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Over three centuries ago, Our Lady appeared to a South American nun, presaging a grave crisis in the Church and society in our own time.
In tonight's In-Depth Report, Church Militant's Martina Moyski discusses Our Lady of Good Success, whose feast is today.
Fr. Jim Blount, exorcist: "What I would like to do is jump backwards a few hundred years, and that is because I am completely enthralled with the approved apparitions and messages of the Virgin Mary to Mother Mariana Torres."
Near the end of the 16th century, a nun named Mother Mariana — at the Convent of the Immaculate Conception in Quito, Ecuador — experienced numerous apparitions.
In one vision, the convent chapel where Mariana was praying became immersed in a smoky darkness. The tabernacle opened and Christ Crucified emerged as He was on Golgotha.
Mariana felt she was being chastised by what she saw. But she heard God say: "You are not to blame. The chastisement will be for the 20th century! I will punish heresy, blasphemy and impurity."
In another vision, the Blessed Mother — holding the Christ Child — appeared, lamenting that in the future "innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women."
Fr. Blount: "The message is aimed at our time."
Mariana was tortured by these visions.
Fr. Blount: "Our Lady asked Mother Mariana whether she'd be willing to pray and suffer for the people of the 20th century and of these times, and Mother said yes."
The Blessed Virgin also predicted assaults on the sacraments: Baptism and confirmation would be ignored, the Holy Eucharist profaned, marriage attacked, last rites prohibited and holy orders defiled.
"Woe to the religious in the 20th century! They will tremble before the dread judgment of God," the Blessed Mother warned.
Fr. Blount: "Our Lady even told Mother Mariana that the message of Our Lady of Good Success would remain hidden for several hundred years and only come out to the general public at the time of its fulfillment, and now it's coming out everywhere."
And, in a final vision, the nun saw the sanctuary light go out at 3 a.m. while she prayed.
Fr. Blount: "And Our Lady actually told Mother Mariana that darkness would cover the earth."
The Blessed Mother predicted a "corruption of customs" and that after the middle of the 20th century, "a great immorality will invade the clergy and priests will become unworthy of their office."
The priests left to uphold the Church will be persecuted, and "the innocence of children will be targeted to achieve the corruption of the world."
Fr. Blount: "Just when it appears everything is lost, Mama said, 'I will come down from Heaven with my Son, and I will chain Lucifer. We will cast him into Hell.'"
The last prophesy of Our Lady of Good Success — as she's come to be known — and the only one not yet realized, is that after a "horrible night," the Church will be restored and the tyranny of the Devil will end.
Many prefer the title Our Lady of the Good Event instead of Our Lady of Good Success.
The "good event" refers to the Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, celebrated on Feb. 2.