«Do everything to fulfill and spread your message"
Conchita's meditations about the teachings of Our Lady
After a speech by Our Lord to Conchita in 1966, Conchita left the Pamplona convent where he had prepared for religious life, and returned to the world to dedicate himself to his apostolate. Over the years, while living her vocation as a mother and wife, Conchita obeyed Our Lord's request to "speak to the world about Mary".
Conchita, one of Garabandal's visionaries, said and wrote words of encouragement and guidance to all Garabandal supporters, and gave occasional interviews. Above all, he helped to spread the message based on the testimony of his own life. Here are some of Conchita's accounts of how each of us can carry out the message that Mary delivered in Garabandal.
Live and Spread the Message
«Let us thank God for choosing us to help our companions to find the way to true peace, whose destiny is eternal happiness, through the messages that Our Mother has transmitted to us. Let us pray a lot, receive Jesus in the Eucharist frequently and do penance, so that God, Our Lord, may be reflected in our lives and that we may always be able to project His Presence. »
«Do everything to fulfill and spread your message, not necessarily as the message of Garabandal, but as the wish of the Blessed Mother. Pray, do penance and sacrifice, visit the Blessed Sacrament, pray for priests. Don't worry about the weather. If you have not been received as Garabandalists, take the message as if it were from the Blessed Mother, even without the word Garabandal. Think of Jesus' passion. In these times, the best book you can have is the Bible. Read it every day. »
During and after the apparitions, Conchita wrote words of consolation, encouragement, guidance and instruction, always taking into account the message that Our Lady transmitted to the whole world.
The Virgin wants to be helped to convert the world and to avoid God's wrath on us sinners. She is counting on you so that, through your example and sacrifice, you can set an example for others ... who have not received, like you, the graces to understand her message. It asks you to have a great spirit of repentance, sacrifice and prayer. Without these weapons, we can do nothing. We don't have much time, but it is enough to escape the great punishment and to satisfy the Sacred Heart of Our Mother. »
The Blessed Sacrament
"It is in the Blessed Sacrament that you will find sufficient strength to begin the life that the Virgin constantly demands of you. Visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. Empty your hearts of the mundane things that keep you from listening to God. »
"I want to emphasize the fact that you must visit the Holy Sacrament frequently. He will fill you with graces and strength so that you can take the messages of Our Mother to the world and live them in your daily lives. The best way to help each other is for each of us to live as perfectly as we can, and to do so, Jesus waits for us in the Blessed Sacrament to give us the light and strength to continue on the path of happiness. »
«What most offends Our Lord is indifference. When we are in church, we talk to each other and do not think about who is in the tabernacle. If the Pope or the President were sitting in this room, would they waste time talking to me or someone else? No, your attention would fall on that important person present. For very varied reasons, people forget that Jesus is at the altar and in the tabernacle. We have to believe with faith that it is Him. In addition to daily Mass, Communion and the rosary, we must often visit Our Lord in the churches where He is alone. »
«Our Lady spoke to us about the value of a priest. He compared him to an angel and told us that if we see a priest and an angel, we must recognize the priest first and kneel before him instead of the angel. He said that the priest was consecrated, because he received Jesus Christ in his hands, and the angel did not. »
«I want to talk about priests to everyone, because something is going wrong. There is confusion in the Church and many priests are doing wrong. The bad example they set for us is derived from a lack of prayer and a lack of sacrifice. »
«Let us pray a lot for the priests. We ourselves are also to blame for many of the priests who are on the path of perdition, because we do not pray enough, because we do not make sacrifices and also because we should set an example to those priests who are consecrated to the Blessed Virgin. Initially, they wanted to give themselves to God and the Blessed Virgin, but were unable to achieve their goal because they did not have enough strength or friends to help them. We have to help these priests, who may be near or far from us, so that they can get up and continue their journey. »
Obedience to the Pope
«I want to tell you that at this time we are waiting for another guide, the Holy Father, who is sent to us by God. Our security in our Catholic, Apostolic and Roman religion depends on following the words of the Pope, successor of Saint Peter. Let us support you with our prayers, sacrifice, fidelity and obedience. »
"Nowadays, we have many ways of knowing what the Pope says, such as through Catholic magazines and newspapers, and we must listen to him. There is no excuse for not knowing what is needed. Many people do not obey for various reasons: confused teachings, misinformation and, of course, some just don't want to know ... For Roman Catholics it is very easy, we follow the Pope's directions. »
Daily duties and sacrifice
"I don't know what the Virgin meant [when she said" But first we have to be good.] I understand it as being a life lived moment by moment offering everything to God. Living as Christians the way our conscience tells us ... Everyone - in their religion, in their environment, in their family, in their work - knows how to be good because, I believe, each person has their own conscience and God speaks with each one through it. » (When Conchita was single and worked as a nurse) «[I keep the message] doing my job to the best of my ability. I treat patients the way I should. You can fulfill the message anywhere. You can always be good and praise God. » (After Conchita's wedding) "It is not important what your vocation is; the message can be fulfilled at any stage. I can fulfill it in my daily life. The sacrifices of the marriage stage are slightly different from those of single life, but the effects on the soul are the same. I offer God every little thing every day. » The Virgin said to Conchita "I am not coming for you alone. I come for all my children, with the desire to bring them close to Our hearts. » «Maternity in New York is difficult, very difficult - much more than in the village, where so many help. It is difficult, too, because Patrick has to work late because we have so much to take care of. Accounts are a major concern; we never know if we have anything left ... In America, raising children is a twenty-four hour task, and we have to give them all things [of faith to counter external pressures]. » "What would give the Virgin great happiness is a very difficult thing for me, which is to live every moment of the day doing everything for God.