|Our Lady of Good Success - a Great Devotion for Our Times
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|Author:||OLGS-PrayForUs [ Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:54 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Our Lady of Good Success - a Great Devotion for Our Times|
I would encourage all to read about Our Lady of Good Success and the saintly Conceptionist nun to whom she appeared several times, Mother Mariana Francisca de Jesus Torres y Berriochoa (1563-1635). Our Lady commanded that a life-size statue of Her be made under the invocation of Our Lady of Good Success. The wooden statue was carved by Francisco del Castillo, a sculptor in Quito, and the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael miraculously completed it in the early morning of January 16, 1611. This statue was made and remains in the upper choir of the Convent of the Immaculate Conception, which Our Lady promised to govern and preserve until the end of time. The statue is still there and pilgrimages have been made to see it.
At Our Lady’s request, Mother Mariana agreed to become an expiatory victim for the heresies, blasphemies and impiety that would be unleashed on the Church in the 20th century. When you read these books, you will see that Mother Mariana faithfully, fervently, humbly, and courageously suffered for the Church.
Here is a description of one of Our Lady’s appearances taken from pages 210-215 of the English translation of the book The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana, Volume II written in 1790 by Fr. Manuel Sousa Pereira, translated by Marian T. Horvat (Copyright 1999, First edition 2006 by Tradition in Action, Inc.).:
At 3:00 a.m. on February 2, 1634, while Mother Mariana was praying in the upper choir of the Royal Convent of the Immaculate Conception in Quito, Ecuador before the most Blessed Sacrament, the sanctuary light was completely extinguished and the main altar area went completely dark. Unable to light a candle herself, due to the loss of all power of her senses, Mother Mariana saw a celestial light fill the entire church. Our Lady appeared, lighted the Tabernacle lamp, approached Mother Mariana, and explained to her the five meanings of the light being extinguished, saying:
“The sanctuary light burning before the altar that you saw be extinguished has many meanings. The first is that at the end of the 19th century and advancing into a large part of the 20th, various heresies will be propagated in this land, then a free Republic. As they come to dominate, the precious light of Faith will be extinguished in souls by the almost total corruption of customs. During this period, there will be great physical and moral catastrophes, both public and private. The small number of souls who, hidden, will conserve the treasure of the Faith and the virtues will suffer an unspeakably cruel and prolonged martyrdom. Many of them will succumb to death from the violence of the suffering, and those who sacrifice themselves for Church and Country will be counted as martyrs. In order to free men from bondage to these heresies, those whom the merciful love of my Most Holy Son will destine for that restoration will need great strength of will, constancy, valor, and much confidence in God. To test this faith and confidence of the just, there will be occasions in which everything will seem lost and paralyzed. This will be, then, the happy beginning of the complete restoration.”
“The second reason is that my Convent, being greatly reduced in number, will be submerged in a fathomless ocean of indescribable bitterness, and will seem to be drowning in these diverse waters of tribulations. How many authentic vocations will perish because of the lack of discretion, discernment, and prudence on the part of the Novice Mistresses in forming them! They should be souls of prayer and well-learned in the varied spiritual ways. Woe to those souls who will return to the Babylon of the world after having been in the secure port of this blessed Convent! During this unfortunate epoch, injustice will enter even here, my closed garden. Disguised under the name of false charity, it will wreak havoc in souls. The spiteful Devil will try to sow discord, making use of putrid members, who, masked by the appearance of virtue, will be like decaying sepulchers emanating the pestilence of putrefaction, causing moral deaths in some and lukewarmness in others. They will thrust a two-edged sword into my faithful daughters, my hidden souls, making them suffer a continuous and slow martyrdom. These faithful daughters will weep in secret and complain to their Lord and God, and their tears will be presented by their Guardian Angels to our Heavenly Father, asking that they shorten such dire times for the love of the Divine Prisoner.”
“The third reason that the lamp was extinguished is because of the spirit of impurity that will saturate the atmosphere in those times. Like a filthy ocean, it will inundate the streets, squares, and public places with an astonishing liberty. There will be almost no virgin souls in the world. The delicate flower of virginity, timid and threatened by complete destruction, will shine in the distance. Taking refuge in cloisters, it will find good soil there that will take root, grow, and live, its fragrance being the delight of my Most Holy Son and the shield against divine ire. Without virginity, it would be necessary for the fire of Heaven to fall upon these lands to purify them. In his malicious pride, the invidious and pestiferous Devil will try to intrude into even these closed gardens of the religious cloisters to make this beautiful and delicate flower wither. But I will confront him and crush his head under my feet. Alas, how sorrowful! There will be careless souls who will voluntarily deliver themselves into his claws. Others, returning to the world, will be instruments of the Devil for the loss of souls.”
“The fourth motive for the lamp being extinguished is that the [Masonic] sect, having infiltrated all the social classes, will be so subtle as to introduce itself into domestic ambiences in order to corrupt the children, and the Devil will glory in dining upon the exquisite delicacy of the hearts of children. During those unfortunate times, evil will assault childhood innocence. In this way, vocations to the priesthood will be lost, which will be a true calamity. It will fall to religious groups to sustain the Church and to labor with valorous, disinterested zeal for the salvation of souls. For, during this period, the observance of the Rule will shine in the communities and there will be holy ministers of the altar, hidden and beautiful souls in whom my Most Holy Son and I will take our delight, finding them excellent flowers and fruits of heroic sanctity. The impious ones will rage a cruel war against them, letting fall on them vituperations, calumnies, and vexations in order to impede the fulfillment of their ministry. But they, like firm columns, will remain unswerving and will confront everything with that spirit of humility and sacrifice with which they will be vested, by virtue of the infinite merits of my Most Holy Son, Who loves them as the innermost fibers of His most holy and tender Heart. In this epoch, the Secular Clergy will be far removed from its ideal, because the priests will be careless in their sacred duties. Losing the divine compass, they will stray from the road traced by God for the priestly ministry and they will become attached to wealth and riches, which they will unduly strive to obtain. How this Church will suffer on that occasion the dark night of the lack of a Prelate and Father to watch over them with paternal love, gentleness, strength, discernment, and prudence. Many priests will lose their spirit, placing their souls in great danger. Pray insistently without tiring and weep with bitter tears in the secrecy of your heart, imploring our Celestial Father that, for love of the Eucharistic Heart of my Most Holy Son and His Precious Blood shed with such generosity and by the profound bitterness and sufferings of His cruel Passion and Death, He might take pity on His ministers and quickly bring to an end those ominous times, sending to this Church the Prelate who will restore the spirit of its priests. My Most Holy Son and I will love this favored son with a love of predilection, and we shall gift him with a rare capacity, humility of heart, docility to divine inspirations, the strength to defend the rights of the Church, and a tender and compassionate heart, so that, like another Christ, he will assist the great and the small, without despising the more unfortunate souls who ask him for light and counsel in their doubts and hardships. With divine suavity, he will guide the souls consecrated to the service of God in the cloisters, making light the yoke of the Lord, Who said, ‘My yoke is sweet, and my burden light.’ Into his hands the scales of the Sanctuary will be placed so that everything is weighed with due measure and God will be glorified. The lukewarmness of all the souls consecrated to God in the priestly and religious state will delay the coming of this Prelate and Father. This, then, will be the cause of the cursed Devil taking possession of this land, where he will achieve his victories by means of a foreign and faithless people, so numerous that, like a black cloud, it will obscure the limpid heavens of the then-Republic consecrated to the Most Sacred Heart of my Divine Son. With these people, all the vices will enter, which will attract in their turn every type of chastisement, such as plagues, famines, internal fighting and external disputes with other nations, and apostasy, the cause of the perdition of so many souls so dear to Jesus Christ and to me. In order to dissipate this black cloud that prevents the Church from enjoying the clear day of liberty, there will be a formidable and frightful war, which will see the bloodshed of countrymen and foreigners, of secular and regular priests, and also of religious. That night will be most horrible, for, humanly speaking, evil will seem triumphant. This, then, will mark the arrival of my hour, when I, in a marvelous way, will dethrone the proud and cursed Satan, trampling him under my feet and fettering him in the infernal abyss. Thus the Church and Country will finally be free of his cruel tyranny.”
“The fifth reason that the lamp was extinguished is due to the laxity and the negligence of those who possess great wealth, who will indifferently stand by and witness the Church being oppressed, virtue being persecuted, and the triumph of evil, without piously employing their riches for the destruction of the evil and restoration of the Faith. It is also due to the indifference of the people who will allow the Name of God to be gradually snuffed out and adhere to the spirit of evil, freely delivering themselves to vices and passions. Alas, my chosen daughter! If it were given to you to live in this tenebrous era, you would die of sorrow to see all that I have revealed to you here take place. My Most Holy Son and I have such a great love for this land, our legacy, that we desire even now the application of your sacrifices and prayers to shorten the time of such a terrible catastrophe.”
Our Lady has promised that she will intervene at that moment when the abuses will reach their climax and all will seem lost. The devotion to Our Lady of Good Success is one I would encourage all to have, and it has been approved by the Bishops of Quito since 1611. Mother Mariana requested that Our Lady let her remain unknown, and Our Lady promised Mother Mariana that the knowledge of how the miraculous Statue came to be made will only become known to the general public in the 20th century.
The books I’m recommending are:
** The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana, Volume I by Fr. Manuel Sousa Pereira (1790), translated by Marian T. Horvat, Ph. D. (Copyright 1999, first edition 2005 by Tradition in Action, Inc.) 252 pages.
** The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana, Volume II by Fr. Manuel Sousa Pereira (1790), translated by Marian T. Horvat, Ph. D. (Copyright 1999, first edition 2006 by Tradition in Action, Inc.) 357 pages.
** Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success by Marian Therese Horvat, Ph. D. (Copyright 2002), 101 pages.
All of these books are available through http://www.TraditionInAction.org (click on the link in the lower left hand column to Our Lady of Good Success) and also http://www.ourladyofgoodsuccess.com
St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael, pray for us!
Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres and all ye incorruptibles**, pray for us!
Our Lady of Good Success, pray for us!
(**The incorruptible bodies of Mother Mariana and all of the Founding Mothers are preserved in special glass cases inside the cloisters of the convent.)
|Author:||OLGS-PrayForUs [ Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:52 pm ]|
|Post subject:||St. John Baptiste Marie Vianney & Our Lady of Good Succe|
Today being the feast of one of my favorite saints, St. John Vianney (1756-1859), is what motivated me to post about Our Lady of Good Success. In the same book I quoted from in the previous post (The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana, Volume II by Fr. Manuel Sousa Pereira, written in 1790, translated by Marian T. Horvat, Ph. D., Copyright 1999, first edition 2006 by Tradition in Action, 357 pages), Our Lady mentioned him by name when she appeared to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres on December 8, 1634, Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
When describing the mission of priests, Our Lady said (taken from page 288):
"From the 19th century onward, priests should love with all their soul John Baptist Marie Vianney, a servant of mine whom Divine Goodness is preparing for those centuries as an exemplary model of the humble priest. He will not be from a noble family, so that the world will know and understand that in the eyes of God all that matters is profound virtue. This servant of mine, who will come to the world at the end of the 18th century, will love me with all his heart. By his words and deeds he will honor me and teach his companions to know and love me. I have destined him to care for a soul, being her guardian angel, tutor, and protector, as well as sustenance and consolation throughout her suffering life. She will know him from the very moment that she gains the use of her reason, which will be very early, as I have manifested to you..."
From Fr. Alban Butler's Lives of the Saints for August 9:
St. John Mary Vianney was born at Dardilly, France, in 1786. He was a farm hand until his nineteenth year, when he began his studies for the priesthood. His talents were poor, and his progress slow. He was ordained at Grenoble in 1815; he became parish priest of Ars in 1818. That little town was the scene of his marvelous labors until his holy death, August 4, 1859. Like an Angel from heaven he entirely renewed the condition of his neglected and forsaken parish. Continually engaged for many hours daily in hearing confessions and in giving spiritual direction, he introduced the frequent reception of the Eucharist, and organized pious sodalities; and in a remarkable manner he inspired into souls a tender devotion to the Immaculate Virgin. And, deeming that it is the duty of the pastor to expiate the sins of the flock accredited to him, he spared neither prayers, nor vigils, nor mortifications and continual fastings. Since Satan could not endure such great virtues in this man of God, he assailed him, first with mere annoyances, and afterwards in open combat; but John Mary patiently endured the most malevolent injuries. He was very often asked by the neighboring priests to labor for the salvation of souls after the manner of the Missionaries, either by preaching sermons, or by hearing confessions, and he was always at hand in every case.
Reflection -- Let us always remember that we have the assurance of our Lord Himself that the more we love and serve Him, the more we shall be hated by wicked people.
Here are some beautiful prayers for our present and future clergy:
"O, Lord, grant unto Thy church saintly priests and fervent religious! Send forth, O Lord, laborers into Thy harvest!"
"O, Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us! Obtain for us many and holy priests!"
I think St. John Baptiste Marie Vianney is another wonderful saint to petition to pray for us and help us through these very trying times.
Blessed Feast Day, St. John Baptiste Marie Vianney! Please pray for us! Our Lady of Good Success, pray for us!
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