A Little-Known Fact – A Connection Between Fatima and Garabandal
As many followers of Fatima likely know, when the Miracle of the Sun was taking place publicly before the 70,000 crowd on October 13, 1917 at Fatima, Portugal, the three shepherd children were at the same time having a separate vision in the sky.
After the Miracle of the Sun, the three children were shown a series of heavenly scenes. And in the last scene, Our Lady appeared dressed as Our Lady of Mount Carmel with the Holy Baby Jesus in Her arms. She then waved to the three children of Fatima saying, “Good-bye until San Sebastian, Spain!”
And so, this made many people expect that Our Lady would appear in the big city of San Sebastian, Spain, on the coast of the Gulf of Biscay, near the border of France.
Well, true to Our Lady’s words, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, holding the Holy Baby Jesus in Her arms, appeared in San Sebastian, Spain! However, She chose the tiny mountainous village of San Sebastian de Garabandal as the place of Her visitation. Our Lady chose to appear 44-years later, one year after the Third Secret of Fatima was not made public according to Her wishes in 1960 by the pope.
Appearing over 2000 times at Garabandal as Our Lady of Mount Carmel to four young girls, ages 11 to 12 years old, from 1961 to 1965. And in Her appearances, Our Lady emphasized the need for love of the Most Holy Eucharist and prayers for the priesthood while the Council of Vatican II took place in Rome, and dramatic societal changes were taking place across many countries, including the adoption of the birth control pill.
NOTE: Our Lady’s prediction at Fatima to return at San Sebastian de Garabandal was published in a 1921 book, “Os Episodios Maravilhosos de Fatima” (“The Marvelous Episodes of Fatima”) by Rev. Dr. Manuel Formigão, who had interviewed the three shepherd children of Fatima on several occasions. This matter of Mary’s promise to return—at San Sebastian de Garabandal—is also written about in the 1937 annals of the Carmelites, a copy of which is reported to be in the Carmelite convent in Coimbra, Portugal where Sr. Lucia died in February,2005. A reference to Rev. Fr. Formigão’s 1921 book is found in, “The Lady More Brilliant than the Sun” by Fr. John de Marchi.