|In his book A Message of Hope, José Luis Saavedra tells us that the messages of Our Lady in Garabandal are an “urgent exhortation.” |
In a clear and simple way, the new message reaffirms the content of the first one: “It is necessary to make many sacrifices, many penances, and to visit the Blessed Sacrament.” The Eucharist also has a central place: the apparitions already emphasized it through the daily mystical communions of the visionaries.
The second message asked that the Eucharist receive greater attention in the Church, since sadly “the Eucharist has less and less importance.” The recent Magisterium also highlights this: “The Church lives by the Eucharist” (words of Saint John Paul II).
Many other points contained in the message of Garabandal are aligned with the recent doctrine of the Church. Along with the Eucharist, the message insists on:
– The need to do penance: “We must sacrifice more.”
– Meditation, especially on the Gospel: “Think of the Passion of Jesus.”
– The seriousness of sin and the need for repentance: “Ask us sincerely and we will give it to you.”
– The importance of prayer: “Ask, with constant prayer.”
The message is an authentic exhortation to conversion: “I, your Mother, through the intercession of the angel Saint Michael, want to tell you to make amends.” Once again, Our Lady appears as a Mother. And her message is one of penance and conversion.