After listening to a lecture by one of my favourite Catholic Answers apologists, I flicked onto an older US documentary about “The Priest who spoke with Jesus Christ!” which goes on to describe the numerous apparitions of Mary around the globe, and the prophecies surrounding end times.
Conchita Gonzalez, and the Garabandal Apparitions are events I didn’t know about until just now, and they really struck me, especially as some of the apparitions (well, the children seeing them), were caught on film.
At one point, an angel delivers a host to Conchita, which appears on her tongue.
I wonder if anyone knows what the Church does, day-to-day, in response to these apparitions? Meaning, the ones which have happened.
I’m sure the church continues to do its work, rather than make any knee-jerk reaction, since the church is calling us all to holiness so we might be prepared.
However I wondered if there is a council which monitors this area- i.e. that of end-times?
It strikes me that if more people knew about these events, they would be instantly converted!
I wanted to share the video, but I am always a little skeptical. The Garabandal Apparitions seem not to have had formal Church approval.
We hear about hosts turning to real flesh, and other miracles in the world, yet they are not used as a part of our evangelisation.
Conchita told her mother that Mary had told her that there would only be three more popes.
Below from whatisgarabandal.wordpress.com :
Conchita: "One day I said to the Virgin, at the time of the future events (warning, miracle and chastisement), ‘Will that be the end of the world?’ "
And she answered me “No, the end of time.”
What is the meaning of “the end of the times” el fin de los tiempos"?
In English, the translation is: “the end of our epoch”, or “the end of these times”. It is also satisfactory to say: “The end of the present period.”
Conchita told Fr Marcelino Andreu: “When you see the warning you know we have opened up the end of time.”
So, after Pope John XXIII, there would be 3 Popes left, yet there have been 4 – Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and now Benedict XVI.
With the canonization of JPII, I wonder if this pope’s passing is significant?
From Garabandal.com: “According to the prophecy then, the death of the third pope, John Paul II, signalled a line of demarcation, and we are now in and then phase that leads up to the great prophesied events and the end of our times.”
Conchita told Mother Maria Nieves Garcia, M.M.C>, Superior of the school in Burgos which the seer attended in 1966-67, that one of the popes would have a very short reign. John Paul l reigned for 33 days. Conchita also told Mother Nieves, “El ultimo Papa antes del final de los tiempos, seria Papa, Papa y muy amante de la Virgen” (the last pope before the end of the times will be Papa, Papa (the second pope of the same name) and a great lover of the Virgin. "
This clearly refers to St Pope John Paul II.
Going on; the apparitions did not indicate ‘end times’ exactly. More, they foretold of a world wide warning which will come directly from God. A year later, a Great Miracle will occur.
The Warning will be issued globally in order to prepare mankind.
It seems the Warning may be interior to each person, rather than a global earthquake or natural event?
It seems to me that the more ‘subtle’ apparitions and miracles around the world would be a waste if there was going to be one, huge, warning from God. This would surely negate the work of the Church for a salvation of souls, and all of the miracles experienced recently?
I mean, this would be a first time that God had revealed Himself directly, when we know that God leaves us to come to his table of our own accord?
Some speak of churches being full after the warning, and there not being enough priests to hear confessions. I wonder- would it be that direct and obvious a warning?
I just think that if it is taken in this sense, sending his son to die on the cross as the ultimate means of salvation wouldn’t be necessary for the generation which receives the warning?
Unless in Christ dying, the mechanism for salvation in these times, after the warning, is established- i.e the Church.
I write the above as a bit of a rambling to myself, :), but also to invite your views and knowledge.