In honor of Mary Most Holy of

Good Success

of the Purification and Candlemas

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On February 2, 1611,
Our Lady of Good Success stated:
“Woe to those of the 20th Century …great calamities will befall the people of this epoch.” (1)
The 15th Anniversary of the Apostolate of
Our Lady of Good Success

This article has been created in thanksgiving for the “good successes” this apostolate has had in promoting the beautifully inspirational devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of: “Our Lady of Good Success.”  

Almost 20 yrs. ago, a photo of the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success was seen in a Traditional Catholic Newspaper . This author fell in love with Her and “Prophecies for our Times” was ordered…After placing many orders of that particular book, an apostolate ensued…

Officially, the Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success was founded in November, 2002  due to the numberless prayers and petitions answered from Our Lady under this most generous and heartening name.  It all started with a website…

Someone once remarked: “And who will ever look at this website?” Surprisingly, more than one ever imagined!

In all of our research to uncover more on the history of Our Lady of Good Success in these past years, it appeared as if nothing had been printed on the history of Our Lady of Good Success in either Spanish or English until the 1980’s except for some small novena booklets and prayer leaflets in Spanish from Quito, Ecuador.

In our most popular prayers, “Nine Day Novena to Our Lady of Good Success" (click to access) -an historical explanation of the foundations of the devotion to Our Lady of Good Success is provided in the “Novena Prologue.” It is important to note that this novena was given an imprimatur on July 31, 1941 by the Archbishop of Quito, Carlos Maria.  As well, upon further research in Quito, Ecuador several years ago, it was discovered that this was the oldest known printed novena to Our Lady of Good Success– that is the oldest copy found in the archives of the one of the largest libraries in Quito: Aurelio Espinosa Polit Library. This novena was found to date back to at least 1906 and titled in handwritten script: “Antigua Novena.”

This is an exact copy of the novena that  the Mother Superior of Conceptionist Monastery in Quito, Ecuador, Mother Inez, had personally placed into our hands in 2000 (though it had been recently reprinted into a modern format) when we had come in pilgrimage to thank Our Lady of Good Success for the adoption of our four soon-to-be children.  At that visit, as we said our farewells, Mother Inez gave permission for us to reprint this novena in English, encouraging us to spread devotion to Our Lady under this title!

In that very booklet in the “Novena Prologue” under the section titled: ‘Our Lady of Good Success” it is written:

“The Spanish nuns who crossed the ocean to found the Convent of the Immaculate Conception in Quito brought with them a fervent love for the invocation of Good Success. They did not realize then that Holy Mary would deign to favor them in a very special way by means of this particular invocation.”

Upon delving into the history of “Good Success” in Quito, one can easily see that Our Lady had already been appearing to Mother Mariana in the late 1500’s under the “Buen Suceso” title,  long before the Minims went on their journey to get approval from the Pope in 1606.  So was this explanation ordered to conceal and protect the visionary, Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, and the prophecies and message, as promised by Our Lady of Good Success to Mother Mariana until the Twentieth Century so as to protect and preserve its integrity for future times in which we would need this invocation more than ever?   Well, one can only say, "Time will tell…" and so we look forward to knowing more when Our Lady chooses to uncover more of this fascinating story in the future!


All in all, it seems as Heaven wanted the connection between the two “Buen Suceso’s”. Perhaps to emphasize the importance of this title as the pope, himself, approved it! No matter, surely, it is a consolation for the Church and the Faithful.   Have we not all often found ourselves like the Minim Brothers in the “Buen Suceso” from Madrid desperate for help – perhaps not so much in need materially, but so much more often spiritually? Do we not find ourselves in need of Divine assistance, not in monumental accomplishments but more in the everyday mundane tasks of parenthood, vocations and yes, even just in striving to be faithful Catholic in a world gone mad!

With the printing of this booklet it is our hope that Our Lady will be pleased with this 15th Anniversary present and she will choose to continue to assist us in the spreading of devotion to her under this beautiful title!


The Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success
1288 Summit Ave Suite 107
Oconomowoc, WI. 53066
phone 262-567-0920


Our Lady of Good Success,

Our Star in this Stormy Sea

By Mrs. Kathleen Marie Heckenkamp

Have recourse to her in all your spiritual and temporal needs. When your souls suffer temptations, and are immersed in grief, and if the star of your vocation is hidden by Divine permission from the sight of your soul, turn to her with confidence and say:

‘Star of the stormy sea of my mortal life, may your light shine upon me so that I do not stray from the path that leads me to heaven.’

(Taken from “The Testament of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres” January 16th, 1635, which she read on her deathbed where she expired at 3:00pm, the same time as Our Lord.) (2)

Devotion to Our Lady has never been so crucial to the life of our souls due to the present situation in the Church. Moreover, not only is it important for the life of our souls but also for the life of the Church, itself. In recent times, the Blessed Mother has visited us with instructions on how to conduct ourselves in order to get to heaven. As a result, we have recourse to her under a variety of titles.

However, there is one title that brings to mind true and certain hope in these desperate times, times which have the ability to tempt the most conscientious of Catholics today to despair. As concerned parents, we are battle-weary from fighting the various “demons” in all different realms—not just the spiritual. We struggle to protect our children from the evils of our society and culture-public and parochial schools, various modes of mass media such as TV, Internet and all sorts of “mainstream entertainment” available to our children…and yes, even bad companions. As providers for our families, we are barely making ends meet with the roller coaster ride of Economy. Yes, we are being attacked on all levels of life to the very depth of our souls. We find ourselves exhausted, indifferent or even worse yet, in the state of depression. It is clear that the enemies of our Faith, Family and Country are gaining ground.

Despite all of this, there is truly a solution to every problem and it lies in the quotation of Mother Mariana that introduced this article. We have a weapon to fight these “principalities and powers” that are not of flesh and blood. That weapon is this specific devotion to Our Lady of Good Success which has interesting prophecies attached to it. One of the many prophecies was that Our Lady of Good Success prophesied that the devotion to her under this title which was popular in the 1600’s would fall away but it would again see a resurgence in the Twentieth Century, an era in which we would sorely need to “gird our loins” for battle.

In Chiesa viva’s Sp. Edition on Our Lady of Good Success N. 413, Fr. Luigi Villa ThD. wrote on this subject of the origin of the title of “Buen Suceso” click here to read:

“Mary of Good Success, Virgin of Good Success or Our Lady of Good Success was an invocation well known in Spain. The tracks of this invocation dates back to the time of wars of liberation from the Muslims. It is to the “Buen Suceso” that a magnificent altar was devoted by the victorious El Cid upon entering triumphant in the city of Almenara.

The meaning of the term ‘Buen Suceso’ or ‘Good Success’ is the miracle or supernatural intervention of the Mother of God in which She intercedes in favor of her children. It is the extraordinary event that converts an image of stone or wood, into a ‘door’ to God or ‘gate of Heaven…”

Fr. Villa continues:

“Most importantly, however, the authoritative seal, placed on the invocation of Our Lady of Good Success which has been crucial to the success of the promotion of her devotion, originated directly from the will of a Pope: Pope Paul V (1065-1621).”

The first devotion to the Blessed Mother under this title officially approved by a pope originated in Spain in the year 1606. However, apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Ecuador, which this article will focus on, began as early as 1594. Prophecies about the Twentieth Century-our times- are the basis of these approved apparitions in Quito, Ecuador which we will concentrate on.

As stated above the approved devotion began in Spain, this particular devotion to Our Lady of Good Success began in 1606 when two Minim Brothers, Brothers Gabriel de Fontaned and Guillermo de Rigosa, discovered a beautiful statue of the Blessed Mother and the Infant Jesus on their way to get approval from the Pope for their new order. It was a truly miraculous discovery in a perilous storm in which these brothers felt certain that they were going to die. Praying with resignation to God—imploring only for a safe haven to have a place to expire happily, they found their prayers answered when they saw a strange light coming from a cave high up in a cliff. Hoping that this was an answer to their prayers, they climbed this steep mountainous path to reach this desolate place. Arriving there, what a surprise they had! For not only was this place a safe haven but a magnificent shrine to the Mother of God. For in this forlorn place they discovered a beautiful statue of Mary and Baby Jesus and surrounding this shrine of natural wonders were flowers that exuded a perfume that was not of this world. Illuminating this grotto was a light that reflected throughout as a thousand shimmering lights…Such a wonder to behold for these poor exhausted friars! Thus, through their prayers these religious found not only this place of shelter but they found their lives were spared and a beautiful statue in a place most unexpected.

Not only was this happening miraculous in its occurrence but as to how this statue arrived there…for no one was known to have made the statue or the beautiful sanctuary where it was found. So, taking the statue, they carried it to Rome. These two brothers hoped that the Blessed Mother would assist them to get the much-needed approval of their order. When the time came for the brothers to plead their case before the Holy Roman Pontiff, Pope Paul V, they were extremely worried. They feared they would not get the consent they were seeking. However, to their great astonishment, on hearing the wonderful story of the discovery of the statue and realizing this was indeed a supernatural occurrence, the Pope knelt before the statue and placed his pectoral cross around her neck. The Holy Father asked to embrace this statue. As he kissed her, he exclaimed:

“Look Brothers! She is smiling! Why does she smile so? What good success you have had on this journey! There is no doubt that Our Lady has deigned to protect and support you in your work. Therefore, it will not be me that will go against Her.  May all of your desires have good success!” (3)

He then blessed it and christened her “Our Lady of Good Success”. He commanded that devotion to her should be immediately propagated. Thus, the friars and the statue made their way back to Spain, where the statue was eventually taken to Madrid. At once the statue became renowned for its numerous miracles. Presently, the statue resides in the Church of Buen Suceso in Madrid.

How much of this story can we not relate to our present-day life? In these times are we not so unlike those Minim Brothers who becoming lost in a horrendous storm – fearing for our lives – spiritual and otherwise, implore the good God to just give us a safe haven to rest our weary souls, tired minds and exhausted bodies… How many of us have, at times, in the most tumultuous moments of our lives, not begged for calm in the storm? Are we not now at that point where the Brothers stood begging for mercy? Perhaps soon we too will see the light in the cave far up in the cliffs…We must not despair, but to the contrary we must climb this last stretch of the journey -- yes, the most perilous and dangerous part of our passage yet so that we too may find Her at the end of the tempest …waiting for us calm and serene and triumphant.

Now this is only the beginning of the one of the most captivating and charming stories of Our Lady. For on the other side of the globe, in a savage world of jungles and mountains, pagans and voodoo a small group of religious sisters completed an arduous journey by ship from Spain to Ecuador to found the first convent in Quito, Ecuador in 1577.

 This is where this most specific story of Our Lady of Good Success begins. There were five founding sisters that traveled to Quito; but beside these nuns, there was a young girl of thirteen named Mariana de Jesus Torres. It was highly unusual for a girl of that age to travel alone without her parents much less to embark on a journey with the intentions of starting a religious vocation at 13 years of age. However, her parents had granted permission for her to travel with her aunt, the Mother Prioress, for they realized that she was a chosen soul that was given the grace at an early age to know that she was to give her life to God. At a later time, Mariana was to take her vows…even become Mother Prioress herself.

In 1582, at the age of eighteen, the Blessed Mother appeared to Mariana and asked her if she would be willing to offer her life for the sins of the Twentieth Century particularly for the sins of blasphemy, heresy and impurity. In this apparition, Mariana was given to know all that was to happen during this time and died from the knowledge of it. She was put before the Divine Tribunal to be given a choice of either staying in heaven or going back to earth to suffer for us. Mariana agreed to go back to earth at the request of the Blessed Mother. Thus, she became a victim soul for our times. Mariana had much to suffer and she did so willingly with patience and resignation.

On February 2, 1594, as Mariana was praying to the Blessed Mother under this title of Our Lady of Good Success, she was granted the singular privilege of an apparition from her and Our Lady of Good Success stated:

“I am Mary of Good Success, whom you have invoked with such tender affection. Your prayer has pleased me very much. Your faith has brought me here. Your love has invited me to visit you.….” (4)

Our Lady told Mother Mariana of the terrible time we were to live in beginning in the Twentieth Century. During these apparitions, many prophecies were told. These prophecies spoke of the corruption, oppression and unavailability of the sacraments. She spoke of the crisis in the Church particularly in the clergy.

On January 16, 1599, Our Lady of Good Success commands a statue to be made to her likeness stating:

“…now I ask and command you to have a statue to be made for the consolation and preservation of my convent and for those faithful souls of that epoch during which there will be a great devotion to me, for I am the Queen of Heaven under many invocations…With the making of this statue I will favor not only my convent, but also the people of Quito — and all the people throughout the centuries.” (5)

Our Lady of Good Success also told Mother Mariana that this statue was to be made, for these reasons:

“First so that men in the future might realize how powerful I am in placating 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.”

“And second …when tribulations of spirit and sufferings of the body oppress them and they seem to be drowning in this bottomless sea let them gaze at my holy image and I will always be there ready to listen to their cries and soothe their pain. Tell them that they should always run to their Mother with confidence and love...” (6)

Over the course of ten years Mother Mariana struggled with the issue of the making of the statue. Many obstacles prevented the sculpting of it. One obstacle was a fear of idolatry on the part of the native people in Quito. Another was Mother Mariana’s personal fear of not being believed and putting the convent in jeopardy. There was already an upheaval in the convent caused by an unfaithful and rebellious sister who incited some of sisters against Mother Mariana and sisters who were faithful to the rule of their order. This sister was known as “La Capitana” (the Captain). This sister because of her evil ways was headed straight for hell. Mother Mariana was mystically informed of the horrible eternal plight of this sister. She desired to save this soul from eternal damnation; the only solution given to Mother Mariana was that she, herself, was to take on the suffering and punishments of hell that this sister would have to endure for eternity had she not been spared by Mother Mariana. This she was to bear for five long years. Mother Mariana agreed to this sentence. She was the picture of virtue during this time and only her confessor knew of the tormented life she led at this time. Because of Mother Mariana’s years of suffering, “La Capitana” converted. She lived the rest of her days in repentance for the sins she had committed.

In the year 1610, after completing her hellish sentence for “La Capitana”, she was able to gain the strength and courage to ask the Bishop for this request of a statue to be built. The bishop being recently warned in a dream about his upcoming and imminent death was more than willing to agree to this request.

Our Lady of Good Success had requested that a certain sculptor, Francisco del Castillo, who was known not only for his artistic ability but also for his virtue and devotion to the Blessed Mother, create the statue. This sculptor worked long and hard on this statue. When he was about to put the finishing coat of paint on the statue he decided he would go to find the best paints he could acquire that would be the most fitting for the faces of Mother of God and the Infant Jesus.

While he was gone something miraculous happened. From the very first apparition, Our Lady had promised that she, herself, would see to the completion of this statue. While the sculptor was away, Mother Mariana and the other sisters went to the choir loft to implore Our Lady of Good Success to keep her promise. The night before the artist was to return, Mother Mariana was alone praying in the choir loft. Suddenly Our Lady of Good Success appeared with the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael along with St. Francis. The Archangels acknowledging their Queen bowed and intoned this prayer:

St Michael said: “Hail to Thee, Mary Most Holy Daughter of God the Father.”

St Gabriel said: “Hail to Thee, Mary Most Holy Mother of God the Son.”

St Raphael said: “Hail to Thee, Mary Most Holy, Most Pure Spouse of the Holy Ghost.”

All together they chanted:

“Hail to Thee, Mary Most Holy Temple and Sacrarium of the Most Holy Trinity.” (7)

Then, in the twinkling of an eye the statue was completed. The statue became animated as Mary walked into the statue itself. Our Lady of Good Success began to sing the “Magnificat.” This occurred on the morning of January 16, 1611 at 3:00 AM. A choir of heavenly spirits began to sing “Salve Sancta Parens” which awakened the rest of the convent. The sisters rushed to the choir loft and found the statue transformed and surrounded by a heavenly light. What a surprise awaited Francisco del Castillo when he returned with his paints in hand to finish the statue that very next day!

The designated day for the official blessing of the statue by the bishop was set for February 2, 1611. On that day, Our Lady of Good Success was placed above the seat of the Abbess chair at her own specific request as a sign to all that she was the one who governed and watched over the convent. Her official title being that of “Mary of Good Success of the Purification”.

Years later, Mother Mariana was given yet another vision pertaining to the 20th Century. The date of that apparition was February 2, 1634, Feast of the Purification, the 40th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Good Success to Mother Mariana. This was to be the last time Our Lady of Good Success was to appear to Mother Mariana on this particular Feast Day (which is now also considered the Feast Day of Our Lady of Good Success) for January of that next year, 1635, Mother Mariana would go to her eternal reward. As Mother Mariana was praying in the upper choir loft before the Blessed Sacrament, as she often did, 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 these times.

Our Lady of Good Success was quite clear on what would be the demise of the Catholic Church—the general theme--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 by virtue of our baptism in the Catholic Church—our Faith. They would rob us of Doctrine, Dogma and Tradition—ransacking the Church as it were leaving us in total darkness without even as much as the light of the Sanctuary Lamp (which signifies the presence of the Holy Eucharist---Jesus Christ, Himself). Our Lady of Good Success went into great detail to explain what the five reasons were for the extinguishing of the light.

  • The first reason why the lamp was snuffed out was because in the end of the 19th Century and 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.” (8)
  • The second reason was that 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 at the time. Many vocations would be lost as a direct result. “The faithful souls would suffer a continuous and slow martyrdom, weeping in secret and imploring that such dire times be shortened.” (9)
  • The third reason the lamp failed was 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.” (10)
  • The fourth reason the lamp was put out was to demonstrate how 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.” (11)
    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.” (12)
    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 and sacrifice with which they will be vested, by virtue of the infinite merits of my most Holy Son, Who will love them in the innermost fibers of His Most Holy and Tender Heart.(13) 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”. (14)
  • The fifth reason the lamp went out was due to those who have the financial means to help the Church but do nothing. Because of their uncaring attitude toward God and His Church, they would have allowed evil to seemingly triumph.

Due to the extreme wickedness that Mother Mariana saw in these visions of our era, she fainted and remained unconscious for two days. The doctor, unable to revive her, expected her death to be at hand. But Mother Mariana miraculously awoke and returned to health to live another year.

So important was this message for the world that Mother Mariana’s last thoughts were of this devotion and the message of Our Lady of Good Success. Recorded in Mother Mariana’s Last Will and Testament, she stated,

“While the Divine Master hung from that shameful gibbet of the Cross with His life slowly ebbing away amidst almost infinite pain and torment, He spoke the fourth word or testament which He bequeathed to mankind by giving us His Own Mother for our mother.

He thus addressed the Virgin, saying:

 ‘Woman, behold thy son,’  

and to His beloved apostle, turning to him said:

 ‘Behold thy Mother.’……

Behold your Heavenly Mother, Mary Most Holy of Good Success. She will always give you good success.” (15)


HAVE RECOURSE TO HER IN ALL YOUR SPIRITUAL AND TEMPORAL NEEDS. When your souls suffer temptations, and are immersed in grief, and if the star of your vocation is hidden by Divine permission from the sight of your soul, turn to her with confidence and say,


Our Lady of Good Success promised,

“The small number of souls, who hidden, will preserve the treasures of the Faith and practice virtue will suffer a cruel, unspeakable and prolonged martyrdom. Many 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 the 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 of the just. There will be occasions when all will seem lost and paralyzed. This then will be the happy beginning of the complete restoration.” (17)

Our Lady of Good Success is asking us to be faithful to the Church - to pray for the restoration as Mother Mariana did four hundred years ago for us. We must unite our prayers together and beg her for protection until we see the full restoration of the Church. We do not know how much longer it will be before that happens. But one thing is certain, the situation is grave; it may get graver still before we see Our Lady of Good Success triumphant. May we be granted the graces of perseverance and valor to carry this cross together to save the Church and this sinful world.

In 1619, in an apparition, Our Lord asked Mother Mariana to be a victim soul for our times. We, too, in a very special way have been called to imitate her by virtue of the grace we have been given to know the Truth - the gift of knowledge in the Faith that we have undeservedly received. We too must imitate her and carry our daily crosses with “valor and perseverance” for the good of the Church. For as Christ stated to Mother Mariana “For all times I have need of valiant souls to save my Church and the prevaricating world.” (18) Only then will we see “good success” in our fight against “principalities and powers”. With the weapon of “Good Success” we cannot fail in our battle for our souls and others’ souls. With Our Lady of Good Success beside us, a good success in Victory is certain… A Victory that most certainly can be


To learn more about the story of Our Lady of Good Success and the devotion to Mary under this title contact the Apostolate for the books listed below.

The Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success
1288 Summit Ave, Suite 107
Oconomowoc, WI 53066



1.Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success, pg.57

  1. A Spanish Mystic in Quito: Sor Mariana de Jesus Torres, pg. 130 – 131
  2. “La Sonrisa De La Señora” Historia de la Virgen del Buen Suceso, Chp. 1
  3. Our Lady of Good Success Novena and Prayer Booklet, Prologue pg. 13
  4. Our Lady of Good Success – Prophecies for Our Times,1st Edition, pg. 44
  5. Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success, pg. 25
  6. Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success, pg. 55
  7. Our Lady of Good Success – Prophecies for Our Times,1st Edition, pg. 50
  8. Our Lady of Good Success – Prophecies for Our Times, 1st Edition, pg. 51
  9. Our Lady of Good Success – Prophecies for Our Times, 1st Edition, pg. 52
  10. Ibid., pg. 52
  11. Ibid pg. 53
  12. Ibid., pg. 52
  13. Ibid., pg. 53
  14. A Spanish Mystic in Quito: Sor Mariana de Jesus Torres, pg. 129
  15. Ibid., pg. 130 – 131
  16. Our Lady of Good Success – Prophecies for Our Times, 1st Edition, pg. 51
  17. Our Lady of Good Success – Prophecies for Our Times, 1st Edition, pg. 49




“Our Lady of Good Success - Prophecies for Our Times”, by Marian Therese Horvat Ph. D.

“Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success”, by Marian Therese Horvat Ph. D.

“Our Lady of Good Success Novena and Prayer Booklet”, translated by Marian Therese Horvat

Ph. D

“A Spanish Mystic in Quito: Sor Mariana de Jesus Torres”, by Msgr. Luis E. Cadena y Almeida

“La Sonrisa De La Señora” Historia de la Virgen del Buen Suceso”, by Carlos Montes y Ana M. Guirao (translation)

Chiesa viva No. 413 “Our Lady Condemns Masonry”



To Our Lady of Good Success

Our Lady and Mother, see how evil is invading everything: hearts, families, society, our Country.

Children no longer walk on the path of innocence. The youth, caught up in worldly pastimes, no longer come before thy altar to ask thy maternal blessings; nor do they seek the light of thy gaze to dissipate the shadows of doubt the world instills unceasingly.

Mothers are forgetting that the home is the first school where good is taught, and they are the first teachers.

Family life today has deteriorated, and the sound of the call to prayer is rarely heard.

In the schools, there is no prayer, nor are thy grandeurs sung.  In the home, few still believe in Holy Providence, which has counted all the hairs on our heads and the sufferings of our hearts, and few have recourse to the merciful assistance of thy maternal heart.

In these hours, our Country is the poor traveler of the Gospel who fell into the hands of thieves, riddled with wounds that are almost mortal, without the relief of any human hope.

My sweet Mother, take care of these abandoned children who are lost because they have nothing in life.  Protect the youth so that these tender plants are not swallowed up in the poisonous muck of vice.  Teach mothers the divine gift of being mothers and their duty to model the hearts of their children at the cost of any sacrifice, of saving them with the mysterious supplication of their tears.

If you do not come to the assistance of this agonizing Country, the remnants of Christendom will disappear.  Your heart is an abyss of ineffable tenderness.  Let a drop of balm fall upon its wound and it will live...  



"My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my Spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior."

"Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid; for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed."

"For He that is mighty has done great things to me; and holy is His Name."

"And His mercy is from generation to generations, to them that fear Him."

"He hath showed might in His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart."

"He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble."

"He hath filled the hungry with good things and the rich he hath sent empty away."

"He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy,"

"As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.



O Virgin blessed among all women!  We lack the words to give thee thanks for the innumerable blessings that we have received from thy hand.  The day of thy birth can be called the day of thanksgiving, happiness, and consolation.  Thou art the honor of mankind, the joy of Paradise, the beloved gift of God, and the well-being of our country.  What merit do we have, Blessed Virgin of Good Success, to deserve to have thee as our Mother?  May God be forever blessed Who has desired it so!  Blessed also art thou, Virgin Mary, because, despite our ingratitude, thou showest us thy propitious favor.

Thus, art thou, most clement Mother, our consolation on earth, our refuge, our help, and our protection in both our public and private needs.  Safeguard us from war, pestilence, hunger, storms, earthquakes, and all the calamities, which we merit by our guilt.  Pray for the Holy Church and for her visible head.  Hear the supplications of those who invoke thee.  Be thou our Advocate, our Mother, for as thus do we place our confidence in thee.  To thee do we have recourse, and through thy intercession, we hope to achieve from thy Son pardon for our sins and perseverance in grace until death.  Amen.


Five minutes at the feet of Mary
(Old undated prayer found in the Conceptionist Church of Our Lady of Good Success – Quito, Ecuador in 2007)

Our Lady greets the sinner:
Come, my child, open thy heart to me for I am thy Mother, and want thee to tell me, one by one, thy hardships, thy sorrows, thy agonies; thy distresses
that thou endures daily; these needs that disturb the peace of thy home.

I know everything because my maternal eyes can see even the least desires of the heart of my poor children exiled in this vale of tears; but I desire for thee to tell me, without hesitation, without doubts. I desire to hear from thy lips, the sad story of thy own heart.

I would not be the Mother of Mercy, as you call me,
if perhaps my poor unfortunate children would not
have the right to place their pains and sorrows of the
storm of life’s tears into my hands to hide them
inside my mantle.

There are miseries in the world, sorrows of the soul,
torments of the conscience. Here I am the Mother of
Counsel and Clemency, to be a light and hope in the
darkness of this world and in the anxiety of the

I especially assumed my place at Calvary, Mother of
all who weep, in order that they may be blessed,

If thou suffer and weep, thou also will be blessed,
for my shadow will shelter you always and my
blessing will never fail you.

My son, if the memory of a guilt filled past disturbs
thy mind and diminishes thy trust in my immense
mercy, look at me… I am thy mother, nothing more
than thy mother… Forget the past and only think
that thou art kneeling in front of thy Only
Consolation and of thy Last Hope…

The Humble Sinner implores Our Lady:

My sweet Mother, truly, you alone can be my only
consolation and my last hope….

Therefore, with the confidence that thy loving Heart
of a Mother inspires, in these moments of intimate
confidence, I desire to join all my necessities into on
solitary prayer and all my sorrows into a handful of

How distant are the happy days of my childhood in
which, my pure soul, and clear conscience began to
love Thee, my Mother, reciting at your feet the first
Ave Maria’s of life and giving thee the last flowers
of a May… The years have passed. I am no longer a
child… but I am a sinner…

The tempests of so many years have caused dust to
accumulate in my soul and thorns to be strewn upon
the path of life.

Burdened with fatigue, my heart is void of virtues;
my hands are emptied of good deeds; my lips are slow
to invoke thee. I fear to call thee “Mother “now…

But no, thy mercy calls me, thy goodness encourages
me, thy look captivates me. I feel privileged,
wretched, as I am, to call thee Mother, My

And since thou art a good Mother who tirelessly
hears the countless complaints and filial sufferings of
all, I come to recite my prayer to thee, My Lady,
which flows from the depths of my soul. I come to
ask thee for my loved ones, both living and dead. For
those, in particular, whose memories are as ivy vines
that creep among the ruins of my heart.

I ask for my parents, my brothers, and friends. Thou
knowest very well, My Mother, their names and
their necessities. Without doubt, there are, in the
heart of their homes, deep and hidden sorrows. Days
without nourishment and nights without light…
Perhaps the absence or the sickness of some of them
has been causing them great anguish.

Together, we were all raised at the foot of the
Cross… and later, it is the same cross of obligation
which separates us from the holy center of the home
or friendship…

Have pity on those dear absentees that labor
and fight far away from the family,  and perhaps even very far from thee.
Have mercy on those who are oppressed from sicknesses,
and hardly have strength to invoke thee…
Take care of them and bless them with thy motherly love.

My Mother, poverty is a blessing from God; but
sometimes how hard and bitter it is… Abide with
the poor to sweeten that bitterness. Thou who art
the Mother of the First Poor, who did not have a
stone to rest His head. Place into the heart of those
in need, the happiness of the resignation. May thy
love be their only treasure.

I also ask Thee, My Lady and Mother, for my dead,
for those who heard the steadfast call of the Lord
and have gone to eternity. Be, for them, the peace of
the eternal beatitude through thy powerful
intercession and thy immense mercy since at their
death, they have left behind emptiness in the soul
and a fountain of tears in the family,

For those who moan under the weight of tribulation
grant them the grace of holy resignation and love of
suffering that will redeem and save them… I know
that thou art twice the mother of those who collapse
at thy feet, clothed in mourning with eyes weary
from weeping… Fill them with thy tenderness and
protect them from that profound emptiness that
death bequeaths … Have pity on orphans and those
who suffer.

I have not yet talked to thee about myself: hear my
final prayer … Thou knowest well, my Mother, the
wounds that I bear in my soul; abandonment,
deceptions, ingratitude, calumnies… Those I have
loved have repaid me with forgetfulness; those who
have received benefits, give me thorns in return. I do
not complain about the hidden plans of Divine
Providence who hast made from the sorrows of exile,
a crucible of expiation and a stairway to Heaven…

That is why; I do not ask Thee, Mother, to cure my
wounds… Leave them, as they are, bleeding and
wide open. But draw my broken heart to thy
Immaculate one… Detach it from the whole world.
Fasten it lovingly to the Sacred Heart…

I desire nothing in life, not riches, not glories, not pleasures;
but only to be thine. Nothing more than to be
thine… eternally thine, My Mother.  Amen.