Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Spiritual Arms

There have been a number of things suggested as a spiritual means of opposing the Government's plans for Same Sex Marriage. The 'Ocean to Ocean' pilgrimage, of an Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa from Siberia and right across Europe, was for the protection of the family. The Good Counsel Network in encouraging people to have Exposition, ideally the 40 Hours.

I'm delighted to give these things publicity. We have to accept that each idea will have limited take-up without concerted and coordinated encouragement from the Bishops. Coordinated action among the bishops, however, is a slow business, and time is short. In any case, these different initiatives will fit the different circumstances of different people.

So here's another initiative. Our Lady of Good Success is a truly remarkable devotion; it is associated with a series of private revelations, many of which specify the 20th century as a time of particular trouble for the Church. These revelations took place in the 16th century, and were investigated at the time and approved by the proper authorities. The Faith in England and around the world came under tremendous attack in the 20th century, but few people seemed to notice. Contraception, divorce and abortion eroded the culture's conception of marriage, and Same Sex Marriage is simply the result. If Catholics are waking up to the problem, it is about time.

The Feast of the Purification on Feb 2nd is also the Feast of Our Lady of Good Success (a devotion with full ecclesiastical approval) – please try to make the novena in preparation, from Thurs 24th Jan to 1st Feb and include the same-sex marriage threat intention in the novena, or make the novena specifically for that intention.  Our Lady of Good Success promised particular graces and helps for those who invoke Her under this title, in these times.  Regarding the threat to the Sacrament of Marriage in our times, Our Lady said:-  
 
“The sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with the Church, will be thoroughly attacked and profaned. Masonry, then reigning, will implement iniquitous laws aimed at extinguishing this sacrament.”
 
Novena to Our Lady of Good Success

Hail Mary, Most Holy, Beloved Daughter of God the Father,
through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres,
grant Thy good success to this request (name your request)
~ Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be ~
St Michael, pray for us

Hail Mary, Most Holy, Admirable Mother of God the Son,
through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres,
grant Thy good success to this request (name your request)
~ Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be ~
St Gabriel, pray for us

Hail Mary, Most Holy, Most Faithful Spouse of God the Holy Ghost,
through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres,
grant Thy good success to this request (name your request)
~ Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be ~
St Raphael, pray for us

Hail Mary, Most Holy Temple
and Sacrarium of the Most Holy Trinity,
St Michael, St Gabriel, St Raphael, pray for us

Our Lady of Good Success, Thou who art the all-powerful intercessor before the Most Holy Trinity, deign to hear and answer my request,
so long as it contributes to the salvation of my soul, and the glory and exaltation of our Holy Mother, the Church.

Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen)

2 comments:

  1. Our Lady of Good Success is a favourite in our family. I only just completed a novena to her on the 9th January and literally within an hour of saying the last prayers, my prayers were answered in a way I would not have thought possible.

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  2. On another note, the parishioners of Woodchester (near Stroud in Gloucestershire) are praying to Our Lady of Good Success for a successful outcome to the sale of the former Poor Clare Convent in Woodchester. See http://search.knightfrank.com/cir110054 should you know of any good Catholics wanting to buy it!

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