DAILY CATHOLIC - Wednesday, April 22, 1998   volume 9, no. 78

ON-GOING SERIES


AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

Installment Sixty-Four

GARABANDAL: For whom the Bells Toll! - The effects of Garabandal in the nineties

Part Eleven

     As we have seen in all past installments of this on-going mega series the Holy Spirit works in wondrous ways but we must always discern through prayer and a thorough knowledge of Church Doctrine and Dogma, as well as the Traditions and Teachings, if the "spirit" is God's Will for us or own self-will clouding the issue. It seems in the latter part of the nineties that almost every day we've been receiving beaucoup calls concerning the pending "Warning" prophesied at Garabandal now over thirty years ago. There have been many omens publicized of cataclysmic events, catastrophic events with comets or asteroids plummeting to earth, giant earthquakes, floods, etc. and attempts to pinpoint dates, but every one of them have come and gone without being fulfilled - such as that God would appear on Channel 18 in Garland, Texas, or that He would come down in a spaceship for only His chosen ones who belonged to Heaven's Gate. We have seen the results, in the former humorous and bizarre, in the latter tragic and bizarre. In all of these including back in 1994 when a minister predicted the exact day the "Warning" would appear to other reports by purported messengers when the "Warning" and "Miracle" would be have proved false. Why? Because the messages they received were not of the Holy Spirit. Many did not discern but rushed to judgment. That is a great problem today both outside the Church and within, even within the Marian movement. Many rush to judgment either accepting everything or condemning it without truly discerning, without taking into account Saint Paul's words in 5 Thessalonians 5: 19-22, "Do not extinguish the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. But test all things; hold fast that which is good. Keep yourselves from every kind of evil." That is one of the biggest problems today is that we do not "test all things" - we do not submit to the Will of God and keep that which is good while discarding that which could be harmful. Rather, we rush to judgment, clouded by our own experiences, prejudices, and self-will. But it all falls into the category the Blessed Mother spoke of at Garabandal, as well as La Salette, Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje, Akita, Betania and countless other sites around the globe and to countless messengers throughout the world. Jesus Himself warned of this when He said in Matthew 7: 15-16, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them."

     Ah, the fruits. The fruits of all Our Lady has imparted have or are coming true, while those messages not from Heaven - which portend things not from God, though they pretend to be - ergo the false prophets - land by the wayside. The sensational prophecies are caught up in the frenzy of the media glare and publicized, but they soon whither and fall by the wayside and are scattered to the winds. The prophecies from Our Lord and His Blessed Mother gain momentum and bear fruit, yet they are not publicized to the degree of the former because they are not "sensational" in the eyes of the world. No, in the pupils of the temporary they are mundane and boring - such as Pray, Fast, Do Penance, Convert your hearts to God, Do good for your fellow man, Return to the Sacraments. These are the messages They have been conveying for the past two centuries while warning us of the ills our society would plummet into. Did we listen? The answer has to be a reverberating "No!" because the world is no better off today than during the time of Sodom and Gomorrah. Our Lady has said this over and over. Yet we still plod on toward that abyss, "bored" by the messages because there is nothing exciting about them. God told us we had to work by the sweat of our brow when He banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Nothing has changed despite the high-tech, lazy conveniences of the nineties. In fact, He asks us to work all the harder to offset this "curse." And living the messages is work because it means applying ourselves day-in and day-out with little fanfare. But the fruits will accrue as do the graces because of our obedience and perseverance. If we don't, then we can expect dire consequences and we will know when the "Warning" does occur. That God has promised - when we will see the state of our souls as He sees us, not as others or the rose-colored ego facade we may have conned ourselves into thinking exists. When that happens it will hopefully wake-up the entire world. Realistically Our Lady has conveyed that there will be those who will still disdain her Divine Son and for that rejection they will pay dearly. Those, striving to do God's Will, don't want that to happen to them or to any of God's children and are therefore asked to take on the extra task (we like to say "graces") of doing reparation through prayer and penance. Think of the numerous victim souls who offer their suffering for the reparation of sins such as abortion, blasphemy, homosexuality, lust, greed, - all the seven deadly sins. To quote a famous song, "They want them to be with them in that Number when the Saints go marching in!" And the saints will march for after the "Warning" will come the promised "Miracle" much in the same fashion as the Passion and Death of Christ came before the Resurrection. We have to pay a price for victory. Are we willing to pay into that fund to reap the eternal dividends? That is the question Our Lady has asked at Garabandal following it up even more intensely at Medjugorje. So many who were on fire when they first went to or heard about Medjugorje have fallen aside, spurred only by the sensational, oblivious to the truly sensational promise Our Lady imparts - to be with her Divine Son in Heaven forever! Medjugorje is nothing but an extension of Garabandal and Garabandal is nothing but an extension of Fatima and Fatima is nothing but an extension of La Salette and La Salette is nothing but an extension of Lourdes and...well you get the picture. All the apparitions over the past two centuries are intricately woven together forming a beautiful tableau that has all the answers to Heavenly Bliss there as plain as day. But we get so caught up in all the trappings of the world that we lose sight of this valuable tapestry fashioned by God. That is why He sent His Own Mother to the Pyranee Mountains in Northern Spain, not just for the four peasant girls who would become visionaries - but for the whole world. That is why He sent His Own Mother to the mountains in Bosnia, not just to six children - but for the whole world. God has a method to His "madness." Not that God is "mad" in the sense of state of mind, but that He works in wondrous ways for He is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in One.

     And though Garabandal has taken a back seat to more modern apparition sites and the latest "vision" or "message of the week" that message junkies cluster toward, Garabandal is not forgotten and He will resurrect the meaning of His Mother's visit there and all that was foretold when the "Warning" and "Miracle" occur. Make no mistake about it, it will happen. Regardless of other events foretold by others and specific dates, we are not cynical or skeptical about the prophecies of Garabandal, only the aspect of being leery about any specific date unless it comes from the visionaries of Garabandal themselves who are now in their mid to late forties. As we've said throughout this series, the "Warning" and the "Miracle" will happen and will happen before the millennium! As Father Richard Gilsdorf testified in Garabandal Magazine in 1990, "As the crisis deepens, it becomes increasingly evident that the prophetic elements must be the solution. When nothing on earth can avail, then Heaven will intervene. And of all possible forms that intervention could take, the sequence of Warning-Miracle-conditional Chastisement seems to mirror most perfectly the mercy and justice of God." In the next installment we will bring you more of Father's story and how Garabandal saved his priestly life.

To review all past installments of this on-going series, go to Archives beginning with the inaugural A CALL TO PEACE internet issue in January 1996. volume 7, no. 1.

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