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Notre Dame Burns, Europe Is Invaded and the Archbishop Speaks

James Austin

The Destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral

Yesterday, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the symbol of the heart of Catholic France and a symbol of Christian Civilization, burned nearly to the ground. A sanctuary of God, that stood for nearly 850 years, more than 3 times older than the United States of America is now gone…

We are being led to believe that this historic church that survived countless wars, both World Wars, and even the French Revolution, has burnt down because of an accident related to renovations it was currently undergoing.

We are also supposed to believe that this church, which for centuries was illumined by candlelight amidst the robes and lace of the clergy, has finally succumbed to flames in this age of technology, fire resistant measures, and advanced firefighting capabilities… Ok.

While we await word from the French Government (who would would never lie to it’s citizens) as to the origins of this devastating fire, there are two points I believe all Westerners and Christians should meditate upon.

Firstly would be the rise in anti-Catholic animus, especially in France. Over the past few years, this year in particular, we have seen a “25 percent increase in attacks on Catholic churches in the first two months of the year, compared with the same time last year” according to the Council of European Bishops Conferences (CEBC). In an article embedded below by Newsweek, sharing the findings of the CEBC, Newsweek makes sure to tell us that ”officials don’t know why” this is happening.

The Newsweek article talks about Saint Sulpice church in Paris which was recently lit ablaze by arsonists according to The Sun.

What is interesting to note, is that while Newsweek magazine has no idea why there has been a rise in anti-Catholic vandalism and arson in Europe, they make the connection between the Dan Brown novel (later adapted to a feature film) the DaVinci Code. What Newsweek won’t tell you, however, is that this novel and especially the movie, is dripping with anti-Catholic animus, painting the church as “oppressive,” “patriarchal” and downright evil.

This novel, and Hollywood movie, are of course par for the course, along with a slew of anti-Catholic movies written by Cosmopolitan Hollywood Media Elites, with the specific purpose of defaming the Catholic Church, and ultimately working towards it’s destruction. They’ve been largely successful. Not to mention the liberal takeover of the Catholic Church by means of Infiltration, and subversion by Communists, Sodomites, and those allied with the Traditional Enemies of Jesus Christ.

Europe Invaded

A second reason for this anti-Catholic animus is, of course the importation of an ancient hatred towards Catholics, by Muslims, who for years kidnapped, enslaved, raped and murdered Christians, for professing their faith In Jesus Christ.

Westerners have seen a shift over the past 50-100 years, away from discreet, culturally rich and vibrant societies, cities and nations, towards the neo-Liberal ideology of Multiculturalism, religious pluralism, and the creation of heterogeneous cities, where once upon a time peoples, cultures, and most importantly Christianity could flourish and achieve it’s fullest expression in public life.

This multiculturalism, coupled along with a never-ending propaganda stream from Hollywood promoting birth control, abortion and sexual liberation has led to the decline in birthrates, prompting Globalist politicians to seek new peoples to prop up the decline in population. These Leftist elites have chosen to import predominantly Islamic people from countries terrorized by the Western Democracies for the past 50 years.

This agenda has been called “The Great Replacement” by activists in the Western World.

What could go wrong?

As recently as 2016, a woman co-ordinating with a group of Muslims to blow up a car filled with gas canisters with the intention of Detonating it near the Notre-Dame cathedral was arrested, and she was recently sentenced to only 8 years of prison.

And again, in 2017 a man armed with a hammer and knives attacked a police officer and several people at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, before being shot by the wounded police officer. In a story by Fox News, the French Government has placed Paris “under high security after a string of Islamic extremist attacks in recent years.”

The Archbishop Has Spoken

For those of us who have been aware for some time of this great Civilization crisis affecting what were once Christian nations, one name towers above all the rest: Archbishop Marcel LeFebvre.

Archbishop LeFebvre was a bulwark against the Liberal and Modernist reforms of the Second Vatican Council. He stood up against the departure from the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church in both faith and morals, and especially with regards to Religious Liberty, Ecumenism and the Democratization of the Church (Collegiality). He preserved the Traditional Mass, something which every other Traditional Catholic Religious Order (FSSP, ICK, IBP) owes to him…

What is not well known outside of die-hard devotees of Archbishop LeFebvre, is the Archbishop was a co-member of the Holy Ghost Fathers, along with Father Denis Fahey, whose works on the Social Kingship of Christ the King is by far, the most comprehensive in the history of the Catholic Church. Because of this socially activist stance held by the Archbishop, he spoke out relatively early in this Multicultural social turmoil and warned us all against it:

For his loving warning against these social errors, the Archbishop was ruthlessly slandered by the media (Fake News isn’t new) as a Racist and an Anti-Semite for saying “the best  [thing] for the Moslems [to do] would be to go back home.” He added that, in France, the Moslems are going “to impose their laws little by little. Christian law cannot be in accord with Islamic law... Moslems cannot be Catholic, they cannot be truly French. We must not allow them to organize themselves politically or religiously. The construction of mosques is a catastrophe!” Turning towards the journalists, His Grace added: “It will be your wives, your daughters, your children, who will be kidnapped and taken away to hidden living quarters in Casablanca.”

For his trouble and his care for the church, his homeland, and the Christian Civilization that once was, of which we are heirs, the Archbishop was cast aside. Nevertheless his words are already echoing out of the recent past, to haunt us living through this present hell.

Included below are the Archbishop’s remarks about the Media, and the importation of this anti-Christian, anti-European ideology to the West. Let us look to Archbishop LeFebvre as a man devoted to Truth, the common good, and the preservation of Christian Civilization as we collectively begin the task of restoring Jesus Christ as the King and Center of not only our Hearts and Homes, but also our Nations.

Sirs,

Invoking the laws of July 29, 1981, and July 1, 1977, 1 am accused firstly of the crime of provocation to discrimination, to hatred or to racial violence with respect to a group of persons on account of their origin or their belonging to a particular ethnic group, nation, race or religion.

Secondly, of the crime of public defamation with respect to this group... I am supposed to have pronounced these provocative and defamatory words when I held a press conference at the Crillon Hotel on November 14, 1989. I affirm firstly that I did not hold a press conference. I had nothing written and I made no declaration. I only wanted to reply to the journalists’ questions on the occasion of the ceremony for the 60th anniversary of my Priestly Ordination at the Bourget.

You must admit that Moslem immigration had no special reason to be brought up on this occasion. The least one can say is that my reply was not pre‑meditated. I therefore replied very freely, giving my opinion of the danger of Islamic penetration into a country whose Catholic religion is violently rejected and despised by Islam. The Koran, which is the law of Islam, provokes to discrimination, to hatred and to violence. Do not attribute to me that which I denounce.

The proofs of this hatred and of this violence are legion both in the past and in the present.

For as long as Moslems are an insignificant minority in a Christian country they can live in a friendly way, because they follow the laws and customs of the country which accepts them. But as soon as they are numerous and organized they become aggressive and they seek to impose their laws, which are hostile to European civilization. Examples are abundant. Soon they will take charge of our city councils, and will transform our churches into mosques. We will either have to become Moslem, leave the country or become their captives. This is in the profound nature of Islam. It is not I who am racist in denouncing this very racism.

The pretended defamation is only the statement of obvious facts. Kidnapping of white girls is well known to the police and it still exists today. It is not defamation to denounce the kidnappers of our compatriots. It is to call upon justice and demand the protection of our fellow citizens. If you prevent us from crying out against the nefarious consequences of Islam’s penetration of France and Europe, you render yourselves accomplices to the violence committed in the name of the Koran by Islam in our Christian countries. It is they who have undertaken this procedure against us, a procedure which truly shows the fundamental racism of Islam against the French, against the Jews and against every religion which is not Moslem.

It is not I who am racist because I denounce racism. I lived all my life in the midst of other races ‑ thirty years in Africa, among animists and Moslems. There I strove to bring them both spiritual and material goods ‑ schools, hospitals, etc. They showed their gratitude in decorating me as Officer of the Equatorial Star of Gabon and Grand Officer of the National Order of Senegal, and the French government recognized my overseas services by making me Officer of the Legion of Honor.

To condemn me as a racist because I seek to protect my country which is menaced in its very existence and Christian traditions... this would be to use justice for injustice. This would be the justice at the service of executioners whose victims have at most the right to keep quiet and to perish. This would be the summit of injustice.

† Marcel Lefebvre

Ecône 

May 12, 1990

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/10/19

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Santiago de Compostela

We woke up to a cold but beautiful, sunny day in Santiago de Compostela. In the morning, we returned to the Cathedral for an official guided tour and for more time to pray before the relics of St. James the Apostle. Afterwards, we visited the Convent of San Martino Pinario and its beautiful Museum of Religious Art. We enjoyed a free afternoon and met up again for a farewell dinner at the hotel to celebrate the end of such an amazing pilgrimage!

- A Pilgrim

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/9/19

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Rúa – Santiago de Compostela (12 miles)

The last day of our walk! And it was the most rainy day of all!

Our starting point was downtown Rúa. We courageously ascended through Armenal and then descended into Lavacolla. There are many theories in relation to the origin of the name Lavacolla. One of the theories claims the name comes from the fact that pilgrims in the Middle Ages used to wash in the stream that crosses Lavacolla to arrive clean in Santiago. The name Lava-colla could come from the words “lavar” (to wash) and “cuello” (neck), meaning “to wash the neck”. Another theory would refer to pre-pilgrimage times and would have more to do with the geography of the place: the name Lava (low pasture or field) and Colla (hill) would mean the low pasture by the hill. Whatever the origin of its name, Lavacolla still sees thousands of pilgrims walking by every year, getting closer to their Camino final point: Santiago de Compostela.

We ascended again until reaching the top of Monte de Gozo (Mount of Joy), a hill where pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago enjoy their first views of the three spires of their destination, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Only 2.5 miles more to Santiago!

Once we reached the city, we crossed the Barrio (neighborhood) de San Lázaro, the Puerta del Camino (Door of the Way), along the Plaza Cervantes, and through the beautiful compostelan streets until reaching the much-anticipated Cathedral of St. James.

We arrived! There is a lot of renovation inside the Cathedral, and therefore a lot of scaffolding around the main altar and the tomb of St. James, unfortunately. Nevertheless, our hearts were overjoyed to kneel before his relics and thank him and God for allowing us to make this pilgrimage and get there safely.

After our thanksgiving in the Cathedral, we went to our hotel for Mass and dinner. Deo gratias!!

-A Pilgrim

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/8/19

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Here is today’s update, brought to you by Regina Pilgrimages!

This morning, before we left Arzúa, we visited several churches and prayed a decade of the rosary in each one. Among these churches was the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, which housed beautiful statues of St. James the Apostle. Leaving Arzúa behind, we each set off at our own pace and then met again when stopping at a café to rest and have a refreshment.

We continued our pilgrimage along green hills, and bumping into a herd of cows along the path! until we arrived at the town of Pedrouzo. We walked past lovely hermitages, such as St. Irene’s, before finally reaching Rúa for Holy Mass and dinner at the hotel.

We all retired exhausted, but excited that tomorrow we arrive at our final destination: the relics of St. James in Santiago de Compostela!
-A Pilgrim

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/7/19

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Here is today’s update from our pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain!

I can’t wait until you guys see the video we’re going to put together for this pilgrimage! Stay tuned!


Melide – Arzúa (9 miles)

Today was a beautiful day. The rain held off until about an hour before reaching Arzúa. The paths are so muddy that at times we have to walk single file to avoid getting stuck in the mud! Gorgeous landscapes and lush valleys greeted us along the way.

In his morning sermon, Fr. Graves said that many do not understand why pilgrims walk the Way of St. James. The world is horrified and scandalized by the Cross. The world does not understand its meaning, and it avoids suffering as much as possible. It does not see the cross as the means to heaven. So in order to carry our cross, we must look to Our Lord on His Cross.  Otherwise, the cross has no meaning; why suffer if there is nothing to be obtained? We must make reparation for our sins with our sacrifices, with our acts of penance, always thinking of Our Lord on the Cross.

Father also reminded us that we can obtain a plenary indulgence by walking the Way of St. James, and listed the conditions to gain a plenary indulgence, as long as one is in the state of grace:
– have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
– have sacramentally confessed one’s sins;
– receive Holy Communion;
– pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.

We also learned a little bit about Melide before leaving it. Since its foundation in the 10th century, Melide has been linked with the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It is the only town where two Camino routes meet: the Camino Primitivo (Original Way) stops in Melide and the Camino Frances (French Way) passes through Melide. Due to the two routes meeting in this town, it is well equipped and accustomed to helping pilgrims. From Melide these two routes become one to Santiago de Compostela. The 11th-century “cruceiro” – stone cross at the start of The Way in Melide – is thought to be the oldest in Galicia.

Today’s walk was similar to yesterday’s in the sense that it was less walking and less steep slopes than the first two days. A very beautiful valley along the way was the one formed by the Iso river in Ribadiso, a tiny and idyllic hamlet featuring a medieval bridge.

The beautiful group photos taken today reflect the energetic and charitable spirit of our pilgrims. Everyone is having a wonderful pilgrimage and is looking forward to the final two days of our walk! Thank you for all your prayers; we keep you in ours.

-A Pilgrim

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/6/19

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It’s time for another update with our friends from Regina Pilgrimages, who are currently making their way along the Camino de Santiago in Spain!


Palas de Rei – Melide (9 miles)

After enjoying a hearty Spanish breakfast, we went out to greet the day – and it was another cold and wet one! Today’s hike was not as long or arduous as the two previous days, but our sore legs and aching bones still had to bear the harsh Galician spring weather.

Our starting point was the Church of San Tirso in Palas de Rei. After a morning sermon and an opportunity to offer up the day’s walk for our intentions, we set off with joyful spirits – but no one more than our chaplain, Fr. Graves, whose spirits were not dampened by the pouring rain! The smile was still on his face and words of encouragement are always on his lips.

Our walk took us past the hamlet of O Coto, a simple village full of rustic charm, and whose name means “the top” or “the high place”. We also passed San Xulian do Camiño, Casanova, O Leboreiro, and Furelos, which boasts a beautiful medieval bridge, and finally we arrived at the day’s end point: the Church of St. Roch in Melide.

Today was very special because we visited the church where a miracle of the confessional took place. A sinner who always confessed the same grievous sins went to confession, and the exasperated priest told him that he would not grant him absolution. At that moment, a crucifix hanging in the church extended His hand, blessed the sinner and said to him, “Your sins are forgiven.” This very confessional is still there, as well as a replica of the miraculous crucifix that forgave the sinner! Such a beautiful story confirms God’s mercy and love for the truly repentant sinner.

We ended the day with Mass at the hotel and a very well-deserved dinner!

-A Pilgrim

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/5/19

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Here’s a photo update from the second day of the pilgrim’s journey along the Camino de Santiago in Galacia, Spain! These photos were taken on Friday April 5th on the path between Portomarin and Palas de Rei, Spain.

Our ability to take these photos and share them with you is because of the generosity of Regina Pilgrimages, who is sponsoring our trip to Spain! They still have open pilgrimages coming up this year, so be sure to check out their website, and see if you can come along with us on our next trip!


Portomarín - Palas de Rei (15 miles)

We woke up today and couldn’t move! We were so sore from yesterday! And today we faced another difficult day full of steep climbs and uneven terrain. But Fr. Graves lifted our spirits to begin the day, even though it had greeted us with rain, with a sermon on St. James the Apostle. Father explained that St. Peter is the apostle of faith, because he told Our Lord that He was the Son of God. St. John is the apostle of charity because he would always speak of charity between men. And St. James is the apostle of hope, and that our hope on this Camino pilgrimage is not only to reach Santiago de Compostela, but also to reach heaven – this is our true hope.

Although cold and windy from start to finish, the day showed a variety of clouds, rain, and sunshine, offering us an opportunity to offer up our torment under the elements, and then rejoice and be thankful for the bright rays of the sun. We heard that it is snowing in other parts of Spain, so we are grateful we didn’t have to face that!

The first village passed was Castromaior, a hamlet named after the large pre-Roman fortified town “castro” that once stood across the river. We continued to the Sierra de Ligonde, the highest point of the day’s route, around 2,480 feet above sea level. After the grueling climb, pilgrims were rewarded with spectacular views over the valleys below. The descent was equally as arduous, and we passed through the villages of Eirexe (meaning “church” in Galician) which boasts a church with Roman and Romanesque remains, and Ligonde, where one finds an ancient “cementerio de peregrinos” (pilgrim cemetery). Finally, we arrived at Palas de Rei, “Palace of the King” named after an 8th-century Visigoth king who once ruled the lands. Here, at the Romanesque church, our Camino passport was stamped. An outdoor Mass was scheduled, but due to the wind and rain, Father offered Mass at our hotel.

We are all terribly tired, but our joy greatly surpasses our soreness, knowing we have walked this far and gained many graces for ourselves and for our intentions.

-A Pilgrim

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/4/19

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This year, Regina Pilgrimages has asked us to accompany them on the Camino de Santiago in Spain to take some photos and videos of their journey.

Regina Pilgrimages has quite a few upcoming pilgrimages to places like Chartres, France, as well as Central Europe including Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Germany, and there are still slots available! Be sure to check them out, and maybe we’ll see you on one of these upcoming pilgrimages!

Today’s batch of photos come from our journey from Sarria to Portomarin, Spain!


Sarria - Portomarín (13 Miles)

On a cold, rainy morning, we began our 70-mile walk to Santiago de Compostela. The day was dreary but our hearts were eager to begin the journey, carrying our intentions and those of our loved ones. We have a joyful, energetic group of 32 pilgrims led by Fr. Scott Graves, who has walked the Camino three times already. Father gave a short sermon before we began the walk. Our starting point was the Church of Santa Mariña located in downtownn Sarria. There, our tour escort Carlos explained the importance of the Santiago pilgrimage throughout the centuries; he will accompany us throughout the 6-day walk. And so we set on! We walked along forest paths and small villages. Some of the hikes were steep and challenged us all! We prayed and encouraged each other. The scenery was so beautiful, especially when the sun, which hid for most of the day, peeked through the clouds. Finally, at the end of the day, we crossed the Miño river and arrived in Portomarín. For centuries, the town of Portomarín has expressed a special devotion to “La Virgen de las Nieves” (Our Lady of the Snows) who protects her devotees from drowning. Fr. Graves celebrated Mass in the 12th-century Church of San Xoan de Portomarín. This church is a temple-fortress of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, a Catholic military order founded in the 11th century.  It is of Late Romanesque style and was designed to be both a church and a castle. After Mass, we enjoyed a very well-deserved Spanish dinner before retiring to gear up for tomorrow!

-A Pilgrim

Maria del Buen Suceso de la Purificación 2019: Pilgrimage Report

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The feast of the Purification was very special in Quito, Ecuador this year. For the Fiesta of Maria del Buen Suceso de la Purificación, the Archbishop of Quito, His Grace Fausto Gabriel Travez and the Franciscan Friars led the procession for the first time in living memory. Watch the video to find out more!

Photo Gallery: 9 Day Novena to Maria del Buen Suceso de la Purification

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When the feast of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso de la Purificación was established by Bishop Salvador de Ribera in 1611, he said:

“I command that a novena of preparation should be made…”

“Each day of the novena, you should arrange to have instructive sermons preached in the church to the people about the grandeur and virtue of Our Lady so that God and His Blessed Mother will be better known. Your Reverence should invite priests and friars from all the monasteries for this purpose.” - The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana vol. 2 p.77

The devotion to Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification was intended specifically for our time - the 20th century. In the interim between the 16th and 17th centuries when Our Lady appeared to Mariana de Jesus Torres, and today, this devotion was largely forgotten by a great number of people, and went unknown in most of the world, until the 20th century. As a result, this novena has laid dormant until the past decade when priests and faithful from all around the world rekindled this devotion.

Bishop Salvador de Ribera

Bishop Salvador de Ribera

The original novena, as prescribed by Bishop de Ribera, called for the religious communities to preach on the spiritual life and the importance of religious vocations. The revival of this novena has taken a new form: each day at 5:00 am, priests and pilgrims process with a smaller statue of Our Lady of Buen Suceso and Mariana de Jesus Torres, to various religious houses, convents, monasteries and churches. This year, pilgrims brought the statue and the message of Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification to the Augustinian Missionaries, the Carmelites, Sisters of Providence, the Jesuits, the Mercedarians, the Augustinian Sisters, the Dominican Sisters, the Sisters of Charity, the Clarisas, the Oblate Fathers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and the Franciscans.

The pilgrims who came from America, Canada, Austraila, Mexico, Switzerland, Triniadad, Poland, Chile, Argentina and all over the world. They came in a spirit of prayer and penance, with profound love for the Blessed Mother, to pray for the Church in this time of crisis.

Below are some photographs taken throughout this year’s 9 day novena.

Photo Gallery: Franciscans of Quito - Reunited with Our Lady of Buen Suceso

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As many people heard, this celebration of Maria del Buen Suceso de la Purificación was very special this year for a number of reasons. First of all, this is the first time during his tenure as Archbishop of Quito, that His Grace Gabriel Fausto Trávez Trávez attended the celebrations. His Grace made his first appearance on the evening of January 23rd, when he came to the Convent of the Immaculate Conception to witness the transportation of the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification to the main altar.

Archbishop Fausto Gabriel Travez

Archbishop Fausto Gabriel Travez

Archbishop Fausto Trávez is a former Franciscan, and the Conceptionist Sisters are a part of the Franciscan Order as well, since they adhere to the Rule of Saint Claire. What is even more significant is that the Franciscan Friars of Quito, for the first time in decades, preformed the task of carrying the miraculous image of Our Lady down from the Upper Choir of the convent and placed her onto the main altar, where she is venerated by pilgrims from all around the world.

This is an important occurrence, because the task of transporting the image of Our Lady of Buen Suceso was mandated by Bishop Salvador de Ribera (1605-1611) to be done only by the priests and religious. This is stated explicitly in the book The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana Vol. 2 p. 76:

“I will begin the solemn procession through the lower cloisters of the Convent and end in the upper choir where the holy Statue will be enthroned so that there she might govern this Convent and watch of the people in general. She will be carried by Franciscan and Mercedarian religious, who will alternate through the course of the procession with clerics and other religious. The only ones who will be allowed to enter the cloisters for this procession will be the priests and the Marquesa, who, as godmother, has received a special dispensation to enter. The people may return to see the holy Statue on February 2 of next year, for henceforth she will be carried out by the priests only for the days of her novena and feast day and then will be returned by the priests to the cloisters.

To see the transportation of the miraculous statue, being performed by the Franciscans as traditionally prescribed by Bishop de Ribera was truly a great grace to see. There was almost an electricity in the air, especially among the locals of Quito, who for the first time in their lives witnessed their own clergy preforming this sacred and solemn task.

Please enjoy some of the photos we took showcasing the solemn installation, the Rosary Procession of the Dawn, as well as the retiring of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Buen Suceso:

Photo Gallery: Fiesta de la Purification in Quito, Ecuador - February 2nd

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This year in Quito, Ecuador, Archbishop Fausto Gabriel Trávez Trávez, the current Archbishop of Quito, for the first time ever joined in the Fiesta de la Purificación and the Dawn Rosary Procession on February 2nd.

This was also the first time in decades that the Franciscans of the Convent of San Francisco de Quito led the Dawn Rosary procession through the streets of Quito the morning of February 2nd.

Below are some of the photos of this historic moment.

To read more about Maria del Buen Suceso de la Purificación, click here for an article written by Fr. Adam Purdy.

Announcing Release of Buen Suceso Conference Series!

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We are very pleased to announce that we will be releasing a series of conferences given by Father Adam Purdy, on the life of Mariana de Jesus Torres, and the apparitions of Our Lady of Buen Suceso.

We will also be releasing various sermons given during this year’s pilgrimage and 9 day Novena to Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification. Sermons were given by:

  • Fr. Pablo Gonzales

  • Fr. David Baquerizo

  • Fr. Pierre Duverger

  • Fr. Emmanuel Herkel

These conferences will be posted on our YouTube channel, and you will be able to share these videos with family and friends, as there is a LOT of great sermons and conferences.

Buen Suceso Pilgrimage - 2019

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The pilgrimage to visit Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purificación in Quito, Ecuador began on January 24, 2019 with 200 pilgrims gathering in the shrine for a 5am pre-dawn procession to various religious communities in the historic city center of Quito, Ecuador. Fr. Gerald Fallarcuna addressed the pilgrims in Spanish, saying “This year is special as a mission for us to the Ecuadorian government, which is considering approving abortion in this very Catholic country. To all of you the nuns and the pilgrims, our first intention is for our own intention and for our sanctification, but also so that the government would stay with its Catholic traditions and not approve abortion.”

Afterwards, the pilgrims return to the shrine, where several Masses were offered on many altars with the gracious permission of the local ordinary, Abp. Fausto Travez Travez, O.F.M.

For more information on the Buen Suceso Pilgrimage in Quito, please check out the following links:


Ask Father Purdy: Why Do You Say Buen Suceso Instead Of Good Success?

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Buen Suceso Miraculous Statue

Mariana de Jesus Torres y Berrichoa was born in 1563 of pious parents. When 13 years old, she entered the Royal Convent of the Immaculate Conception in Quito, Ecuador. With 12 other women, including her aunt, Mother Maria de Jesus Taboada, Mariana was the youngest of the founding mothers of this convent of Franciscan Conceptionists. In 1577, Mariana entered the novitiate and in 1579 she professed.

At a young age, Mariana was privileged to receive special favors from God. She received the first of many locutions at the age of seven. At her first communion she went into ecstasy, during which she was betrothed to the child Jesus. By nine years old, she began what is called prayer of quiet.[i] As a novice, her director considered himself unworthy to direct her. At her profession, she went into ecstasy, during which she was espoused to our Lord.

During the years of her life, she was guided by Our Lord and His Holy Mother in the spiritual life. Our Lord himself gave her various penances to perform and sufferings for her to offer. He also directed the topics of her silent prayer. By the end of her days she possessed an extraordinary degree of holiness.

Perhaps one of the most pertinent aspects of Mother Mariana’s life for us today – She was requested by Our Lord to be a victim soul, particularly for the crisis of the 20th century. These dialogues of Our Lord, as well as Our Lady, are the first given to the Church explaining Her condition during the 20th century. These dialogues are also the lengthiest and the clearest, describing particular elements of this crisis. Mother Mariana is requested to take an intimate role in the perseverance and preservation of the Church of this time by her state as victim.

In 1594, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Mother Mariana under the title of Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification. She commanded Mother Mariana to have a statue made according to the features of the apparition. Completed miraculously by the angels and St. Francis in 1611, this statue depicts the Mother of God with the Divine Infant in her left arm, with crozier and keys in her right hand. Shortly after completion, and as mandated by Our Lady, the statue was consecrated with sacred chrism, (as ritually done with bishops, abbots and abbesses) and she was installed as the Mother Abbess of the monastery. From this place, she promised to reside until the end of the world; from this place she would oversee and protect in a special manner all the affairs of the monastery.

With the fabrication of my image, not only you or my monastery do I look upon with favor, but also this nation and all the people in general through the centuries. This, my monastery, being a support, will be salvation for many souls, because I will draw them out of the abyss of sins in which they find themselves. God will be glorified in them. How many secret conversions there will be![ii]

This is the only monastery in the world in which the Mother of God has installed herself formally as Abbess. It is the only monastery in which she has promised to exercise a significant role. The monastery is affectionately known as the house of Our Lady.

The Value of Monastic Life

Monastic life, the life of the secluded consecrated soul, plays such an important role in the affairs of the men. This fact is surely undervalued or overlooked. There is a beautiful quotation taken from the Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Chautard:

No one in this world knows the reason for the conversion of pagans at the very ends of the earth, for the heroic endurance of Christians under persecution, for the heavenly joy of martyred missionaries. All this is bound up with the prayer of some humble, cloistered nun. Her fingers play upon the keyboard of divine forgiveness and of the eternal lights. Her silent and lonely soul presides over the salvation of souls and the conquests of the Church.[iii]

The Mother of God also stresses this same point when speaking to Mother Mariana.

Woe to the world if there were no Monasteries and Convents! Mortals do not understand their worth, for if they understood, they would spend their assets by multiplying them because in these is found the remedy to all physical and moral evils [iv]...no one on the face of the earth realizes whence comes the salvation of souls, the conversion of sinners, the dissipation of great scourges, the production and fertility of the fields, the end of pestilences, of wars, and of the good harmony among nations and all this comes from the prayers that rise from the monasteries and convents. [v]

Mother Mariana

Mother Mariana served as Abbess of the Monastery for seven terms. Mystical experiences are scattered through the life of this spouse of Christ. Admittedly, there is very little known of this saintly religious. Why have we never heard of her? Why is this the case?

In response to this, let us simply state: If the Mother of God wishes to keep something secret – She can do it! It has been 100 years since the apparitions of Fatima, and today we still speak of ‘the Third Secret’. This means there is still something hidden and unknown.

Upon signing the sworn testimony of the miraculous events of the completion of the Statue, Mother Mariana explained to the bishop why she would remain unknown.

This (document) and other precious treasures, my successors for fear of losing them, will hide in a cupboard here in my Convent during those public tumults of wars when this Colony tries to become a free republic, because they will not have the light to understand that nothing, nobody can do harm to my Convent. On the one hand, Your Excellency, this will be suitable because my life should come to light in the 20th century, and the rest when the Minors return, unless the humble do violence to heaven to find these (hidden documents and treasures) to guard as precious treasures in this my Convent; for without this intention, no human means will be sufficient to find them.

The bishop then asked: “Why does your Reverence say that your life will be written and will be known in the 20th century?” Mother Mariana replied to the bishop:

Because my person and name are inseparable from the Apparition of the Most Holy Virgin of Buen Suceso, and this should be known to certify the truth during those times of much decay of the faith. It is not convenient at the present time to reveal anything because of the inclination of the people to idolatry. [vi]

Victim for the 20th Century

What does it mean to be a victim? It is the offering of oneself for some supernatural motive, so that by their own merits and sacrifices they may contribute to the application of the merits of the redemption. By their offering, the victim lends to Christ a new humanity in which He can renew the mystery of redemption. In the Theology of Christian Perfection, Fr. Antonio Marin states:

The Lord is wont to accept this heroic offering, and He leads these victims to a terrifying martyrdom of body and soul. Only with the help of extraordinary graces can they support for any length of time the incredible sufferings and pains; they always terminate on the height of Calvary, totally transformed into Christ crucified.[vii]

Mother Mariana was very familiar with suffering. During an apparition of Jesus in agony, His Virgin Mother requested Mariana to be a victim for the 20th century.

Amidst the darkness of the church, I saw the main altar clearly, as if in full day, and while I was kneeling, the Tabernacle suddenly opened and I saw Christ of the form that was in Golgotha and the Most Holy Virgin, at His feet, St. John and St. Magdalene whose tears were falling like pearls.

The Holy Christ was without the wound on the side and He began to agonize...and she heard a voice, that of the Eternal Father saying, ‘these punishments are for the 20th century’. She saw three swords over the head of the Holy Christ; on each was written ‘I will punish heresy, blasphemy, and impurity’; then she learned all that was going to happen in that century. Directing her words to her, the Most Holy Virgin said, ‘My daughter, will you sacrifice yourself for this people?’ To which she replied, ‘My will is ready’. Immediately the swords withdrew from the Holy Christ and plunged into the heart of Mother Mariana, who fell dead from the violence of the pain. [viii]

This indeed was the occasion of the first death of Mother Mariana.

The Sufferings of Mother Mariana

At the profession of Mother Mariana, Jesus spoke to her:

“My spouse, I desire for you a life of immolation. Your life will be a continuous martyrdom.” With this Our Lord promised her a life of suffering. This indeed is the greatest sign of affection. With suffering, the victim is permitted to unite both body and soul to God. Within the soul, the acts of submission, humility, and obedience cause a profound union with Jesus on the cross who “humbled himself, becoming obedient, even to the death of the cross.” [ix] The interior movements of the soul are the very center of every sacrifice. Moreover, in body, those who suffer are permitted to share in exterior likeness to that of Christ. “He who does not take up his cross daily and follow me, is not worthy of me.” [x] Let us not believe for a moment that Jesus refers only to interior suffering.

Mariana would become intimate with Christ in His suffering.

Here, Our Lord made known to her all tribulations, temptations, and persecutions of all kinds that she was to suffer, preserving her only from the temptations against the virtue of purity. He told her that she will suffer terrible persecutions from creatures, even from the just and good. She learned of the spiritual desolations, the abandonment by God, and the absences of her Beloved, in short, the prolonged and cruel martyrdom of her life of crucified love. Humbled and with profound abjection, she responded to her Lover willingly and with gratitude, ‘I accept the sufferings like a precious gift that You give me. I offer myself to imitate your life, but as a miserable creature, even if my will is ready, I fear that my nature will waver, and I beg You to assist me with Your grace’. [xi] 

These sufferings certainly became true during the life of Mother Mariana. The voluntary penances and sufferings she inflicted upon herself were remarkable. These aside, the sufferings that Mariana experienced from without, those inflicted upon her by Our Lord himself, and what Divine Providence disposed her too suffer at the hands of others – herein lies the true martyrdom. To grow in holiness in these moments requires a complete conformity to the Divine Will – It is required that one willfully embrace those things that are opposed to one’s will. 

Mariana’s life was characterized with this willful and loving embrace to what inflicted the most suffering. Jesus thus sanctified His spouse by giving to her what was His lot. 

One example of this kind of suffering was a mystical intimate accompaniment with Jesus during His Passion. She was given to share in His sufferings and afflictions. This was both interior and exterior. Jesus would take from her all spiritual consolation and leave her abandoned, as He also was abandoned by His Father. For those who love more, this abandonment is much more acute. Exteriorly her body also was given to suffer, particularly by the stigmata. Aside from being noticed by fellow sisters on a couple occasions, these wounds were not visible but nonetheless perceived in her body.

You will spend only a few years in this land of tears [xii] during which you will accompany me in some of the principal parts of my dolorous Passion until you deliver your soul to My hands just as I delivered mine in the hands of My Eternal Father. Unite yourself to my Sorrowful Heart and in the company of my Most Holy Mother and yours, bear these tribulations and carry with courage and steadiness the cross that I put on your shoulders during these years. [xiii] 

Another significant suffering and cause of great humiliation was the persecution and imprisonment led by a rebellious faction of sisters. Usually at this point, one questions – imprisonment? Within the confines of the convent there was a certain austere quarter provided for those who were disobedient or for those who continually failed in their duties. This was similar to what is called solitary confinement. Mariana was imprisoned four times by the influence of the rebellious faction of sisters. The turmoil within the convent lasted almost 10 years. These things happened by false accusations against her. Nevertheless, Mariana offered this persecution in union with her Divine Spouse. 

A last example of Mariana’s suffering [xiv] was the request of Our Lord for her to suffer five years the pains of hell for the salvation of the most unjust of the rebellious sisters.

It is not your life, nor your health, not even the prison that I desire of you, my beloved Mariana, but the suffering of the pains of hell for the period of five consecutive years with the pain of loss that the soul of your poor sister would have suffered for all eternity. I designate to you five years in memory of the five main wounds of my afflicted humanity during my Passion. Understand - during all this time I will absent Myself from your material eyes and I will not give you the least consolation nor alleviate your sufferings, just as the soul of your poor sister would not have had in the dark prison of hell. It is certain that I will be with you interiorly, strengthening you, otherwise neither you nor any holy mortal would be able to tolerate such pains for one minute. Do you accept my request? [xv] 

After the good death of the rebellious sister, Mother Mariana embraced this punishment. She suffered the pain of loss and the pain of sense. There is no need of extra words to describe this suffering. 

The Miraculous Statue 

In her humility, Mother Mariana always considered herself unfit to direct her fellow sisters. Our Lady would provide the answer. 

…and at an indication of the Most Blessed Trinity, the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael came before the throne of the Divine Majesty, prepared and ready for some sublime mission. I did not understand what God commanded them, but I saw their profound reverence. They then presented themselves before the throne of the Queen of Heaven. Recognizing her superior to them, Michael said: ‘Mary Most Holy, Daughter of the God the Father’; Raphael said: ‘Mary Most Holy, Mother of God the Son’; Gabriel said: ‘Mary Most Holy, Most Pure Spouse of the Holy Ghost’. Inviting the Angelic militia, they all sang together: Mary Most Holy, Temple and Sanctuary of the Most Holy Trinity. 

In an instant, with the speed of a bolt of lightning, appeared the August Trinity in the choir where the carved image was and They illuminated it with celestial radiance. At this moment appeared my Seraphic Father so beautiful, from his wounds celestial rays shot forth… (St. Francis) accompanied by the three archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, followed by the Angelic militia, approached the image made by Señor Francisco del Castillo and in an instant they worked on it again. I did not have the light to understand how this instantaneous work happened, but it looked as beautiful just as Your Excellency saw it. Right after, my Seraphic Father took off his white cord that he wore on his waist, girding with it the waist of the Most Holy Image saying lovingly and reverently: ‘My Lady, I entrust to your maternal love my sons and daughters of the three Orders which I founded and spread throughout the world. I entrust today and forever this my Convent founded under my care’. 

After the girding with the cord, my seraphic Father withdrew while the Image was completely illuminated as if it were in the middle of the sun. The Most Holy Trinity looked at it with pleasure, the Archangels sang Salve Sancta Parens and the Queen of Heaven in the middle of these joys, approached the Image and entered into it just like the rays of the sun penetrate beautiful crystals. At this moment, the sanctified Image took on life and sang the Magnificat. [xvi] 

Mother Mariana would often resort to Our Lady for advice, as well as courage and consolation in difficult matters. The miraculous statue would often speak with Mariana. 

The 20th Century 

There are two significant apparitions that deal at length with the topic of the 20th century. The first was on January 21, 1610. In this apparition, Our Lady of Buen Suceso gives details concerning the Sacraments during this grave period of crisis. This is of particular interest. We see these words being lived today! Imagine the horror this information would provoke during the age in which she lived! 

I make it known to you that at the end of the 19th century until a little after the half of the 20th century, in what is today the Colony and will then be Republic of Ecuador, the passions will overflow and there will be a total corruption of customs because of the almost total reign of Satan in the masonic sects which principally will strive to corrupt the childhood to maintain the general corruption! Woe to the children of this time! They will receive the sacrament of Baptism with difficulty; Confirmation will be the same; The sacrament of Penance only when they remain in Catholic schools, in which the devil will put all efforts to destroy them using authorized persons. 

The sacrament of Communion will be the same way. But, oh, how I regret to manifest to you that there will be many and great sacrileges, public and also secret, profaning the Holy Eucharist! How often during this period they, the enemies of Jesus Christ instigated by the devil, will rob the Consecrated Hosts in the cities, only to profane the Eucharistic species! My Most Holy Son will be seen fallen on the floor and trampled by filthy feet. 

…and in this my Convent, there will be faithful souls, fervent spouses and lovers who will make reparation with loving tenderness, suffering from seeing (Him)so hated by their ungrateful brethren, those sinners who will seem to have no human heart. The astute devil will attempt to impede this, putting ideas of despair in the imagination of my suffering daughters, to make them lose the merit. 

But in those times they will already know you and also the favors that I have dispensed to you. How I love the happy inhabitants of this sacred enclosure! This knowledge together with the love and cult to my sacred image, which I strictly order you today to have made as you see me. Put me upon the Abbess’s chair, so that from there I will govern and rule my daughters and sustain my convent against the fierce determination that Satan will have to destroy it, availing of good and bad men. 

By this time, in this poor country which will lack the Christian spirit, the Sacrament of Extreme Unction will be little respected. Many people will die not receiving it, because of the neglect of families, because of misconceived affection towards the sick, and also because of some who oppose the Catholic Church, instigated by the accursed devil, depriving the souls of many innumerable graces, consolations, and strength to make the big leap from time to eternity. Some will also die without receiving it by the just and secret punishments of God. 

The sacrament of Matrimony which represents the union of Christ with the Church will be attacked and profaned in the full extent of the word. The rule of Masonry will establish its laws to extinguish it, facilitating all to live immorally and propagating the procreation of illegitimate children; without the blessing of the Church, the Christian spirit will rapidly decline, extinguishing the precious light of the faith until it reaches an almost total and general corruption of customs. This, together with secular education, will be the reason for dwindling of priestly and religious vocations. 

The sacrament of Holy Orders will be mocked, oppressed, and despised because they (masonic sects) oppress and violate the Church of God, and God Himself in his priests. Then the devil will endeavor to persecute the ministers of Our Lord in all ways and will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their sublime vocation, making them degenerate into debauchery. Scandalizing the Christian people many times, they (the bad priests) will draw upon all the priests the hatred of the bad Christians and of the enemies of the Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church. 

With this apparent triumph of Satan, they will draw immense sufferings on the good pastors of the Church, and on the great majority of good priests, and the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on earth who is prisoner in his Vatican will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of God and his Lord begging for light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the whole world, of whom he is king and father. 

Moreover, in these ill-fated times, there will be unrestrained lust which will captivate countless frivolous souls who will be lost for being the snare of sin for the others. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor any sense of shame in women. 

In this supreme necessity of the Church, he, who at the time should have spoken, will be silent. [xvii] 

On February 2, 1634 Mother Mariana was praying in the upper choir in the middle of the night, as was her custom. She saw the sanctuary lamp go out leaving the main altar completely dark. She thought to go and rekindle the lamp, but when attempting to move, she was unable. Then Our Lady of Buen Suceso appeared and lit the Tabernacle lamp. The Blessed Virgin then spoke to Mother Mariana. 

Loss of Faith and Propagation of Heresies 

…the lamp that burns before the Prisoner of Love and that you saw extinguished has many meanings. The first is that at the end of the 19th century and will continue to a large part of the 20th century, various heresies will spread in these lands, then already a Free Republic. The precious light of the faith will be extinguished in the souls by the almost total corruption of customs; in this time there will be great physical and moral calamities, public and private. 

The small number of souls, in whom will be preserved hidden the treasure of the Faith and of the virtues, will suffer a cruel and unspeakable as well as prolonged martyrdom. Many of them will descend to the grave from the violence of the suffering and will be counted as martyrs who sacrificed themselves for the Church and for the Country. 

In order to be freed from the slavery of these heresies, those whom the merciful love of my Most Holy Son will destine for this restoration will need great strength of will, constancy, valor and much confidence in God. To put to test this Faith and confidence of the just, there will come moments in which everything will seem lost and paralyzed, and then will be the happy beginning of the complete restoration. 

An Era of Sensuality and Impurity 

The third reason why the lamp was extinguished is in these times there will be an atmosphere filled with the spirit of impurity which, like a filthy ocean will flow through the streets and squares and public places with an appalling liberty so that there will be almost no virgin souls in the world. 

The delicate flower of virginity, like a flower that is timid and threatened with complete destruction, will shine far, taking refuge in the cloisters. It will find suitable land to grow, develop, and live, its fragrance being the delight of my Most Holy Son and the lightning rod that holds back the Divine wrath, without which, it would be necessary to rain fire from heaven to purify these lands. 

The Corruption of Innocence 

The fourth reason why the lamp was extinguished is that the sect, having seized all social classes, will have so much subtlety to introduce itself into domestic households that, ruining childhood, the devil will glory in preying the exquisite delicacy of the hearts of the children. 

In those ill-fated times, childlike innocence will barely be found. In this way, vocations to the priesthood will be lost, which will be a true calamity. 

The religious communities will remain to sustain the Church and to work with valiant and selfless determination in the salvation of souls. It is because at this time the regular observance will shine in the communities; there will be holy ministers of the altar, hidden and beautiful souls in whom my Most Holy Son and I will take delight, with the exquisite flowers and fruits of heroic sanctity. Against these ministers, impiety will wage a cruel war and fill them with vituperations, calumnies, and vexations to impede the fulfillment of their ministry; but they, like most firm columns, will remain steadfast, confronting everything with the spirit of humility and sacrifice, with which they will be clothed, in virtue of the infinite merits of my Most Holy Son who loves them like the most delicate fibers of His Most Holy and Tender Heart. 

Crisis in the Clergy 

In those times, in the secular clergy there will be much to desire because the priests will neglect their sacred duty. Losing the divine compass, they will stray from the path charted by God in the priestly ministry, becoming fond of money and striving to obtain it to excess; and since this Church will suffer the dark night of the lack of a Prelate and father who watches over with paternal love, with gentleness, strength, sound judgment, and prudence, many of them will lose their spirit, placing their souls in great danger. 

Pray insistently, clamor without tiring and weep with bitter tears in the secrecy of your heart, asking our Celestial Father that for the love of the Eucharistic Heart of my Most Holy Son, for this Precious Blood poured out with so much generosity, and for the profound bitterness and sorrows of His bitter passion and death, that he be compassionate to his ministers and put an end as soon as possible to these so ill-fated times, sending to this Church the Prelate who must restore the spirit of Her priests. 

…With divine gentleness, he will guide the consecrated souls to the divine service in the cloisters without making heavy to them the yoke of our Lord. 

To have the prelate and father soon, they (those consecrated souls) will counterbalance the tepidity of all the souls consecrated to God in the priestly and religious state. This is the precise cause of the accursed Satan taking possession of these lands, who will obtain it all by means of so many foreign faithless people, which like a black cloud will obscure the clear sky of the then republic consecrated to the Most Sacred Heart of My Divine Son. 

Introduced by these faithless people are all the vices; because of them are all types of chastisements – among them pestilence, famine, and conflicts among themselves and other nations – losing a considerable number of souls so dear to Jesus and me because of apostasy. 

To dissipate these black clouds which prevent the possession of the clear day of liberty of the Church, there will be a formidable and frightful war in which blood of their own and strangers, of secular and regular priests, and also of religious will flow. This night will be most horrible because to mankind, evil will seem to be triumphant. 

Then is the coming of my hour, when I, in an amazing way, will dethrone the proud Satan, crushing him under my feet and chaining him in the infernal abyss, finally freeing the Church and country from his cruel tyranny. 

Indifference to the Oppressed Church 

The fifth motive why the lamp was extinguished is for that negligence of the persons who, possessing great wealth, will see with indifference the Church oppressed, virtue persecuted, the evil triumphant, without piously using their riches in the destruction of evil and the restoration of the faith. It is also for the indifference of the people in allowing that, little by little, the Name of God is erased, adhering to the spirit of evil, delivering themselves with liberty to the vices and passions. [xviii]

Hope 

Since I need courageous souls in all times to save My Church and the prevaricating world, that is to say, (the) souls for whom I suffered so much these unheard of sorrows - and since so many are lost, I desire that that you, as a good spouse, assist me. [xix] 

Mother Mariana offered her life as a pleasing sacrifice for the Church of the 20th century. Our Lord alone knows what she has merited by her cooperation and sacrifice. It is not unreasonable to assert that she is connected with the perseverance of the Church during this time. Perhaps the work of tradition and the preservation of the Church is also due to her sacrifice? Perhaps the person and work of Archbishop Lefebvre was instigated and birthed through her? God knows! 

There is yet another good reflection to make. Our Lady told Mariana:

Calamitous times will befall our Convent in the 20th century for having neglected the formation of the religious in the novitiate. We from heaven will watch over our beloved Convent so that this will not come to an end. There will also be during this time, souls very hidden who in the secrecy of their prayer and holy life will lament the moral and material state of the Convent and their prayers and penances will be the support of the agonizing Community during this time. You, for your part, do violence to God so that this distressing period will be cut short for our young ones (the novices). [xx] Our Lord also told Mariana: I love this Convent because it is the foundation and property of My Immaculate Mother and mine. I also love it because you have lived in it; I will see you living here in all the centuries and in ill-fated times, I will sustain it. [xxi] 

These themes are repeated on other occasions – the preservation of the convent; the presence of at least one or two hidden saintly religious; the predilection of this convent by Christ and His Holy Mother. This repetition must have a reason; it is clear this convent has a significant role to play. 

Moreover, the title of Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification is linked to the 20th century. In an apparition of Our Lady, she told Mariana:

...these beautiful tunics are also for the secular and regular priests and lay people of both sexes, who, loving my Most Holy Son and myself with simple and upright hearts, love this Convent of our predilection. Ignoring criticism and ridicule, they work for its preservation and strive in propagating my devotion under the consoling invocation of Buen Suceso de la Purification which will be, in the almost total corruption of the twentieth century, the support and safeguard of the faith. 

The devotion to Our Lady under this title will mark the beginning of her time, the time of restoration and triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Maybe the work of Tradition, those religious communities who will sustain the Church, is to spark this devotion? If so, let us help! 


Sources:

i This is a type of mystical contemplation in which the soul experiences an intimate awareness of God’s presence and fills the soul and body with an ineffable sweetness. 

ii Pereira, Manuel Sousa; Vida Admirable de la Rda. Madre Mariana de Jesus Torres. Tomo Primero. Cap. 30. Independent translation. 

iii Chautard; The Soul of the Apostolate 

iv Pereira, Manuel Sousa; Vida Admirable de la Rda. Madre Mariana de Jesus Torres. Tomo Segundo. Cap. 5. 

v Idem 

vi Idem. Tomo Primero, Cap. 33. 

vii Marin, Antonio Royo; The Theology of Christian Perfection 

viii Pereira, Manuel Sousa; Vida Admirable de la Rda. Madre Mariana de Jesus Torres. Tomo Primero, Cap. 10. 

ix Phil. 2:8 

x Mt. 10:38  

xi Pereira, Manuel Sousa; Vida Admirable de la Rda. Madre Mariana de Jesus Torres. Tomo Primero, Cap. 6. 

xii The year was 1619. Mariana died in 1634. 

xiii Pereira, Manuel Sousa; Vida Admirable de la Rda. Madre Mariana de Jesus Torres. Tomo Segundo, Cap. 1. 

xiv There are 750 pages of details concerning many events, sufferings, trials, etc. I list only a few which have particular importance as they someone define the others. 

xv Pereira, Manuel Sousa; Vida Admirable de la Rda. Madre Mariana de Jesus Torres. Tomo Primero, Cap.25 

xvi Idem. Tomo Primero, Cap. 33 

xvii Idem. Tomo Primero, Cap. 29 

xviii Idem. Tomo Segundo, Cap. 8 

xix Idem. Tomo Segundo, Cap. 1 

xx Idem. Tomo Segundo, Cap. 1 

xxi Idem. Tomo Segundo, Cap. 2  

Buen Suceso Pilgrimage: Questions and Answers

Vox Catholica

Some weeks ago there was a video produced about the crisis in the church in connection with the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Quito, Ecuador. The video concluded with the encouragement to attend the pilgrimage in Quito beginning January 24. A follow up video was put together on the logistics of the pilgrimage. Below are also the links advertising the pilgrimage on sspx.org. Please take the time to read the brochure as it does contain all the information necessary for making this trip.

Wishing all of you a prayer filled month of the Holy Rosary.

In Christ,
Fr. Adam Purdy