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As we begin the season of Lent, let us remember the words of the first message of Our Lady of Mount Carmel given at Garabandal on October 18th, 1961.
We must make many sacrifices, perform much penance, and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, we must lead good lives. If we do not, a chastisement will befall us. The cup is already filling up, and if we do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon us.
The message is a continuation of the call for sacrifice and penance given at Fatima in 1918. The Garabandal apparitions echo and update many of the themes first announced at Fatima.
This first message was almost immediately dismissed because of its simplicity. We can see now in the light of history, that this call for sacrifice and penance was directly opposed to a growing theological movement of the time which called for abandonment of the Church’s traditional penitential practices and even the idea of divine chastisements as inconsistent with the spirit of the age and the loving nature of God.
After the Council, this new theology would take hold in many Catholic Churches throughout the world, weakening the devotion and discipline of the clergy and the laity.
At Garabandal, the Blessed Virgin reiterates the importance of penance as a participation in the Eucharistic and sacrificial love of Jesus Christ for his Church.
The sacrifices proposed at Garabandal and practiced by the four seers were marked by a spirit of holy simplicity and spiritual humility. They included the frequent renunciation of small creature comforts, willing submission to the will of God made manifest through the course of daily life, and acts of charity and love for neighbor which were difficult or distasteful.
These stories were recorded in many of the original books written on Garabandal and are featured on our website – www.garabandal.us – in various places. Fr. Pelletier’s treatment entitled, “But above all we must lead good lives” is located at the top of the Best of Garabandal page.
The admonitions to sacrifice and penance were made again in the second message with our Lady’s counsel, “You should make more sacrifices.”
Please continue to spread the Message of Garabandal as Our Lady requested.
- For our English and Spanish speaking subscribers who are members of a family or religious prayer group or lay association and would like to distribute DVDs of the Message of Garabandal among the group, send an email with DVD PACK in the subject line to email@example.com and we will send you a package of 10 DVDs to distribute. Please include the name of the organization, your name, address, country and zip code. Remember to seek the approval of the appropriate authority, if necessary, before distributing these DVDs.
- Para nuestros suscriptores ingleses y de habla hispana que sean miembros de una familia o de un grupo religioso del rezo o pongan la asociación y la quisieran distribuir DVDs del mensaje de Garabandal entre el grupo, envíe un email conDVD PACK en la línea sujeta a firstname.lastname@example.org y le enviaremos un paquete de 10 DVDs para distribuir. Incluya por favor el nombre de la organización, su nombre, la dirección, el país y el código postal. Recuerde buscar la aprobación de la autoridad apropiada en caso de necesidad, antes de distribuir esta DVDs.
- We have a limited number of the 1981 BBC interview with Conchita, Garabandal: After the Visions available on DVD. We do not plan to do another run of this DVD at this time. If you are a recent subscriber to our email list and would like to receive a complimentary copy, send an email with your mailing address to email@example.com with ATV in the subject line and we will send you one gratis. This offer is good for as long as supplies last.
- We are looking for Garabandal promoters who speak the following languages:
Brazilian Vietnamese Korean Japanese Taglog Bemba Swahili
If you are located in an area where these languages are predominantly spoken and are interested in distributing the Message of Garabandal DVD gratis or if you can have the documentary shown locally to audiences, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word MESSAGE in the subject line. Please include the language you are requesting, some words about yourself or your organization, your mailing address, and how you are able to distribute or promote the documentary. We can provide a limited number of promoters with a master copy of the DVD in these languages. No businesses please, only promoters for gratis distribution.
Please remember during the Lenten season the final words of the Message, “Think of the Passion of Jesus.” May God grant you a holy and prayerful Lent.
Workers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Lindenhurst, NY USA