Garabandal. Letter of Conchita (1965-09-16)
Mother has allowed Conchita to enter into the convent
In the summer of 1965 Conchita wrote to Fr. Laffineur, to share with him her great joy:
My mother has allowed me to enter into the convent. For me, it is a great thing to be able to consecrate myself completely to Christ like this — from my 16th year — for the rest of my life… Pray for me, so that I will be able to go as soon as possible to the Missionary Sisters of the Discalced Carmelites.
Her departure for monastery was set for September 29, 1965. But Conchita really does not know God's plans for her. It was deeply troubling the girl.
I have some doubts about my true vacation
She wrote to Fr. José Ramón de la Riva:
San Sebastian de Garabandal 9-16-1965
Dear Father Jose Ramon,
Just a few lines to tell you that I found out that you were here a few days ago. That made me feel bad since I wanted to speak with you for a few minutes, if not longer…
You know that within a few weeks, or perhaps a few days. I'll enter the convent. I want to enter soon in order to do — or try to do — what the Virgin wants.
I don't know if I have a true vocation. I think I do, although I have some doubts. The Virgin didn't tell me to enter.
Eusebio García de Pesquera O.F.M.
She Went in Haste to the Mountain
Bk.III, Ch.XI: Farewell in the Rain
Finally, in October, 1966, Conchita left San Sebastian de Garabandal. But it was not Carmelites' monastery. She was enrolled as a boarder in a school operated by the religious of the Concepcionistas Misioneras de la Ensañanza in Burgos.