Dear Friends of the Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success,
[The Following is the main context of our Fall-Winter Newsletter: "Star of the Stormy Sea. We place it here for all to read as tomorrow - January 16th is the Anniversary of the Death of 1 of our dear patronesses Mother Mariana. She was the receiver of all of the apparitions and prophecies from Our Lady of Good Success. Let us invoke both Our Lady of Good Success and Mother Mariana for an end to these times!]
Considering the immense explosion of earth-shaking events that have occurred and continue to occur in rapid and continuous succession in the Church and the world, i.e. recent false canonization of Paul VI, daily headlines of the latest Vatican sex scandal and/or latest natural disasters that seem to be escalating.…(the latest: Rome was struck with 3 ft. flash floods and hail so terrible that it looked like icebergs were floating down the streets exactly 1 wk. after the Paul VI event!) where does one start in trying to convey a consoling message to those who love Our Lady - to give hope in the midst of an ocean of despair that is oppressing our every waking moment? Contemplating this, an idea for a very condensed synopsis of the core message and words of Our Lady of Good Success came about as a comforting revelation.
As Mother Mariana had been asked to be a victim soul for us and had been prepared from childhood for her mission on earth, and as Our Lady of Good Success had granted Mother Mariana’s request to remain hidden until the 20th Century, there had to be a reason for this delay in revealing the life of this great saint – saving her for Our Times – i.e. the very era in which she was chosen as a victim soul for us who are living in these terribly horrific times in the Church. This Epoch - our epoch - that Mother Mariana was allowed to see in a vision, in fact, caused her to die, and if not for the miraculous intervention of Heaven, she would not have been resuscitated! There were seven main apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success to Mother Mariana. In these visions, Our Lady came to warn, instruct, lead, comfort and console not only Mother Mariana, the Conceptionist Monastery, Quito, Ecuador, but also the world- most especially us at this time! Much of the following is taken from
from Fr. Luigi Villa’s Special Edition #413 “Our Lady Condemns Masonry.”
(Fr. Villa had fought ecclesiastical Freemasonry until his death.) Remember, in reading these messages from Heaven which are APPROVED BY THE CHURCH since the 16th Century, that Our Blessed Mother came to warn her children living in theses times that the real reason that is behind the Apostasy, Heresy and Impurity within and without the Church is basically one cause- MASONRY has entered the Church of Christ. As Our Lady of Fatima and La Salette forewarned us- Satan will succeed in reaching the top of the Church and Rome will become the seat of the Antichrist- i.e. the goal of the “Alta Vendita” that climaxed with the post- Vatican II revolution in the Church! When Our Lady speaks, remember that she was fully aware that she was not only speaking to Mother Mariana, but to ALL of us as well!
- On October 4, 1579, her profession day, Our Lord appeared to her saying: “My Spouse, I desire for you a life of immolation. Your life will be a continuous martyrdom.” Thus, He began to prepare her for her vocation of sacrifice.
- Three years later, in 1582, she was praying at the feet of the crucifix when she found the whole Church had been enveloped in darkness with clouds of smoke and dust surrounding her. It was on this day that she was asked to be a victim soul for the 20th She looked up and found Our Lord suffering on the cross at Golgotha. She immediately thought she was to blame but was reassured that she was not the cause. Instead her Guardian Angel told her: “Arise and approach, for God desires to reveal to you a great secret.” «This punishment will be for the 20th century»! Then, she saw three swords over the head of Christ. On each was written: “I SHALL PUNISH HERESY,” “I SHALL PUNISH BLASPHEMY “I SHALL PUNISH IMPURITY,” and she was given to understand all that would take place in the 20th century. The Holy Virgin continued: «My daughter, will you sacrifice yourself for the people of this time?” Mariana agreed. The swords thrust into the heart of Mariana and she died a mystical death. She then appeared in Heaven given a choice to either remain in Heaven or to go back as a sacrificial victim for the 20th Century and she chose to go back, accepting the Divine Will.
- The 1st Apparition of Our Lady of Good Success occurred on Feb 2, 1589. This occurred several months after Mariana received the stigmata from Our Lord (which was invisible except when she first received them) She suffered the Dark Night of the Soul with physical, mental and spiritual anguishes during this time. Our Lady appeared to her to finally relieve her of her mental and spiritual afflictions and said: “Why do you fear, My daughter? Do you not know that I am with you in your tribulation? ...I am the Mother Of Heaven whom you invoked. I have come to dissipate the darkness of the night of your soul…” In September 1589, after suffering Hell and then purgatory for a whole year and dying once again, she returned to health to continue to fulfill her sacrificial mission for us.
- The 2nd Apparition of Our Lady of Good Success happened on Feb 2, 1594 while Mother Mariana was imploring Heaven for the good of her convent and for the end to the many sins being committed in the world. When she was finished, she rose and found a most beautiful Lady, who carried the Child Jesus in her left arm. She addressed her: “I am Mary of Good Success, the Queen of Heaven and Earth…I have come from the Heaven to console your afflicted heart. Your prayers, tears and penances are most pleasing… I am the Queen of Victories and the Mother of Good Success, and it is under this invocation I desire to be known throughout time for the preservation of my Convent and its inhabitants... Now, I desire to give you strength and encouragement. Do not allow suffering to discourage you…”
- In the 3rd apparition, on January 16th, 1599, Our Lady appeared to Mother Mariana in the monastery prison as she was being persecuted by the rebel sisters there. Not unlike Christ, who had been betrayed by Judas and then handed over to Pilate to be judged and then put into prison, Mariana also had to suffer these same humiliations. It was under these circumstances that Our Lady came to tell her the future of Ecuador and the coming of a future Ecuadorian president who, being truly Catholic, would consecrate Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This act would sustain the Catholic Faith during these terrible times in the Church there in Ecuador. Our Lady explained why these times would be so terrible there – MASONRY WOULD BE IN CONTROL. She told Mother Mariana: “These years, during which the accursed SECT OF MASONRY will take control of the civil government, will see a cruel persecution of all religious communities, and will also strike out violently against this one of mine. These unfortunate men will think the Convent destroyed, but God lives, and I live, and we will raise up powerful defenders and set before these enemies, difficulties impossible to conquer, and the triumph will be ours... Thus, it is the wish of my Most Holy Son that you command a statue of me to be made, just as you see me now…In my left arm, place my Divine Child: first, so that the men understand how powerful I am in placating the Divine Justice and 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…”
- On Jan. 21, 1610 the 4th apparition took place Our Lady begins: “Thus, I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and from shortly after the middle of the 20th century, …in the Republic of Ecuador, the passions will erupt AND THERE WILL BE A TOTAL CORRUPTION OF CUSTOMS FOR SATAN WILL REIGN ALMOST COMPLETELY BY MEANS OF THE MASONIC SECTS. They will focus principally on the children in order to sustain this general corruption. Woe to the children of these times! Our Lady of Good Success continues with a warning on how the Sacraments would be difficult to obtain. Baptism, Penance and Confirmation will be hardly received, and Holy Communion would be profaned! Many sacrileges would abound! Extreme Unction will have little value and as a result many people would die without receiving this sustenance for the final journey. Once again while speaking about the Sacrament of Matrimony, she mentions Freemasonry: “FREEMASONRY which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging the procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church. The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of Faith will gradually be extinguished until there will be an almost total and general corruption of customs. Added to this will be the effects of secular education, which will be one reason for the death of priestly and religious vocations. The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised, for in this Sacrament, the Church of God and even God Himself is scorned and despised since He is represented in His priests. The Devil will try to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every possible way; he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation and will corrupt many of them. These depraved priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will make the hatred of bad Catholics and the enemies of the Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church fall upon all priests. This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous suffering to the good Pastors of the Church, IN THIS SUPREME MOMENT OF NEED OF THE CHURCH, THE ONE WHO SHOULD SPEAK WILL FALL SILENT! You will see this from Heaven, my beloved daughter… your daughters and successors will suffer, those beloved souls already known to you who will placate the Divine Ire. They will have recourse to Me under the invocation of Our Lady of Good Success, whose Statue I ask and command that you have made for the consolation and preservation of my Convent and of the faithful souls of that time, an epoch when there will be a great devotion to Me, for I am Queen of Heaven under many invocations. This devotion will be the shield between Divine Justice and the prevaricating world to prevent the release of God’s formidable punishment that this guilty earth deserves.”
- The fifth apparition happened on February 2, 1610 early in the morning, in the upper choir loft while Mother Mariana was meditating. Our Lady appeared frustrated that Mother Mariana had not begun to have the statue made and Our Lady reassured her: “With the making of my Statue, I will favor not only you and my Convent, but also the people – and the general public – through the centuries. Since this Convent is a fortress, it will bring salvation for many souls, drawing them from the abyss of sin in which they find themselves. God will be glorified in those souls. How many conversions it will bring about!... She also agreed to have Mother Mariana remain hidden saying: “For this knowledge will only become known to the general public in the 20th century. During that epoch THE CHURCH WILL FIND HERSELF ATTACKED BY TERRIBLE HORDES OF THE MASONIC SECT, …. The vices of impurity, blasphemy, and sacrilege will dominate in this time of depraved desolation, and that one who should speak out will be silent. Know, beloved daughter, that when your name will become known in the 20th century, there will be many who will not believe, claiming that this devotion is not pleasing to God… A simple, humble faith in the truth of my apparitions to you, my favored child, will be reserved for humble and fervent souls who are docile to the inspirations of grace, for our Heavenly Father communicates His secrets to the simple of heart, and not to those whose hearts are inflated with pride…”
- The sixth apparition held the most striking of the prophetic messages that occurred on the Feast of the Purification, February 2, 1634, the 40th anniversary of the first appearance of the Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Good Success to Mother Mariana. Mother Mariana was praying in the upper choir loft before the Blessed Sacrament, as the Sanctuary lamp went out. Mother Mariana was left in complete darkness. The extinguishing of the Sanctuary Light signified the dire straits the Church would be in during this future epoch. Our Lady of Good Success was quite clear on what would be the demise of the Catholic Church— a lax and perverse clergy. Certain members of the Catholic clergy would become as thieves stealing that Tabernacle light...thieves that would steal what is rightfully ours- our Faith. They would rob us of Doctrine, Dogma and Tradition— ransacking the Church as it were leaving us in total darkness without the light of the Sanctuary Lamp (which signifies the presence of the Holy Eucharist). Our Lady of Good Success went into great detail about the five reasons were for the extinguishing of the light.
- 1st: In the end of the 19th Century and during the 20th Century, heresies would prevail not only in Ecuador, but universally. “As these heresies spread and dominate, the precious light of Faith will be extinguished in souls by the almost total corruption of customs.”
- 2nd: In these times, the Conceptionist Community would shrink and even be infected with bad attitudes and false charity as a result of the pervading situation of the Church. Many vocations would be lost as a direct result (considered a reflection of a more universal condition during these times). However, “The faithful souls would suffer a continuous and slow martyrdom, weeping in secret and imploring that such dire times be shortened.”
- 3rd: Due to the fact that during this century, a worldwide campaign against the virtues of chastity, and purity would succeed in ruining the youth. Our Lady of Good Success affirmed, “There will be almost no virgin souls in the world.”
- 4th: The MASONIC and other secret sects would have so much influence on society and even the Church. “During these unfortunate times,” she foretold, “evil will invade childhood innocence. In this way, vocations to the priesthood will be lost, resulting in a true calamity.” Our Lady of Good Success could foresee that there would still be some good, faithful religious that would be willing to suffer all for the salvation of souls and sustenance of the Holy Catholic Church. “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 for the priestly ministry, and they will become attached to wealth and riches, which they will unduly strive to attain. How the Church will suffer during this dark night! Lacking a prelate and a father to guide them ... many priests will lose their spirit, placing their souls in great danger.” The poor priestly souls that would be left to uphold the Church would suffer greatly. “Against them 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 a spirit of humility …” Our Lady of Good Success implored that the people of this time should “clamor insistently” to the Heavenly Father for an end to ‘these ominous times’ sending to the Church a prelate and father who would restore the spirit to the priests… 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, ... This night will be most horrible, for, humanly speaking, evil will seem to triumph. 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 be finally free of his cruel tyranny.
- 5th: The lamp went out was due to those who have the “financial means to help the Church but do nothing.
- The seventh apparition of Our Lady of Good Success occurred on December 1634, shortly before the death of Mother Mariana. In the last recorded apparition, Our Lady appears in all of her glory accompanied by her entourage: St Michael, St Gabriel and St Raphael. It is in the apparition that she describes the heavenly rewards that are awaiting those who are faithful to their vocation, to her and have also helped spread this devotion to her under this glorious title. In the end, she says once more: “In the 20th century, this devotion will work prodigies in the spiritual as well as temporal spheres, because it is the will of God to reserve this invocation and knowledge of your life for that century, when the corruption of customs will be almost general and the precious light of Faith almost extinguished!”