In 1988 Patricia Talbot wanted to be a very successful woman. She dreamed of reaching fame as a model, of traveling a lot, and eventually marrying and forming a family. At that point in time she was 16 years old and she belonged to a group of young models that wanted to make the fashion of their country known in other countries. She was Catholic, yet not very concerned about religion, Pachi (as her friends call her) was not interested in the spiritual. In her school, she was invited one day to see a video about the apparitions of our Lady at Medjugorje, but she did not want to go, deducing that in these times those things did not happen anymore. Her mother, Carmencita, was worried because she noticed signs of vanity in her and because her constant trips that she had begun to take were becoming very costly.
Pachi never would have thought that Our Lady would appear to her and that what took place afterwards would change her life forever. The apparitions happened for a short period of time during eighteen months. They began August 28, 1988 and continued until March 3, 1990. In total there are registered more than one hundred apparitions, of which about twenty four happened in Pachi’s room, four in Mexico, and eighteen in chapels in Quito, Guayaquil y Paute. Almost all of the remaining apparitions occurred in El Cajas, a mountainous region of the Ecuadorian Andes located about 28km from the city of Cuenca (Azuay, Ecuador).
The first apparition took place in Patricia Talbot’s room, on August 28, 1988, at 4:50 in the morning. A great light invaded the place, from which Mary presented herself saying “Do not be afraid. I am your Mother from Heaven. Place your hands on your chest and pray very much for the peace of the world now is when it is most in need. I love you very much, my littlest daughter. Change. Pray for priests and religious, because Satan tempts them with sin and his main attack will be to bring confusion. Tomorrow first thing in the morning, I desire that you make me an altar in this place and put blessed candles on it. I am the Guardian of the Faith, and I will always be with you. Now, my little one, call your mother; pray until dawn as I showed you. I love you very much, my little girl."
Pachi was very startled, but she was not terrified. When the Lady told her to cross her hands over her chest and to pray, she began to pray very quickly, saying "Our Father, who art in heaven…" but the Lady told her: "Not like that, but like this," and she began to pray with her, saying very slowly; "Our Father, who art in heaven…" After finishing speaking, the beautiful Lady disappeared, leaving a soft scent of flowers, which remained for three days in the whole house.
Pachi felt confused by what she had just experienced and began to cry. She then woke her mom up and told her what had happened, and both began praying until dawn as Our Lady had asked. Later, that same morning, with some friends with whom she had shared what had happened, Pachi went to buy candles to be able to begin preparing a small altar. Over the following days, the whole family gathered to pray regularly and little by little, close friends began to believe and later other people came to pray at the site.
At the beginning of October, Pachi traveled to Costa Rica and Mexico with a group of models. In Mexico City, Pachi felt the need to kneel before a side altar dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe. There she had an experience that would transform her life. Upon closing her eyes to pray, Pachi felt a deep repentance for her sins, and she had a vision in which a lot of smoke billowed out of a camp where there were children of all races of the world, covered in wounds. It was a vision of the human condition, in need of healing. Our Lady told her: "My little daughter, pray a lot for peace in the world, because now is when it is most needed. I am holding back the arm of my Son. Change and convert. I love you very much. Goodbye." Returning to Cuenca, the visionary went to see the Archbishop and told him about the apparitions of Our Lady and gave him the messages she had received. But a positive response on his part was far off.
On the other hand, Pachi felt that her life was changing and that she no longer wanted to be a model. But she was under a lot of pressure, and so, one day, praying in her room, she saw Our Lady again and she said to her: "I am your Mother from Heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Guardian of Faith. You do not know how much I rejoice at seeing you again, my little one. You have made a wise decision." Pachi felt a great peace.
From June of 1989, the encounters with Our Lady were in El Cajas, where she appeared on Thursdays and Saturdays. Some people had special experiences. They saw remarkable movements in the sun (like in Fatima) and the faces and hands of those present shone with small glitter. There were many fruits of conversion and a mission to aid the most needy was born.
For the last apparition, around 115,000 people traveled to El Cajas. Our Lady, through Pachi, gave them a blessing and showed them her immense love. She asked them to keep praying and not to forget the great commandment of love.
In general, the messages are a call to prayer, to consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Merciful Heart of Jesus, prayer of the Rosary and the use of the Brown Scapular, to penance, fasting, and to increase attendance at Holy Mass--in the end, it is a call to personal holiness.
Our Lady gave Pachi warnings about possible catastrophes, natural as well as those caused by man, and of sufferings for the Holy Father and the Church. She also told her that humanity must diligently prepare for the Reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
At present, Pachi is married, but does not have any children. Her work with the Catholic community has been silent, but active. She is more dedicated to spreading the divine message that one day she is sure to have received from the Mother of Jesus: conversion in body and soul of the person so as to come to God and thus attain salvation.
Patricia Talbot Borrero, repeats it in each spiritual talk or testimony that she gives. That young girl from Cuenca who in the 90's was known both locally and around the world for affirming that Our Lady appeared to her, is now a housewife, dedicated to her husband, to catechesis and to strengthening the Guardian of Faith community which was created -- with the authorization of the Bishop of Cuenca -- as a result of these events.
Patricia Talbot insists that the path to God is not easy, because there has to be a true conversion of heart. "Each one can do it, but he has to have faith and if he is determined to do it; If there is this, there is hope."
Patricia (Pachi) Talbot was born in Cuenca, Ecuador, on June 25, 1972. During the night of August 28, 1988, she reports having received the visit of our Mother from Heaven, the Guardian of the Faith who said to her: “Do not be afraid, I am your Mother from Heaven, look at Me. I am the Holy Mary, ever Virgin, the Guardian of the Faith. Place your hands over your chest, daughter, I have come to ask you to pray for peace in the world, because it is now that it is most needed.” On June 15, 1989, Pachi reports that the Blessed Virgin Mary chose, and signaled with a ray of light from Heaven, a very special location high in the Andes Mountains called “El Cajas” which Our Lady called "Her little piece of Heaven" where She would pour forth Her blessings upon all pilgrims who came there. With the approval of Archbishop Vicente Cisneros Durán, then Archbishop of Cuenca, on May 1, 2000, the Association of Mother Mary, Guardian of the Faith was founded as a fruit of this experience with the Blessed Virgin Mary. In March of 2009, at the request of the same Archbishop of Cuenca, a summary of these messages was published with the imprimatur of the Church. Patricia is dedicated to her husband, Andrés Vega, whom she married in 1991; to her family and to the mission of bringing the messages of conversion to God, love and devotion to the Eucharist, the Sacraments and sharing her testimony of devotion to Our Lady.
TESTIMONY OF PATRICA TALBOT (PACHI)
II International Congress in Honor of the Two Hearts
October 12-14, 2012