INTERVIEWS WITH THE SEERS
Reprinted with kind permission from
International October-December 2004
Compiled by the staff of GARABANDAL
Since the apparitions of Garabandal ended in 1965, visionaries Conchita,
Mari-Loli and Jacinta have, from time to time, granted interviews in which
they have revealed what they are able to say about the coming worldwide
Warning and great Miracle.
In each of these interviews, although the same questions are frequently
asked about the two events, it often happens that new or supportive information,
or a different perspective comes to light. With this in mind, and in an
attempt to get the most complete picture on the basis of what is known
about the Warning and the Miracle, we have consolidated all the interviews
to which we have access, avoiding, of course, unnecessary repetition. What
follows is the result of our research with the segments from the various
interviews given in chronological order.
September 14, 1965
Q. Will the Warning be a visible thing
or an interior thing or both?
A. The Warning is a thing that comes directly
from God and will be visible throughout the entire world, in whatever place
anyone might be.
Q. Will the Warning reveal personal sins
to every person in the world and to persons of all faiths, including atheists?
A. Yes, the Warning will be like a
revelation of our sins-as como si revelase nuestros pecados, and
it will be seen and experienced by believers and non-believers and people
of any religion whatsoever.
Q. Is it true that the Warning will cause
many people to remember the dead?
A. The Warning is like a. purification
for the Miracle. And it is a sort of a catastrophe. It will make us think
of the dead, that is, we would prefer to be dead than to experience the
Q. Will the Warning be recognized by the
world as a direct sign from God?
A. Certainly — claro, and for this
reason I believe it is impossible that the world could be so hardened as
not to change.
Q. We have heard that some say the Warning
may be a natural phenomenon but will be used by God to speak to mankind.
Is this true?
A. The Warning is something supernatural
and will not be explained by science. It will be seen and felt.
Q. Conchita,can you explain the statement
that during the Warning we will know ourselves and the sins we have committed?
A. The Warning will be a correction of the
conscience of the world.
Q. What about the many people who do not
know Christ; how will they understand the Warning?
A. For those who do not know Christ (non-Christian)
they will believe it is a Warning from God.
Q. What will occur on the day of the Warning?
A. The most important thing about that day
is that everyone in the whole world will see a sign, a grace, or a punishment
within themselves — in other words a Warning. They will find themselves
all alone in the world no matter where they are at the time, alone with
their conscience right before God . They will then see all their sins and
what their sins have caused.
Q. Will all feel it at the same time?
A. Yes, at the same time.
Q. How long will it last, a half hour,
A. I really don't know. I think that five
minutes would be an adequate time.
Q. How will we feel it?
A. We will all feel it differently because
it will depend on our conscience. The Warning will be very personal; therefore,
we will all react differently to it. The most important thing will be to
recognize our own sins and the bad consequences of them. You will have
a different view of the Warning than me because your sins are different
Q. Will something happen to me because
of my sins? I mean will physical harm come upon me as a result of them?
A. No, unless it's something that results
from the shock, for example, a heart attack.
Q. So then it will bring no physical harm
but will consist of facing God alone with my sins. How about the good things;
will I see them also?
A. No. This will be only a Warning to see
what you have done with your sins. It will be like a purification before
the Miracle to see if with the Warning and Miracle we (meaning the whole
world) will be converted.
Q. So this Warning can occur any day now?
A. Yes, but I don't know the date when it
Q. When did you learn about the Warning
and from whom?
A. The only thing that I remember well is
that it was the Virgin who told me of it.
Q. Would you repeat for us what you know
about the Warning?
A. What I remember now is that the Virgin
told me that before the Miracle God will be sending us a Warning so as
to purify us or prepare us to see the Miracle and in this way we may draw
enough grace to change our lives toward God. She told me what the Warning
will consist of but not the date. I am not able to say what it consists
of but I am able to say what it will be like, more or less. It is a phenomenon
which will be seen and felt in all the world and everywhere; I have always
given as an example that of two stars that collide. This phenomenon will
not cause physical damage, but it will horrify us because at that very
moment we will see our souls and the harm we have done. It will be as though
we were in agony but we will not die by its effects but perhaps we will
die of fright or shock to see ourselves. May the Virgin forgive me if I
do not explain it the way it is, but I am trying to tell you ... after
knowing what the Warning will be like that day.
Q. Did you 'see' or 'hear 'about the Warning?
A. The Virgin told me of its coming.
Q. If the Warning only lasts a short time,
will the world remember it as coming from God or will it only appear to
have been a dream or an illusion?
A. I have never said that the Warning will
be a short moment. What I have said is that even if it were a moment it
will be very impressive and terrible. No one will have doubts of it being
from God, and of its not being human. I, who know what it is, am very much
afraid of that day.
Q. Many years ago you told us the event
of the Warning begins with the letter "A. " Since Our Lady never told you
not to reveal it, can you now mention it?
A. She did not forbid it, but I don't know
why I haven't said it and I don't feel as though I should say it now.
Q. You once said to Fr. Marcelino Andreu,
"When you see the Warning you will know we have opened up the end of time.
" Can you explain what you meant by this?
A. The Virgin told us that the Warning and
Miracle will be the last warnings or public spectaculars that God will
give us. This is why I believe that after them we will be near the end
Q. Do you have any words of advice for
the people in order that they might prepare for this event?
A. We must always be prepared for our souls
in peace and not tie ourselves down so much to this world. Instead, we
must think very often that we are here to go to heaven and to be saints.
Q. It (the Warning) is not going to hurt
A. No. To me, it's like two stars... that
crash and make a lot of noise and a lot of light but they don't fall...
It's something that's not going to hurt us but we're going to see it. In
that moment, we're going to see our conscience. You're going to see everything
wrong that you're doing.
The Warning "is like two stars ... that crash and make a lot
of noise and a lot of light but they don't fall."
Q. You 're going to see everything wrong
that you are doing?
A. Yes. And you're going to see the good
that you're not doing.
July 27, 1975
Q. You have said that you know the year
of the Warning. Can you tell us if it will occur in the next few years
or is still distant in the future?
A. No. I can't say anything.
Q. Did the Blessed Mother tell you not
to speak about the Warning?
A. No, she didn't, but, because the Warning
and the Miracle are within the same year, I feel it inside not to say anything.
Q. How do you know the Warning and the
Miracle are within the same year?
A. During an apparition — I don' t remember
just when — the Blessed Virgin told me.
Q. Reportedly, you have said that when
the Warning occurs everything will stand still, even planes in the sky.
Is this true?
A. Yes, but just for a few moments.
Q. You mean that everything will stop
at a given moment and at that moment the Warning will occur?
Q. When was this information revealed
A. During an apparition the Blessed Virgin
told me all this.
Q. Was all the information given you during
one apparition, or did Our Lady tell you this over several apparitions?
A. She told me all of this during one apparition.
I don't remember now if she spoke about the Warning during any other apparition.
Q. Do you know how long the Warning will
A. Just a few minutes.
Q. Are you afraid of the Warning?
A. Yes. Like everyone else.I have faults,
and the Warning will show me my faults and this makes me afraid.
Q. Can you tell us anything else about
A. All I can say is that it is very close
and that it is very important that we prepare ourselves because it will
be a terrible thing. It will make us feel all the wrong we have done.
Q. Have you ever discussed with Conchita
the dates of the Warning of which you know the year, and the Miracle which
A. I have never talked to Conchita about
Q. Have you any words of advice for the
people in order that they might prepare for this event?
A. To do much penance, make sacrifices, visit
the Blessed Sacrament every day that we are able to, and to pray the holy
September 29, 1978
Q. Since you are the one who knows the
most about the Warning will you tell us if this event is to take place
before the Miracle promised through Conchita Gonzales?
A. ... Everyone will experience it wherever
they may be, regardless of their condition or their knowledge of God...
It will be an interior personal experience. It will look as if the world
has come to a standstill, .. .no one will be aware of that as they will
be totally absorbed in their own experience.
Q. About the nature of the Warning, how
do you sense it?
A. It is going to be something like an interior
feeling of sorrow and pain for having offended God. God will help us to
see clearly the harm we are causing Him and all the evil things we do.
He will help us to sense this interior pain because often when we do something
wrong we just ask the Lord's forgiveness with our lips, but now (through
the Warning) He will help us sense physically that deep sorrow.
October 19, 1982
Q. Do you remember what the Blessed Mother
said about the communist tribulation that is to precede the Warning?
A. It would look like the communists would
have taken over the whole world and it would be very hard to practise the
religion, for priests to say Mass or for people to open the doors of the
Q. Is that what you meant when you said
that it would seem as though the Church had disappeared?
Q. It would be because of the persecution
and not because the people would stop practising their religion?
A. Yes, but I guess a lot of people will
stop. Whoever practises it will have to go into hiding.
Q. Will this only be in Europe or do you
think it will be here in the United States as well?
A. I don't know because for me at that time,
Europe was the whole world. I just assumed it was that way. The Blessed
Mother didn't specify in what place. To me it looked like it was everywhere.
Q. Approximately 67% of the earth s land
is now dominated by communism. Do you think that's sufficient to fulfil
Our Lady s prophecy?
A. I really don't know. It sounded to me
like it would be more than that.
Q. In other words you think it will be
worse than it is now?
A. That's what I thought from what she said
but I really don't know exactly. To me it looked like it was every place
out there, the places I saw in my mind. In a lot of countries in Europe
you can still practise your religion.
Q. So, the situation in the world is not
bad enough for the Warning to happen?
A. The Warning is not going to happen yet
so it's probably going to get worse.
Q. You said that it would be very difficult
for priests to say Mass. Was this something that the Blessed Mother told
you or was it something that you thought yourself because of the communist
A. From what I remember, it was something
Q. And the Virgin said that it would seem
as though the Church had disappeared?
Q. Did the Blessed Mother ever say anything
about the Holy Father having to leave Rome at the time of the Warning?
A. No, but what it looked like to me — maybe
at this time I was confusing in my mind what I was seeing and what the
Blessed Mother was saying to me because it's been so many years — but what
it looked like to me was that the Pope couldn't be in Rome either, you
know what I mean, out in the open. He was being persecuted, too, and had
to hide just like everybody else.
Warning is for us to draw closer to Him and to increase our faith. Therefore,
one should prepare for that day, but not awaiting it with fear because
God doesn't send things for the sake of fear but rather with justice and
Q. You said that when the Warning comes,
the planes would stop in the air and that all engines would stop. Is this
what the Blessed Mother told you?
A. She said that everything, everywhere,
for a moment would stop and the people would just think and look inside
Q. Will there be any noise with the Warning
like a wind blowing?
A. The way I saw it at the time, it was more
like a big silence, like a sense of emptiness. Everything was very silent.
That's the way I saw it.
Q. Seven years ago you said that the Warning
was soon. Many people thought that it would have happened by now. What
would you say today?
A. It is soon. Everything looks soon to me
because time goes by so fast.
Q. You 're the only one who knows the
year of the Warning. Did you ever tell it to anyone else, like a priest
Q. Will people be fighting with one another
when the Warning comes?
A. (no answer)
August 17, 1975
Q. Did Our Lady ever speak to you about
A. Yes, she spoke to me about it but she
never told me the year...
Q. Can you tell us what the Warning will
A. The Warning is something that is first
seen in the air everywhere in the world and immediately is transmitted
into the interior of our souls. It will last for a very little time, but
it will seem a very long time because of its effect within us. It will
be for the good of our souls, in order to see in ourselves our conscience,
the good [Conchita says we will only see the bad]
and the bad that we've done. Then we'll feel a great love toward our heavenly
parents and ask forgiveness for all our offences.
Q. Will the Warning be felt by all people
regardless of their beliefs?
A. The Warning is for everybody because God
wants our salvation. The Warning is for us to draw closer to Him and to
increase our faith. Therefore, one should prepare for that day, but not
awaiting it with fear because God doesn't send things for the sake of fear
but rather with justice and love and He does it for the good of all His
children that they might enjoy eternal happiness and not be lost.
Q. Do you recall anything about a great
A. Yes, it was an invasion, well, something
that was a great evil in which communism played a great part, but I no
longer remember which countries or what region was stricken. The Blessed
Virgin insisted in telling us to pray (that it be averted). These difficult
events will take place before the Warning because the Warning itself will
take place when the situation will be at its worst.
April 16, 1983
Q. In the 1979 interview (above), you
said in describing the communist tribulation that "it was like an invasion.
" Did you see scenes of this invasion?
A. Sometimes I confuse an invasion with a
Q. You have also said that when things
were at their very worst then the Warning will happen. How do you know
this? Did the Virgin tell you or did you see it in a vision?
A. The Virgin said that the Warning would
come when conditions were at their worst. It wouldn't be just the persecution
either because many people will no longer be practising their religion.
Q. When the Warning comes it will be seen
and felt by everyone on earth. Does this include little children who have
not yet reached the age of reason?
A. Yes. That's why we felt sorry for
them because it was such a terrifying experience.
Q. Can you tell us anything about what
the world will be like when the Warning comes?
According to the visionaries, everyone who would be in Garabandal on
that day of the Miracle wuld see it. The sick who are there will be
cured no matter what their disease or religion.
(Jacinta was never told about the Miracle by the
Blessed Virgin. She said that whenever she questioned Our Lady about the
Miracle, the Virgin simply replied, "Everyone will believe.")
Were you told about the Miracle in
an apparition and, if so, by whom?
A. The most Holy Virgin told me.
Q. What do you know about the Miracle?
A. All I know is that it will take place
within a year after the Warning.
Will you and your family go to Garabandal
for the Miracle?
A. If it is God's will.
What is going to happen on that day
(of the Miracle)?
A.I will tell you all that I can just as
the Virgin told it to me. She told me that God was going to perform a great
Miracle and that there would be no doubt about the fact that it was a miracle.
It will come directly from God with no human intervention. A day will come
— and she told me the day, the month and the year so I know the exact date.
Q. When is that day?
A. It is coming soon but I can't reveal it
until eight days before the date.
Q.What exactly is going to happen on that
A. I am not permitted to say exactly what
is going to happen. What I can reveal is that the Virgin said that everyone
who would be there (in Garabandal) on that day would see it. The sick who
are there will be cured no matter what their disease or religion. However,
they have to be there.
Q.On the day of the Miracle, did you say
that those present would be converted?
A. The Virgin said that everyone present
would believe. They would see that this was coming directly from God. All
sinners present would be converted. She also said that you would be able
to take pictures and televise it. Also, from that moment on, there would
be a permanent sign at the Pines that everyone would be able to see and
touch but not feel. I can't explain it.
On the day of the Miracle there will
be an extraordinary sign not made by human hands?
A.Yes. And this sign will remain until the
end of time.
Q.Did you say that this sign could be
televised and photographed but not felt by touching?
A. It will be like smoke. You can touch it
but not feel it.
With respect to the sick people...
the Virgin mentioned one particular person, a blind man called Joe Lomangino.
What did she say about him?
A. She said that on the day of the great
Miracle he will recover his sight. She also talked about a paralytic boy
whose parents come from my town (Garabandal). This boy will also be cured.
These are the only two people she mentioned.
Can you tell us something about Fr. Luis
A. Yes. This priest came frequently to the
village to see if the apparitions were real or not. After a while he believed
in them. Once, while we were in ecstasy at the Pines, he began to shout,
"Miracle, Miracle, Miracle." When this happened the Virgin said, "At this
moment the priest is seeing me and the Miracle that will occur."
Fr. Luis was actually seeing the Miracle?
A. Yes. That same day on his trip back home
he said to his friends, "This is the happiest day of my life. What a great
mother we have in heaven. The apparitions are true." As he said these words
Didn 't the Virgin say that something
would occur on the day after the Miracle concerning Fr. Andreu?
A. Yes, she said that on the day after the
Miracle his body would be found incorrupt.
February 7, 1974
Q. Will you take the baby [Conchita
was expecting her first child when this interview was conducted and gave
birth to little Conchita (Conchitina) the following April.]
to the Miracle?
A. I don't even know if I'm going. (Asked
to expand on her answer, Conchita said): Surely I want to go, but I don't
know if circumstances will permit. It is not necessary (for the occurrence
of the Miracle) that I be there.
You have said that the Miracle of Garabandal
will coincide with a great eventwithin the Church. Did Our Lady tell you
what that event will be, and can you add anything to what you have already
said about this matter?
A Yes, I know what the event is. It is a
singular event in the Church that happens very rarely, and has never happened
in my lifetime. It is not new or stupendous, only rare, like a definition
of a dogma — something like that in that it will affect the entire Church.
It will happen on the same day as the Miracle, but not as a consequence
of the Miracle, only coincidentally.
Q. How will you announce the Miracle?
A. I don't know exactly. Most definitely
at midnight (eight days before the Miracle) I will call Joey (Lomangino),
radio, television, and anyone else in the world that I feel can help to
spread the word rapidly. I am not worried. I know that if the Blessed Mother
wants you there, you will be there.
Joey has said that he will go to Garabandal
immediately after the Warning. Do you know how much time will pass between
the Warning and the Miracle?
A. For Joey to go to Garabandal is a good
idea, but I don't know how long will pass between the Warning and the Miracle.
Do you think of the day of the Miracle
often, and are you anxious for the Warning and the Miracle to come?
A. Sometimes I think of it as so imminent,
sometimes far away. It seems so near when I think that people are not answering
the Message, because after the Miracle there may come the punishment. I
am anxious, yes. I wait. The Blessed Mother never lies. For the words of
the Blessed Mother to be complete, there must be the Warning and the Miracle.
It is all one message.
During the two occasions that Our Lady
spoke to you about Joey, did she say anything in addition about his eyes?
A. Concerning Joey, the only thing I remember
now is that the Blessed Virgin said to me that at the moment of the Miracle
Joey will have new eyes, and he will see permanently after that.
Did you 'see'the Miracle or were you
told about it?
A, The Virgin told me of it and made me understand
exactly what it will be.
Were you alone or with the other girls
when Our Lady told you about the Miracle?
A. I don't remember.[Ed. Note:
According to the notes of Fr. Valentin Marichalar, pastor of Garabandal
during the time of the events, Conchita was alone when she received this
Q. What will the Miracle be like?
A. Even if I would try to explain it, I wouldn't
be able to do it well. It is better that you wait and see it.
Would you please restate the information
concerning the span of months during which we may expect the Miracle?
A. March to May.
It is said by some people that the way
you will announce the Miracle will be a 'miracle' in itself. Can you explain
A. I believe that the way in which it will
be said will be another miracle because it is a very great responsibility
for me and I will need a miracle to say it.
If I am situated far from the village
in the mountains, but lam able to see the Pines, will I see the Miracle
clearly? If I am sick will I be cured at that distance?
A. You will be able to witness the Miracle
clearly, and if God wills it you will be cured.
Some people have said that in other places
in the United States and Europe people could visit Marian shrines and be
cured on that day. What do you know about this?
A. The Virgin didn't tell us anything about
Will those who are firm believers in
the coming Miracle but unable to attend because of their state in life,
for example, cloistered priests and religious, receive any special graces
on that day?
A. I don't know personally. It depends on
those people; of their wishes, or their faith, or their sacrifice or their
Did Our Lady ever say anything about
the vast sea of people who plan on being in Garabandal several days before-hand?
Many are concerned as to how they will manage for their food and toilet
facilities. Do you have any comment?
A. Leave that in God's hands. Do what you
can and for the rest remember, 'God performs miracles.' •
Reprinted with kind permission from
International October-December 2004