A Personal Plea to Every Catholic Bishop
The text presented below is a reprint of the letter which has been sent to every Bishop, Archbishop, Cardinal and Patriarch in the world, in order to facilitate and hasten the fulfillment of Our Lady of Fatima's request that the Pope together with all the bishops of the world consecrate RUSSIA to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Please offer your Rosaries and make sacrifices for the special intention that the shepherds of the Church receive this message with an open mind so that they will be favorably disposed to fulfill the long overdue request which Our Lady of Fatima demands of them.
Feast of Saint Michael
September 29. 1988
71 years ago, in response to the Holy Father's solemn plea to show humanity the way to peace, Mary, the Virgin Mother of God came to the village of Fatima in Portugal.
In the worst days of the worst war the world had ever known, Our Lady appeared to three innocent shepherd children to assure them that an era of peace would at last be given to mankind ... but only when Her requests were granted.
As you know, much skepticism and doubt ensued when the children told the world what Our Lady had promised. Many people, both inside the Church and out, scoffed at their account.
But to validate and confirm Her Message, the Lord God caused a stupendous miracle to occur, an act of such supernatural dimensions and power that even unbelievers were obliged to believe. This was the 'Great Miracle of the Sun', witnessed by more than 70,000 souls on October 13, 1917.
As Your Excellency may be aware, I am a diocesan priest who is privileged to be the founder and director of The International Fatima Rosary Crusade, an Apostolate dedicated to promoting steadfast devotion to Our Blessed Lady and Her Fatima Message.
As part of the activities of the Apostolate, I am the publisher of The Fatima Crusader magazine which, with a readership of over one million people, is by far the largest publication in the world dedicated to the Fatima cause. In addition to this, the Apostolate also produces a daily worldwide radio program called 'Heaven's Peace Plan' with a listening audience in the many millions, throughout North and South America, Africa, Europe, the Philippines and Australia.
It is in response to the millions of petitions addressed to the hierarchy from our readers and listeners around the world that I am writing Your Excellency today.
Your Excellency, I think you will agree that we live in increasingly troubled and dangerous times. Society, the family and even Holy Church itself have become ensnared in crises that are clearly too complex for mere human solutions.
Today, many of the Faithful rightly feel that without direct Divine Intervention, the world will almost certainly be plunged into a war of apocalyptic magnitude in the very near future.
Indeed, speaking at Fatima, Pope John Paul II said in 1982: "The successor of Peter presents himself here also as a witness to the immensity of human suffering, a witness to the almost apocalyptic menaces looming over the nations and mankind as a whole."
Our Lady Herself, in fact, foretold at Fatima what specifically would happen unless Her requests were granted:
"Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer. Various nations will be annihilated."
Today, there are 25 wars raging in different parts of the world so far resulting in at least 3 million dead. Indeed, with terrorism, the A.I.D.S. epidemic and 50 million babies murdered worldwide by abortion each year, dare we doubt that the time for the fulfillment of Our Lady's promise of peace is growing short?
Yet to bring this peace throughout the world which Our Lord and His Blessed Mother so generously promised depends on you and your brother bishops acting together with the Pope.
As part of the Fatima revelations, Sister Lucia of Fatima was told that Russia (specifically Russia) must be consecrated to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in a solemn public manner by the Holy Father together with all the world's Catholic Bishops.
(Because this letter must necessarily be brief, I have enclosed for Your Excellency's consideration a portion of a recent issue (No. 25) of The Fatima Crusader which on pages 2, 3 and 4 explains the urgency of this Act of Consecration in much greater detail.)
Despite miracles, fulfilled prophecy and the Paternal approbation of no less than five succeeding Popes, many Catholics today still remain openly hostile to Our Lady's Fatima Message and its clear implications.
In our efforts to promote the full Fatima Message, we have been accused of being alarmist, pessimistic of spreading "gloom and doom" and, most painfully, of being disobedient to Our Holy Mother the Church itself.
I beg Your Excellency to believe me that nothing could be further from the truth. It is because we are deeply aware of the terrible urgency involved and because we are ever mindful of Our Lord Jesus' reply to Sister Lucia printed on the enclosed front cover of our Issue No. 25 (of The Fatima Crusader) that we have insisted so diligently about this consecration of Russia request.
Perhaps the best recent evidence of the vital urgency of this Act of Consecration is contained in a message Our Lady gave in a locution to Don Stephano Gobbi on June 10, 1987.
(As Your Excellency may know, Father Gobbi is the founder of the Marian Movement of Priests and is held in very high esteem by our Holy Father Pope John Paul II. They recently concelebrated Mass together and Father Gobbi has spoken publicly at San Giovanni Laterano.)
In this locution of June 10, 1987, Our Lady said:
"It will moreover be particularly important for the development of the great events which have been foretold to you by Me that during this (Marian) year, there be at last carried out My request made to My daughter, Sister Lucia of Fatima that Russia be consecrated to Me by the Pope together with all the bishops of the world."
Your Excellency, I pray for you every day, asking that Our Lord and His Blessed Mother will assist you and the Holy Father in averting the terrible chastisement about which Our Lady warned us at Fatima.
I respectfully ask you to issue in your own name a non-confidential statement affirming your willingness to accede to Our Lady of Fatima's requests, most specifically the consecration of RUSSIA to Her Immaculate Heart by the Holy Father in union with all the bishops of the world. And please send us a copy of your statement.
In addition, I urge you to use the full power and prestige of your high office to further encourage pious devotion and obedience to our Blessed Mother's Fatima Message on the part of all clergy, religious and laity throughout the world.
I for my part promise to help Your Excellency and your brother bishops by means of our radio program and our magazine to make known throughout the world your willingness to obey Our Lady of Fatima.
Since many of our readers and listeners continue to ask us what is delaying the bishops, I believe that we can help you and them by publishing your statements in favor of Our Lady of Fatima and Her Message.
While I am mindful of the difficulties involved that this act of consecrating Russia presents, I want to assure Your Excellency that millions of the Faithful join me in a deep and abiding confidencethat Almighty God will empower you and your brother bishops to fulfill this solemn and urgent request of Our Lady.
I respectfully urge you to do everything in your power to bring about the Consecration of Russia, as instructed by Our Lady of Fatima, with all possible dispatch.
Your Excellency, I thank you for your time and ask for your prayers for me and this Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima. I wish to affirm to you my very deepest respect and my sincerest hope for your Apostolic approbation and best wishes.
May Almighty God bless you and may Our Heavenly Mother Mary draw you ever closer to Her Divine Son, Jesus Christ.
Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Father Nicholas Gruner
P.S. I have recently completed a 640 page book (WORLD ENSLAVEMENT OR PEACE . . . It's Up To The Pope) on the subject of the Consecration of Russia which has recently come off the press. If you would like, I would be greatly honored and pleased to send Your Excellency a copy.
P.P.S. Pope John Paul II has told Archbishop Hurley of South Africa of his willingness to fulfill Our Lady of Fatima's request to consecrate Russia but His Holiness is waiting for more bishops to indicate their willingness to join him in this act. Thus by Your Excellency making the non-confidential statement we have asked you for, you will be helping the Holy Father to carry out this most urgent matter.
P.P.P.S. To save you time in drafting your statement referred to on page three, you might prefer to sign the statement enclosed and return it to me at the Fatima Crusader office. This form was enclosed in English and Latin
I _______________________ the Bishop of _______________________ Hereby indicate my willingness to actively join the Holy Father in Consecrating Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a solemn public manner on the same day as the Holy Father when the Holy Father decides to indicate to the Catholic Bishops of the world the day he wants this done according to the request of Our Lady of Fatima.
Date __________Signature ______________________________
Ego (Nomen) ________Dei et Apostolicae Sedis Gratia Episcopus (Loci vel territorii)___________ sic declaro me dispositum esse active participare cum Sancto Patre, co-consecrando Russiam Immaculato Cordi Mariae modo sollemni et publico eodem die cum Sancto Patre. Haec consecratio facienda est cum Summus Pontifex statuerit ad Episcopatum Catholicum totius orbis terrarum Se velle consecrare Russiam secundum desiderium Beatae Virginis Mariae "Fatimae".
Datum __________Subscriptio ________________
On July 13, 1917, Sister Lucia was told by Our Lady of Fatima:
'You saw hell where the souls of poor sinners go. In order to save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If people do what I ask, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another, even worse, will begin in the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that it is the Great Sign that God gives you that He is going to punish the world by means of war, hunger and persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent it, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If My requests are granted Russia will be converted and the world will have peace. If not Russia will spread its errors throughout the world fomenting wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated. In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, it will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be kept.'