On the Island of Tumaco, the Catholic Priest, Father Gerardo Larrondo, found himself right in the path of this massive tidal wave. It was January 31, 1906 at 10:00 A.M. when the earthquake lasted nearly ten minutes.
Inspired by the villagers that ran to the church, Fr. Gerardo lead a Eucharistic procession to the beach finding the sea already rising flooding part of the beach.This tidal wave was plunging inland a kilometer and a half with a huge wall of water building up forming this massive wave that threatened the inhabitants. Fr. Gerardo proclaimed, “Let us go, my people. Let us go toward the beach, and may God have pity on us.”
As Father Larrondo reached the beach with the monstrance lifted high he and the people displayed great courage in the face of this tidal wave when it came crashing on the shore. Father made the sign of the cross with the Monstrance when the wave paused and then backed off into the sea. The wave was stopped in it’s tracks by an invisible hand, the hand of Jesus the Lord. People went running through the area exclaiming and proclaiming a great miracle. The massive wall of water that previously threatened to destroy a whole village on Tumaco Island came to an abrupt stop and receded back into the sea as the shoreline went back to normal.
We know that like the Apostles who witnessed Jesus calm the storm as it obeyed His command to be still and be quiet, the world soon became aware of this great Eucharistic Miracle through the outpouring of thanks and gratitude by the people to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Like the Apostles, Fr. Larrondo and his faithful congregation “were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this whom even the wind and the sea obey”?