Our lady of Good Council

Our lady of Good Council
Our lady of Good Council

Our lady of Good Council

The title of Our Lady of Good Counsel (Madonna del Buon Consiglio) holds a special place in Catholic devotion, associated with guidance and maternal care. The origins of this title are deeply rooted in a fascinating story that blends miraculous elements with deep faith.

Historical Background

The title originates from a celebrated fresco of the Virgin Mary, which is venerated in the town of Genazzano, Italy. According to tradition, the origins of the fresco are miraculous. The story dates back to April 25, 1467, during the feast of St. Mark. It is said that the townspeople of Genazzano heard beautiful music and saw a cloud descend upon an unfinished church dedicated to the Mother of Good Counsel. When the cloud dissipated, a small fresco of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child, suspended in the air, was revealed on a thin layer of plaster. This image was believed to have miraculously transferred from Scutari (now in modern-day Albania) to Genazzano at a time when the region was threatened by the Ottoman Turks.

Symbolic and Spiritual Significance

The image itself is revered not just for the miraculous nature of its arrival but also for what it represents: Mary as a giver of good counsel to those who seek her guidance. Over the centuries, the devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel has spread widely, with Pope Leo XIII adding her feast day to the Roman Calendar and several popes promoting her veneration.

Cultural Impact

The fresco became a symbol of hope and guidance, drawing pilgrims from across Italy and beyond, seeking the wisdom and counsel of the Blessed Virgin in their own lives. The sanctuary in Genazzano remains a popular pilgrimage site, and the image of Our Lady of Good Counsel is featured in churches around the world.

This title and its associated image remind the faithful of Mary’s role as a compassionate intercessor and advisor, echoing her wisdom and guidance in their spiritual journey.


Books and online ressources

You’re welcome! If you’re looking to delve deeper into the devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel and Marian devotion in general, there are several books and online resources that you can explore. These materials offer both scholarly insights and spiritual reflections that can enrich your understanding and devotion.

Books on Our Lady of Good Counsel and Marian Devotion

  1. Our Lady of Good Counsel in Genazzano” by Noel Muscat OFM – This book provides a detailed history of the miraculous image and its veneration, enriched with theological insights into Marian devotion.
  2. Mary in the Church: A Selection of Teaching Documents” by Pope John Paul II and others – This collection includes encyclicals, apostolic letters, and other papal documents that explore various aspects of Marian theology, including mentions of Our Lady of Good Counsel.
  3. Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion” by Hilda Graef – This comprehensive work covers the development of Marian doctrine and devotion throughout Christian history, providing context to the specific devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Online Resources

  • The Vatican’s Official Website – Often features documents and speeches by the Popes on Marian topics, including Our Lady of Good Counsel. Vatican.va
  • EWTN Global Catholic Network – Offers articles, prayers, and other resources related to Our Lady of Good Counsel. EWTN on Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • The Marian Library at the University of Dayton – A leading resource for Marian studies, their website includes a vast amount of materials on Marian apparitions and titles. University of Dayton Marian Library

These resources can serve as both scholarly references and sources of spiritual nourishment. They can aid in understanding the rich tapestry of Marian devotion and the specific veneration of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Let us pray

A prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel, which you can use to seek guidance and wisdom:

Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel

O Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Good Counsel, you are the wise Mother, the loving guide of those seeking direction. From your sacred place in Genazzano, you have shown us the way of grace and wisdom.

Beneath your gentle gaze, we find solace and understanding. In times of uncertainty, be our light and guide. Teach us to listen with open hearts to the gentle whispers of God, so that we may make choices that reflect His infinite love and divine plan.

Help us to discern the paths that lead to peace and holiness, inspiring us to act with justice and mercy. May your counsel lead us closer to your Son, Jesus, as we journey through the challenges and joys of life.

Mother of Good Counsel, intercede for us with your Son, to grant us the wisdom and courage to always choose the good, for the glory of God and the benefit of all humanity.


Feel free to use this prayer whenever you seek guidance or wish to reflect on the maternal support and wisdom of Mary, Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Amen ❤️🙏🏼

Amen! If you ever need more prayers, information, or just wish to talk about your spiritual journey, feel free to reach out. Blessings to you! 🕊️❤️🙏🏼

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