Monday, March 12, 2012

Our Lady of Good Success

In the 17th century Our Lady appeared to a Spanish Conceptionist nun, Ven. Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, one of the Founding Mothers of the Convent of the Immaculate Conception in Quito, Ecuador. 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, Mother Mariana was asked to become an expiatory victim for those times which are ours. It is not difficult to figure out that the crisis predicted for the 20th century was Council Vatican II and its 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 shriveled post-Vatican II 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. Sadly and undeniably, this prophetic message of Mother Mariana has been fulfilled in our days.

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