(December 24, 1821 – August 6, 1875)

Gabriel Garcia Moreno

Our Lady also prophesied on January 16, 1599, that Ecuador would become a Republic and need the sacrifice of heroic souls to sustain this Republic.  Mary said in Her apparitions to Mother Mariana:


“In the 19th century, there will be a truly Catholic president,

a man of character whom God Our Lord will give the palm

of martyrdom on the square adjoining this Convent. He

will consecrate the Republic to the Sacred Heart of my Most

Holy Son and this consecration will sustain the Catholic Religion

in the years that will follow, which will be ill-fated ones for

the Church. These years – during which the evil sect of

Masonry will take control of the civil government – will

see a cruel persecution of all religious communities.”     

This man Our Lady spoke of was clearly Gabriel Garcia Moreno who not only consecrated Quito to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1873 but he was martyred by the Freemasons on August 6, 1875, on the exact square Our Lady prophesied.   His character can best described by his ‘rule’ of life that was found on the back cover of his ‘Imitation of Christ’, found in his back pocket after his martyrdom.  These rules were:

  • Every morning when saying my prayers I will ask especially for the virtue of humility.

  • Every day I will hear Mass, say the Rosary and will read, besides, a chapter from the Imitation, this Rule and the instruction added to it.

  • I will take care to keep myself as much as possible in the presence of God, especially in conversation, so as not to speak useless words.  I will constantly offer my heart to God, and principally before beginning any action.  

  • I will endeavor to keep myself as much as possible in the presence of God, especially during conversations that I might not exceed in words. I will often offer my heart to God, principally before beginning any actions.

  • Every hour I will say to myself: ‘I am worse than a demon and hell should be my dwelling place.’ In temptations I will add: ‘What would I think of this in my last agony?

  • In my room, never to pray sitting when I can do so on my knees or standing.  Practice daily little acts of humility, like kissing the ground, for example.  Desire all kinds of humiliations, while taking care at the same time not to deserve them.  To rejoice when my actions or my person are abused and censured.  

  • Never to speak of myself, unless it be to own my defects or faults. 

  • To make every effort, by the thought of Jesus and Mary, to restrain my impatience and contradict my natural inclinations.  To be patient and amiable even with people who bore me; never to speak evil of my enemies.  

  • Every morning, before beginning my work, I will write down what I have to do, being very careful to distribute my time well, to give myself only to useful and necessary business and to continue it with zeal and perseverance.  I will scrupulously observe the laws of justice and truth, and have no intention in all my actions, save the greater glory of God.   

  • I will make a particular examination twice a day on my exercise of different virtues, and a general examination every evening.  I will go to confession every week.

  • I will scrupulously observe the law of justice and truth, and have no intentions in all my actions save the greater glory of God.

  • I will never pass more than an hour in any amusement, and in general never before 8 o’clock in the evening.

  • To be kind to all, even with the importunate, and never to speak ill of my enemies

  • To rejoice when I or my actions are censured. Never to speak of myself except to avow my faults or defects

An excellent homily incorporating Gabriel Garcia Moreno 'rule of life':  

May he rest in peace: