From 1961 to 1965, there were a series of Marian apparitions and other supernatural phenomena at the village of San Sebastián de Garabandal, Spain.
There were four seers: Conchita González, María Dolores Mazón, Jacinta González and Mari Cruz González, all unrelated and 12 years old except for Mari Cruz who was 11 years old at the beginning of the apparitions. Conchita is considered to be the principal seer who received the most messages. (Click here for a brief review of She Went in Haste to the Mountain by Eusebio Garcia de Pesquera which covers the history of these events at Garabandal.)
There are two formal messages from Our Lady to the world, which are reproduced below. Also included in between these are messages referring to the “Night of the Screams” (Noches de los Gritos) when María Dolores, Jacinta and Mari Cruz experienced disturbing visions.
First Message – 18 October 1961
It is necessary to make many sacrifices, to do much penance, It is necessary to visit the Blessed Sacrament; But first we must be very good. And if we do not do this a punishment will come upon us. Already the cup is filling up; and if we do not change, a very great punishment will come upon us.
“Night of the Screams” – 19 June 1962
It is uncertain whether the following was from Our Lady or the Angel on behalf of Our Lady. It was subsequently written and signed by María Dolores and Jacinta:
That we do not expect the Chastisement; that without expecting it, it will come; Since the world has not changed. And She has already told us twice; and we do not pay attention to Her, since the world is getting worse. And it should change very much. And it has not changed at all. Prepare yourself. Confess, because the Chastisement will come soon. And the world continues the same… I tell you this: That the world continues the same. How unfortunate that it does not change! Soon will come a very great Chastisement, if it does not change.
María Dolores also related the following to a priest:
In spite of seeing the Virgin (during “Night of the Screams”) we began to see a great multitude of people who were suffering intensely, and screaming with tremendous fear…
The Most Holy Virgin explained to us that this great tribulation—which was not the Chastisement—would come because a time would arrive when the Church would give the impression of being on the point of perishing… It would pass through a terrible test. We asked the Virgin what this great test was called and she told us that it was Communism.
Then she showed us how the great Chastisement for all mankind would come, and that it would come directly from God…
There will come a time when all motors and machines will stop; a terrible wave of heat will strike the earth and men will begin to feel a great thirst. In desperation they will seek water, but this will evaporate from the heat… Then almost everyone will despair and they will seek to kill one another… But they will lose their strength and fall to the earth. Then it will be understood that it is God alone Who has permitted this.
Then we saw a crowd in the midst of flames. The people ran to hurl themselves into the lakes and seas. But the water seemed to boil and in place of putting out the flames, it seemed to enkindle them even more.
It was so horrible that I asked the Most Holy Virgin to take all the young children with her before all this happened. But the Virgin told us that when it would come, they would all be adults…
Later, María Dolores and Jacinta issued the final statement regarding this experience.
The Virgin has told us:
That the world continues the same, that it has not changed at all; That few will see God; so few they are, that it is causing the Virgin great sorrow. How unfortunate it is that the world does not change! The Virgin has told us that the Chastisement is coming. As the world is not changing, the cup is filling up. How sorrowful is the Virgin, although she does not allow us to see it. Since the Virgin loves us so much, she suffers alone, since she is so good. Everyone be good, so that the Virgin will be happy! She has told us that those who are good should pray for those who are evil. Yes, we should pray to God for the world, for those who do not know Him. Be good, be very good.
Second Message – 18 June 1965
Conchita received the message of Our Lady to the world through St Michael. The following was read out the next day.
As my message of October 18 has not been fulfilled, and has not been made known to the world, I tell you that this is the last. Before, the cup was filling up; now it is overflowing. The Priests: Many are on the road to perdition, and with them they are taking many more souls. The Eucharist: It is being given less and less importance. With your own efforts, you should avoid the wrath of the Good God. If you ask pardon with a sincere heart, He will forgive you. I, your Mother, through the intercession of the Archangel St Michael, want to tell you to amend your lives. You are in the last warnings! I love you very much, and do not want your condemnation. Ask us sincerely, and We will give you what you ask. You should sacrifice yourself more. Think of the Passion of Jesus.
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