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My favorite season has arrived here. While my northern hemisphere friends receive springtime after a very cold winter, here down under we are getting ready for the autumn rains. Dry leaves are conquering the streets and sidewalks of Buenos Aires. Soon it will be time to wear sweaters and carry umbrellas.
It is time to introduce some changes in this venerable blog. I will explain later why my time has suddenly become very scarce, so I will be temporarily disallowing comments. Not that there are many commenters, my readers are very measured and I don’t have to do much moderation. Having comments open requires one to check every now and then. Comments will be off for a while after Resurrection Sunday so I can take care of a new task at hand.
The article on Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Puerto Rico has generated some serious interest. I was also fascinated by that story. I am glad I can read all the material available in the web, and some books in Spanish that I have obtained on the matter. In the days to come, I will push all other projects aside to dedicate my mornings to study the apparitions at Montaña Santa.
At first sight, this atypical apparition of Our Lady appears to be perfectly verifiable—I have enough reasons to believe it is a true apparition of Our Blessed Mother—but one must be prudent and check everything in detail. The result of my investigation will be published in articles here, and in a book I am beginning to write.
The surviving information seems to reveal a structure, a parable with a clear eschatological message. In some aspects, this seems to be a natural continuation of my previous book Guadalupe: A River of Light. There are hundreds of witnesses, and dozens of events that seem to form a lesson on what we should expect to happen after the approaching storm is over, when Our Lady’s’ promised Age of Peace finally arrives. In that sense, the events at Montaña Santa seem to be a scale model of the world to come.
Our Lady was first seen after hurricane San Ciriaco passed trough the island in 1899. Peasants on shore spotted a woman floating out at sea. They followed what they believed to be a castaway standing on a plank until she turned the Cape of Mala Pascua. The same woman was later spotted by several local residents in the days that followed. Finally she appeared to a number of lumberjacks. She asked them to build her a humble house. In a different mountain, Our Lady of Guadalupe had asked St Juan Diego to build “mi casita,” my little house—and many centuries before she had also asked a simple cowherd keeper, Gil Cordero, to build a church to house her miraculous image in Guadalupe, now a town in Extremadura, Spain.
Our mission—if you want to join me—is to try to decipher the peculiar message left by Our Mother at Montaña Santa, Puerto Rico. This may turn out to be a real adventure indeed!
Wishing all of you a Blessed Easter.