ABOUT OUR LADY OF GOOD
QUOTES FROM THE POPES
ON THE CONDITION
QUOTE FROM ST. THOMAS
ASPIRATION TO OUR
LADY OF GOOD
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF
TRIPLE ASPIRATION TO
THE HOLY TRINITY
THE MIRACULOUS IMAGE OF
OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL, AUSTRALIA
LITANY OF OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL
In the Alban Hills, not far from the city of Rome, lies the
town of Genazzano, where the miraculous image of Our Lady of Good
is venerated. The story of the picture dates back to 1467. Pilgrims
on the feast of St. Mark were startled by a mysterious rustling sound
strains of sweet music. Looking toward the sky, they beheld what seemed
a soft cloud. Slowly it descended and rested in front of the unfinished
wall of the church dedicated to the Mother of God under the title of
Counsel. The picture rests suspended in the air without any visible
of support to maintain its stable condition, and this for five
Although painted on a piece of plaster no thicker than an ordinary
card, the image has withstood the ravages of time. The artist of the
It is said that the figures themselves represent Mother
they had returned from the temple where Mary heard the sad prophesies
Simeon. Mary's eyes are half-veiled as though she were lost in
taking counsel with her God. The little Child does not
return the gaze of the beholder, as happens in so many pictures, rather
He draws our eyes upward to Mary as if to tell us to look for Counsel
in the very Seat of Wisdom. It is a picture to be loved, a plain and
picture [hence our unframed treatment], a pious image to be copied and
hung in the homes of the poor. That is all the sweet Mother of Good
asks for her picture: a home in our midst, by our firesides, a family
guard and watch over, hearts that will love and venerate her.
Overshadowed by the Holy Ghost, Mary became the Mother of
of Wisdom, Understanding, and Counsel belong to her. She is Our Mother
of Good Counsel because she is the Spouse of God the Holy Ghost. If to
her was granted the wisdom to counsel her Son, surely she has the
to counsel poor humanity. In her there is the wisdom of ages. For 2000
years, she has been watching the children of men upon this earth. Our
of Good Counsel knows how to help us. She can help us. She wants to aid
and counsel us! Once she sees upon a soul the sign of the Cross of her
Son, that soul may count upon all her assistance. She loves with an
love all those for whom her Son died.
God trusted her with His own Son, Who clung to her till
Through sorrow none can comprehend She mothered Jesus to the end. And
you think her love may fail, You thrust within her heart a nail!
Our Mother of Good Counsel has been called the Madonna of
Pope Leo XIII deserves to be ranked among the great lovers of this
He established the white scapular worn by her servants, and his motto
like a watchword to the clients of Mary: "Children," he told the
"follow her counsels!" To all she gives what is most needed to help us
in this vale of tears; she gives us her Good Counsel.
Pope Pius II, in his papal address to the College of Cardinals on Sept.
23, 1463, stated:
"They say we live for pleasure . . . and there is some
truth in their
words, many among the Cardinals and other officials do live this kind
life. We must enter new paths --- temperance,
chastity, innocence, zeal for the Faith, ardor in the cause of
religion, contempt for death, and the desire for Martyrdom have exalted
the Roman Church and made her mistress of the world. It is not enough
profess the Faith, to preach to the people, to denounce vice, and to
virtue. We must make ourselves like those who have sacrificed their
lives for the heritage of the Lord."
"THE FISH STINKS FROM THE HEAD DOWNWARDS"
What an acknowledgment of truth! Thereafter came all the
that devastated Christendom! Little by little the Cross of Jesus Christ
was set aside. Our sins separated us from God. It was not merely some
that fell away, but decadence became the sin
of society as a whole.
"The conflict between the good and the wicked, has
been so acute as it is today. As we look upon the world, we are
with grief and anguish as we perceive the iniquity of the unrighteous
a degree of impiety that is totally incredible, and without parallel.
neglect and disdain of Divine things is the most pernicious of all
and at present is spread almost all over the world like a virulent
It deprives man of God and thereby robs him of his spiritual dignity,
him the ignoble tool of materialism, and utterly destroys all traces of
virtue, love, hope, and beauty within his soul. We speak of atheism, or
rather, hatred of God. Whoever is strong in faith and rich in the
of a religious life, should share these goods, as far as possible, to
the name of God."
Pius XII, 1949
And what might we not say of our own day! The acceptance
relativistic philosophy prepares the soul well for an explicit
Clearly, "ecumenism" has an excellent meaning in itself,
unite all religions
into a body of relative "truths" makes us wide open for sympathy and
union with error. To imagine that we can be one with those whose entire
ambition is to destroy all religion --- IMPOSSIBLE!
The wiles and stratagems of Communism [its ideas are not dead, but have
been resurrected ever more strongly in the one-world
ideology] are developed now to a point of perfection. Ah, how it apes
himself in its cunning for deceit and lies! We must never forget we are
at war. The enemy plays for keeps. Special sacrifices must be made,
duties must be performed, and, for now, graves must be dug for what we
feel we simply "cannot do without"--- and
a silent funeral held for self-love.
"THE WORLD WILL BE SAVED BY REPARATION!"
Pope Pius IX
"Now; more than ever before; the hour has come for
If love be true, it must labor; where labor
refused, there is no love.
Whenever a crisis looms over the horizon, trying, like a
to darken the Church beneath its shadow, God sends His punishment,
with mercy. That mercy without limits has a name: MARY!!!
Pray for us, O Mother of Good Counsel in this century of confusion
as atheistic materialism, spreads its tentacles over the entire free
Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel
Most Glorious Virgin, chosen by the Eternal Counsel to be
of the Eternal Word made flesh, thou who art the treasurer of Divine
and the advocate of sinners, I, thy most unworthy servant, have
to thee; be thou pleased to be my guide and counselor in this vale of
Obtain for me through the Most Precious Blood of thy
forgiveness of my sins, the salvation of my soul, and the means
to obtain it.
In like manner, obtain for Holy Mother the Church victory
and the spread of the kingdom of Jesus Christ upon the whole earth.
+ Patrick A. O'Boyle
Glory be to the Father, Who hath created me.
to the Son, Who hath redeemed me. Glory be to the Holy Ghost, Who hath
sanctified me. Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity, now and
"Remember, Christian soul, that thou hast this
God to Glorify, Eternity to Prepare for,
Jesus to Imitate, The Angels and Saints to invoke;
Your Soul to Save, Your Body to Mortify,
Sins to Expiate, Virtues to Acquire,
Hell to avoid, Heaven to Gain,
Time to Profit by, Your neighbors to Edify,
The World to Despise, Devils to Combat,
Passions to Subdue, Death Perhaps to Encounter,
and Judgment to Undergo."
The sacrifice Our Lord asks of you is the
Daily Duty . . .
Trevi Fountain, Rome, background from FREE FOTO.COM