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Something Belonging to Her Son

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One day, a powder compact appeared among the several objects for the Virgin Mary to kiss during an apparition. The people, including the girls themselves, were surprised to see that someone had put a profane object there to be presented to the Virgin Mary...How could She kiss such a thing?

s juan bosco

“Love, honor, and serve Mary. Procure making Her known, loved, and honored by others. Not only will the child of this Mother not perish, but he could also aspire to a great crown in Heaven.”

St. John Bosco was born on August 16, 1815, in Becchi, 25 kilometers away from Turin. Margherita, his mother, was an extraordinary woman who educated her sons in poverty and strength of spirit. Francis, his father, died of pneumonia when John was just 2 years old. When he was 9, John Bosco had the first dream that marked the rest of his life. In it God's plans for him (his work with the youth to bring them to Jesus and Mary) were unveiled to him. His desire was to become a priest, and to that end drew people to his house on Sundays and preached to them by two pear trees. He completed his primary education at a public school near his house, and secondary school in Chieri. To pay for his studies, he had to do all kinds of jobs. Finally, he was able to gain access to studies for the priesthood. He was ordained on June 5, 1841, and celebrated his first Mass in Turin. Immediately he dedicated himself to picking up street kids to form what would later be known as the Oratories of St. Francis de Sales. To attend to them, he founded the Salesian Priests who soon spread all throughout Italy, France, and Spain. St. John Bosco loved the youth and tried to educate them, tirelessly dedicating his entire life to this end. He died on January 31, 1888.

Josefa’s Medal

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David Toribio is the narrator of this story. David was one of the young men who guarded the girls from the visitors and protected them from the masses of people that were formed around them during the time of the apparitions.

This young priest has never been to San Sebastian de Garabandal. Nonetheless, reading a book that allowed him to thoroughly discover the events that took place there brought him into a relationship with and an experience of Our Blessed Mother, which led him to discover and accept his call to the priesthood.

 

The Lieutenant Colonel that was a Priest

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Dr. Gonzalo de Federico, a military doctor, tells us about a conversation he had with the military chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Fr. Isidoro, on the air base in Getafe, Spain, in the spring of 1970. Fr. Isidoro explained to Dr. Gonzalo how the girls in Garabandal discovered that he was a priest, despite the fact that he arrived when the ecstasy had already begun and that he was wearing his military uniform.

 

 

Witnesses say that, on occasions when the Virgin Mary was about to appear to the girls as well as during the ecstasies, they would hear jubilant bird chirps, which mysteriously ended when the ecstasies finished.

When we listen to the Garabandal Hymn our hearts should be flooded with such joy that we become like Our Lady’s little singing birds. Our Mother has allowed us to experience her maternal presence, which is spiritual yet very real and by no means distant. Her presence brings joy, calms, comforts, heals, consoles, and blesses us.

This hymn places us in the presence of the Blessed Virgin Mary who has presented herself as a Mother in Garabandal, as Our Mother, and she offers us her heart, not only for refuge but to be our home. She calls us to conversion, to put Eucharistic Jesus at the center of our lives. She teaches us to meditate on her Son's Passion as the path to learn how to be good.


Our Mother wants to speak to us. Let us make silence in our hearts so that we may hear this musical summary of her message in Garabandal.

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Estribillo: AVE MARÍA, AVE MARÍA, AVE, AVE, AVE MARÍA (2x)

1.El Ángel de Dios
os vino a avisar;

la Madre de Dios

os quiere hablar.

Del Cielo a la tierra
María vendrá
y el pueblo visitará.

Estribillo

3. Yo soy vuestra Madre
y os quiero ayudar,

tened esperanza,

confiad en mi amor.

Muy cerca de Mí

os quiero guardar,

mi Corazón es vuestro hogar.

Estribillo

5.Ultrajado está
el Cuerpo de Dios.

Os deben importar

sus ansias de amor.

Venid a la fuente

de la santidad,

en la Eucaristía Él está.

Estribillo

7. Por todos mis hijos
he venido aquí,

bajo mi manto

estáis junto a Mí.
Os quiero mucho,


os deseo salvar,


al Cielo os quiero llevar.

Estribillo

9. Tú, como el cristal,
reflejas la luz,

tus brazos nos traen

al Niño Jesús.

¡Oh, Virgen del Carmen

de Garabandal,

no nos abandones jamás!

Estribillo

11. Acudo ante Ti
buscando perdón,

tus brazos de Madre

me llevan a Dios.

Contigo a mi lado

alcanzo al Amor.

¡Que viva en tu Corazón!

Estribillo

2.Oh, tierna Mamá
te vimos aquí,

en este lugar

quisiste vivir.

Te vimos jugar

y te vimos reír,

Tú nos enseñaste a rezar.


Estribillo

4. Os vengo a avisar
de parte de Dios,

debéis procurar

vuestra conversión.

Tenéis que ser buenos,

tenéis que rezar

y a Cristo Jesús adorar.


Estribillo

6. Venid a adorar
a Nuestro Señor.

También meditad

su horrible Pasión,

así evitaréis

la ira de Dios.

Sed buenos y haced oración.


Estribillo

8. Oh, Madre de amor,

tus hijos están


llegando hasta aquí


queriendo encontrar


al Hijo de Dios,


y Tú nos lo das,


María de Garabandal.

Estribillo

10.María, en tu honor
queremos cantar,

venimos a Ti

buscando tu paz.

Sonríes a aquel

que viene a rezar,

María de Garabandal.

Estribillo

12.Oh, Madre de Dios,
estamos aquí

en este lugar

amado por Ti.

Extiende tu amor

y maternidad,

María de Garabandal.

Estribillo

 

Fr. Richard Gilsdorf affirmed that discovering Garabandal had saved his priestly life. In his testimony, from which the ideas below are taken, he recounts the spiritual benefits he received from Garabandal, its story, and the Messages. Fr. Richard Gilsdorf passed away on May 4, 2005.

 

antonio

“To thee, oh blessed Virgin, be praise and glory, because today we are filled with the goodness of thy house; that is, of thy womb.”

St. Anthony was born in Portugal. He is known as “of Padua” because of the Italian city of Padua where he died and where his relics can still be venerated today. Statues and devotion to him are found everywhere, which is why Leo XIII referred to him as “everyone’s Saint.” One biographer said of him, “He was powerful in deeds and in words. His body dwelled on this earth but his soul lived in Heaven.”

He was born in the year 1195. The name given to him at baptism was Fernando, but when he joined the Order of Friars Minor, he changed his name to that of Anthony because of his devotion to the great patriarch of monks and the official patron of the chapel in which he received the Franciscan habit.
From the time of his youth, he had many difficulties. He was harshly assaulted by temptations against purity, but he did not allow himself to be defeated and with the help of God, dominated his passions. He was strengthened by visiting the Most Blessed Sacrament. He renewed the consecration he had made as a child to the Most Blessed Virgin, to whom he had entrusted his purity.
In 1220, while he studied in Coimbra with the regular canons of St. Augustine, the King, Don Pedro of Portugal, brought relics of the Franciscan Friar Saints who shortly beforehand had obtained the glorious crown of martyrdom in Morocco. Upon seeing the relics, a deep desire was born in his heart to give his life for Christ. Shortly afterwards, some Franciscan Friars arrived to where he was and helped him to open his heart. He was admitted to the Order at the beginning of 1221 and almost immediately afterwards was given permission to journey to Morocco. His goal? To preach the Gospel to the Muslims. On his way, he fell gravely ill and was forced to return to Europe. Due to strong winds, the ship on which he sailed had to take a different route and stopped in Messina, the capital of Sicily. From there, he travelled to Assisi. St. Anthony, full of extraordinary intellectual and spiritual gifts, gave himself over to prayer and the service of the other Friars. Having discovered a great gift for preaching, he fully dedicated himself to it and eventually became very famous.
People came from all over to listen to him and touch him. He arrived at Padua. News spread of the miracles he performed and it was said of him that he radiated holiness. He said, “The great danger of the Christian is to preach and not practice, believe but not live according to what he believes.” His lived out what he preached. Despite his poor health, he completely dedicated himself to his Brothers and tirelessly worked for souls. In the spring of 1231, after having preached a series of sermons, St Anthony’s health declined and he took to rest. Aware of his imminent end, he asked to be taken to Padua. He never reached the city. On June 13, 1231, in the private room of the Poor Clares’ chaplain at Arcella, he received the last sacraments. He sang a hymn to the Blessed Virgin and smiling, said, “I see Our Lord coming,” and died.

He was canonized before a year had passed since his death and seven centuries later, Pope Pius XII declared St. Anthony a “Doctor of the Church.”

s teresa avila

“Wonderful indeed it is, how pleasing to Our Lord is any service, which is done to his Mother.”

Saint Teresa was born in Avila, Spain, on March 28, 1515. She is known for reforming the Carmelite Order and for her writings about prayer. Her devotion to Mary began when she was little. It grew at her mother’s death, when St. Teresa asked the Virgin Mary to be her mother, seeing as how she did not have a mother on earth anymore.
The inspiration of reforming the Carmelites came about after her own personal “conversion.” When she was young she felt a great interior attraction to holy things. However, she was also fascinated by the world, and found herself in great danger. Her father decided to put her in the Santa Maria de la Gracia boarding school when she was 16 years old. During that time, she felt the call to religious life and in 1535 she entered the Carmelite convent of the Incarnation in Avila. A short time after professing her vows, she fell ill and her father brought her out of the convent. She recovered from the illness, but suffered from certain consequences of it the rest of her life. During her long recovery she learned to do the prayer of recollection by reading several spiritual books, like The Third Spiritual Alphabet. She felt the call to solitude and silence, and found herself in a time of personal battle with her weakness and sins. She had an experience in Lent of 1554 that left a mark on her soul. While praying in front of an image of the wounded Christ, she felt moved and with tears implored that He give her strength so as not to offend Him anymore. After this, she felt such a great desire to live in a state of perfection that the reformation of the Carmelites came about. She spoke about her desires to her confessor. After some time, she was able to found the Convent of St. Joseph in Avila. An intense time of founding and writing activity began for Teresa. She opened 17 convents, the last being Burgos. On the way back from that foundation, she traveled to Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, where she died on the night of October 15, 1582.

In 1966, Conchita received a locution from Jesus. His words can also shed light on what our attitude should be concerning His will. 
"Every soul that prepares itself, that remains disposed to hear Me, shall know what My will is".

The Solemnity of “Holy Mary, Mother of God” is the oldest that is known in the Western Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church in number 509 says, “Mary is truly ‘Mother of God’ since she is the mother of the eternal Son of God made man, who is God himself.”

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Meditate on the Passion

Our Lady’s second message, given in Garabandal on June 18, 1965, ends with these words: “You should make more sacrifices. Meditate on the passion of Jesus.” One of the ways which the Church suggests to meditate on the passion of Our Lord and Savior is to pray the Stations of the Cross. In doing so, we follow Jesus to Calvary and meditate on the suffering which he endured for our salvation.


 

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Month of May

Month of May

On April 29th, 1965, Bl. Paul VI gave the Church an encyclicle entitled "MENSE MAIO" with which he invited us to pray to the Virgin Mary during the Month of May.

"The month of May is almost here, a month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. Our heart rejoices at the thought of the moving tribute of faith and love which will soon be paid to the Queen of Heaven in every corner of the earth. For this is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God's merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother's throne. "Because the month of May is a powerful incentive to more frequent and fervent prayers, and because our petitions more readily find access to her compassionate heart during it, it has been a favorite custom of Our predecessors to choose this month, dedicated to Mary, for urging the Christian people to offer up public prayers whenever the needs of the Church demanded it or some grave crisis threatened the human race. This year, Venerable Brothers, We in turn feel compelled to call for such prayers from the whole Catholic world. Looking at the present needs of the Church and the status of world peace, We have sound reasons to believe that the present hour is especially grave and that a plea for concerted prayer on the part of all Christians is a matter of top priority."

Paul VI wrote this in 1965 but it is valid for us today also. And even more so today as we are in great need of divine help and of Mary's intercession. Let's take on this invitation and intensify our devotion to Mary, Our Mother this May.

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