Tuesday, November 4, 2008

OUR LADY OF GOOD SUCCESS - 5 November, 2008 , Within the Octave of All Saints Day

OUR LADY OF GOOD SUCCESS - Prophecies for our time

In 1699, Our Lady of Good Success appeared to a sister in Quito, Ecuador, Mariana de Jesus Torres, and commanded that a statue be made of her, for she would govern the Conceptionist Convent as Abbess until the end of the world.

[ Statue of Our Lady of Good Success, Quito, Ecuador is put on public display three times a year]]

She said: "In my right hand, place the crosier and keys to the cloister as a sign of my proprietorship and authority. In my left arm, place my Divine Child so that men will understand how powerful I am in placating the Divine Justice and in obtaining mercy and pardon for every sinner who comes to me with a contrite heart, for I am the Mother of Mercy and in me there is only goodness and love. ... Let them come to me, for I will lead them to Him.

"The statue was miraculously completed by the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael in the early morning of January 16, 1611.

Mother Mariana had begged the Most Holy Virgin that her name be unknown. The Mother of God assured her faithful daughter that only after three centuries of mysterious silence, the truth of the apparitions would become known - in the 20th century.

[ Our Lady of Good Success assists Mariana in measuring for the construction of the statue as Mariana holds one end of her corded belt off her habit, whilst Our Lady took the other and brought it up to her forehead, with the cord stretching miraculously to the exact height]

As Queen and Mother of a then-suffering world and Church, Our Lady promised that she would give her Good Success to those who had recourse to her under this invocation. Numerous graces and even a miraculous cure have resulted from praying to Our Lady of Good Success through the intercession of Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres. [ See Novena Prayer below ]
Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres (1563-1635) was a Spanish Conceptionist sister who traveled from her country to the New world to help found the Royal Convent in Quito, Ecuador.

Favored with many singular gifts from heaven, this chosen soul was given to know many future events, especially the grievous situation of the Church in the 20th Century. Our Lady told her that in our lamentable times, heresies would abound, the corruption of manners and customs would be almost complete, and the light of the Faith nearly extinguished.
[ Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres ]

To atone for the many profanations, blasphemies, and abuses and to hasten the day of the triumphant restoration, this 17th century sister was asked to become an expiatory victim for our times. But Our Lady promised Her intercession at the very moment "when the evil will appear triumphant and when the authority abuses my power."

This would "mark the arrival of my hour, when I, in a marvelous way, will dethrone the proud and accursed Satan, trampling him under my feet and fettering him in the infernal abyss."

These words harmonize perfectly with the message of hope Our Lady delivered to the three children at Fatima in 1917: "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph."

Our Lady of Good Success
The Prophetic Mission of Mother Mariana
During her life of 72 years, Mother Mariana received many apparitions and favors from Our Lady, who revealed important facts in the History of the Church. The Virgin Mary also told her to have a statue of Our Lady of Good Success made to be a protection for the whole world in the turbulent times to come. Our Lady told Mother Mariana a great crisis in the Church would begin in the 20th century, and that only then would the devotion to Our Lady of Good Success become known because it would be the remedy for that crisis.

To atone for the many profanations, blasphemies, and abuses and to hasten the day of the triumphant restoration of the Catholic Church to her full glory, Mother Mariana was asked to become an expiatory victim for those times which are ours. The only crisis in the Catholic Church that occurred in the 20th century was the illegal non-catholic Vatican II Council and its devastating consequences. It is truly extraordinary.

Our Lady set out the whole panorama of the present day calamity to a simple nun in Quito in the early 1600s. Mother Mariana saw the grievous situation, and almost died from the violence of the shock.

One can only imagine how a vision of the post-Vatican II Church, that remnant Catholic Church, would distress a nun living in the healthy climate of the Counter-Reformation in the Church, which had one of its highest points in Spain, her homeland. In particular, she suffered from seeing the impurity and corruption of the clergy in this crisis. The depraved priests of those times, she predicted, would so scandalize the Christian people that their vile actions would raise the general indignation of bad Catholics and the enemies of the Church against all priests. It is a very strong statement; nonetheless it has come to pass.

Today Catholics world-over have had to face the torrent of homosexuality and pedophilia that has unfortunately inundated the Catholic clergy and hierarchy. , The prophetic messages of Mother Mariana have been fulfilled in our days. : . , , and others still reserved for the future.received from Our Lady of Good Success and her Divine Son. each prophecy has been realized to the very letter.briefly just some of the prophecies that have come to pass:

The independence of Ecuador in the 19th century;

The consecration of Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by a “truly Catholic president” [Gabriel Garcia Moreno] in the 19th century;

The proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady,
and the dogma of Papal Infallibility, both in the 19th century,
by a Pope who would become a prisoner in the Vatican [Pope Pius IX].

As for the prophecies specific to our times, they describe:

An enormous apostasy in the Church,which we now recognize as beginning at Vatican II in 1962, with
the corruption of the clergy and Prelates, loss of the faith,
the abandonment of the rules in convents and monasteries,corruption of the Catholic school system and children going through this system ,
the culpability of the ecclesiastical authority for this crisis

The corruption of the faith would come from the top down..Such exact fulfillments lead us to believe that the other parts of the prophecies for our times will also be fulfilled.

For Our Lady also predicted that at the moment when the situation would seem lost, she would intervene and save the Catholic Church from the crisis and restore her to her proper splendor. In this happy time, after a severe purge and cleansing in all the religious orders, there will be a revival of vocations, a return to the practice of the original rules, and a flourishing, healthy Church.

On several occasions she spoke of an apostasy in the highest cubicle of the Church. For example, in the apparition of February 2, 1634, after Our Lady warned Mother Mariana of the many bad Superiors who would destroy the spirit of religion, she said: “Dire times will come, when those who should justly defend the rights of the Church will be blinded. Without servile fear or human respect, they will join the enemies of the Church to help them accomplish their designs.

“Woe to the error of the wise, to he who governs the Church, the Pastor of the flock that My Most Holy Son confided into his care!”
Further on, she added. referring to the role of the bad religious authorities in the crisis:
“But when they will appear triumphant and when the authority will abuse their power, committing injustices and oppressing the weak, their downfall will be near.

Paralyzed, they will fall to the ground” Therefore, while the message of Our Lady of Good Success, like that of Our Lady of Fatima, speaks of a great chastisement, it also offers the grand hope of a restoration of the Holy Church. Our Lady said she would reserve knowledge for this revelation for the 20th century for two main reasons:

Our Lady of Good Success promised succor for these times.

First, as Our Lady herself told Mother Mariana, she wants to offer a special consolation under this invocation of Good Success to the faithful souls of our days who are suffering from a general confusion, a time, as she predicted, “when the light of the Faith would be almost extinguished.”

By means of this devotion, she promised that Our Lord would work great miracles, spiritual as well as material, for the devout faithful:
“…above all those at the end of the 20th century, who would be the favored of His Heart, for in that period Hell would be unleashed and many souls would be lost.”

This devotion, then, is a special safeguard for peoples and nations in these days. Our Lady promised to work great miracles under this invocation; it only remains for us to invoke her under this title.

We can depend on her guarantee of succor.Had this devotion not fallen into mysterious oblivion for centuries and the enemies of the Church been aware of the prophecies of Our Lady of Good Success –referring to the Modernists and Progressivists who infiltrated the Church – they could easily have obscured or changed them, as happened with the Third Secret in the Message of Fatima.

Instead, at the very moment when the Progressivist non- Catholic Church would seem to have buried the Fatima message, the prophecies of Our Lady of Good Success come to light.

An Approved Devotion

For three and a half centuries, since February 2, 1611 when the 8th Bishop of Quito Salvador de Ribera (1607-1612) blessed the miraculous statue and installed her in the Abbess chair, this devotion has been approved by the Bishops of Quito.

The devotion to Our Lady of Good Success has been celebrated uninterruptedly for the last 395 years in Quito. As for the life of Mother Mariana and the prophecies she received, it was under the order of the 10th Bishop of “Quito, the austere and learned Bishop Pedro de Oviedo, that Mother Mariana recorded the revelations she received from Heaven in an Autobiography.

The Prelate was privy to the intimate dealings of her soul, and realized the importance of having a permanent record made of her many revelations and favors. Fr. Manuel Sousa Pereira had recourse to that Autobiography as well as many other source documents guarded in the Convent archives when he wrote The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana (two volumes) in 1790.
The body of Mother Mariana and the other Founding Mothers are preserved in glass cases in the Convent cloisters . For several centuries, as Our Lady had foretold, the life and history of Mother Mariana fell into oblivion, although the devotion to Our Lady of Good Success flourished inside the Convent.

Then, on February 8, 1906, the body of Mother Mariana had to be moved because of a construction project. The tomb was opened and her body found incorrupt and whole.

Interest in her life and words revived and increased, and by the mid-20th century, small groups of persons from other countries had begun to visit the Convent and request more information about the nun whose life is so closely intertwined to the miraculous statue. in this study was precisely this work by Fr. Manuel Sousa Pereira, written in 1790, and now translated to English and offered to the English-speaking world.

The apparition of February 2, 1634 , in which the sanctuary light is extinguished. Our Lady then explains to Mother Mariana that this symbolized the Church in the 20th century, and explained the five meanings of that symbolic act. According to the words of Our Lady, the light being snuffed out represents the following:

A great crisis was predicted in the Church shortly after the mid-20th century:- Our Lady is obviously referring to the apostate Vatican II Council, headed by antipopes John XXIII and Paul VI . For there was no other event in the Catholic Church which could possibly be described as a "crisis" in the Church at that time. And this is an important point .

First, the propagation of heresies in the 19th and 20th centuries that would extinguish the precious light of Faith in souls;

Second, the great spiritual catastrophe in the Convent, and by extension, in the whole Church;

Third, the massive impurity that would saturate the atmosphere. “Like a filthy ocean, it will inundate the streets, squares and public places with an astonishing liberty,” she said. “There will be almost no virgin souls in the world;

”Fourth, the corruption of children’s innocence and the crisis in the clergy;

Fifth, the laxity and negligence of the wealthy who would stand by and witness the Church being oppressed, virtue being persecuted, and the triumph of evil without employing their riches to attack evil and restore the Faith.

In a paradoxical sense, the somber details of this prophecy offer a consolation and relief to those who acknowledge the great crisis in the Church and society of our days. It provides us solace to know that Our Lady clearly foretold this dire situation, that she saw and sees our present suffering, and has promised to help us persevere in the fight if we have recourse to her.

It heartens us to know that she said that those destined for the restoration will need great strength of will, constancy, valor and confidence in God. Hearing this gives us courage to go forward, to sharpen our vigilance so that we will be worthy to be among that happy number of combatants who will see the day of her provident intervention and victory.

In addition to the impressive prophecies, there is something else about this work by Fr. Pereira that deserves mention. The words seem to transmit through the centuries the spirit of religion and the piety of days past. His description of events invites us to see the world with the eyes of faith, to understand the importance of discerning the supernatural in the things that happen in our daily lives.

Fr. Pereira, who himself died in the odor of sanctity, also stresses many important religious truths that Progressivism downplays or hides today: the importance of the time given to us in this life to earn Heaven, the strict account each one will make for his life at his judgment; the importance not only of practicing the virtues but also of not allowing the least concession to evil or the relaxation of good customs and religious practices.

It is, as one reader observed, a book that should not just be read, but meditated upon. Our Lady promised to assist those who spread the devotion.

Our Lady told Mother Mariana that she would give her special help to all those who, by their support and resources, will help to spread this devotion in the times ahead when she desired to be known.

These are our times, our days. It is hardly necessary to note that Our Lady is never outdone in generosity.

When Mother Mariana asked the Convent’s special patron, the Marquesa, for help in making her statue, that noble lady did not hesitate to offer everything at her disposal. Mother Mariana thanked her and told her, “God Our Lord and His Blessed Mother will abundantly recompense your generosity and devotion, increasing your spiritual as well as temporal welfare.”

And her generosity was immediately rewarded – Our Lady completely healed the Marquesa’s broken arm on that very day!

The Child Jesus of the Cross on Pichincha Mountain.

This is one of the many apparitions granted to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres (1563-1635). Favored with many singular gifts from heaven, this Conceptionist sister in Quito, Ecuador was given to know many future events, especially the grievous situation of the Church in the 20th century.

The Christ Child Crucified in Quito.

[The vision of the Christ Child crucified on Mount Pichincha in 1628 reveals the origin of a popular Spanish devotion. ]

Christ, who appears as a mere child or adolescent in the various holy cards depicting the scene, embraces the Cross in anticipation of His future sacrifice and asks mankind this poignant question: “How can I do more to show My love for you?” The devotion finds deep roots in Catholic tradition.

For example, in The City of God, Blessed Mary of Agreda tells us that when Our Lord was still a youth in the house of Loreto, He would often assume a position in the form of a cross.

In the presence of His Mother, who would then imitate His prayers and position, He would pray: “O Most blessed Cross! When shall thy arms receive Mine? When shall I rest on thee and when shall My arms, nailed to thine, be spread to welcome all sinners” (The Transfixion).

Toward the end of 1628, Mother Mariana was praying at midnight in the upper choir when Our Lord revealed to her many of the future events of the Spanish Colony. She saw the whole Colony in agitation, a war of independence, and the land bathed in blood. Her heart felt that it would break upon seeing all this chaos and destruction, and she begged Our Lord that His will might prevail and that the party He favored might triumph.

"What more can I do to show how much I love you?"

She then understood that the Colony would separate itself from its mother country and become the Republic of Ecuador. This would be a chastisement for the infidelities and innumerable abuses of so many of the authorities sent by the King to govern the country.

She saw that when this would happen, the beautiful dawn that each morning would break forth with refulgence over this land – so enchantingly spectacular that some persons would rise at daybreak just to enjoy this work of the Creator – would lose some of its brilliance. This favor would cease, she was given to understand, because the Republic would become corrupt and ungrateful for the benefits received from it by God. She saw that not only civil, but also ecclesiastical offices would be held by numerous obdurate and malicious Judases. Instigated and possessed by the diabolical spirit, they would sell their Lord for a few coins.

She saw the miserable and disastrous fate of these poor souls for all eternity. The secret as well as public chastisements of this poor country, which would then be called the Republic of Ecuador, were revealed to her.

She was given to know that the Republic would have been destroyed and buried under the debris of an earthquake if the Divine Goodness had not raised up heroic and just souls in secret and diverse ways. These souls were the victims who would placate Divine Justice with their prayers, sacrifices, and great sufferings during this sad epoch.

War between Angels and Demons
After witnessing the end of the war, she saw Ecuador completely covered by a black cloud composed of uncountable demons. With diabolical screams and laughter, they tried to overpower the new Republic so that they might govern from its very inception.

For its foundation, they laid the malice of the seven capital sins and hatred of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother. They tried to abolish all the convents, cloisters and pious institutions. Thus they breathed their blasphemous fumes throughout the land, polluting the whole atmosphere with a dense fog that obscured the precious light of Faith in souls and hardened the hearts of the people.

[A view of the Conceptionist Church on the corner of the downtown plaza in Quito]

In the next vision, Heaven opened its skies and a clear strong light streamed over all of Ecuador.

From every convent and cloister issued a burst of stars that rose to Heaven, and she heard the voice of the Prince of Angels, St. Michael, say: “Descend immediately to the depths of the abyss, cursed black legions, for here God lives, God triumphs, and God reigns in all times by means of His chosen souls.The more triumphant you think yourselves to be, the nearer approaches your defeat! Alas for this new republic without its religious communities! For without them, it could not subsist!”

Then lightning flashes and swords of fire pierced every corner of the land. The diabolical legions fled, but howled their threats to wage a cruel war unceasingly against this small portion of the earth, where the Woman, their enemy, would be so venerated and loved.

For, they screamed in their fury, if they could only succeed in extinguishing the people’s devotion to her, the victory would be theirs.

“The time will come,” they cried, “when we will have excellent agents who will conquer almost all of this land for us. We will reward them with earthly pleasures, comforts and riches, and then we will torment them in hell for all eternity because these ungrateful wretches ignored the mercies and benefits of their Creator.”

As the demons were expelled, a great calm returned and the sun shone with a great brilliance. Vision of the Child Jesus on the Pichincha Mountain.

Then Our Lady of Good Success carrying her Divine Infant in her right arm appeared to Mother Mariana and said:

“Lift your eyes now and look at the Pichincha Mountain, where you will see this Divine Infant Whom I carry in my arms crucified. I deliver Him to the Cross so that He might always give good successes to this Republic.”

The Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael carried the Divine Child to Pichincha Mountain, which overlooks the city of Quito, and is surrounded only by thorn bushes bearing a delicate flower. Here the Child Jesus took the form of a boy of about 12 to 15 years of age, His expression sweetly majestic. He prostrated Himself on the ground with His arms extended as on a cross and prayed to His Eternal Father to look with favor on Ecuador.

The Christ Child Crucified on Pichincha
A celestial light enveloped the whole mountain, and the Christ Child rose and stood before a cross with the inscription INRI at its head. On its left arm hung a crown of sharp thorns; on its right, a white stole.

The three Archangels reappeared, with St. Gabriel carrying a white Host. St. Michael bore a long white tunic speckled with stars and St. Raphael carried a mantle of a magnificent rose color unknown on this earth.

The Child Jesus vested Himself in the white tunic and stole, and over them draped the magnificent mantle. Then He approached the cross, took the crown of thorns and placed it on His Head. He extended His arms and remained crucified, but without any nails appearing either on His hands or feet. Down His cheeks streamed large tears, which were gathered up by the Archangels St. Michael and St. Raphael and dispersed throughout the new nation.

He then ordered St. Gabriel to place the Host behind His head, where it became a kind of halo. Three resplendent beams of light streamed from it. On the center ray appeared the word LOVE, on the ray to His right, ECUADOR, and on the ray to His left, SPAIN.

His expression reflected an intense pain, but also a serene joy to suffer for those whom He loved so dearly. As drops of blood fell from the wounds on His hands, feet and forehead, He fixed His gaze on the country and said these words:

“I can do no more to show My love for you. Ungrateful souls, who repay the great love and attentions of My Heart with contempt, sacrileges and blasphemies. At least you, My beloved and hidden spouses, be My consolation in My Eucharistic solitude. Keep watch in My Company. Do not be overcome by the sleep of indifference to God, Who loves you so much. Always be the heroines of your country during the bitter and dire times that will come. Your humble, secret, and silent prayer and voluntary penances will save it from the destruction toward which its ungrateful sons will lead it. For these wretched ones, rebuffing and despising the good, will exalt and serve the evil and self-serving satellites of Satan.”

Thus was the Child Jesus crucified on the grand Pichincha Mountain.

Six years later: Another vision One year before her death, Mother Mariana received another vision of Our Lady of Good Success, who appeared as always with the Child Jesus in her left arm and crosier in her right hand.

Once again, she spoke of the war that was coming when the colony would separate itself from the Spanish Kingdom to become a free republic.

In 1873 Garcia Moreno consecrated Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

To comfort her daughter in her great grief over the knowledge of this severance, the Queen of Heaven consoled her with these words: “I will have you know that this independence is most desirable, for this will diminish the responsibilities of the monarchs, who have appointed their representatives to govern this land. For these representatives who become ambitious and arrogate undue liberties offend the Church, insult the Ministers of God, and consider themselves to be absolute masters over everything.

“You know of the uncountable evils that will be inflicted upon the Church in this Colony during these times, even on the part of its ecclesiastic representatives, also appointed through the favor of the Kings. Because of this, how many scandals will be given! How many disputes and quarrels will arise! How many sins will be committed that will offend God! “But We have a great love for this small portion of earth, which will one day be Ecuador.

Taking into account the truly good souls who will live here, We pledge that one day as a Republic it will be solemnly consecrated to the Most Sacred Heart of my Divine Son. Then, with a loud voice will it be proclaimed from one end of the country to the other: The Republic of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” The mysterious prophecy repeated

Then Our Lady repeated the mysterious prophecy that she had given in the great apparition of February 2, 1634, when the tabernacle light had been extinguished:

“Dire times will come, whose very light will blind those who should justly defend the rights of the Church. Without servile fear or human respect, these shepherds will instead assist the enemies of the Church or help them accomplish their designs.”

“But woe to the error of the wise, to him who governs the church, the Pastor of the flock that my Most Holy Son confided into his care. “And when they appear triumphant and when the authority abuses my power, committing injustices and oppressing the weak, near will be their downfall. Dumbfounded, they will fall to the ground. “Then, joyful and triumphant, like a tender child, the Church will be reborn and will sweetly sleep, cradled in the capable arms and maternal heart of my most beloved elect son of those times, who will render himself docile to the inspirations of grace.

We will fill him with graces and very special gifts; We will make him great on earth and even greater in Heaven, where We have reserved for him a most precious seat. For, without fear of man, he fought for the truth and dauntlessly defended the rights of the Church, for which he will justly be called martyr”

[Our Lady orders pictures be made of the Christ Child ]

“You saw my Divine Child crucified on Pichincha Mountain,” Our Lady continued. “This was not by mere chance. Since this mountain dominates the city, my Most Holy Son wants to sanctify this place, where the Sacred Heart of my Jesus wants to exercise His dominion.“And just as, by my command, my statue will remain upon the Abbess’ seat in the upper choir of this Convent to govern and defend it and for the well-being of the whole country, so also do We desire that you should have pictures made of this vision, availing yourself of the present Bishop, a prudent and virtuous Prelate who governs with great meekness of heart.

On these pictures should be written the very words that you heard from the lips of your Crucified Love on Pichincha Mountain. These pictures will travel throughout the whole world and will be the source of holy inspirations, but their origin will not be known for some time. The day will come, however, when it will be known…”

At the same time of this vision, Our Lady enlightened the heart of Bishop Pedro de Oviedo, a truly good and holy Prelate, who was permitted to contemplate the scene of the Child Jesus on the Cross on Pichincha Mountain.

He ordered the pictures to be made in Spain with the firm conviction that the devotion would spread and would bring the grace of winning hearts to the love of God. Mother Mariana also had a statue sculpted of the Divine Child exactly as she had seen Him on Pichincha Mountain.

With the permission of the ecclesiastical authority, it was introduced for the veneration of the faithful under the invocation of the Child Jesus of the Cross of Pichincha. This devotion has continued to our time, and the statue is kept in the church of the Immaculate Conception convent in Quito. Prophecies fulfilled Time has borne witness to the truth of the prophecies of Our Lady regarding the Spanish colony that became the Republic of Ecuador.

The move for independence was hastened by Napoleon’s armed invasion of the Iberian Peninsula in 1807-8 and his disruption of monarchical rule by taking prisoner King Ferdinand VII of Spain. The decisive battle on Mount Pichincha in 1822 that set Ecuador on its path to independence took place at the very site where the Christ Child appeared crucified to Mother Mariana in 1628.

Thus, almost two hundred years to the day, on May 13, 1830, authorities of Quito proclaimed Ecuador to be a “free and independent state.” However, civil wars and political unrest followed the war of independence in the new Republic of Ecuador.

Our Lady revealed to Mother Mariana that from the end of the 19th century and from shortly after the middle of the 20th century, Satan will reign almost completely by means of the Masonic sects, who will focus on the corruption of children in particular as well as corruption of customs.

It would be difficult to receive the Sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation, and the Devil will make great efforts to destroy the Sacrament of Confession and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

She told Mariana, that in this battle, the Devil would use persons in high authority and unfaithful religious who will collaborate in this destruction

During this time the Sacrament of Extreme Unction will be little esteemed...many people dying without it. Countlee souls will be deprived of the innumerable graces, consolations and strength needed to make the great leap from time into eternity.

The Sacrament of Matrimony would be attacked and profaned. Freemasonry, which would be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with the Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging the procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church.

The Catholic spirit would rapidly decay and the precious light of Faith would gradually be extinguished, and almost total corruption of customs, with secular education causing a drying up of religious and priestly vocations.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be oppressed, ridiculed and despised, many of these priests will become depraved and corrupt, scandalizing Christians and bringing enormous sufferings to good pastors of the Church.

Unbridled luxury will ensnare he rest into sin. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women....in this supreme moment the one who should speak will fall silent....

From the beginning Freemasons sought control of the government. The anti-clerical and anti-aristocratic forces lined up with its first president, Juan Flores, a Mason, against the religious and political conservatives (2). At the same time, ecclesiastical abuses were flagrant, with concubinage, profligacy, gambling and open violations of monastic rules scandalously common among the Ecuadorian clergy, just as Our Lady of Good Success had forewarned.

But Ecuador also had the great consolation of having the “truly Catholic” president promised by Our Lady to Mother Mariana. (3) In 1860 Garcia Gabriel Moreno (1821-1875) was elected president. Welding an alliance with the Church, he instituted a strict reform under conservative policies and brought to Ecuador a period of stability and prosperity.

The 1861 Constitution written under his guidance established Catholicism as the state religion. He reformed and disciplined monks and priests and turned the educational system over to them. A subsequent constitution promulgated in 1869 further infuriated the liberals by excluding heretics from citizenship. In 1873 he consecrated Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as foretold to Mother Mariana more than 200 years earlier.

On August 6, 1875 as he prepared for a third term, Garcia Moreno was assassinated by the Masons. His brutal murder precipitated Ecuador into a period of new conflicts and instability that stretched into the 20th century.

[ Our Lady of Good Success offers succour in our times]

Novena prayers to Our Lady of Good Success

Hail Mary Most Holy, Beloved daughter of God the Father, through the intercession of Mariana de Jesus Torres, grant thy good success to this request (name request)

Our Father , Hail Mary, Glory Be...
Saint Michael, pray for us.

Hail Mary Most Holy, Admirable Mother of God the Son, through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, grant the good success to this request ( name request)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...
Saint Gabriel, pray for us.

Hail Mary Most Holy, Most Faithful Spouse of the Holy Ghost, throught the intercession of Mothe Mariana de Jesus Torres, grant thy good success to this request (name request)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...
Saint Raphael, pray for us.

Hail Mary Most Holy, Temple and Sacrarium of the Most Holy Trinity, through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, grant thy good success to this request (name it)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...
Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, pray for us.

Our Lady of Good Success, thou who art the all-powerful intercessor, before the Most Holy Trinity, deign to hear and answer my request - so long as it contributes to the salvation of my soul and the glory and exaltation of Holy Mother Church.

Hail Holy Queen...

O L O G S ora pro nobis


Anonymous said...

I wish to purchase a statue of the Divine Child on Pichincha. Where can I dind one?

catholic2007 said...

Hi Anonymous,

I tried looking on e-bay ( USA ) and trade me for such a statue of the crucified Christ Child on Pinchincha Mountain, but no luck.

I then checked with Dr. Marian Horvat ( Tradition in Action )and came up with this:

Dr. Marian Horvat responds to a similar request for such a statue..."The statue of the Christ Child crucified on Pinchincha Mountain....we do not know of any available statue specifically with this title or spirit. It is a pity that the current piety is not inclined to reproduce the Divine Infant crucified as was His wish.

The only statues one can readily find are those of the Christ Child with His arms open, giving the impression that He is ready to embrace us rather than suffer for us being crucified.

These, unfortunately, fail to represent His Divinity."

Perhaps a novena prayer to Our Lady of Good Success might be in order?