A Revelation for America and for Our Times
Solange S. Hertz
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by Marian T. Horvat, Ph.D.
A second opusculum about Our Lady of Quito, Ecuador has happily materialized from the pen of Dr. Marian Horvat under the title of Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success. Intended to flesh out the circumstances surrounding the prophecies given by Our Lady for our time to the Conceptionist nun Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres back in the seventeenth century, which form the bulk of the first volume, it tells in greater detail about the miraculous statue which Our Lady commanded to be made of herself and the Divine Infant under her personal supervision and how the work, begun by a local sculptor, was brought to completion by St. Francis with the help of the archangels Gabriel, Michael and Raphael.
There are also accounts of a spectacular vision of the Child Jesus on the nearby Pichincha Mountain, a miraculous reconciliation of two feuding families and other blessings conferred by Our Lady as a consequence of her appearances at the convent in Quito. The text is illustrated and culminates in a chronology of occurrences pertinent to the subject. Let him who reads learn and enjoy.
Dr. Horvat is to be heartily thanked for continuing to publicize this major series of Marian apparitions which are regrettably so little known today, despite the fact that many of the spectacular events they foretold, notably the rise of the Masonic secular state, the definition of Papal Infallibility and the terrible apostasy within the Church, have by now actually come to pass. Her two little books should be required reading for every American Catholic schoolchild, for they help to restore a proper perspective on Our Lady’s interventions in the American Continent, whose significance unfortunately became so overshadowed by the later Marian apparitions in Europe as to be almost obliterated.
We tend to forget that the Marian Age opened in America. Our Lady first proclaimed her Immaculate Conception, not at Lourdes, but over three centuries earlier in Central America, on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico. The catastrophic apostasy which began breaking over the Catholic Church in the nineteenth century and engulfing it in the twentieth, was likewise first prophesied by Our Lady in South America at Quito, over two hundred years before she did so at La Salette, and three hundred before Fatima. And it was not at these places, but at Quito that Our Lady, under the title of “Good Success,” first foretold the eventual triumph of the Faith and the glorious restoration of the Church that would in due time succeed the great crisis.
It was in America that she first warned us:
“The small number of souls who, hidden, will preserve the treasure of the Faith and virtues will suffer a cruel, unspeakable and prolonged martyrdom. Many of them will succumb to death from the violence of their sufferings, and those who sacrifice themselves for the Church and their country will be counted as martyrs …. Those whom the merciful love of my Most Holy Son has designated to effect the restoration will need great strength of will, constancy, valor and confidence in God. To test this faith and confidence of the just, there will be occasions when all will seem lost and paralyzed. This, then, will be the happy beginning of the complete restoration.”
Are we ready?
Solange Hertz is an author and journalist.
This book-review was first published in The Remnant, March 31, 2002
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