearts of men.” He invites us to pray "with constancy and watchfulness, as the Church has been wont to do from her very beginning; by praying, in particular, for the intercession and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is the Queen of peace.

The Seven Last Words

Traditionally, the seven last words are meditated and preached on Good Friday to remember the last words of Jesus before His death. It is a devotion spread all over the world. Its diffusion and practice is attributed to St. Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church, who wrote a treatise entitled The Seven Words: Spoken by Christ on the Cross. It is a Lenten tradition of the Church that takes us into the very heart of Our Savior. We must widen our hearts to listen to these words with open ears and not let them fall into the void. What do these words of Jesus say to me in particular?

Come back to Me

We began the season of Lent a few days ago. Lent is the liturgical season that prepares us for the celebration of Easter, the most important solemnity of the year. It is mainly a time of conversion, but it could also be classified as a time of grace and thanksgiving. It is a time of grace because in these "strong" times the Lord is giving us the opportunity to receive more graces.

With Advent, we have begun a hope-filled time. Some questions arise: What do you hope for? Who do you place your hope in? Can you truly say, "All my hope is in Thee?" or have you divided your heart's hope with other things that are not our only Hope? It is time to do a review. Examine and act.

If You Will, You Can Make Me Clean

In the previous newsletter, we talked about hope and faith amid suffering. This month, which is dedicated to the sick, our eyes and thoughts turn toward the mystery of human suffering once again. St. John Paul II said: “Down through the centuries and generations it has been seen that in suffering there is concealed a particular power that draws a person interiorly close to Christ... To the suffering brother or sister, Christ discloses and gradually reveals the horizons of the Kingdom of God: the horizons of a world converted to the Creator, of a world free from sin, a world being built on the saving power of love. And slowly but effectively, Christ leads into this world, into this Kingdom of the Father, suffering man, in a certain sense through the very heart of his suffering” (Salvifici doloris, 26).


Maria Herrero de Gallardo was present at more than 30 apparitions in San Sebastián de Garabandal. Here are some of the extraordinary events she witnessed during her first visit.

As we move on in life and in our spiritual life, we see how everything passes. The heart searches for a place, a something that does not pass or end. The Christian heart finds this something in God. God does not pass away; He is eternal and infinite. In Him alone can we truly place our hope. In our daily life, it tires us when we put our hope in something or someone other than God.

November begins with a great Solemnity, All Saints' Day. We celebrate in a special way all the anonymous saints who rejoice in God's presence and share in Christ's triumph and glory. It is a day to be glad about God's action in countless souls and to remember that we too have received the call we must answer.


Live Garabandal
Way of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross

Meditate on the Passion

Our Lady’s second message, given in Garabandal on June 18, 1965, ends with these words: “You should make more sacrifices. Meditate on the passion of Jesus.” One of the ways which the Church suggests to meditate on the passion of Our Lord and Savior is to pray the Stations of the Cross. In doing so, we follow Jesus to Calvary and meditate on the suffering which he endured for our salvation.


Month of May

Month of May

On April 29th, 1965, Bl. Paul VI gave the Church an encyclicle entitled "MENSE MAIO" with which he invited us to pray to the Virgin Mary during the Month of May.

"The month of May is almost here, a month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. Our heart rejoices at the thought of the moving tribute of faith and love which will soon be paid to the Queen of Heaven in every corner of the earth. For this is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God's merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother's throne. "Because the month of May is a powerful incentive to more frequent and fervent prayers, and because our petitions more readily find access to her compassionate heart during it, it has been a favorite custom of Our predecessors to choose this month, dedicated to Mary, for urging the Christian people to offer up public prayers whenever the needs of the Church demanded it or some grave crisis threatened the human race. This year, Venerable Brothers, We in turn feel compelled to call for such prayers from the whole Catholic world. Looking at the present needs of the Church and the status of world peace, We have sound reasons to believe that the present hour is especially grave and that a plea for concerted prayer on the part of all Christians is a matter of top priority."

Paul VI wrote this in 1965 but it is valid for us today also. And even more so today as we are in great need of divine help and of Mary's intercession. Let's take on this invitation and intensify our devotion to Mary, Our Mother this May.

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