IN HONOR OF "MARIA SANTISSIMA DEL BUEN SUCESO DE LA PURIFICACION" aka.... Part 1
January 30, 2019 by Kathleen Heckenkamp
Our Lady of Good Success aka Our Lady of Buen Suceso aka Mary of Buen Suceso aka Holy Mary of Good Success aka ... and on and on...
However ,the official title that Our Lady asked for in Quito, Ecuador was:
"Maria Santissima del Buen Suceso de la Purificacion" which was also extended via the "godmother" or "madrina" of the statue, the "Marquesa de Solanda" to: "Maria Santissima del Buen Suceso de la Purificacion y Candelaria" which in English translates to: Most Holy Mary of Good Success of the Purification (and Candelmas)!
...Wow either one of those Spanish titles are a real mouthful, aren't they?!? Those titles are extremely difficult for me - "a gringa" to read, much less pronounce! But there they are!
I imagine many devotees of Our Lady of Good Success are now more confused than ever! What is the correct title to call this beautiful Lady in Quito that came to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres in the 1500-1600's to warn us about our times??? You could say that they ALL are correct in one way or the other, but for us, gringos, must we say the complete official Spanish title, or a combination of sorts or what??? Well, in order to answer this question, I thought I would share a little 20th Century history of how "Maria Santissima del Buen Suceso de la Purificacion" came to be known as Our Lady of Good Success. And rest assured, Our Lady has well-accepted her title as: "Good Success" for many, many years now! I will start with the most recent and how I discovered this historical data and go backwards...as I learned it.
In 1998 or 1999, when I read for the first time about Our Lady of Good Success, I was first taken by her face- that image that is on the front of the book by Dr. Marian Horvat titled: "Prophecies for Our Times," and reading the title of her name of Our Lady of Good Success, well it sounded so good to my ear and expressed feelings of hope wanting me to know more about this Lady who I knew nothing about!
My first thought was what a sweet, innocent, child-like, yet motherly face it was!!! I had no idea what the story was behind that photo - that miraculous image of the countenance of Our Lady!
Thus, upon reading the story- her prophecies and how they related to the era in which we lived, I was so excited that I wanted to spread this devotion! But, I thought I needed to know more... I scoured the internet looking for any other book that had been printed in English on the subject. There was nothing except for an obscure green book titled:"A Spanish Mystic in Quito: Sor Mariana de Jesus Torres" by Msgr. Luis E. Cadena y Almeida written in 1987 in English. Publishing date was marked as 1990 by "The Foundation for A Christian Civilization." It is in this book that one can also read that back in 1987, Nuestra Senora del Buen Suceso was translated as Our Lady of Good Success.
This is fairly significant as this author, Msgr. Cadena, was also the Postulator for the Cause of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres until his death. He was a very educated priest holding a doctorate in Philosophy, History and Letter. He was the director of the Archiespiscopal Archive of the Curia of Quito. He founded at least six Educational Institutions in Quito. He had also received a number of awards for education etc. (btw he presented all of his awards to Our Lady of Good Success in a solemn ceremony on Oct. 6th 1985.) He bore all the credentials of a learned man - someone who should be put in charge to do the work that he did!!! In other words, this priest was no slouch! I had truly hoped to meet him, but, unfortunately, he died before I could get to Quito on my next visit!
He, also, wrote several other books on the topic of Mother Mariana and Our Lady of Good Success, but this book was the only one to be translated into English. I think this particular book is an important piece of historical evidence as it proves and verifies that the "Buen Suceso" was translated, or at least allowed to be translated by the Postulator for the Cause, to "Good Success."
Additionally, the Official Title of the Blessed Mother appearing to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres was: "Maria Santissima del Buen Suceso de la Purificacion" and was translated there as "Holy Mary of Good Success of the Purification."
Throughout the book, he often refers to Our Mother as "Our Lady of Good Success." I would say that is quite a change from the official title. One wonders why he did such a thing?
Well, the best hypothesis that I could come up with is that as he pondered introducing this approved devotion to the English speaking people - a devotion that was actually approved -give or take -400 yrs ago i.e. in the Spanish Colonial period in a Third World County known as Ecuador (not to mention - little known country...) ...there somehow needed to be an adjustment. (Pic below from Msgr Cadena's book).
One can imagine this title would need to measure up to other prayers and devotions to Our Lady. For the last 150 - 200 yrs or so, the Catholic Church had gained a number of approved apparitions from the Blessed Virgin Mary. And guess what? The greater majority of these Madonnas had been titled in their English translation as: "Our Lady of ..." i.e Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of La Salette, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and on and on.
As well, Our Lady of Fatima stated she was: Our Lady of the Rosary but we never call her: "Our Lady of Fatima of the Rosary" and Our Lady of Lourdes stated that she was "The Immaculate Conception" but we never call her: "Our Lady of Lourdes of the Immaculate Conception"! It would be too wordy and superfluous! Thus, it would make sense that this postulator, in trying to assimilate this 400 yr devotion into 20th Century American Catholic Culture, wanted to have the English translation of the name to coincide with the other Marian devotions so as to, in a way, "fit in" or "catch up" with the other approved devotions to Our Lady.
And to me, an average Catholic raised in a solid Catholic Family, it really makes sense. Additionally, I have never seen any combined language in a title to the Blessed Mother such as this "Our Lady of Buen Suceso" before.
For example: we don't say: "Our Lady of El Rosario"- we say: "Our Lady of the Rosary" etc.
I know that many people on trying to read or pronounce this "Spanglish" title of "Our Lady of Buen Suceso" have had a lot of trouble and become confused!!
(Pictured below are other pages from: A Spanish Mystic in Quito: Sor Mariana de Jesus Torres" ).
One can see here that even in the "Last Will and Testament of Mother Mariana", the Postulator for the Cause of Mother Mariana, Msgr Luis Cadena, has Mother Mariana call the Blessed Virgin Mary: "Our Lady of Good Success."
At the end of Msgr. Cadena's book on page 157, under "Acknowledgement," Msgr. Cadena wrote:
"After having written this modest book in order to reveal the preferential love of God for the Ecuadorean nation....a miracle happened...a generous hand drew it from obscure anonymity and will present it to the immensely noble and benevolent people of the United States of America."
Thus, it cannot be contested that Msgr. Cadena made this translation particularly for those of us here in the USA!
Additionally I would like to add that I don't imagine he ever expected us to have to say the official Spanish title nor would he imagine Her title here in the USA to be anything but: Our Lady of Good Success.
In fact, the following prayer was composed by Msgr. Cadena dedicated to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres which is more proof that it was his wish that we would not only call this Virgin of Quito who graced the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception - Our Lady of Good Success but pray to her under this beautiful title as well!
Solemn Pledge to Mariana de Jesus Torres
by Msgr. Luis A Cadena y Almeida Blessed be thee, Mariana Francisca de Jesus Torres! Thy warnings of justice have struck our very bones. We acknowledge that we are in kinship with thee for having sown in these Andean Mountain ranges the white and blue lilies of the Immaculate Conception; for having won for us the gift of the Christian Faith and love for Mary; and for having sprinkled in our lives the iridescent gold of hope engendered by the devotion to the Mother of Good Success, the certain anchor of salvation. By the example of thy life, resplendent with virtues; by the fulfillment of thy prophecies and the Divine message that thy hands placed in our consciences; by all the marvels of sanctity, love and graces worked by God to form thee, educate thee, and perfect thee; and by thy sacrificial and permanent self-surrender for our conversion and salvation; for these and all that we owe thee, we offer to thee our undying gratitude.
And, as a pledge of this, we also offer:
To be faithful to the devotion and propagation of the cult of Our Lady of Good Success.
To form a stronghold with our hearts, our minds and all our human and superhuman efforts in order to defend the interests, ideals and purposes inherent to the existence of thy foundation of the Royal Convent of the Immaculate Conception.
To join prayers and efforts of every kind to achieve from the ecclesiastic authorities the acknowledgement of the sanctity of thy life and thy work so that thou might be crowned with the honor of the altars for the glory of God, the Church and Ecuador (and the World).
( N.B.—The prayer was written by Msgr. Dr. Luis E. Cadena y Almeida - Postulator for the Cause of Beatification of the Servant of God Mother Mariana Francisca de Jesus Torres y Berriochoa,
Quito, March 1, 1987. This prayer was found in his book, “A Spanish Mystic in Quito”This book bears an Imprimatur)
God bless Msgr. Cadena for his good work to spread this devotion to the United States of America!!!
Eternal Rest grant unto him O Lord...
The Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success
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IN HONOR OF "MARIA SANTISSIMA DEL BUEN SUCESO DE LA PURIFICACION" aka.... Part 2
February 01, 2019 by Kathleen Heckenkamp Our Lady of Good Success
OUR LADY OF GOOD SUCCESS
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."1
Just another little historical piece of evidence provided for all.
Click on photo or sentence above to read the original article! It is also provided for reading below...
Due to the present situation in the Church, devotion to Our Lady is crucial. 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, one title especially 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. Parents are battle-weary from fighting "demons" in all realms, and not just the spiritual. We struggle to protect our children from the evils of our culture, our schools, of the mass media, all sorts of "mainstream entertainment," and bad companions. Providers for our families are barely making ends meet with the roller coaster ride of the economy. Yes, we are being attacked on all levels of life to the very depth of our souls. We find ourselves exhausted, indifferent, or sometimes bordering on depression. It is clear that the enemies of our Faith, family, and country are gaining ground.
The quotation of Mother Mariana that introduced this article gives us hope. We have a weapon to fight these "principalities and powers" that is not of flesh and blood. That weapon is devotion to Our Lady, and, specifically for these times because of the prophecy attached to it, devotion to Our Lady of Good Success. Our Lady of Good Success prophesied that devotion to her under this title, so popular in the 1600's, would fall away but it would become resurgent in the 20th century, the era in which we would sorely need to "gird our loins" for battle.
The first official devotion to the Blessed Mother under this title originated in Spain in 1606. The focus of this article will be on the apparitions which inspired it-of Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Ecuador-which began in 1594. Prophecy about the 20th century is the basis of these approved apparitions. One such prophecy was that the story of Our Lady of Good Success would not become renowned until the 20th century. 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 a new order of religious they hoped to found. On their journey, a perilous storm arose in which these brothers felt certain that they were going to die.
Praying with resignation to God and imploring safe haven in which to die 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 a steep mountainous path to reach this desolate place. What a surprise awaited them! Not only was this a safe place but also home to a magnificent shrine of the Mother of God. For in this forlorn place they discovered a beautiful statue of Mary and the Christ Child. Surrounding this grotto were flowers that exuded a perfume that was not of this world. Illuminating it was the light of a thousand shimmering lights. What a wonder to behold for these poor, exhausted friars! For their prayers, they found not only a place of shelter and their lives spared, but also they had found a beautiful statue in a place most unexpected.
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 new order.
When the time came for the brothers to plead their case before the Holy Roman Pontiff Pope Paul V, [pictured below] 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 venerate the image. 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!"2
He then blessed the statue and christened her "Our Lady of Good Success"[Nuestra Senora del Buen Suceso]. He commanded that devotion to her should be propagated immediately. The friars and the statue made their way back to Spain where the statue was eventually taken to Madrid. There the image became renowned for its numerous miracles. Presently, the statue resides in the Church of Buen Suceso (Good Success) in Madrid. [This statue is the one pictured on the title page of this article.-Ed.]
How much of this story is applicable to our present day life? We are like those Minim Brothers who, becoming lost in a horrendous storm, fear for their lives just as we fear for our lives, spiritual and otherwise. We implore the good God to give us a safe haven to rest our weary souls, tired minds, and exhausted bodies. How many of us have 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 climb this last stretch of the journey, 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. [picture above area mountain range where the Minims found the little statue of Buen Suceso].
But this is only the beginning of one of the most captivating and charming stories of Our Lady....
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. There were five founding sisters that traveled to Quito and with them was a 13-year-old girl named Mariana de Jesus Torres. It was highly unusual for a girl of that age to travel alone without her parents, much less embark on a journey with the intention of starting a religious vocation at 13. 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 and eventually become Mother Prioress herself.
In 1582, when she was 18, the Blessed Mother appeared to Mariana and asked her if she would be willing to offer her life for the sins of the 20th 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 appeared to die from the knowledge of it. She saw herself put before the Divine Tribunal and given a choice of either staying in heaven or going back to earth to suffer for us. At the request of the Blessed Mother, Mariana agreed to go back to earth. From then on, she became a victim soul for our times.
On February 2, 1594, as Mariana was praying to the Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Good Success, she was granted the privilege of an apparition from her at which time Our Lady of Good Success said:
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. 3
Our Lady told Mother Mariana of the terrible time the 20th century would be. During this and other apparitions, other prophecies were revealed. These prophecies spoke of the corruption, suppression, and unavailability of the sacraments. She spoke of the crisis in the Catholic Church, particularly of the clergy.
On January 16, 1599, Our Lady of Good Success commanded 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! 4
Our Lady of Good Success told Mother Mariana that this statue was to be made for the following 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. 5
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 the sisters against Mother Mariana and those who were faithful to the rule of their order. This sister was known as "La Capitana" (the Captain).
Because of her evil ways, this sister was headed 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 for this sister which she would otherwise have to endure for eternity. Mother Mariana agreed to this sentence which she endured for five years. She was the picture of virtue during this time and no one but her confessor knew of the tormented life she led. As a result 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 had been recently warned in a dream about his imminent death so he was more than willing to agree to this request.
Our Lady of Good Success had requested that a certain sculptor, Francisco del Castillo, known for his artistic ability and devotion to the Blessed Mother, fashioned the statue. This sculptor worked long and hard. When he was about to put the finish 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 the Mother of God and the Infant Jesus.
While he was gone something miraculous happened as prophesied in Our Lady of Good Success's first apparition: she promised that she herself would see to the completion of this statue. While the sculptor was away, Mother Marianaand 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 Successappeared with Archangel Michael, the angels, Gabriel and Raphael, and St.Francis of Assisi.
The angels acknowledged their Queen, bowed, and 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."6
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 3am. 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 the next day with his paints to finish the statue!
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 was "Holy Mary of Good Success of the Purification." [Maria Santissima del Buen Suceso de la Purificacion]
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 anniversary which is now also considered the feast day of Our Lady of Good Success. (In January of that next year, 1635, Mother Mariana went 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 in which the Catholic Church would be during these times.
Our Lady of Good Success was quite clear that the decline of the Catholic Church would be blamed on a lax and perverse clergy. Certain members of the Catholic clergy would become as thieves stealing that tabernacle light, stealing 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 and leaving it in total darkness without even the light of the presence of the Holy Eucharist,Jesus Christ Himself. Our Lady of Good Success explained the five reasons for the extinguishing of the light.
The first reason why the lamp was snuffed out was because in the end of the 19th and 20th centuries, heresies would prevail in Ecuador and 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. 7
The second reason was that her religious community in these times would 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.8
The third reason the light 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"9
The fourth reason the lamp was put out was to demonstrate how the Freemasons and other secret sects would have so much influence on society and the Church. Our Lady foretold:
During these unfortunate times evil will invade childhood innocence. In this way, vocations to the priesthood will be lost, resulting in a true calamity.10
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.11
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 strong pillars, 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.
Our Lady of Good Success predicted "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 .
How the Church will suffer during this dark night! Lacking a prelate and a father to guide them with paternal love, gentleness, strength, wisdom and prudence, many priests will lose their spirit, placing their souls in danger.12
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.13
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, 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. In her last will and testament, she wrote:
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," the beloved disciple. And turning to him said, "Behold thy Mother."...Behold your Heavenly Mother, Mary Most Holy of Good Success. She will always give you good success.14
Have a great love for the Blessed Virgin; imitate her virtues, above all her profound humility, her ardent love for God and poor sinners, her simplicity and childlike innocence. Let there be no deceits or hypocrisies in your souls. Preserve and propagate devotion under the invocation of Our Lady of Good Success, for with it you will obtain from Jesus and Mary everything you ask... You should also devotedly care for your true treasure and make her known and loved by as many souls as possible; assuring them that with this devotion they will always obtain good successes both in time and eternity.
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."15
Our Lady of Good Success promised the following: 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.16
Our Lady of Good Success is asking us to be faithful to the Catholic Church, to pray for the restoration of all things in her Son as Mother Mariana did 400 years ago for us. We must unite our prayers and beg her for protection until we see the full restoration of the Church. The situation is grave and may become more grave 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 the apparition of 1619, 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 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.
To learn more about the story of Our Lady of Good Success and the devotion to Mary under this title contact: Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Heckenkamp, 913 N. Lake, Rd., Oconomowoc, WI 53066. Phone: (262)567-0920. The books in the Bibliography are available by contacting the author.
Married for 24 years, Mrs.Heckenkamp and her family assist at the Latin Mass at St. Pius V Church, Mukwonago, Wisconsin. She lives in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin with her husband and six homeschooled children (two of whom are in college), ages 6-22 years. Three years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Heckenkamp adopted a family of four children from Colombia, South America, at which time they visited Quito, Ecuador and made a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Success.
1 Taken from ''The Testament of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres," Jan. 16, 1635, which she read on her deathbed where she expired at 3pm, the same time as Our Lord. A Spanish Mystic in Quito: Sor Mariana de Jesus Torres, pp.130,131.
2 La Sonrisa De La Senora: Historia de la Virgen de/ Buen Suceso, Ch. I.
3 Our Lady of Good Success Novena and Prayer Booklet, Prologue, p.13.
4 Our Lady of Good Success - Prophecies for Our Times, pp.47,48. 5 Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success, p.25.
6 Our Lady of Good Success- Prophecies for Our Times, p.50. 7 Ibid., pp.54,55.
8 Ibid., p.55.
9 Ibid., p.56.
10 Ibid., p.56.
11 Ibid., p.57.
12 Ibi d., p.56.
13 Ibid., p.57.
14 A Spanish Mystic in Quito: Sor Mariana de Jesus Torres, p.129.
15 Ibid ., pp.I 30,I 31.
16 Our Lady of Good Success -Prophecies for Our Times, p.55.
17 Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success, p.57.
18 Our Lady of Good Success -Prophecies for Our Times, pp.53,54.
Bibliography 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 Senora: Historia de la Virgen del Buen Suceso, by Carlos Montes y Ana M. Guirao (translation).