I am most grateful to Lisa who asked if I would write reviews on some of the Lighthouse Catholic CDs. They provide a wonderful opportunity to evangelize ourselves as well as our family and friends.
Take for instance, a recent CD entitled Our Lady of Good Success by Matthew Arnold. This approved apparition was not widely known until the last century. Our Lady appeared to a holy sister, Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres (1563-1635) at various times during her life.
Matthew tells of his visit to Quito, Ecuador where the apparitions took place. In a very engaging way, he draws you into the celebration of this dire, yet hopeful message that mirrors the events of our time. In fact, in the apparition, Our Lady warns of terrible events that would occur in the last half of the 20th century.
Given three hundred years before Fatima, these prophecies seem to tie directly to Our Lady’s messages in Portugal. But these warnings are particularly detailed. The listener is struck by the amazing accuracy of predictions that we have seen unfold over the last 50-60 years.
Imagine Our Lady speaking to someone in that time about:
- A total corruption of customs – Matthew points to attendance at the Holy Mass. He mentions a statistic that in 1958, three out of every four Catholics attended Mass. Now, he says, it is more like one in four.
- A loss of innocence – He relays that Our Lady said that innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women. Look at the decline in women’s religious orders and of course the assault on our children with television and the internet.
- An attack on the sacraments – For example, Our Lady said that there will be attacks on the Sacrament of Marriage and laws will be passed making it easy to sin.
Mathew conveys more of these dire prophecies from Our Lady to Mother Mariana. However, I said that this is a message of hope. It is in a very real sense.
You see, with the moral chaos that exists in our world, Our Lady said to Mother Mariana that when almost all would seem lost and paralyzed, there would be a restoration of the Church. Signs of that restoration have begun. Matthew shares some of these near the end of the talk.
In 1906, they opened the sarcophagus of Mother Mariana and found her body and that of some of the other founding Mothers to be incorrupt. She is currently declared Servant of God and on the path to Sainthood.
I recommend this inspiring message for our times. You can order this CD/MP3 at Lighthouse Catholic Media. Then, spread the word about Our Lady of Good Success!
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