A prophecy for our times

Me, aged 13
'You’re a lesbian,’ hissed my classmate before she scrunched up her nose at me. We were 13 to 14 years of age, and she had been grilling me on how far I had gone. It was not the first time that I’d been labelled ‘lessie’ or ‘frigid’ because I’d never let one of the pimply boys kiss or grope me. I was not devout and had hardly any prayer life, so it wasn’t for fear of sinning that I didn’t bend to such peer pressure. It was an all girls’ school, and I knew that if I declared myself willing, I would be invited along to meet up with the boys after school.  My reason for not yielding to this manipulation was that I had no friends at the school and knew that if I gave in, I would fit in for a time, but I would have given the other girl power over me and  next time I’d have to go further to prove to her that I was heterosexual.

The very same girl called me a lesbian led a two-faced existence.  She egged on other young teens to get blind drunk and be the playthings of boys drenched in cheap cologne. Then she put on airs of being very devout before her mother at Mass. The message that I I absorbed was that holiness was the good mask of the manipulator.  

An older girl did have a baby and was rewarded with the insult, ‘stupid girl’. As I said, I wasn’t pious, but it dawned on me there was a wicked chorus of devilish taunting that bullied girls as young as 13: the only way to avoid being called ‘freak’ or ‘frigid’ was to do as the others did, and the only way to avoid being lectured, ‘you were too stupid to use a condom’ was to take the Morning After Pill or later pay for your baby to be dumped in a clinic bucket.  Life has never been worse for kids, I thought to myself.

Still we were arrogantly told that we were so ‘privileged’ to be ‘Celtic Tiger cubs’ and that, ‘life has never been better for kids.’  I never dared answer back, life has never been worse.  

Then some years back, I had a chance encounter with an Irish mammy from Cork who was taking her fifteen year old to London for an abortion.  Having first-hand knowledge of the type of peer pressure the pregnant girl had been under, I tried to intervene and persuade them against the abortion. The Irish mammy would not listen to a word. Paying for her grandchild to be obliterated was about covering up bad parenting. The Irish mammy hadn’t thought it very cool to teach her daughter to stand up to sexual pressure and had turned a blind eye to her early binge drinking.  I never found out if the girl remembered getting pregnant. So, she marched her daughter to the clinic. I remember thinking of the 15 year old kid who was born in the 1990s that, life has never been worse for girls her age.

Now I don’t just think this – I believe it to be true.  400 years before that poor 15 year old girl was born Our Lady of Good Success warned that children of our times would have an exceptionally soul-rotting time. 
Appearing to Mother Mariana, Our Lady entrusted her with prophecies concerning my generation (Mother Mariana was a Spanish nun who was an abbess in Quito).  Being very precise, Our Lady said that, ‘some time after the second half of the 20th Century’ Satan would rule almost completely over society, and that his minions ‘will focus principally on the children to sustain the general corruption. Woe to the children of these times!’  Our Lady asked Mother Mariana to offer sacrifices and to pray for the children born during this time in history.  

Our Lady of Good Success explained why vocations would be scarce, ‘During these unfortunate times, evil will assault childhood innocence. In this way, vocations to the priesthood will be lost, which will be the true calamity.’  Our Lady said that ‘secular education’ would be ‘one reason for the dearth of priestly and religious vocations’. 

Young parents that I’ve met at Latin Masses have said to me that they experienced the same taunting of ‘you’re gay’ if they were not sexually active at a young age and that the reason they home-school is so they will not be putting their child into the same pressure-cooker that they were so badly burned in. Sometimes young home-schooling parents have a hard time explaining to their parents why they are home-schooling their kids. Maybe it is telling that the grandparents of the children who are being home-schooled do not always understand – they may have been born in the 50s and early 60s before things got truly as bad as Our Lady prophesied to Mother Mariana when she said, ‘the Devil will glory in dining upon the exquisite delicacy of the hearts of children.’

Hundreds of years before we were born, Our Lady had made sure that a gift of prayers were being offered for us and our peers. There are a number of reasons to be hopeful, for Our Lady of Good Success assured the good and kind-hearted Mother Mariana that, ‘to test this faith and confidence of the just, there will be occasions when everything will seem to be lost and paralysed. This, then, will be the happy beginning of the complete restoration.’ Our Lady of Good Success, pray for us. 

I wrote this column for the Winter Edition of The Mass of Ages, the quarterly magazine of England and Wales' Latin Mass Society.  You may read the full magazine here.  

The photo below shows the incorrupt body of Mother Mariana, who received the prophecies from Our Lady. 


  1. Thank you for this post. As an American high school girl, I too, was bullied and teased and never fit in, though it was years later that I converted, I just somehow knew that the lifestyles of my peers were not the ones to follow. Fast forward twenty plus years and I am now homeschooling my children to help them avoid the terrible influence of their peers. I have also recently been attending the Latin Mass and I have discovered a richness of faith that does not exist in the Novus Ordo Mass. Please continue to write on these topics. God Bless you.

    1. Dear Angela,

      Thank you very much for your kind comment. Sorry to hear you were bullied like me, glad to hear it made you more aware of protecting your own kids.

      Delgihted to hear you have discovered the Latin Mass.

      I will do my utmost to keep writing about these topics. Say a prayer for me.

      God bless you and yours,


  2. God Bless you Mary. I am a 53 year old man seen and heard the same sad scenario too many times over the years and this peer pressure and the sex obsessed society was being ushered in the 70s in my teenage years. It destroys real love and leads to only heartache/ The person is no longer respected but lust is promoted.
    What you describe is terrible. Because of violence and porn on RTE I dont have TV in my house and will not pay a TV license to promote RTE who promote the behaviour you described, they would deny that but they do its provable.
    It was a disaster in my teen years and I witnessed one horror story after another. Pray to St Philomena and Padre Pio whom you know about there are some great books on him,
    he will be very protective of you why not become his spiritual daughter?Wear a miraculous medal.


    Many Blessings Mary

    1. Hi there,

      Thank you for your very interesting comment. Good to hear you won't put Euros into RTE's bank account. Also, thank you for wishing God's blessings on me.

      Good to pray to Padre Pio. You might like a post that I did on my experiences of writing about St Pio. http://thepathlesstaken7.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/writing-about-padre-pio-pains-joys.html



    2. Hi Mary, Thank you for the article. This is my first visit to your site (I got here through the Spirit Daily site). I will be returning. I have children ranging in age from 22-4 years old. I have witnessed the carnage in some of them, and continually place them under Our Lady's mantle. Persevere.

  3. To Mary O'Regan and Annonymous
    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!
    thank you for your time and your comments. They could not have come at a better time in my life.! I have prayed for a sign from God that he is hearing me and will act soon in my situation.
    Among the story, certain words leapt out at me. And also St. Philomena.
    I had started at Novena to St. Philomena, it lasted a year. During that time, so much truth was uncovered--truth that had been covered up with pure evil. Truth's that I didn't even know existed in my family. The scales were removed. But I was/am at a point where all appears to be lost--nothing moving--nothing going forward. But still I trust. I stand almost entirely alone in this family, but still I trust in Jesus. But growing weary I asked for a sign that He was hearing, and He would be acting soon. This story goes to the heart of this family's battle. And St. Philomena is not a saint I had ever heard of before being "assigned" to her--to pray she watch over me. So thank both of you for being faithful to our Lord and writing. You never know how or who's lives you may touch!! Anonymous mother

  4. Mary,
    Quick question - if Mother Mariana's body is incorrupt, why is it shrouded in black?

    1. Hi there, I think that it is not a shroud but in fact her black veil.

  5. http://motheofgod.com/threads/the-road-less-taken.8405/


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