Part 1: The incorrupt body of Father Andreu
It was in the apparitions of Garabandal that Our Lady announced this great event that will happen immediately after the World Annunciation. Making a brief summary of all that was revealed to the main visionary, Conchita González, we can mention the essential aspects that are linked to this great Miracle that will occur in the mountains of Garabandal, where the nine pines are located, and where there were many apparitions between 1961 and 1965.
The Andreu family consisted of six brothers, four of whom were Jesuits: Alejandro, a missionary in Venezuela; Ramón, deceased in 2005; Luis, who died on August 9, 1961 after his visit to Garabandal; and Marcellin, a missionary in Formosa. Mrs. Andreu, mother of the priests, took the habit of Salesa on March 19, 1962 and held her solemn profession on March 19, 1965, and her special children were present on the special petition of Pope Paul VI.
The death of Father Luís Maria Andreu is one of the most important reference points in the history of Garabandal. Father Luis was a professor of theology at the college that Jesus' company had in the Province of Burgos. When the priest died, he was 36 years old. Father Luis had first ascended to Garabandal along with his brother Ramón in the last days of July 1961 and returned again on August 8 of that same year. On that day, the priest of Garabandal, Father Valentim Marichalar, personally gave him the keys of the Church, due to his absence that day in the village.
That is why on that day Father Luis prayed that which would be his last Mass. At the end of the Mass, the four visionary girls entered into "ecstasy" within the Church. Soon after, they left the Church in "ecstasy" and Father Luis followed them from beginning to end. The girls climbed to the place of the "pins" always in ecstasy, always walking at a great speed. When they reached the "pins," they knelt down and sang the hymn to St. Michael the Archangel. It was at this moment that Father Luis appeared deeply moved and repeated the word "MIRACLE, MIRACLE" four times.
What happened to Father Luís to pronounce those words of MIRACLE, MIRACLE ...? According to the visionary girls, Father Andreu saw the future great Miracle announced by Our Lady, as well as the Our Lady herself. Because of him, we do not know, because when he returned to his house that night, after telling his friends and close associates that it had been the happiest day of his life and to have assured him that he was quite happy that Our Lady to have given a great gift, Father Luis died suddenly in the car without making the slightest movement, presenting a sweet expression visible on his face.
More precisely, Father Andreu left Garabandal it was already night, and he went to the nearest village, the Cosio. It was 1:00 am when near the village of Reinosa, Father Luis said the following:
"What a beautiful gift the Virgin gave me! How fortunate to have such a mother in heaven." We should not be afraid of the supernatural life, the girls gave us an example of how we should treat Our Lady. All that the girls said was true Why did Our Lady choose us? Today is the happiest day of my life. "
At the end of saying this, Father Luís Andreu remained very silent in the car where he followed. The next moment he was dead. In a clinic near the place where Father Luis had died, he did nothing more than confirm and confirm his death; on the other hand, Father Luis was not suffering from any illness, dying without any agony and suffering.
However, the story of Father Luís Andreu did not end here. As Conchita confirmed in her diary, the sighted girls confirmed that they had spoken to him in one of his ecstasies after his death. According to the visionaries, they saw a light of the visions, and as if coming out of the light, the voice of Father Luis was heard. The girls said: "We heard his voice, but we did not see him. He spoke to us about some things about his brother Ramon Maria Andreu and he taught us to pray the Ave Maria in Greek. "
On one occasion, his brother Ramon became aware of this situation and became disillusioned, thinking that it was a state of illness that the girls possessed, of extra sensitivity due to the death of his brother. His idea was that because of this, the girls imagined that they were talking to their deceased brother. But on a certain day, to Father Ramón's great surprise, he himself could hear the girls' dialogue in a state of ecstasy. Regarding this, Father Ramon said:
"I went to see the girls in ecstasy and listened to their conversations with Father Luis. After a while, I did not know what to think." He was truly astonished: the girls repeated the words of his vision before me, to tell them about my brother's death and about all the details of his funeral ..... on another occasion I heard the girls in ecstasy saying that my brother had died without having fulfilled his profession of vows, and that was true They spoke of me and my vows, and they knew the precise date of them, the name of the Jesuit who had done it at the same time as I. Understand my astonishment, my amazement at these strictly accurate details, when I knew, no doubt , that the girls could not have knowledge of them, at least, by the human field .... I also heard one of them recite the Hail Mary in Greek. "
Well, Conchita González explained in her diary that one day Father Luis repeated the word "MIRACLE, MIRACLE" four times. She and the other sighted girls, in addition to seeing in their vision Our Lady, also saw Father Luís Andreu and the Virgin told them that he (Father Luis) also saw Our Lady and the future Miracle announced to Garabandal. Subsequently, on July 18, 1964, Conchita stated in her diary the following
"On the day of the Miracle, the body of Father Luís Andreu will be removed incorrupt from his grave ...."
On August 2, Conchita writes to Father Ramón the following: "On July 18, 1964, I had a locution that told me that the day after the Miracle, you will remove your brother from the tomb and find his body incorrupt. ... "
In this regard, it is worth mentioning the following details: Father Luis was buried in 1961. Fifteen years later, in early 1976, the Seminary where Father Luis was buried was transformed into a psychiatric sanatorium, and there was a need to exhume all the bodies present in that cemetery, except for the body of Father Luís Andreu, who on orders of the superior of that seminary did not carry out their exhumation. All the bodies were transferred to Loyola. This was confirmed by one of Father Luis Andreu's brothers.
Conchita said and repeated that Our Lady had told him in a locution that the day after the Miracle, her body (of Father Luis) would be intact and incorrupt. Therefore, the announcement does not refer to the state of the body before the Miracle, but rather after the Miracle, exactly the day after the future Miracle.
What can we say in relation to all this and the relation of the history of Father Luís Andreu with the future miracle announced by God through Mary Most Holy in Garabandal? It is clear that Father Luis on August 8, 1961, at 10 o'clock at night, had the vision of what will be the future great Miracle of Garabandal. Therefore, the only human being who saw the Miracle is already dead, and was a priest. This inclines us to think and to deduce validly that the Miracle will have a very clear relation with the priesthood. This does not suppose anything new: the apparitions of Garabandal, apart from being eminently Eucharistic, are clearly priestly, and this can be seen from the various miracles that took place in Garabandal related to the Eucharist, as well as a special predilection for the priests who always shown throughout the time of the apparitions.
Well, Father Luis said some very significant phrases: "What a beautiful gift Our Lady gave me! Today is the happiest day of my life!" The question we ask is: What is the happiest day of a priest's life? The day of your ordination or that of your first Mass. Doubtless, the future miracle will bring much more joy than ordination or first Mass. What can be said about this? God does not do things without meaning, coincidences have a divine reason and it is up to us to try to understand and discover this wonderful lesson.
No doubt Father Luís died of happiness, and this was proven when the Blessed Virgin said precisely to Conchita that Father Luís Andreu died of happiness, so that all those who see the future Miracle in Garabandal do not die of happiness, God will grant them a special grace
In relation to the death of Father Luis Andreu there is another astonishing fact that coincided with his death. What celebration does the Church celebrate on August 8th from 1960 and August 9th before 1960?
This day coincides with the feast of the Holy Curé of Ars, and it should not be forgotten that this feast coincides with the vision of the Miracle and with the death of Father Luis. In all this, there is a profound meaning. When reading the writings of the Holy Curé of Ars - Juan Maria Vianney - one finds the following phrase:
"Oh, what a great thing it is to be a priest! It will not be better understood than in heaven." If they told us, at that hour a dead man would rise, we would run in haste to see him. the consecration that transforms bread and wine into the body and blood of a God, a greater miracle than to raise a dead man? "After the consecration, God is there as in heaven, if man knew the truth of this mystery: he died of love and happiness Only divine grace in aid of our weakness could keep us alive ... "
No doubt Father Luis died of happiness. He could not bear with the truth and happiness of all that he had seen; nevertheless, what was most striking was undoubtedly the event that Father Luis had on that day, at that moment, and with the grace of God, he probably had the gift of knowledge and understanding of the mystery of the priesthood and the Eucharist, mystery of the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the body and blood of Our Lady Jesus Christ - as the Curé of Ars said - and which remains hidden in our human weakness.
Thus, we can affirm with some certainty that the future Miracle of Garabandal will have an intimate relationship with the mystery of the priesthood and the Eucharist, which today is so fought, ignored, depreciated, these mysteries will be placed in magnificence by God so that we can understand the deep love that He has for each one of us and that He had at the last supper that He performed with His apostles on the Holy Thursday and which made him to offer every day in the Holy Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, once and every day to His Eternal Father in reparation for our sins and for the salvation of the whole world.
What a better gift we could all have, after the worldly warning that will happen to the world and that will make men aware of who God is and the state of our souls, that this miracle, fruit of God's mercy and that will make us love profoundly the Eucharist, as a necessary strength for the days of the great tribulation that will come to the world and to the Church?
Finally, why the incorrupt body of Father Andreu? Does God want to confirm the supernatural origin of these apparitions, which would be unnecessary after having already been confirmed by the Warning and the future Miracle? Or it will no more than leave us a sign of hope, within the eschatological context of these apparitions, through the incorruptibility of a previously decomposed body, that is, the proclamation of new heavens and new earth, and which will be the fullness of the kingdom of Christ on earth in which "the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed?" (Color 1.15-52).