"My child, this is My history.
"I was sculptured by a poor cripple who, after great bodily pains, became lame and deformed. He was poor, but heroically religious. Not being able to live without work, he offered himself with ease to guard the flocks of a rich family. While he was in the pastures he would often say to himself, 'I have never done anything to extol, to honor the Holy Virgin who spared my life, in spite of so much suffering.'
"One day he asked his master for the heart of a tree and the master fulfilled his wish. He carved the piece of wood each day as he advanced in his work. I helped him and he finished the Statue. He lodged me in his poor habitation where he slept. After his death the Statue stayed a long time in the family of his masters.
"In the early days, I had my little oratory, poor but rich in visits, Christian mothers came to consecrate their little children to me, many priests kissed My Statue. I averted very often the dangers and perils that were coming upon my children.
"Afterwards I was given to an old priest who kept Me till his death. But, shortly beforehand, I told him three times:
'My son, your heirs are not Christian, they will not render me the veneration that I merit; before dying you will carry Me to a marsh a few miles from here -- you will turn My head toward Nazareth -- you will make Me a little sanctum in the form of a sepulcher. Without revealing your secret you will carry Me in the silence of the night while reciting a prayer to Me. You will conceal Me and you will die with your secret. You will sow some thorny plants, they will grow rapidly, and I shall remain entombed in this site.'
"The Blessed Mother added that after many years, the time in which She would emerge would arrive. It is then that Her Divine Son would throw from Heaven, on the site where the Statue was buried, a luminous torch that would attract attention. The sealed up stone was opened with respect and we maintained a great veneration for this site. 'I was intact,' said the Blessed Mother.
"On this land prayers were recited immediately and I manifested My glory in giving health to a little child.
"My name is OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL."