Our Lady of Garabandal

In the evening of June 18, 1961, four girls were playing on the outskirts of the town of Garabandal - Conchita Gonzalez, Maria Dolores (Mari-loli) Mazon, Jacinta Gonzalez and Maria Cruz Gonzalez (not related despite having the same name.) Maria Cruz was eleven, the others twelve, and all were from poor families. Suddenly they heard a thunder-like noise, and saw before them the bright figure of the Archangel Michael. On the following days the Archangel appeared to them again in the same place. He announced that on July 2,1961 they would see Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The next day, upon seeing the Virgin Mary, the girls went into ecstasy. She appeared to them with 2 angels, both of which looked exactly like St. Michael, and over her right shoulder, the children saw a flaming red square with a triangle and an eye in it, with some Oriental writing in it. She spoke to them about everything from the village news to the beginning of the first warning. She also taught them how to pray the rosary. She appeared to them many times. On October 16, 1961, the First message of Our Lady, was revealed. She Said: "You must make many sacrifices, do much penance & visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently; but first, you must be good, and unless you do this, a punishment will befall us. The cup is already filling and unless you change, a very great punishment will come." Over 2,000 Apparitions Occurred in Garabandal, from 1961-1965. But the most significant of All Apparitions occurred on May 2, 1962, when the angel told Conchita that God would perform a miracle so that all people would believe: they would see the Sacred Host on her tongue at the moment of Communion and that she should make this known fifteen days in advance. On July 18, 1962, the town was crowded with visitors. The Second Warning of Our Lady, was given on June 18, 1965. The Lady Said: "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. 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." On one Occasion, Our Lady has promised a greater miracle in Garabandal so that all may believe the apparitions and be obedient to the message. "As the punishment which we deserve for the sins of the world is great, the miracle must also be a great one, for the world needs it." The sick who come to Garabandal on that day will be cured, unbelievers will be converted. There will remain a permanent sign at "The Pines" as a proof of Our Lady's tremendous love for all her children.

Until Now, the Events of Garabandal are still under the Church's investigation with no final judgment having yet been made.