Our Lady of Good Success


Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres was a Conceptionist nun from Spain who went to the Quito colony in Ecuador in 1576. Our Lady and Our Lord appeared to her and gave her many revelations, beginning in 1610, that included prophecies, especially relevant for the Church in our time, considered the most significant of all the prophecies, that of the crisis in the Church.

Another prophecy was that Pope Pius IX would promulgate the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and that this same pope would preside over a Vatican Council which would teach infallibly on the Papacy, including the Pontiff's supremacy and the charism of infallibility in matters of faith and morals. Ven. Mother Mariana was also instructed on the life-sized statue to be made, that Our Lady should have a crosier and keys with the Child Jesus in her left hand:

" . . . 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." [1] The statue, made by a sculptor in Quito, was miraculously completed by the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael in the early morning of January 16, 1611. The above image is from Spain. The Quito statue is pictured below.



In 1619 Our Lord invited our Venerable Mariana to share His Cross more deeply, " . . . for at all times I have  need of valiant souls to save My Church . . ."

On the Feast of the Purification, 1634, Mother Mariana was before the Blessed Sacrament, when she saw the Sanctuary light go out. There are five meanings of this sign:

1. "The first . . . is that at the end of the 19th century and into the 20th century various heresies will be propagated in this land, a free republic. As these . . . 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 calamities . . ."

 "The small number of souls who, hidden, will preserve the treasure of the Faith and practice virtue will suffer a cruel, unspeakable and prolonged martyrdom. Many of them will succumb to death from the violence of their sufferings, and those who sacrifice themselves for the Church and their 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 has designated to effect the restoration will need great strength of will, constancy, valor and confidence in God. To test this faith and confidence of the just, there will be occasions when all will seem to be lost and paralyzed. This, then, will be the happy beginning of the complete restoration."

These few, chosen soul would appear to be very similar to the apostles of the latter times predicted by St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. [2]

2. Sensuality will cover the earth, extinguishing many vocations; even injustice under the guise of "false charity" would enter Mariana's own convent.

3. Impurity like "a filthy ocean" will run with an "astonishing liberty. The delicate flower of virginity would be threatened by complete annihilation . . .there would always be some good souls in cloisters where it might take root . . . to deflect the Divine wrath . . ."

4. The crisis in the priesthood assisted by the growth of the Masonic sects which will infiltrate all levels of society, poisoning the hearts of children:

"During these unfortunate times, evil will invade childhood innocence. In this way, vocations to the priesthood will be lost, resulting in a true calamity." Again she promised that during this time there would be religious communities who would sustain the Church and holy ministers of the altar, hidden and beautiful souls, who would labor with valor and disinterested zeal for the salvation of souls. "Against them," she warned, "the impious will rage a cruel war, overwhelming them with vituperations, calumnies and vexations in order to stop them from fulfilling their ministry. But they, like firm columns, will remain unswerving and will confront everything with the spirit of humility and sacrifice with which they will be vested, by virtue of the infinite merits of my Most Holy Son . . ."

" . . . the secular clergy will leave much to be desired because priests will become careless in their sacred duties. Lacking the Divine compass they will stray from the road traced by God . . ."

"Lacking a prelate to guide them . . . with strength, wisdom and prudence, many priests will lose their spirit, placing their souls in great danger." [3]

It is from this prophecy that some sedevacantist groups claim that there is no Pope. However, the prophecy of Our Lady does not specifically mention the Pontiff, but a prelate lacking in strength, wisdom, etc. A prelate is any bishop, which of course includes the Pope. Since this prophecy warns of the coming crisis in the Church, would not Our Lady say, "Pontiff", so as to not be mistaken, because prelate means any bishop? One prelate in the future would have a pivotal role in the restoration of the Church. Such was the case in the time of St. Athanasius during the Arian heresy. Most bishops had become lax and weak, some even taking up belief in the Arian heresy, but Athanasius held to the true and entire Faith.

Moreover, whenever Our Lady speaks in an apparition about the Roman pontiff she always refers to him as "the Pope." To Mother Mariana she spoke of the great crisis affecting priests, in their faith and in their morals and spirit. She did not say men who thought they were priests but were not, she said priests, who endanger their souls.  If the prelate referred to was the Pontiff and not bishops under which these priests serve, then there would be no bishops or very few bishops, because bishops are consecrated through the auspices of the Holy See and they in turn ordain priests. They cannot ordain if  they do not have Holy Orders themselves and the faculties of bishops. The prophecies at Quito clearly address impurity and lukewarmness in priests in vast numbers, and disrespect for the Blessed Sacrament. Now if there are but few true priests then how could there be so much disrespect for a non-Sacrament? No, Our Lady said "Blessed Sacrament" just as she said the loss of "Extreme Unction" through disuse, not that the Sacrament would cease to exist altogether. It does exist, through the offices of the traditional priests, both Independent and Indult and in the SSPX, who offer the Sacraments in the traditional Roman Rite. Our Lady lamented that so many souls die without Extreme Unction in the time she was speaking of. This is the case today because the Novus Ordo "Last Rites" or "Anointment of the Sick" is not the same as Extreme Unction, not all the senses are anointed and often there is no Confession available. Note, she lamented its disuse, not its cessation per se. This means priests to perform it exist, this means bishops to ordain them and a Pontiff to consecrate them directly or through delegation to another bishop.

Nowhere in the five causes of the extinguished Sanctuary Lamp does the Mother of God say because there are no priests to say Mass. She says priests who have every vice, which means Masses with little graces, sacrilegious Masses, so the people receive little help for their souls and the light of Faith dies slowly in them.

Our Lady went on to say that every vice would seize the clergy.

5. The indifference of the wealthy and apathy of the people is the fifth cause of the Santuary Lamp going out. Our Lady told Ven. Mariana of the great loss of souls who would descend into Hell.

There is much much more, about the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Penance, along with the coming restoration of the Church.

Both books, plus two others on Mariana de Jesus Torres may be purchased for a small sum at the link provided at the bottom of the page below the buttons. The author granted permission for non-commercial use, and sparingly, thus, we are stopping here. Holy cards and images are also available there.

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1. Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success, Marian Horvat, Ph.D., Tradition in Action, 2002, pp. 12-13.
2. Our Lady of Good Success, Marian Horvat, Ph.D., Tradition in Action, 1999, pp. 53-55.
3. Ibid.,  pp. 56-57.


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