WHY DID MARY APPEAR AS OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL?
By Father Alfred Combe

Whenever Our Lady appears to her children on earth under a particular name, it is not without a purpose. At Lourdes in 1858, when a young Bernadette Soubirous asked the “beautiful lady” who she was, the answer came: “I am the Immaculate Conception. “ This was clearly a reaffirmation of the newly proclaimed dogma of the Immaculate Conception decreed by Pope Pius IX a few short years before in 1854. When Our Lady came to Fatima in 1917 as “The Lady of the Rosary,” it was to emphasize that most powerful prayer and urge us to use it in imploring God’s mercy and gaining Our Lady’s help and protection against the catastrophic events which were to come in the form of World War II and the global spread of atheistic communism.

Why then did the Blessed Virgin come to Garabandal as “Our Lady of Mount Carmel”? What significance does this have for Christians today?

A Divine Theme
If we go back to Lourdes we can begin to see a divine theme being developed. The Blessed Virgin’s last appearance at Lourdes was on July 16, 1858, feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. During the final apparition at Fatima, October 13, 1917 when the “miracle of the sun” occurred, Our Lady first appeared as she had been appearing to the three shepherd children with her sorrowful heart exposed. And then she appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel with “something hanging from her right hand.” We can safely assume that the “something” was the scapular. Forty-four years later in the little mountain hamlet of San Sebastian de Garabandal in northern Spain, Our Lady appears with a large brown scapular prominently draped over her right wrist.

The Title and the Sacrament
In 1251, Mary appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel to Saint Simone Stock, General of the Order of Carmelites, holding in her hand a scapular. She directed him to found a confraternity whose members should wear it and consecrate themselves to her service. Ever since then, the title “Our Lady of Mount Carmel” and the scapular have been inseparably linked.

It is also a tradition among the Carmelites that when Elijah the prophet (of Mount Carmel) threw his cloak over Elisha thus imparting his spirit to him, it was a prefiguration of Mary clothing her children with the brown scapular. It is of the greatest importance for Catholics living today as we enter into humanity’s darkest hour, to be consecrated by scapular to our heavenly Mother, placing ourselves under the mantle of her protection. A prophecy attributed to Saint Dominic further underlines this importance,” one day through the rosary and the scapular, she (Our Lady) will save the world.”

But aside from its connection with the scapular, does the title, “Our Lady of Mount Carmel,” have any other significance?”

Carmel-A Symbol of Beauty
Carmel is a celebrated mountain near modern Haifa. Its Hebrew name means “garden” or “orchard”. In early times it was so named because of the fertility of its slopes, well irrigated, they bore a vegetation so abundant and varied, that Carmel passed into Biblical verse to evoke the very idea of beauty and abundance. In the Song of Solomon, the bridegroom, so dazzled by the beauty of the bride, says to her, ”Thy head is held high like Carmel…How beautiful thou art…Oh love, oh delight!” (Song 7:6,7).

Isaiah, the prophet, speaking of the glory of Lebanon is bestowed upon it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they shall see the glory of Yahweh, the splendor of our God” (Is 35:2). In its piety, inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Church has taken this Biblical image and applied it to the Blessed Virgin, “Flower of Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven.” Indeed at Garabandal, the four little seers were in ecstasy before Our Lady of Carmel, enraptured by her beauty. Thus through her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Blessed Virgin, the Entirely Beautiful, the Entirely Holy, the Entirely Good, the Joy of God recalls to us, as in the Magnificent, “the marvels” that God did for her-and for us. If, by her beauty she wishes to attract us to her heart, is it not to make us hear and to heed her message of salvation?

Carmel-A Symbol of Faith
Just as Mount Horeb in Sinai reminds us of Moses and “the Law”, Mount Carmel calls to mind Elijah and “the Prophets”. It is the Holy Mountain, the Inspired Mountain.

During the time of Elijah, the kingdom of Israel was in a pitiable state. False priests and prophets by the hundreds, under the protection of the court, openly preached the worship of Baal. To this idolatry were added corruption, injustice and crime. The situation was so drastic that the very foundation of Israel’s faith was threatened.

The Man of Faith
Then Elijah made his appearance. Alone in the face of the priests and prophets of Baal, alone before the king and the people, alone against all the forces of decomposition, Elijah rose up-a champion of the ABSOLUTE. A man of prayer and penance, of contemplation of action; of boldness and humility, incorruptible before the great ones, good to the poor and the “widowed”, completely consumed by the fire of God, Elijah preached conversion to the living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

After all of Israel had fallen to the worship of Baal, Elijah assembled the entire population and the 450 false prophets on Mount Carmel and proposed a test. Both he and the false prophets would call upon Baal to provide the fire and Elijah would call upon the Lord. Everyone agreed that whichever sacrifice was set ablaze would determine the true God. The prophets of Baal, after many hours of preparation, hopping around the altar and slashing themselves with swords were unable to produce the fire. Then Elijah called upon the Lord and fire came down from heaven not only consuming the sacrifice, but the altar as well. When the Israelites saw this, they fell prostrate in worship of the one true God.

Elijah became so popular in Israel that his name will forever associated with Mount Carmel and its dramatic role in Elijah’s contest on behalf of God. Since that time, Mount Carmel has been a symbol of conversion or turning back to God.

False Prophets
Today, all the powers of evil are breaking out against our Christian faith, sometimes openly, but more often under the guise of prophets or as wolves in sheep’s clothing. False prophets attack the most sacred of dogmatic truths, and they lure to shipwreck the principal mystical, ascetic, moral, spiritual and humane values of our time.

The Woman of Faith
Like Elijah, but more than Elijah, because she is the Queen of Prophets, Mary repeats to us the word of God which spans the ages, “be converted” (Acts 3:19). At Garabandal she said, “We must do much penance…If we do not change…a chastisement will come.” She recalls to us the ABSOLUTE of the Eucharist and of the priesthood, “We must…visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently… Many cardinals, bishops and priests are on the road to perdition…” Because she is the Co-redemptress, she puts before us the ABSOLUTE of the Cross-and the sacrifice, “ We must make many sacrifices…Think of the passion of Jesus.” And because she is the Immaculate One, she calls us to perfection, “But above all we must be very good.”

The Full Meaning
Now we can begin to see why the Blessed Virgin came to Garabandal as Our Lady of Mount Carmel-that symbol of motherly protection, of beauty, faith, and conversion.

In a locution on July 20, 1963, Our Lord told Conchita that as a result of the miracle, “she (Russia)… will be converted, and thus everybody will love Our Hearts,” If we meditate on this, we realize that we cannot begin to imagine the full impact the total Garabandal event will have on the world. Perhaps the real significance of the Blessed Mother’s title at Garibandal is reserved for the future. And here is a point to contemplate: On one side of the scapular which Mary had on her wrist at Garabandal was a cross; on the other side was a mountain.

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Mari Cruz

I have been invited by Aviso to comment about the publication of an introductory letter by Mari Cruz in the last edition of the book “Garabandal” written by Father José Luís Saavedra, a priest of the Home of the Mother, a religious group started in the 80s.

Read more here:

Source: Mari Cruz comments about the apparitions by the first time in more than 50 years | Garabandal News

If you are like me you probably have no difficulty accepting the supernatural character of the apparitions and other phenomena associated with the events of Fatima of 1917 since they have received the ‘nihil obstat’ and the approval of the Holy See.   Also, like me you are probably troubled by the controversies surrounding all other such events and private revelations that have occurred since Fatima.

The failure of the Holy See to disclose the findings of the commissions that have investigated Medjugorje and to either condemn or approve it make acceptance by Catholics around the world difficult and, conversely, the events of Garabandal  assume increasing importance in view of the present growing crisis in the Church.

Edward Kelly’s book, A Journey of Happiness and Hope is not the usual compilation of reporting on the Church’s treatment of the apparitions and revelations, but is instead  an autobiographical record of how his life was changed after he stumbled upon the village of Garabandal as a tourist in Spain in the 1960″s.  But his book is not simply autobiographical because it gives the reader insight into the lives of the visionaries, their families and the other residents of the small village of Garabandal.  In addition, he does provide a record of the way the Church, both local and Rome have dealt with the supernatural element of the events of Garabandal.

A Journey of Happiness and Hope is eminently readable.  I could not put it down once I started reading it and the fact that Saints Padre Pio and Mother Theresa of Calcutta were such strong supporters of the visionaries of Garabandal came as a welcome surprise to me in view of the reprehensible way in which the bishops of Santander have mishandled  Garabandal from the beginning.

The book is available from Amazon and costs only $15.00.  I highly recommend it.

+Rene Henry Gracida

Source: A BOOK RECOMMENDATION FOR YOU | ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP

 

Tribulation Times

October 24, 2017
(Luk 12:2-3) For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed: nor hidden that shall not be known. For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in the chambers shall be preached on the housetops.

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 St. Andrews Productions: The Miracle of Illumination of All Consciences by Dr. Thomas W. Petrisko

From as far back as the 16th century, when St. Edmund Campion of England spoke of “a great day that would reveal all men’s consciences,” a coming “day of enlightenment” has been foretold. It is purported to be a day in which God will supernaturally illuminate the conscience of every man, woman, and child on earth. Each person, then, would momentarily see the state of their soul through God’s eyes and realize the truth of His existence. This predicted event is now said to be imminent, as talk concerning the certainty of this miracle has intensified. This book is a comprehensive and authoritative guide on this coming event, using Scripture and testimony from the Saints and Visionaries to explain this coming miracle of God’s Mercy. ‘It will be an act of God…an act of His Mercy. Whether the world will avoid annihilation of several entire nations, will depend on how each of us reacts to this act of His Mercy. At a time when the world has lost its sense of sin, we will suddenly see ourselves as God sees us. We will recognize our sins.- Fr. Philip Bebie, CP Thomas W. Petrisko

MORE ON “THE WARNING”:  http://www.godswarning.com

A MOMENT WITH MARYSatan fears the Rosary

In his book The Last Exorcist—composed of texts from various blogs, Father Amorth reports an entire dialogue he had, in his role as exorcist, with the devil.

Father Amorth: “What are the virtues of the Madonna that make you angriest?”

Demon: “She makes me angry because she is the humblest of all creatures, and because I am the proudest; because she is the purest of all creatures, and I am not; because, of all creatures, she is the most obedient to God, and I am a rebel!”

Father Amorth: “Tell me the fourth characteristic of the Madonna that makes you so afraid of her that you are more afraid when I say the Madonna’s name than when I say the name of Jesus Christ!”

Demon: “I am more afraid when you say the Madonna’s name, because I am more humiliated by being beaten by a simple creature, than by Him…”

Father Amorth: “Tell me the fourth characteristic of the Madonna that makes you most angry!”

Demon: “Because she always defeats me, because she was never compromised by any taint of sin!”

“During an exorcism,” Father Amorth remembers, “Satan told me, through the possessed person, ‘Every Hail Mary of the Rosary is a blow to the head for me; if Christians knew the power of the Rosary, it would be the end of me!’”

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MATTHEW KELLY: The Rosary teaches us how to just be, and that is not a small or inisignificant lesson.

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 17- “On non-possessiveness”

6. He who has tasted the things on high easily despises what is below. But he who has not tasted the things above finds joy in possessions.


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This month’s archive can be found at: http://www.catholicprophecy.info/news2.html.

Source: WHAT IS GARABANDAL?: THE WARNING: ILLUMINATION OF ALL CONSCIENCES

This is an excellent article on the relationship of Garabandal and Akita!

Akita – Tears of Heaven Posted on October 17, 2017 by Beckita [Last Friday, I shared excerpts from Msgr. Pope’s recent blog piece which included passages from the messages of Our Lady of Akita.

Read the article here:

Source: Akita – Tears of Heaven | Garabandal News

Message from
Thomas Fahy
Last year, we had a fund raising drive to pay for a grotto at the House of Sanctification in Garabandal, a Statue of Our Lady
of Garabandal holding the infant Jesus, and the stone surround to protect the statue in the Grotto.
I was waiting for everything to be completed in the Grotto with the statue, but work came to a standstill last March, at least
for a while. However, the stone surround did get installed, but still needs some work. The statue is in storage, which arrived
in Garabandal on November 18, 2016.
I am also including an as an attachment a picture of the stone Surround.

 

 

The most important apparition of the 20th century approved by the Catholic Church is Fatima. It was reported that during Our Lady’s farewell to Sister Lucy at Fatima in 1917, the Blessed Virgin used these words, “Goodbye till San Sebastian of Spain.” Since that time, over 300 apparitions have been reported to the Vatican.

One of the most significant of these apparitions took place at San Sebastian de Garabandal, Spain from 1961 to 1965. Although there has been considerable confusion about these alleged apparitions, it would be well to point out, that the Church has never condemned them. A new commission was formed by the Bishop in 1986, and Garabandal is currently under ecclesiastical investigation by the Catholic Church.

The message of Garabandal contains prophecies of supernatural events that affect the entire world. Since we might be very near to these predicted events, it would be prudent for the faithful to be aware of Our Lady’s messages, especially if the Church declares the appari- tions worthy of belief.

There has been much speculation that the third secret of Fatima, which was to have been revealed in 1960, warns of a great apostasy within the Church. If this is true, then one of the most significant messages of Garabandal given on June 18, 1965, would seem to be a confirmation of the third secret. Part of this message tell us:

“…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.”

One does not have to look too far to see that these prophetic words of Our Lady are now being fulfilled in our time.

What Was Our Lady Trying to Tell Us at Garabandal 40 Years Ago?

The prophecies of Garabandal tell us that four of the greatest supernatural events in the history of mankind are about to take place:

1. A World Wide Warning

It will come from God and it will be experienced by everyone in the world.

2. A Great Miracle

God will perform the greatest miracle of all time.

3. A Permanent Sign

After the Great Miracle, a Sign….something that has never been seen before upon the earth will remain forever (para siempre) in the “Pines” of Garabandal.

4. The Chastisement

A punishment that is conditional upon the response of mankind to these messages.

When Will These Events Occur?

Mari-Loli, one of the visionaries, knows the year of the Warning. She said that the Warning will occur within one year before the miracle. Conchita, the oldest visionary, knows when the miracle will occur. Our Lady told her that she must announce the date eight days before the miracle is to occur. The Warning must take place during Conchita’s lifetime.

The Village

Our story of Garabandal began on the evening of June 18, 1961 when the Archangel Michael appeared to four young girls. The Archangel made eight silent appearances during the following twelve days. On July 1, the angel finally spoke to announce that on the following day, the Blessed Virgin Mary would appear to them as Our Lady of Carmel.

San Sebastian de Garabandal is a tiny village of about 300 people located in the beautiful Cantabrian mountains of northwestern Spain, in the Diocese of Santander. Just about a mile to the north on a high ridge, nine pine trees tower over the village, marking the spot where Our Lady frequently appeared to the visionaries. During the next four years, Our Lady appeared more than 2,000 times throughout this remote village.

The Visionaries

The visionaries were: Conchita Gonzalez age 12, Jacinta Gonzalez age 12, Mary Cruz Gonzalez age 11 (not closely related) and Mari-Loli Mazon age 12. They described Our Lady as a beautiful young woman, 18 years of age. She wore a white dress with a blue mantle and a brown Scapular on her right arm. On her head she wore a crown of 12 stars. Her hair was deep brown and parted in the center. Her face was oval shaped with a fine nose. The girls said, “No other woman looks like her or sounds like her.”

During the apparitions, the girls went into ecstasies that lasted from a few minutes to several hours. They would not always experience the apparition together. Sometimes, Our Lady would appear to only one girl. At other times two or three girls would share the same vision.

The apparitions were preceded by three interior calls, which the girls described as joys, each one becoming stronger. After the third call, the girls would come running from different parts of the village and would arrive at the same time in the place designated by Our Lady and they would fall to their knees in ecstasy.

During the apparition they were subjected to burns, spotlights in their eyes and stuck with pins without showing any physical response to pain. Reports indicate, four adult men had difficulty lifting one 12 year old girl. Yet, the girls could lift each other easily to kiss Our Lady goodbye when the apparitions ended.

The apparitions were accompanied by many other phenomenon that seemed to defy natural law; such as ecstatic falls and running forward and backward over very rocky terrain. Many religious objects were kissed by Our Lady. The visionaries, while in ecstasy, would return the objects to their rightful owners even though they were unknown to them. The seers claimed that Our Lady guided them to the right person.

Our Lady promised:

“Through the kiss I have bestowed on these objects, my Son will perform miracles, wonders, and prodigies before and after the Great Miracle.”

The fulfillment of this promise has been realized by the many conversions and cures of the terminally ill and addicted persons from around the world.

The Messages of Garabandal

On July 4, 1961, Our Lady revealed her first message for the world. Our Lady told the girls to publicly announce the message on October 18, 1961. On this day, the children made known the following message:

“Many sacrifices must be made. Much penance must be done, We must pay many visits to the Blessed Sacrament…but first of all we must be very good…If we do not do this, punishment awaits us…already the cup is filling, and if we do not change we shall be punished.”

On January 1, 1965, the Blessed Virgin told Conchita that the Archangel Michael would appear to her on the following June 18th, to deliver a final message in Mary’s name for the entire world, because her first message was not heeded.

On June 18, 1965, Conchita left her home at 11:30PM and walked to place called the “Cuadro” (a wooden enclosure). The ecstasy lasted about 12 minutes, and was filmed by cameramen from the Spanish Television network and Italian Television.

At the “Cuadro,” Saint Michael appeared to her while she was in ecstasy, which lasted approximately sixteen minutes. He delivered the following promised final message of Our Lady for the entire world:

“Since my message of October 18 has not been complied with and has not been made known to the world, I will tell you that this is the last one. Before, the chalice was filling, now it is overflowing. Many Cardinals, many Bishops and many Priests are on the path of perdition and they take many souls with them. To the Eucharist, there is given less and less importance. We should avoid the wrath of God on us by our good efforts.”

“If you ask Pardon with your sincere soul, He will pardon you. It is I your mother, who through the intercession of Saint Michael, wish to say that you amend, that you are already in the last warnings and that I love you much and do not want your condemnation. Ask us sincerely and we will give to you. You should sacrifice more. Think of the Passion of Jesus.”

Our Lady appeared wearing the brown scapular, an indication that we should also wear the brown scapular, and taught the children how to pray the rosary. Her greatest emphasis was placed on the Eucharist and prayers for priests. The last apparition for Conchita was on November 13, 1965, at “the Pines.”

Our Lady told her,“This is the last time you will see me here.”

Locutions continued for Conchita and Mari-Loli until Febraury 13, 1966. Locutions are supernatural interior communications. They can be imagined, heard through the ear or directly perceived by the intellect.

FROM THE MAILBAG:

Here is a google English translation of a response received to the recent Garabandal post from a holy priest:
Dr. Zambrano,
I tell you that in 2000 I had the joy of going to Garabandal, Fatima, Lourdes and Medjugorje … all wonderful, but like Garabandal none! In my group there was a Lockheed L1011 plane with almost 400 people, half of us religious and religious, priests, deacons, bishops and archbishops. We all experienced wonderful things, including the miracle of the pulsating sun that sent light flashes upon us as we led the group in a prayer of deliverance and healing … the bishops fell to the ground in the Spirit and began to praise and prophesy in the Lord . With it, a fine drizzle began over the entire region, from the site of the pines (where we were to the chapel of this village.) A double rainbow suddenly appeared (similar to the McDonald’s logo). The rainbow began in the pines where we were to the chapel of Santiago (place where the hosts are stored that disappeared when St. Michael the Archangel gave communion to the visionaries) and from there to the Cemetery where the priest is buried that upon seeing the miracle and publicly declaring it, died .
As I tell you, my life was transformed by that Garabandal experience.
Original Spanish text:

Dr. Zambrano,

Te cuento que en el año 2000 yo tuve la dicha de ir a Garabandal, a Fatima, a Lourdes y a Medjugorje… todos maravillosos, pero ¡cómo Garabandal ninguno! En mi grupo había un avión Lockheed L1011 con casi 400 personas, la mitad eramos religiosas y religiosos, curas, diáconos obispos y arzobispos. Todos experimentamos cosas maravillosas incluyendo el milagro del sol punzante y que mandaba destellos sobre nosotros en el momento que dirigía al grupo en una oración de liberación y sanación… los obispos calleron al suelo en el Espíritu y empezaron a alabar y profetizar en el Señor. Con La misma, empezó una llovizna fina sobre toda la región, desde el sitio de los pinos (donde estábamos nosotros hasta la capilla de esta aldea. De repente apareció un ARCOIRIS doble (inanimate los aegis dorados de McDonald’s). Empezaba en la colina de los pinos donde estábamos nosotros hacia la Capilla de Santiago (lugar donde están las hostias que desaparecían cuando San Miguel Arcángel le daba la comunion a las videntes) y de allí al Cementerio donde está enterrado el sacerdote que al ver el milagro y declararlo publicamente, murió.

Como te cuento, mi vida fue transformada por esa experiencia de Garabandal.