Pending the Church’s official verdict related to Garabandal, I too am convinced regarding the authenticity of the apparitions.
Unfortunately, there are a number of half truths floating around the Internet pertaining to certain historical details. For example, syncretism
– some individuals have tended to "blend" the messages of Garabandal with the spurious prophecies of St. Malachy, and others.
When the actual facts are closely examined, it is difficult to refute the viewpoint that these events were at least praeternatural
(i.e., “beyond natural” explanation... which may include demonic origins).
However, when the content of the revealed messages
and the unsullied virtues
and unwavering devoutness
of the four visionaries over the past forty-some years are taken into consideration, there is little doubt in my mind that these events were indeed supernatural
(i.e., “above nature”… having Divine origin).
Here are a few web links which allude to various highly-regarded Catholics and their association with the happenings in Garabandal and/or the visionaries themselves:
1.) Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
2.) Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
(Note: Read the story pertaining to Joey Lomangino.)
3.) Pope John Paul II
4.) Pope Paul VI
5.) Mother Angelica
c.) http://www.frtommylane.com/garabandalme ... aco56k.asx
6.) For an anecdotal list of numerous other
associated and devout individuals, kindly go to this URL and scroll down: http://whatisgarabandal.blogspot.com/20 ... chive.html
Finally, Father Don Stefano Gobbi, founder of the highly-regarded Marian Movement of Priests ( www.mmp-usa.net
), had an interior locution on May 22, 1988 which stated:
“The Holy Spirit will come, to establish the glorious reign of Christ ... With his divine love, He will open the doors of hearts and illuminate all consciences. Every person will see himself in the burning fire of divine Truth. It will be like a judgment in miniature. And then Jesus Christ will bring his glorious reign in the world.”
[The full collection of Fr. Gobbi’s alleged locutions can be found in the free compendium entitled: To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons
This reference to a "judgment in miniature" seems to capture the essence of the Warning (illumination of conscience) foretold in Garabandal.
If interested, here’s a new and very well organized website related to Garabandal: www.garabandalvideos.com
To obtain a FREE
documentary related to Garabandal (54-minutes in length) on standard DVD, please follow the instructions provided at the location referenced by the following URL:
http://www.medjugorje-online.com/forum/ ... 7ca28556c2
Of course, as Catholics, we are NOT obliged to accept as true any
apparitions... whether Church-approved or not.
Peace & Blessings!
P.S. – Stella, did you take that photo of Garabandal yourself? Or, is it a stock photo downloaded from the Internet? In any case, I like it. Thanks!
"True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life, in the family, at school and at work, and in social and political involvement." - Pope John Paul II