It was August 6th 1875 the first Friday of the month the day dedicated to the Sacred Heart, Moreno attended Holy Mass and later visited the chapel where the Blessed Sacrament exposed, he then headed towards the government palace as he approached the entrance the main assassin rushed forward and attacked him with a machete. The three other conspirators pulled out pistols and began shooting, nearby soldiers killed one assassin at the scene and eventually captured the others.
The dying president was taken into the Cathedral and placed at the feet of the shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows to whom he had a great devotion. The priest who administered the last rites asked the President if he forgave his enemies. With effort Garcia Moreno opened his eyes and expressed his forgiveness moments later he died. Medical report relate that he was stuck six times and struck by a machete fourteen times. The President was found to be carrying a Relic of the True Cross, a scapular of the Passion and Sacred Heart, his Rosary and a medal of Pope Pius IX. In his pocket was a copy of the Imitation of Christ, in which the President had written, 'My Saviour Jesus Christ, give me a greater love of thee and profound humility and teach me this day what I should do for thee and thy greater glory and service'
In a public address in Rome on September 20th, 1875 Pope Pius IX had this to say, “In the midst of all this the Republic of Ecuador was miraculously distinguished by the spirit of justice and unshakable faith of its President, who showed himself ever the submissive son of the Church, full of devotion for the Holy See, and of zeal to maintain religion and piety throughout his nation. And now the impious, in their blind fury, look, as an insult upon their pretended modern civilisation, upon the existence of a government, which, while consecrating itself to the materiel well-being of the people, strives at the same time to assure its moral and spiritual progress. Then, in the councils of darkness organised by sects, these villains decreed the murder of the illustrious President. He fell under the steel of an assassin, as a victim to his Faith and Christian charity.. For Pius IX, also, the death of Garcia Moreno is the death of a martyr.”
Less than two years later on Good Friday March 30th 1877, Archbishop Checa was poisoned to death. He courageously resisted the anti catholic demands of the liberal Masonic government that had taken over shortly after Garcia Moreno's assassination, and it was this resistance that caused his death.
We pray to Mother Mariana and to Our Lady of Good Success that we be willing to suffer and offer penance, and keep the faith of Christ in times that are challenging. Our Lady said the souls that would remain faithful in these difficult times would need great strength of will constancy valour and confidence in God. Moments would come when everything would seem to be lost and paralysed that would be the moment she promised of the happy beginning of the complete restoration. Only one prophesy uttered by Our Lady of Good Success has yet to be fulfilled, it is the prophesy in which she states, “My hour will arrive when I, in an amazing manner will overthrow proud Satan crushing him under my feet, chaining him in the infernal abyss, leaving the Church and that land free of this cruel tyranny.”
In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.