I have been invited by Aviso to comment about the publication of an introductory letter by Mari Cruz in the last edition of the book “Garabandal” written by Father José Luís Saavedra, a priest of the Home of the Mother, a religious group started in the 80s. As you know Fr. Saavedra obtained a Ph.D degree at the University of Navarra in Pamplona (Spain), a prestigious University run by Opus Dei, being his subject a study of the apparitions of Our Lady at Garabandal. His book of divulgation about the Garabandal apparitions has been very well accepted even among some ecclesiastical environments. On page 9 of the last edition appears the following letter by Mari Cruz:
“I have been very happy with the news of the Ph. D thesis of José Luís Saavedra. It seems to me a great and necessary idea, and I sincerely believe that a study like this was needed trying to deepen with rigor in the work that Our Mother began in Garabandal on July 2, 1961. We all have a serious duty to make known what she told us!
It also brings to my memory, so many gifts, so many presents: the greatest wonder we have contemplated in this world. Such experience, impossible to explain, sealed in my soul the sure faith, full of hope. I thank God for his election and this opportunity to repeat the message entrusted to us by Our Mother:
“We have to make many sacrifices, much penance, visit the Blessed Sacrament, but first, we have to be very good. And if we do not, we will be punished. The cup is already being filled, and if we do not change, a very great punishment will come. ”
They are short and very simple words. Even so, we did not understand anything at first. We did not know what she meant by “sacrifices”, “penance”. That’s why the Blessed Virgin forbade us to release it. We had to understand it first. She herself started to teach it to us, with an attention, patience and kindness that only now we can understand well. I cannot say anything more important than the message of Our Mother.
Mari Cruz González, visionary of Garabandal
In the diary of Conchita, one of the visionaries of Garabandal, the Lord told her in a locution that he wanted her in the world and also that she had to speak about Mary. Conchita talked about the apparitions until the 80s but she has remained silent afterwards. The same occurred with Mari Loli and Jacinta.
As regards to Mari Cruz, she was the seer with less number of apparitions, and they finished for her in 1962 after a year from the beginning of the events. Mari Cruz was the youngest seer (11 years of age) and with more problems at home due to the apparitions, which may have been the reason for the end of her visions. She was also the only visionary who stayed in Spain with her husband and children, not very far from Garabandal in the town of Avilés in the region of Asturias, next to Cantabria where Garabandal is located. During these years she has come to Garabandal to visit her parents but her visits after her mother’s death have been very rare. As opposed to the visionaries living in America she has never talked in public about the apparitions. Recently, she replied some questions about the apparitions done by the Home of the Mother where she confirmed her visions and regretted her denials. However, in public she has always remained silent when asked.
I thank Aviso for allowing me to comment on this letter of Mari Cruz. The people who have dealt with her along these 50 years are very much impressed because she has been very elusive talking about the apparitions. I see in her change of attitude a signal of the proximity of the events prophesied in Garabandal.