Originally published in Spanish and later translated to English by Gerard Suel and Otto Miller, She Went in Haste to the Mountain covers the history of the Marian apparitions and other supernatural phenomena at the secluded mountain village of San Sebastián de Garabandal, Spain, from 1961 to 1965.
On Sunday, 18 June 1961, four girls from the village of Garabandal, Conchita González, María Dolores Mazón, Jacinta González and Mari Cruz González, witnessed an apparition of an angel. The four girls are not related and were 12 years old with the exception of Mari Cruz who was 11 at the time the apparitions began. The angel continued to visit them, until two weeks later when the Blessed Virgin appeared to them, the first of many visits.
Much was said to all four, although Conchita González received more than the others and is considered the principal seer. There are two formal messages for the world, warnings to turn back to God.
She Went in Haste to the Mountain is organized into three volumes, each over 200 pages. The text relies on witness testimonies, interviews with witnesses, clergy and the four seers, excerpts from letters and Conchita’s diary. Photographs are also included. It is a detailed coverage of the events, including the daily life of the village. Perhaps of no less importance is that the narrative also conveys the “feel” or atmosphere of Garabandal during those years.
To those who are unfamiliar with Marian apparitions, it may be beneficial to brush up on Church history and other Marian apparitions such as Our Lady of La Salette (France, 1846), amongst others.
The three volumes are freely available for download at St Joseph Publications: http://www.stjosephpublications.com/books_page.htm.
Click here for some messages from Garabandal.
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