It was over 400 years ago when the Mother of God appeared to Mother Mariana de Jesús (Torres) of the Conceptionist Franciscan Nuns of the Royal Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, in Quito. Our Lady came with troubling messages concerning our own times, which as prophesied by Our Lady Herself, went widely unnoticed until recently. But now, we should and must certainly pay attention to these messages.
Our Lady’s apparitions in Quito were the first in a series of apparitions (including La Salette, Fatima and Akita) warning of a crisis of the Faith, a crisis within the Church, and a crisis in the social and political orders.
The Meaning Behind the Name
If you’ve ever been to the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in France, you’ll know that the focus has been taken off of Our Lady’s warnings, and the aspects of “love” and “forgiveness” have been exaggerated.
It is the same way with Fatima. Between Pope John XXIII calling the three children seers “prophets of doom” and the obfuscation of the Third Secret, the true message of Our Lady of Fatima has been carefully controlled by certain people and groups of people who wish to use the words of the Mother of God for their purposes, and not for Heaven’s.
In this manner, the message of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso de la Purificación, "Our Lady of Good Success of the Purification," has also been hidden and obfuscated partly due to parties that do not want to see the Church painted in a negative light, and partly because of a “lost in translation” kind of error.
The title “Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso” has been shortened in English to Our Lady of “Good Success,” but this is actually an error. The word “suceso” does not translate directly to “success” in English, but is closer to the word “event.” But “Our Lady of the Good Event” begs the question “what event?” And here lies part of the true meaning of Our Lady’s message.
The Purification was the moment in which Our Lady was shown the true nature of Her Divine Son’s mission on earth: to be sacrificed for the sins of mankind, purifying them in His Precious Blood. Just as the blood of one turtle dove washed the other allowing it to go free and symbolically fly to Heaven, Our Lord’s Blood frees us from our sins, through Baptism and the Sacraments, to fly from our chains of bondage to Heaven. It was at this moment that Our Lady began to suffer the wounds of Her Son’s Passion and Crucifixion, a sword piercing Her heart; a sword of sacrifice and suffering that She would carry with Her until the day of Her Assumption into Heaven.
It is this sense of sacrifice and Divine victimhood that has been lost in the priesthood and the religious life since Vatican II. The Mass is no longer considered the sacrifice of Our Lord, renewed and re-presented on the altar, but a meal between friends, presided over by a priest who is scarcely needed more than the laity. This fundamental change of the very nature of the priesthood has been a huge contributing factor to the loss of vocations in the Conciliar Church. The priest has had his raison d’être taken away from him, and without this self-sacrifice, there is less and less grace being poured down from Heaven on the Church and the faithful.