An Urgent Exhortation
In his book, Garabandal Message of Hope: Recent Marian Apparitions, Fr. José Luis Saavedra tells us that the Virgin Mary’s messages in Garabandal are an "urgent exhortation to remedy the situation.”
The following is an excerpt from the book.
Simply and clearly, the new message reaffirms the content of the first: “You must make many sacrifices, do much penance, and visit the Blessed Sacrament.” Prayer and sacrifice are encouraged. The Eucharist is highlighted: in the apparitions, this has already been the case, with the daily mystical Communions of the seers, the “milagruco” and the first public message. Now, the second message urges greater attention to the Eucharist in the Church, because “less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist.” The recent Magisterium similarly insists on this importance: “The Church draws her life from the Eucharist,” declares Saint John Paul II.
“In an altogether particular manner, let everyone do all that is in their power to ensure that the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist will be protected from any and every irreverence or distortion and that all abuses be thoroughly corrected. This is a “most serious duty” incumbent upon each and every one” (Redemptionis Sacramentum, introduction).
So, the message anticipates the “most serious” concern later expressed by the Magisterium. It shares many other points with recent documents of the Church. Along with the Eucharist, the message indicates:
-The need for penance: “You should make more sacrifices”;
-Meditation, especially of the Gospel: “Think about the Passion of Jesus”;
-Repentance and the gravity of sin: “Pray to us with sincerity and we will respond”;
-The importance of prayer and petition: “Ask with constant prayer.”
Owing to the clear orthodoxy of these points, there is no need for further explication. The message is an authentic exhortation to conversion: “I, your mother, through the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel, ask you to amend your lives.” Once again, the Lady appears as Mother, and her message is penance and conversion.