Our Lady of Good Success
In this month of Our Lady, there is a very important Marian apparition I would like to tell you about which took place in the sixteenth century which is very relevant to our times and fully approved of by the Church. In them ‘Our Lady of Good Success’ prophesied the crisis of faith which we are now living through. The Church has been in decline in our part of the world for decades.
From 1594 until 1634, Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, a Conceptionist nun, had visions of Our Lady in Quito, Ecuador which were accompanied by many miracles including the making of a miraculous statue. Our Lady made a number of astonishing prophecies which have all come true. She prophesied that in the nineteenth century there would be a pope who would proclaim the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and who would also proclaim the dogma of Papal infallibility. Both happened under Blessed Pope Pius IX. She also foretold that in Ecuador, in the nineteenth century, “…there will be a truly Catholic president who will consecrate the Republic to the Sacred Heart of JESUS” and that he would be martyred. This president turned out to be Gabriel Garcia Moreno (1821-1875), who consecrated Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1873. Then he was assassinated by members of a Masonic sect right next door to the convent of Mother Mariana just as Our Lady had said.
The most startling prophecies were for our own times. She told Mother Mariana there would be a terrible crisis of faith in the Church after the mid twentieth century (1960s), that innocence in children and modesty in women would disappear. There would be a great decline in vocations caused by secular education, and that the Sacrament of Holy Orders would be ridiculed, oppressed and despised and that many clergy will be corrupted. She said specifically the Sacrament of Matrimony would be attacked, that many children would be born out of wedlock and not baptised. She said the Sacrament of the Dying (Extreme Unction) would be little esteemed and many would die without receiving it. She also spoke of how the Blessed Sacrament would be profaned especially by sacrilegious communions. Doesn’t this all sound very familiar. But Our Lady promised that she would intervene in a marvellous way and crush the head of Satan under her feet (Genesis 3:15). She asked Mother Mariana to offer up her sufferings for the crisis we are now experiencing and from which we trust we are now benefitting. All the prophecies, and there are many others, have been fulfilled, apart from the Great Restoration which we still await and which Our Lady said would happen when all will seem to be lost. This surely must be the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart Our Lady promised at Fatima.
God knew from all eternity all this would happen, and yet He put us on earth at this time. So this is a call to arms. Let us pray hard, embrace our crosses, make reparation and recite the daily Rosary to help bring about this Great Restoration. Every single one of us has an important role to play to help preserve the true Faith in these troubled times.
Fr Paul Gillham, IC