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The Fourth Apparition
of Our Lady of Good Success

Our Lady orders Mother Mariana to make her statue
and foretells the crisis in the Church in the 20th Century

Fr. Manuel Sousa Pereira

Translated by Marian T. Horvat, Ph.D.
from Volume 2 - The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana
In the first vision of Our Lady of Good Success to Mother Mariana in 1594 as well as in the second one on January 16, 1599, Our Lady had commanded her to have this statue made. From 1599 to 1610, the convent experienced a period of an internal revolt by a faction of sisters. During these years, Mother Mariana was unjustly imprisoned four times inside the convent, and suffered a mystical hell for five years to save the soul of the leader of the rebellion (See The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana, Vol. 1,, chaps. 18-25). Therefore, during this time she did not order the statue made.

Volume I ends with an account of the third apparition at the beginning of January 1610. With the convent at peace and Mother Mariana as its superior, Our Lady admonished the holy Abbess for the delay in having her statue made (vol. I, chap. 28).

Some days later in that same month, Mother Mariana was in prayer, confiding her fears about approaching the Bishop with the request of the Blessed Virgin, when Our Lady favored her with a fourth apparition.

To prepare for her arrival, Our Lady first sent the three Archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel to strengthen her soul so that she could carry out her mission.

On this February 2, 2006, to commemorate her feast day, TIA is offering its website’s readers a taste of Volume II of the Admirable Life of Madre Mariana by publishing a part of its Introduction, which follows.
Introduction to Volume II

After confiding her unworthiness and fears with filial trust to the Mother of Heaven, Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres was praying at midnight, as was her custom, on January 20, 1610.

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Our Lady prepares Mother Mariana
Concluding her penitential exercise, she ended her prayer at 1 a.m. on the 21st. She gave thanks for the favors received and was preparing to retire for a short rest only to return again, as she always did, at 3 a.m. for another hour of prayer.

Suddenly, she felt her heart palpitate with holy joy. She was on fire with transports of love and ardent desires for Heaven and to suffer even more than she had already suffered in order to imitate her Divine Spouse and Model, Jesus Christ.

At the same time, she wished to offer Him sensible proof of her intense love, which rivaled that of the angelic spirits themselves, who, dumbfounded, contemplated the abyss of sanctity in this weak woman. Then, by the will of God and Mary Most Holy, angelic hosts appeared before her as messengers of their Queen.

The three Celestial Ambassadors

As Mother Mariana de Jesus prayed, the choir was suddenly inundated with celestial splendor, a favor not uncommon for this humble, saintly religious whom God granted so many privileges.

Amid this refulgent brilliance, she saw the arrival of the three Archangels, St. Gabriel, St. Michael, and St. Raphael, accompanied by innumerable hosts of Angels.

The celestial ambassador of the Incarnation of the Divine Word approached her and said:

“Privileged spouse of the Divine Word, chosen daughter of the tender heart of my Queen, Mary Most Holy, and my beloved sister: I come bearing a message from Heaven to tell you that in a short while, you will speak with your holy Mother and our Sovereign Queen.

To prepare you for this, I have come to illuminate your intelligence so that you might know the truth of this and the other apparitions to come. Do not every have any doubt about them, for such would constitute an enormous ingratitude to God.”

St Gabriel by Simone Martini

St. Gabriel was sent to illuminate her intelligence and dissolve her doubts
The Archangel sent forth a luminous ray that penetrated the mind of this fortunate religious and dissipated her fears and doubts, just as the sun bursts forth in the dark morning and its bright rays introduce a new day.

Then the Archangel St. Michael spoke:
“Creature most fortunate and beloved by the Holy Trinity, may God be with you!

“I am sent from on High to strengthen your weak heart and, at the same time, to expand it so that it can receive the abundance of divine graces you will be given when you speak with your Blessed Mother and my Sovereign Queen. Your solid humility will confuse the proud spiritis, who, disobedient, hurled themselves from Heaven into the deep abyss, and they will be unable to cause you any harm.
He thrust a luminous ray into the heart of Mother Mariana de Jesus, which penetrated her heart to its deepest fibers, inflaming it with a supernatural fire. She felt herself capable of undertaking the greatest deeds for the love of God and her Heavenly Mother. At the same time, she realized the nothingness of her own being, as well as the infinite love of her God, Who had chosen her for the singular favor of familiar conversation with the Divine Majesty and Mary Most Holy.

For Our Lady would confide to her secrets and other facts for the propagation of a new and efficacious Marian devotion under the sweet and consoling invocation of Our Lady of Good Success. She wanted this devotion to be spread throughout the Colony that would later become Ecuador and a free Republic.

By means of this devotion, Our Lord would work great miracles, spiritual as well as temporal, first for her community, so that in it He would always find a home, and second, for the devout faithful, above all for those at the end of the 18th century and the 20th century, who would be the favored of His Heart, for in that period Hell would be unleashed and many souls would be lost.

St Michael

St. Michael was sent to strengthen her heart
Finally, the Archangel St. Raphael approached and said:

“Fortunate creature, whom Divine Munificence has permitted to live like the blessed while still in mortal flesh, for the Divine Redeemer took you as His favored spouse from your tender years and sent you crosses and sufferings so that you might be purified, preparing you in this way to converse intimately with His Divine Majesty and with my Sovereign Queen, the Immaculate Virgin of Virgins.

“Our Lord has charged you to order that a statue of His Blessed Mother – which will be venerated above all in future centuries – be sculpted in accordance with her directives.

“I was sent to cure your blindness of mind so that you will believe the truth of these apparitions that you have imprudently doubted until now. From this day forward you will see their veracity most clearly, for these doubts, so repugnant to God, will be dissipated.”
The Archangel sent a translucent ray into her mind and heart that illuminated her whole being. She saw with great clarity her whole life and all the graces and favors throughout its course that she had received from the goodness of God and His Blessed Mother.

She also understood the veracity of all the apparitions and how her soul had needed all the sufferings through which she had passed, for such sufferings are necessary for every soul that Our Lord calls to walk on an extraordinary pathway.

Her response to the Divine Sovereigns

Filled with gratitude to God and His Blessed Mother, she responded to the three Archangels, the messengers of God, in the presence of the angelic spirits who accompanied them:

St Raphael Gold

St. Raphael was sent to cure her
blindness of mind
“Holy princes and faithful messengers of the Sovereigns of Heaven, I thank you for the lights that have illuminated my understanding and strengthened my heart, dissipating the blindness of one who is the least of all creatures that exist upon earth. I praise the Lord for the marvelous things He has done in me, who am deserving of nothing.

“Return, then, to Heaven and tell our Divine Sovereigns that the poor slave of their Majesties, prostrate on the ground, awaits them, to do whatever they desire, for my heart and entire being belong to them; like a small drop of dew, I have lost myself in the immensity of the Divine Being.”

The celestial messengers departed, hastening into the presence of God upon whose bequest they had come. Presenting the humble prayer and oblation made by that blessed soul in her cloisters, they rejoiced to have been chosen for such a mission.

Meanwhile, Mother Mariana de Jesus, prostrate on the ground, her arms stretched out in the form of a cross and her face on the ground, meditated upon her insignificance and contemplated the grandeur of God and the truth of these divine favors.

Giving thanks to God for having bestowed such great benefits on her, she offered all that He might desire. Her heart was so inflamed with amorous fire that if she had not been miraculously sustained by God, her life would have been consumed by its divine ardor, liberating her soul from its bondage to the body, to which this blessed creature paid not the least account.

Vision of Our Lady, the Divine Dawn, and Her secrets

She remained in this position in complete annihilation until 2 o’clock in the morning. Then the Heavenly Dawn appeared to her, carrying in her arms the Divine Sun of Justice. The celestial Queen addressed her with these words:
“Arise from the earth upon which you lay, favored daughter of my maternal heart and beloved spouse of my Divine Child. Your humility has attracted my heart, just as the pride that reigns in this poor Colony separates it from me. But because I have faithful and loving daughters in this Convent, and among them, you, my chosen one, I come as always to confide to you my secrets.”
Mother Mariana de Jesus arose and there before her, inside the choir sanctuary at a distance of about five feet, she found herself before a most beautiful Lady emanating a heavenly charm and grace, surrounded by a light as resplendent as if she stood amidst the sun itself. In her left arm she carried her most precious Child, and in her right, a beautiful crosier, just as was described in the previous apparitions (See volume I, chaps.17, 22).

Our Lady of Good Success

Our Lady of Good Success
Picture from the Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success
On the arm that carried the crosier some sickly doves perched. They were trying to leave the arm of their Mother, but the Divine Child tried to detain and divert them, caressing them and offering them the Eucharistic Bread. They would turn their heads aside, however, in order not to take this Bread. Their good Mother, Mary Most Holy, spoke to them with maternal sweetness, but they paid no attention to her words. Against their will, they remained with the beautiful Lady and became increasingly weak.

In face of such disdain and after exhausting every means of winning them with charity and love, the Divine Child took them and threw them down into the tempestuous sea of the world, where, lacking the strength they needed to survive on the surface, they were immersed in the deep abyss. All that remained was the echo of the despairing cries of those who, for lack of vigilance, realized too late that they had lost a good that could have been fully theirs in exchange for just a little effort, suffering, and sacrifice.

Mother Mariana was absorbed by all that she saw but, above all, by the singular beauty of her Mother of Good Success, whom she recognized from other occasions.

Upon seeing Our Lady again before her, she was reminded of the great suffering she bore in her own heart to see God offended in this ungrateful Colony and also of the needs of her beloved Convent. She thought of manifesting these things to her powerful Mother and Queen.

Even though she was convinced that this was really Our Lady who appeared to her, the humble Mariana de Jesus addressed her in this way,
“Beautiful Lady, who attracts my heart and raises it to God, tell me: Who are you and what do you desire? Do you not see the great abyss that exists between you and this most vile creature?”
Opening her lips, the Queen of Heaven responded:
“It is true, beloved daughter, that a great abyss exists between creatures and the Creator, but so that they might approach Him without fear, He became flesh in my most pure womb, subjecting Himself to suffering and death. And, without ceasing to be virgin, I became the Mother of God; I am also the Mother of all mortals, the just as well as sinners.

“I manifest myself and communicate to just souls. And I attract sinners to God and myself – at times by secret inspirations and at other times, by great tribulations. You cannot comprehend how much we love souls, God and I! They were created for Heaven, but a great multitude is nonetheless lost because they refuse to suffer and do a little violence to themselves.

“You saw those sickly doves? Now understand, my daughter, that they are the religious unfaithful to their vocation who will live here in my beloved Convent throughout the course of the centuries.

“Did you see how lovingly and tenderly my Most Holy Son and I treated them? We will always assist them like this, drawing them to us and nourishing them with the Eucharistic Bread. But, alas, how ungrateful they were! They turned their backs to us. Exhausting the mercy and patience of my Most Holy Son, they abandoned themselves to the turbulent ocean of the world, where they were oppressed by sufferings and sorrows, and tormented by their uneasy consciences. Who knows how many of them will end their lives miserably and be lost?

“Observe them well, so that you might know them all.”
Then Mother Mariana de Jesus looked and clearly recognized each and every one of the unfaithful religious who would live in her beloved Convent, from the first to the last until the end of time.

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The upper choir where Mother Mariana witnessed the 4th apparition

In her charity, Mother Mariana wanted to intervene before Divine Justice and plead their causes, but the Queen of Heaven continued to speak in this way:

“Daughter, neither I nor you can avert this great misfortune, since God respects the free will of His creatures. They will not lack lights, graces, inspirations, and the charitable counsel and warnings of their superiors, as well as the example of many good sisters who will pray for them and sweetly admonish them. They, however, will remain deaf and blind to everything.

“Because of their inveterate lukewarmness, God justly abandons such souls, who of their own volition make themselves unworthy of the sublime grace of the religious vocation and receive, as you see, their just chastisement.

“But moderate your sorrow, beloved daughter, by considering this enormous number of faithful souls who here in my beloved Convent will live and die in self-abnegation and isolation, practicing the solid virtues in heroism and hidden sanctity. Through them in the centuries to come, as well as through you in these times, divine justice will be stayed.”

A great crisis will last through more than half of the 20th century

“Thus I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and from shortly after the middle of the 20th century, in what is today the Colony and will then be the Republic of Ecuador, the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of customs, for Satan will reign almost completely by means of the Masonic sects.

“They will focus principally on the children in order to sustain this general corruption. Woe to the children of these times! Woe to the children of these times! It will be difficult to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, and also that of Confirmation. They will receive the Sacrament of Confession only if they remain in Catholic schools for the Devil will make a great effort to destroy it through persons in positions of authority.

Our Lady of Good Success

Our Lady foretold the crisis in the Church in our times
Picture from the Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success
“The same thing will happen with Holy Communion. Alas! How deeply I grieve to manifest to you the many enormous sacrileges – both public as well as secret – that will occur from profanations of the Holy Eucharist. Often during this epoch the enemies of Jesus Christ, instigated by the Devil, will steal consecrated hosts from the churches so that they might profane the Eucharistic Species. My Most Holy Son will see Himself cast upon the ground and trampled upon by filthy feet.

“But this convent will conserve faithful souls, devoted and fervent spouses who will make amends to Him with loving tenderness, suffering to seeing Him thus hated by their ungrateful brethren, sinners whose hearts will hardly seem to be human. They will pray for these sinners and make great penances of every type; some will also carry the heavy cross of infirmity by which God purifies His chosen souls, and with it they will make amends for so many crimes and sacrileges committed in the world. The wily demon will try to impede this, placing in the imaginations of my suffering daughters ideas of despair with the intent of making them lose the merits they have gained.

“But in those times you will already be known, as well as the favors that I am bestowing on you. How I love the fortunate inhabitants of this sacred place! And that knowledge will will stimulate love and devotion to my Sacred Statue. For this reason, today I authoritatively order you to have this statue made: Let it be sculpted just as you see me and placed upon the Abbess’ chair, so that from there I may govern and direct my daughters and defend my Convent; for Satan, making use of both the good and the evil, will engage in a fierce battle to destroy it.

“This battle will reach its most acute stage because some irresponsible religious, under the appearance of virtue and with bad-intentioned zeal, will undermine the existence of their mother, the Religious Life, who nourished them at her breast. These souls will assume massive responsibility for their actions. Only by Divine Mercy will they arrive at Purgatory to be purified in its fires.

“All these souls should tremble upon learning of this future destiny! Falling into themselves, they must struggle to reform their Convent, reforming themselves first. Above all, they must have a heroic charity, carefully and lovingly guarding in their hearts the weaknesses they discover in their sisters. Without this divine charity not a single virtue can exist, for charity and profound humility are the only solid foundation of religious perfection. Without them, there can only be a simulation of virtue that barely covers the putrefaction of the soul.

“Since this poor Country will lack the Catholic spirit, the Sacrament of Extreme Unction will be little valued. Many people will die without receiving it – either because of the negligence of their families or a misconceived affection for their sick ones. Others, incited by the cursed Devil, will rebel against the spirit of the Catholic Church and will seprive countless souls of innumberable graces, consolations, and the strength they need to make that great leap from time to eternity. But some persons will die without receiving it due to the just and secret chastisements of God.

“As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. Freemasonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging the procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church. The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of Faith will gradually be extinguished until there will be an almost total and general corruption of customs. Added to this will be the effects of secular education, which will be one reason for the dearth of priestly and religious vocations.

“The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised, for in this Sacrament, the Church of God and even God Himself is scorned and despised since He is represented in His priests. The Devil will try to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every possible way; he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation and will corrupt many of them. These depraved priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will make the hatred of bad Catholics and the enemies of the Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church fall upon all priests.

“This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous sufferings to the good Pastors of the Church, the many good priests, and the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on Earth, who, a prisoner in the Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of his God and Lord, beseeching light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the world, of whom he is King and Father.

“Further, in these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury which will ensnare the rest into sin and conquer innumerable frivolous souls who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women. In this supreme moment of need of the Church, the one who should speak will fall silent.”

Our Lady orders Her statue made and the way it should be done

“You will see this from Heaven, my beloved daughter, where you can no longer suffer, but your daughters and successors will suffer, those beloved souls already known to you who will placate Divine Ire. They will have recourse to me under the invocation of Our Lady of Good Success, whose statue I ask and command that you have made for the consolation and preservation of my Convent and for the faithful souls of that time, an epoch when there will be a great devotion to me, for I am Queen of Heaven under many invocations.

Mother Marian de Jesus Torres

Ven. Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres

“This devotion will be the shield between Divine Justice and the prevaricating world to prevent the release of God’s formidable punishment that this guilty earth deserves.

“This very day, when morning breaks, you should go to the Bishop and tell him that I have asked and commanded you to have my image sculpted and be placed at the head of my Convent so that, under this title, I might take possession of that which belongs to me. As proof that what you say is true, tell him that he will die within two years and two months and that he should begin to prepare himself for the day of eternity, for his death will be violent.

“He should consecrate my statue with holy oil and give it the name of Mary of Good Success of the Purification, or Candlemas. On this solemn occasion, he himself should place the keys of the cloister, together with the crosier, in the right hand of my Statue, as proof that the government of the spouses of my Most Holy Son has been entrusted to me and that they should surrender all their concerns to my maternal and loving protection.

“Then, at that moment, I will take complete possession of this, my house, and I will be obliged to keep it safe and free from all turmoil until the end of time, demanding from my daughters a continuous spirit of charity and sacrifice.

“With this, along with humility, obedience, patience, silent recollection, and continual prayer, this house and community will be sustained. Just as material elements are used by proprietors to build their houses and palaces, these are the spiritual recourses that will uphold and sustain the grand edifice of regular observance. The daily exercise of such recourses will thus support these beloved walls.

“So long as my daughters diligently strive to sanctify themselves and edify each other with good example and mutual charity, bearing the crosses proper to religious life and practicing the virtues that I have indicated to you – for these are the virtues most preferred by my Heart and the Sacred Heart of my Divine Son, I promise that we will love them greatly. All their needs and requests will be heeded with the daily practice of these virtues. This applies to each one of my daughters who will live in these blessed cloisters until the end of time.

“Those who are more humble, docile, meek, and willing to suffer will be the preferred and most favored of God and their Mother, who speaks to you today.

“Further, tell the governing Bishop, a man of indescrete zeal who sows dissension and rancor among the clergy and the people, that every Prelate should be the father of all classes of people, taking the party of none, in imitation of the Divine Pastor Jesus Christ Who said, ‘Learn of Me, for I am meek and humble of Heart.’ All creatures are equal in their souls, and Heaven was created for all those who desire to go there, for my Most Holy Son died as Redeemer of all, with the exception of none. Souls condemn themselves of their own will.”

The separation of the Friars Minor and a faithful Franciscan
“With respect to the difficulties through which your Convent presently passes, I tell you, beloved daughter, that suffering and sorrow are most necessary to form religious souls, just as the blows of the hammer and other instruments are needed to form great works of art on earth. The absence of the government of the Friars Minor, so indispensable, is the cause for many sufferings, and so it will be until the 20th century, after which they will again have jurisdiction over my Convent, in order to raise many souls to great perfection and sanctity. The separation of the Franciscans was not by divine will, but only by divine permission. (1)

“You should realize that mortal life is the time given to creatures. But the hour of God will come, and then He will take the actions and consequences of each of His creatures into strict and severe account. He will judge and sentence each one with perfect equity. You yourself saw what happened to your sisters who worked for the separation of the Franciscan Friars after they had passed to eternity. How many of these sisters will suffer until the Friars Minor return, and others until the final judgment day.

“In all times the religious souls who violate the perfect observance of their rules should tremble!

“During this time when the religious spirit is absent from the {Franciscan} monasteries, you still have in your Convent [the mystical presence of] my servant Francis of Assisi, your father you loves you as well as his worthy sons who serve God with an upright heart. To convince you of this, I will show you your lay brother, Friar Pedro of the Conception, my privileged son, who, because of his love for my Immaculate Conception, has taken this name.

“See, my daughter, the beauty of his soul, his profound humility, the fire of his seraphic love! For this reason, even while I speak to you, I also favor him with seeing what now takes place here between you and me, manifesting to him the privileges and favors that you are receiving so that he can give thanks to the Most High for the gifts that He dispenses to His beloved souls.

“This dear son of mine will leave the earth in fourteen and a half years, and you will be with him at this hour so that you might know how God rewards His good and faithful servants who untiringly labor in the acquisition and practice of solid virtue”
Then Mother Mariana de Jesus saw the lay brother Friar Pedro of the Conception, who, oblivious to everything around him, was contemplating all that was taking place between herself and the Queen of Heaven. For he had fallen into ecstasy while he was humbly praying at the feet of the Tabernacle in his monastery during those early hours of the morning after having concluded his penitential exercises, for he was a man much given to the practice of penance.

Mother Mariana de Jesus realized that this friar saw her and that he rejoiced at the favors which the holy Queen had conceded to her chosen daughter. She, in turn, admired the beauty of his soul and the sublime degree of solid virtue he had acquired. She gave thanks to God and to her Most Holy Mother who sustain just souls upon this earth even when so many crimes are committed.

Mother Mariana takes the measurements of the Mother of God

The Queen of Heaven continued:
“Thus you see, my beloved daughter, how many favors and graces God grants you through my mediation. Now, be docile to my exhortations and command without delay that my holy Statue be sculpted, just as you see me, and hasten to place it in the place I indicated to you.”
The humble religious responded:
“Beautiful Lady and beloved Mother of my soul, this insignificant ant who enjoys your presence cannot describe to any artist your magnificent features, your incomparable beauty, and your stature. It would be necessary for one of the three Archangels, who wait upon you as nobles of your court, to come and sculpt the holy statue for the work to bear your resemblance. I do not have words to describe it, nor has any earthly artist – however great his talent – the capacity to make the divine work that you request of me.”
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The cord stretched miraculously

The Queen of Heaven replied:
“Do not let this worry you, beloved daughter. I will see to the perfection of this work. The Archangels Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael will take charge secretly of making my statue. You should call Francisco del Castillo, who knows this art well, and give him a succinct description of my features, exactly as you see me, today and always, because it was for this end that I have appeared so many times to you.

“As for my height, take the cord from around your waist and measure me without fear. For the respectful and humble confidence of her children is pleasing to a Mother, who I am.”
In an instant Mother Mariana de Jesus took off her cord and, with humble restraint, replied:
“Queen of Heaven and beloved Mother, here is the cord to measure you. But who will hold it to your beautiful forehead, adorned with that magnificent and glowing crown with which the Holy Trinity crowned you as Daughter, Mother, and Spouse, making you Queen of Heaven, Earth, and Hell? I dare not, nor would my small stature permit me to reach high enough to measure you.”
The Blessed Virgin responded with the goodness proper to a mother,
“Beloved daughter, place one of the ends of your cord in my hand and I will hold it to my forehead, while you hold the other to my right foot.”
The celestial Queen took one of the ends from the hands of her favored daughter and raised it to her beautiful forehead, while Mother Mariana de Jesus placed the other at the tip of her right foot. In this way the measurements were taken. (2)

Then the Blessed Virgin raised her right hand and, with tenderness and love, gave her blessing to the child of her heart, who, returning to herself, or rather, to the use of her senses, saw that it was 3:30 in the morning.

Two significant details

There are two details of this marvelous event that should be explained further:

First, in order for the Blessed Virgin to be able to hold the end of the cord offered by Mother Mariana de Jesus to her forehead, the three Archangels, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, raised the royal crown over the head of their Queen, replacing it reverently after the measurement was taken.

Second, since the cord of Mother Mariana de Jesus was a little short, it stretched miraculously, as if it were elastic, until it reached Mary Most Holy’s exact height, at which point the cord remained permanently fixed.

Mother Mariana de Jesus guarded this cord thenceforth with great reverence, always carrying it with her in one of her pockets as a precious relic, and it is preserved today in the Convent of the Immaculate Conception.

At the end of this apparition, so filled with graces and favors not only for herself but also for the poor Colony and the Church, Mother Mariana de Jesus remained in prayer. Her heart brimming over with love of God and her Blessed Mother, she stayed there awaiting the community to come to the choir, for the hour was approaching for the recitation of the early morning Little Office, which she prayed that morning with increased devotion and love.

1. The Conceptionist Convent in Quito left the jurisdiction of the Franciscan Order in 1601, when Mother Magdalena de Valenzuela was Abbess. See The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana, vol. 1, chap 18. The Convent still has not returned to their governance.
2. This is the second time Our Lady of Good Success gave this measurement to Mother Mariana. During the third apparition of January 16, 1599, she also miraculously extended the cord from Mother Mariana’s habit to reach her exact height. The statue, which stands 5’9”, was made according to this specification. See The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana, vol. 1, ch. 22.

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Posted February 2, 2006

Fr. Pereira recounts the story of the miraculous making of the statue of Our Lady of Good Success - and many more apparitions and prophecies - in Vol. II: The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana.

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