The Profound Simplicity and Urgent Worldwide Importance of the Real Fatima Message
Opening Address by Father Nicholas Gruner
|Our invitation, photographically reproduced above, sent out to every Catholic bishop of the world last June clearly indicates the purpose of this Conference is to discuss the Consecration of Russia as requested by Our Lady of Fatima. It is necessary to note that fact here to expose another lie circulated against our Fatima Peace Conference last October.|
Thank you, Bishop Michaelappa, and thank you, all the Bishops of India and everyone else who made this meeting possible. I would also like to thank the bishops who went to visit the Bishop of Leiria, Alberto Cosme do Amaral last night and everyone else. I would like to give you an overview of the subject of Fatima because there are so many aspects to the Message of Fatima.
I have been working full time on this message for 15 years and it has taken me a long time to understand some very simple things about the message of Fatima.
For example, even after having published the Crusader issue No. 13-14 in October of 1983 in which you will read on page 8, Our Lady's own words as follows: "But if people do not stop offending God ... He is going to punish the world by means of war, hunger, persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father." I must say that I misunderstood Her.
I misunderstood until one day, on January 13, 1984, to be exact, in a moment of grace while researching for a TV program, I realized for the first time the Blessed Virgin did not say that in punishment for sins of the Church, that God will punish or allow the persecution of the Church. But rather, She said that for punishment of the sins of mankind that the Church would be persecuted.
The very significant difference is that the Church today suffers persecution as one of the four chastisements of the world. How can it be that the Church suffers the persecution and this is a punishment of the world? That is why I always transferred in my mind to think that there would be the persecution of the Church in response for the sins of the Church, but rather it is a punishment of the world.
The punishment of the 'persecution of the Church' is what impedes the fulfillment of Our Lady's request. It is precisely because sin is so great, (as Pope John Paul II pointed out at Fatima, that the world has gone in the opposite direction from Our Lady of Fatima's message of 1917) that today the Church is very heavily persecuted.
Pope John Paul II told us on May 13, 1982, that the world has gone in the opposite direction and sin has been enthroned; has been institutionalized in the world. As a result of that enthronement of sin, Our Lady tells us that the Church itself is persecuted. I could give examples and I am sure that you also, could give examples of how the Church has been persecuted, but the net effect of this persecution has been that Our Lady's requests within the Church have not been understood; have not been heard; have not been obeyed and have not been loved as Our Lady expected them to be.
This disobedience to the full Fatima Message is the result of that persecution of the Church. It is one of the chastisements that Our Lady spoke of. All of us can understand war and famine as a punishment for the sins of the world. But very few, myself included, truly comprehended the importance of the 'persecution of the Church.' Remember I started working on this message full time in l977 and until January of 1984, I took six full years to know and understand that very simple point. This is a clear example of how easy it is for each one of us who have heard the Fatima Message but have not meditated fully on it can think we know it but yet miss some extremely important points.
This is just one example of the many very simple things that Our Lady has said, but because they are so simple and because we think we know so much, at least I did, that these things that are so simple tend to pass us by and we think we understand what She is saying, when we really do not.
That is not only due to our slowness of wit, our slowness of understanding, but it is also due to the fact that the message of Fatima has partly been hidden. It has been hidden, first of all, as an obvious result of the devil's attack.
Archbishop Toppo of India, and Archbishop Cardosa Sobrinho of Brazil, listen intently during the Fatima Peace Conference. Both these Archbishops, with two other bishops, visited the Bishop of Fatima, Alberto Cosme do Amaral, on October 7, late at night. They felt such a visit was necessary because of the last minute barrage of false innuendo targeted against our Peace Conference.
As part of the propaganda war against the full Message of Our Lady of Fatima, a number of innuendoes, falsehoods and outright lies were circulated against our Peace Conference and against Father Nicholas Gruner. A number of these bishops who had never met us before, asked us for our response to these falsehoods circulated even by "official sources". After hearing Father Gruner's answers to these false charges [to more than 20 bishops who had gathered in the hotel lobby] four bishops went to meet the Bishop of Fatima to clear the air.
As a result of their visit they announced that the Bishop of Fatima gave his consent to our Bishops Conference holding its scheduled meetings. One bishop, learned in Canon Law, pointed out that the consent of the local bishop was never necessary. The local auxiliary bishop, Bishop Seraphim had acknowledged in writing, receipt of our invitation last July so the claim by the Bishop of Fatima, Alberto Cosme do Amaral that he had never been notified of our bishops conference is evidently false. This puts to rest the tag of illegitimacy that the Fatima officials, themselves, 'illegitimately' tried to apply to our Conference.
Fatima in Context
For example, in 1942, when the second part of the Secret was published, for reasons of diplomacy during the war to not offend the allies, the word Russia was taken out of the Secret and replaced with words like 'evil forces'. The message of Fatima is very hard to, as the Italians say "in quadrare", to put a framework around because in part we are standing in the middle of the picture and we are not far enough away to recognize it.
I will try to give some framework, because the message of Fatima and Our Lady's intervention here today is more important than anything in the last one thousand years of the Church's history including all the councils; including all the other apparitions of Our Lady; including any world event; and including world wars.
The message of Our Lady of Fatima, in my view, as well as with the view of Pope Paul VI, is in fact contained in Sacred Scripture. Her appearance here in Fatima is mentioned in the Bible. Pope Paul VI said in 1967, on May 12, in his encyclical, Signum Magnum, "I saw the Woman clothed with the sun with the moon under Her feet and the crown of twelve stars on Her head." He says, that Woman is none other than Our Lady, but not simply Our Lady, but Our Lady of Fatima. You can read it in his encyclical for yourselves.
I also realize that it is very difficult, considering the limited time we have in these few days of the Conference to compress everything I would like to tell you about Fatima. It is a very short time also for you to learn from the other speakers here and from amongst yourselves, all that is necessary for you of the content of Our Lady's Fatima message. I thank you, certainly, for giving me this opportunity and for the opportunity to speak to you of Our Lady's Fatima Message.
|Bishop Miranda of Brazil stands between Father Nicholas Gruner and Father Francesco Pacheco, also of Brazil, in the courtyard in Pontevedra, Spain, where the Child Jesus appeared to Sister Lucy on Feb. 15, 1926.|
"Our Lady is Sad"
Our Lady is sad. Sister Lucy tells us, "Our Lady is sad because no one pays attention to Her message. Not the good or the bad." The bad go on their way of sin not seeing their chastisement falling on them but Sister Lucy continues, "also the good pay no attention to Her message."
I must include myself first among these. We hope and we try, at least more so now, to make up for not paying attention to Her message in the past. Unfortunately, it is still true that even the good today still do not pay much attention, nor realize the importance of Her message here; Her full Fatima message.
To put the message of Fatima in perspective I would like to explain that the message will repair the Church. As Our Lady promised at Fatima, "In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph". This triumph is much greater than any one of us can fully understand but the triumph She tells us comes in three parts.
"In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me ..." That is the first part. The second part is "Russia will be converted" and the third part is, "a certain period of peace will be granted to the world."
Conversion and Peace
The Blessed Virgin, in using these words, is of course using them in the Catholic sense of conversion. She speaks of the conversion of Russia to the Catholic Faith. When She speaks about peace being granted to the world, She is speaking in the terms that Christ tells us, "I give you peace but not as the world gives it".
This peace that She is talking about is not just the lack of war, so that we can spread more Western consumerism, as the Pope refers to it, or materialism or other perversities. The period of peace that She refers to is a period of Christian peace. It is, of course, first of all a peace of the heart and of the soul; but it does not stop there, for this peace that Our Lady promises will extend to society in all aspects of it.
This peace can only come about through the reign of Christ the King. As Pope Pius XI explained in his encyclical on The Kingship of Christ (Quas Primas), He is to be the King of rulers, presidents, and prime ministers. As Sacred Scripture tells us, "He is King of kings and Lord of lords".
But this is the Kingship that we pray for in the Our Father and it will be recognized and realized, here, in this reign of peace. Then the Church, the Catholic Church will be recognized as the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ and the role of the bishops and the role of the Holy Father will be enhanced, will be recognized, and will be supported.
God Wants to Exalt the Pope and the Bishops
This request for the consecration of Russia must be done in the manner that God has specified because God wants to exalt not only the Blessed Virgin, and certainly He wants to do that, but He also wants to exalt, in the eyes of the whole world the Holy Father. When the world realizes that Peace has come through the Holy Father and when the world realizes that peace has come through the Bishops then the world will be grateful, not only to the Blessed Virgin and to Her Immaculate Heart, but also to the Pope and to the Bishops.
All of us, at least I can speak for myself, have been secularized in our thinking about how society should function. Depending where we come from, we might expect peace to be maintained or upheld by the great armies of the United States. I am not American myself but that is how we were brought up to look at these things. Or others who don't look to the United States might look to the United Nations and its peace keeping forces. Or others still might look to Moscow or somewhere else.
There is a dogmatic truth which was solemnly defined by Pope Boniface VIII, around the year 1300 A.D. that there are two authorities, the temporal and the spiritual, and these two authorities come from God.
In addition, there is a relationship between these two authorities and that is, the spiritual is superior to the temporal and the temporal must be subject to it. He defined it in the terms of the two swords that Peter held. The temporal sword and the spiritual sword.
Today some of us might translate "temporal authority" into "secular authority", but very clearly, we cannot use the language of the secularists which defines secularism as "of this world and this world alone." "Secular authority" by its very definition denies the rights of God over temporal affairs. It shows how far we have gotten away from this truth of the Catholic Faith. And this truth that Boniface VIII proclaimed will be reaffirmed when peace, temporal peace, is given through the spiritual authority being exercised by the Holy Father and by the Bishops under the direction of the Queen of Heaven and of the Queen of Peace.
Yes to God, Christ and the Church
This peace that She refers to will reverse the great wounds that the Church has endured from 1054, 1517, 1717 and 1917. It was Pope Pius XII who pointed out that in 1517 Luther said Yes to God, Yes to Christ, and No to the Church. In 1717 the Freemasons surfaced in London and they said Yes to God, No to Christ and No to the Church. In 1917 the Communists said No to God, No to Christ and No to the Church. It is to reverse these three No's; the "No" to the Church, the "No" to Christ and the "No" to God that Our Lady came in 1917.
Through the conversion of Russia to the Catholic Faith and through that conversion and through the subsequent missionary activity of Russia converted to the Catholic Faith, and through the moral miracle of Russia's conversion the rest of the world will be converted. We cannot have the peace of Christ in the whole world without the conversion of the world to the Catholic Faith.
And so the No of Marx will be, in fact, converted to Yes. Yes to God, Yes to Christ and Yes to the Church. And the No of the Masons who say No to the Church and No to Christ will be turned into Yes and the No of the Protestants who have said No to the Church will be turned to Yes and the No of the Orthodox in 1054 will also be turned to Yes to God, Yes to Christ, Yes to the Church and Yes to the Pope.
It is a total conversion Our Lady speaks about. It is not an ecumenical conversion as is conceived of by some after 1965 and contrary to what the Second Vatican Council says. In the "Decree on Ecumenism" it is not easy to find, but it is there, that the greatest work of ecumenism is to convert people to the Catholic Faith. The Council, in paragraphs fourteen to eighteen of Lumen Gentium (the Constitution in the Church), still affirms the doctrine that outside the Church there is no salvation, contrary to what many of the popularizers of the Council say.
God Wants to Establish in the World
Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
These truths which have been largely forgotten will be understood through grace and through the action of the Blessed Virgin. The role of the Blessed Virgin Herself will be better understood. After studying the message of Fatima for many years, it is clear that in the mind of God, true devotion to the Blessed Virgin has never been fully established in the Church from the beginning until the present.
I base that conclusion on meditating on the phrase that Our Lady said on July 13, "You have seen 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". God wishes to establish means that God, up until now, has not established in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart.
This is not to say that there have not been great Saints and great devotion to Our Lady in the past or even in the present. However, in the world, this devotion has not been sufficiently established. And God wants to establish this devotion. The reason for establishing this devotion is explained, God wants to save sinners. That is His primary purpose and to accomplish this primary purpose, God will do it by establishing devotion to Our Lady.
St. Alphonsus Liguori tells us it has never been known that anyone who persisted in his devotion to the Blessed Virgin to the end has ever been lost, and he confirms this same teaching of St. Bernard in his book, The Glories of Mary. God wants to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in our time.
The Blessed Virgin here at Fatima said, "Only I can help you." Some Protestants have raised the objection, "Is the Blessed Virgin more important than God?" Of course, the answer is no, but in a certain sense She is, in the plan of God, and it is in this sense that God has entrusted the peace of the world to the Immaculate Heart.
God Himself will not give us this peace except through the merits and intercession of the Blessed Virgin, and that is why the Blessed Virgin can say, "Only I can help you." St. Augustine tells us and explains to us that God in His great love and His great Mercy towards mankind wants to give certain favors and certain graces to us even though He knows we do not deserve them.
Nevertheless, God wants to give them to us despite our unworthiness but He also knows how weak we are and how prone we are to pride. He wants us also to understand that it is not through our own merits. That is why God will grant certain favors and graces only through the merits and intercession of the Saints. That is also why, at Fatima, we are told that the peace of the world has been entrusted exclusively to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Further, when Sister Lucy asked Our Lord why He would not bring peace to the world and convert Russia without the Holy Father and the Bishops making that act of consecration, Our Lord did not say, "you misunderstand My daughter, I do not mean that totally." On the contrary, He confirmed Sister Lucy's understanding and gave the reason. He said it is because "I want My whole Church to recognize that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, thereby later on placing devotion to My Mother's Immaculate Heart beside devotion to My own Sacred Heart."
Russia Will Spread its Errors
I would also like to give a bit of the framework with regard to current events and particularly about Russia. We read in the second Secret that the Holy Father is mentioned about five times and so is Russia. The second part of the Secret has been officially published as was the first part. The third part, as you know, has not been officially published.
Our Lady came in 1917, the same year as the Russian revolution. Most of you are aware that the Russian revolution was inspired by Marx, but perhaps many of you do not know that Marx was a satanist. He wrote poetry in which he expressed that he had sold his soul to the devil and that from hell he would hurl down curses upon mankind. Father Paul Leonard explains that in greater detail in the introduction he wrote to my book World Enslavement or Peace ... It's Up To The Pope. He goes into great length on Marx's poetry.
Briefly then, every one of the Ten Commandments of God are opposed by the ten commandments of Marxism. For example, in opposition to the Eighth Commandment, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor"; Lenin said, "the lie is sacred". Our Lord speaks of the devil as a murderer and a liar from the beginning and Lenin/Marxism tells us the lie is sacred.
In opposition to God's Seventh Commandment, "Thou shalt not steal", Marx tells us no one has a right to private property and commands his followers "steal anything you can". In the Fifth Commandment we are told, "Thou shalt not kill"; many people do not realize that the institutionalization, the legalization of abortion came from Russia. It was not legal in any country until the early 1920's. The Blessed Virgin spoke at Fatima about the errors of Russia. She did not speak of Marx or Lenin, but She spoke of the errors of Russia. She said that these errors would be spread throughout the whole world.
Today, legalized abortion kills fifty million babies each year and that is a conservative estimate. The Second Vatican Council tells us that this is a crime. Scripture tells us this crime calls to Heaven for vengeance. It is one of the four sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance and chastisement.
20th Century Apostasy Predicted
in the Third Fatima Secret
I am sure you are aware of these things but I am trying to give a composite picture. Cardinal Ratzinger tells us that the Third Secret of Fatima, which he assures us he has read, refers to the last times and is contained in Sacred Scripture. He also tells us that the Third Secret refers to the dangers to the Faith and therefore to the life of the Christian and therefore to the life of the world. When we remember that Sister Lucy tells us; the Third Secret is in the Apocalypse — Chapters 8 to 13 — we realize it is difficult to exaggerate the terrible dangers of the times we are living in.
We must recognize how close we are to the edge of the precipice. If we take Our Lady's appearance at Quito in Ecuador in 1634, She predicted our times. She said the Church would cede; would give way to persecution, to heresy, for the latter part of the Nineteenth Century and most of the Twentieth Century. There are only eight years left of the Twentieth Century.
I understand from that prophecy at Quito of Our Lady of Good Fortune, which is approved by the Church, that the heresy that is spreading through the Church will be overcome by the year 2000. Cardinal Ratzinger tells us that the Faith is in danger around the world.
Jesus' Frightful Prophetic Warning to Bishops
But the big question before us today is; will this triumph of Our Lady over heresy be through a bloodbath or will it be totally peaceful by listening to Our Lady of Fatima in time. Our Lord, speaking to Sister Lucy in August of 1931, gave her a message, and messages like this are very painful for her to deliver.
Our Lord had told her in August of 1931 this most frightful prophecy for His Ministers. It was just two years and two months after the Blessed Virgin came in 1929. She came in 1929 to fulfill Her promise to return to ask for the Consecration of Russia. She came on the 13th of June, 1929, and said, "The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make and to command all the Bishops of the world to make the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart. God promises to save Russia by this means. So numerous are the souls which the justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me that I come to ask for Reparation."
In 1931, just two years and two months later, Our Lord came back to say, "Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, like him they will follow him into misfortune". The King of France referred to is actually Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. On the 17th of June, 1689, the Sacred Heart gave a command to the King of France for him to consecrate his country, the kingdom of France, in a solemn and public way to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This command was given through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and for one hundred years the Kings of France, that is Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI did not obey. So on the 17th of June, 1789, the King of France was stripped of his power by the Third Estate and four years later he was executed by the guillotine. Our Lord makes reference to this command to the King of France. It is a terrifying prophecy but it is a command that Our Lord tells us Himself that we must make it known.
Pope John Paul Knows He Has Not Yet Obeyed
The Holy Father Pope John Paul II has, on various occasions, expressed his own thoughts on the consecration. Even before he was made Pope he and all the Polish Bishops, on two different occasions, petitioned Pope Paul VI for the consecration. After he was elected Pope, the Bishops of Poland again made the same petition. Pope John Paul II consecrated the world on the 13th of May, 1982, and on the 19th of May he said in public in St. Peter's Square that he did all he could under the current circumstances, acknowledging implicitly that he had not done everything.
He made his thoughts clear on the 25th of March, 1984. You can read this in Italian in L'Osservatore Romano and we have published it three times because people do not believe us. We have given our own English translation but we have published the original Italian photographically.
Perhaps all of you are aware that the Holy Father sent a letter to the Bishops of the world before making the consecration of the world on the 25th of March, 1984. It was dated the 8th of December, 1983, and he published it in L'Osservatore Romano around the 17th of February, 1984, approximately one month before it was to be used.
He also published the text of the consecration and he explained that except for a few minor modifications, it was the same text as the one that he used in 1982. What is most striking is that in 1984, he did follow that text but he made one significant variation away from the published text.
It is that significant variation in which he acknowledged to Our Lady of Fatima before a quarter of a million people, 250,000 people in St. Peter's Square that what he was doing that day was not what Our Lady of Fatima had requested. After the act of consecration he said the words,
"Enlighten especially the people which you are awaiting our consecration and our entrusting." The verb in Italian is in the present tense. He thereby acknowledged that Our Lady was still waiting for the consecration after he consecrated the world.
In the afternoon, four hours later, he said it again inside St. Peter's that Our Lady was still awaiting the consecration of a certain people. He said this to Our Lady of Fatima as he knelt before Her Fatima statue.
He acknowledged that Our Lady of Fatima has asked for one thing: for the consecration, and that is the Consecration of Russia. The Holy Father, subsequent to that, has said privately that he wants to do it, he wants to do the consecration but he is waiting for one thing ... the Bishops.
I hope to have here Josyp Terelya, who can tell you this directly, but in any case, he has confirmed what the Holy Father has said in public twice in 1984. The second comment was published in the Italian Bishops' newspaper, Avvenire, on page eleven the next day. I can provide text for these things for you if you need them.
Sister Lucy's Consistent Testimony for 60 Years
Sister Lucy has spoken about this act of consecration for more than fifty years. I am not as familiar with all the languages of the world as I am with English but in 1946 there was a very well known book published in English called, Our Lady of Fatima, by William Thomas Walsh, a professor of History in Manhattanville College in New York.
He wrote a number of books on history. On Isabel of Spain and a few others on the Inquisition, Isabel the Last Crusader but one of his last books before he died was Our Lady of Fatima. On page 221 of this edition, he reports his interview with Sister Lucy on the 15th of July, 1946.
He asks the question of Lucy, "At what stage of the prophecies are we into today?" And she said, "We are in the stage of Russia spreading her errors throughout the world." He said, "Does that mean that Russia will enslave the whole world?" And she said, "Yes." Since he was speaking through the translator Father Manuel Rocha, and this translator has since been published regarding the same interview and confirmed it,* Professor Walsh asked the question again to Father Rocha, and the translator again asked Sister Lucy the question, "Does that mean Russia will overcome the whole world?" And William Thomas Walsh added, "Does that include the United States of America?" And Sister Lucy said again, "Yes."
She explained on that same occasion that, "What God wants is the Consecration of Russia". Remember she is speaking in 1946. It is four years after Pope Pius XII consecrated the world on October 31st by a radio message here in Fatima and again on December 8th in Rome. Twice in 1942, he consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and yet, in 1946, four years later, Sister Lucy tells us it is not what Our Lady of Fatima asked for.
Pope Pius XII consecrated Russia on the 7th of July, 1952, and you can read much of the text of that consecration in Frère Michel's book in Volume III, and yet Sister Lucy tells us it still did not fulfill the request of Our Lady of Fatima, because in this case, the Bishops did not join in. The Bishops, of course, at that point were not asked.
Pope Paul VI, at the end of the third session in front of all the Bishops on November 21, 1964, consecrated the world. At the end of each one of these consecrations there have been those people who would tell us that we have peace in the world, that the conversion of Russia has begun. We have published against these errors, not to embarrass them, but to show that this error happens time and again and to defend the truth of the Fatima Message and promise. After 1942, after 1952, after 1964; after each consecration, Sister Lucy very clearly said, "No, it has not fulfilled Our Lady's request."
I am sure that the Bishops of Lebanon and parts of Africa would agree. I know that when I was in India last year I had to go through a military checkpoint down in Tamil Nadu because many of the Tamil Tigers from Ceylon were using it for a base of operations for revolution. And if we didn't stop our van, we could have been shot at, as anyone else would have been, for breaking through a military checkpoint.
I am sure many of you don't have to be told that there is not peace in the world. To name just a few, look at Yugoslavia, Croatia and Lebanon. The peace that Our Lady promises certainly will be at least the absence of war and it has not been achieved yet.
In an interview given to the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Sante Portalupi, on March 21, 1982, before the Holy Father came to Fatima, Sister Lucy again explained what is needed for the consecration. It must be a solemn act, a public act. It must be to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It must be the consecration of specifically Russia.
She explains that Russia is a well defined territory and when the world sees the people in that territory converting to Christ, they will recognize this sign that has been predicted. The consecration of the world does not specify one part of the world from the other and the sign would not be seen by consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart.
Again, after the consecration of May 13th, 1982, she told us in the official interview that she gave on the following March 19th, 1983, again to Archbishop Sante Portalupi and to other witnesses that the consecration of the year before did not fulfill Our Lady's request. Again after 1984, she has said it a number of times privately, and it was published in a number of newspapers including our own, that it did not fulfill Our Lady's request.
(*see The Wonders She Performs page 159 by L. Kaczmarek and The Fatima Crusader Issue 22,"Our Only Hope! Our Only Real Defense Program".)
Our Lady's Request is Simple and Easy
The request is very simple. Relatively speaking, I think it is very easy, but it is perceived with great difficulty because of two things. One is diplomacy, and the other is perceived opposition on the part of the Bishops. Contrary to what some officials in the Vatican think, ninety-five per cent of the Bishops would be happy to do the consecration if the Holy Father asked them to. As you know, I have written to the Bishops of the world about eight times now.
Few bishops have expressed dissatisfaction or opposition to this idea. We have received a signed declaration from over 400 Bishops, many more than are here today, saying that they are willing to do the Act of Consecration when the Holy Father asks for it, and that does not include the others who have indicated their support in their letters to me. But there are some in the Vatican who feel that maybe even 20% or even 30% at the maximum, would oppose this Act of Consecration. I do not think that anywhere near that many bishops would disobey but I give you these estimates for what they're worth.
I think it's crucial to understand the message of Fatima and this most important of Our Lady's requests. I, myself, when I heard it the first time in 1979, gave it very little importance. I thought it was non-essential. I thought it was just a pious extra. It took me three or four more years to understand that No, it was at the heart of the Fatima message.
This Consecration of Russia Will Be Truly Historic
It is as dramatic, or even more dramatic than the action of Moses on the bank of the Red Sea. What would have happened to the people of God at that time if Moses chose not to obey God's command to extend his staff over the Red Sea, when the army of their enemy was bearing down on them with their swords drawn and their chariots running towards them?
What would have happened had Moses not believed, had not obeyed? I believe, certainly, that event took place, but I also believe it to be a symbol and a lesson meant to be followed by the people of God today. In his address at this Conference, Father Leonard will explain just how close we are to that kind of destruction to the people of God around the world.
Whether or not one believes that analysis, the fact is that God chose to give a simple command to one man to save the rest of the people, and God thereby demonstrated the authority of Moses and His Own authority. Likewise, God wants to demonstrate the authority of the Pope and the Bishops in a dramatic fashion through this act of consecration.
I have tried to give you an overview of the content and importance of Our Lady's full Message of Fatima but shortness of time has not allowed me to demonstrate and explain in detail, those portions that may give you difficulty. In another session, I will try to answer the difficulties that you personally have with what I have said, or with the Message of Fatima as we have been publishing it for the last 15 years.
Some people have simplified the Message of Fatima to the point of saying that we are spreading superstition. One bishop in the United States said that but when he was asked to demonstrate it or withdraw his remark, he withdrew his remark. As the Bishop of Mysore said during the introduction to this talk, "If you want peace, prepare for war." — in this work we may need to prepare for more than one war perhaps.
The Message of Fatima is not magic as some have suggested. Neither is it superstition. We believe Our Lady of Fatima. Every word that She uses, She means, and She means it very literally. It has taken me sometimes years to recognize how literal She is in Her message. And when Sister Lucy tells us that "many times the Blessed Virgin told me and my cousins Jacinta and Francisco that God has chosen Russia as an instrument of chastisement to punish the whole world, if we do not beforehand obtain the conversion of that poor nation", it is very scriptural.
When the Babylonians conquered the Jews, and before they took them off into captivity, it was Jeremiah who told the people of that time who believed the promises of Our Lord, of God, that Jerusalem was the holy city. Many Catholics believe that since God promised to be with His Church for all times, that therefore this cannot happen to us.
Jesus' Promise to the Church
God promised to be with His Church, it is true, but He never promised that we would be with the Church. The Catholic Church in North Africa, at the time of St. Augustine was very flourishing. One hundred years later it was wiped out, and it has not recovered fifteen hundred years later. So although Our Lord promised to be with His Church, He has not promised all of us, or our countries, that we will be with the Church.
The prophecy of the Third Secret of Fatima predicts the present apostasy, the falling away from the Faith of entire nations. Therefore those nations and people that fall away from the Catholic Faith will no longer be with the Church. Bishop Cosme do Amaral himself, on the 10th of September, 1984, in a public talk given at the Vienna Technical University said, "The Third Secret does not refer to SS missiles; it refers to the dangers to the Faith", and he said, "It is true that the apostasy of a nation is much worse than the annihilation of a nation."
I must agree with him fully, because obviously, to annihilate a nation is only a temporal disaster, but the apostasy of a nation is spiritual, eternal disaster for that nation. Bishop do Amaral also said, "It is true that the Faith is becoming weaker and weaker in Europe every day.
|Bishop Michaelappa of Mysore, Southern India, presents His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, with a garland. His Excellency made a similar presentation to honor Father Gruner at our Fatima Peace conference. See his speech "Presentation by Bishop Michaelappa of Mysore, India". The very gracious Indian bishop made us feel most welcome when we visited his diocese last year.|
Drawn by Our Lady, Your Excellencies have already made the first move toward bringing about the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart. Before you can carry out the command of the Queen of Heaven, however, you must come to know it.
Since the Fatima Message has been covered with many years of disinformation and has been misunderstood for so long and been ignored by so many, Our Lady is very sad. Indeed, you have made the right first step; you have come to study, and meditate on Her words so that you can do your part to fulfill Her solemn command to each and every one of you.
I must caution you that there are still many powerful people inside the Church and in the world who, knowingly or unknowingly, are obstructing Our Lady's plan for peace by their ignorance and by their spreading of falsehoods against Her full Fatima message. Jesus tells us in the Gospel to be careful not to be taken in by these snares of the devil. "Do not judge by appearances," He solemnly cautions you.
There are many questions you will have, either here during this conference or after you return home to your countries. I humbly request you to let us at least reply to any objections raised in your minds about this most urgent, most important request of Our Lady of Fatima.
There are powerful forces both within and outside the Church which conspire to stop Our Lady from realizing Her Triumph. Your Excellencies have many other matters which take your attention and you may not realize that you are being tricked into not doing your part to obey this solemn command of Our Lady.
That is why I urge you to at least let us reply to whatever objections anyone raises to this request of Our Lady. You just heard the terrible prophetic warning of Jesus that you personally may be executed publicly by the enemies of the Church if this consecration request is not done in time.
Other very important steps you can take, Your Excellencies, is to consecrate your dioceses and your countries to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There have been marvels of grace wrought through these acts of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, especially when done by the bishops of that place in a solemn public way.
These acts of consecration are no substitute for the great request for the Consecration of Russia by all the bishops of the Catholic world on the same day, at the same time, together with the Pope. But they, nevertheless, are a very powerful means of promoting devotion to the Immaculate Heart and are, indeed, richly blessed by God.
We are grateful to His Holiness Pope John Paul II for his Act of Consecrating the world in 1984. As he, himself, has said so publicly, it is not what Our Lady of Fatima requested and She is still awaiting this act of consecration. In 1984, we at The Fatima Crusader, pointed out how good this was for the Church while still awaiting the compliance to Our Lady's request for the solemn, public, fully collegial Act of Consecration of Russia. We feel that, as a result of the 1984 act, God has granted to the Church a window of opportunity presented to Your Excellencies and to the Holy Father, wherein you all would find it quite easy to do the proper Consecration of Russia.
But this grace won for this time will not last long. The door of this opportunity will soon close if not acted upon in the near future and then I very much fear the 'annihilation of nations' and the 'enslavement of the whole world' that Our Lady predicted would take place in our century if we did not obey.
In the meantime, please spread the full Fatima message in your dioceses and wherever you can. Start Rosary Crusades everywhere for the Church and for the Holy Father. Have the Brown Scapular distributed by the 100's of thousands and make Our Lady's words and request be heard and obeyed everywhere. We thank you for your attention, your charity and we shall try to help you bring about soon, the Triumph of Our Lady's Immaculate Heart.
Editor's Note: Dear reader, you, too, can do your part to protect yourselves and your children from imminent danger if the consecration is not done soon. Help distribute "Save a Soul" scapular kits.