Our Lady is Sad
by Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L. , S.T.D. (Cand.)
Pope John Paul II speaking about this black and white picture of Our Lady of Fatima which miraculously shed blood from the eyes and the heart said: "If Our Lady is crying, it means that She has reason to." Obviously in our day Our Lady is very sad.
Our Lady is sad, very sad.
Nobody seems to notice.
Nobody seems to care.
Why is She Sad?
She is sad for you, and for me because She sees us in danger of losing our lives and our souls. The danger is greater today than at any time since She first appeared at Fatima.
That is why Pope John Paul II, at Fatima, said Her message is more relevant and more urgent.
There too, Pope John Paul II also told us the world and the faithful have, for the most part, gone in the opposite direction from the one that Our Lady of Fatima has asked us to go in.
She told us:
"I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not continue to offend Our Lord any more as He is already too much offended."
But Her warning has fallen on deaf ears and stoney hearts. Thus today, the consequences of the worldwide increase of sin menaces us.
This conclusion is also confirmed by Cardinal Ratzinger who tells us that Our Lady is warning us in Her Fatima message of "the dangers threatening the Faith, and therefore the life of the Christian and therefore the life of the world."
Pope John Paul II already stated this as has Pope Pius XII. Sin has not only increased since l917, but it has taken root in society. Sin has become the common, widely-accepted practice even to the extent of being openly fought for as a "right" in society.
Sin is Enthroned
For example, in 1917 no country in the world — not the "first" world nor "third" world countries, not pagan nor Islamic, nor Christian — had legalized abortion. Russia was the first country to "legalize" this monstrous sin in the 1920's. And inevitably, as a result of ignoring Her Fatima requests, just as Our Lady warned, Russia's errors have spread throughout the world.
Now today, in the U.S.A. alone, this murder of the unborn has reached over 30,000,000 since 1973 when it was first "legalized" by the Supreme Court. The crime of abortion has been legalized. It is now enthroned as a "right" and protected by law.
Sin has become enthroned and institutionalized in our society. "War is a punishment for sin" so said Our Lady of Fatima. It is clear that with 40 wars going on today we do not have world peace. It is clear that war also threatens us in the U.S.A.
We see the consequences of sin all around us but unfortunately it seems that most of our fellow men are still blind to the grave physical and moral evils surrounding us all.
Since they are deaf to Our Lady's warning they are also blind to the most obvious threats.
Sister Lucy has said: "Many times Our Lady told me and my cousins Jacinta and Francisco that Russia is the instrument of chastisement chosen by Heaven to punish the whole world if we do not before hand obtain the conversion of that poor nation."
It is obvious to anyone, who is neither ignorant nor blind that Russia now poses a greater threat to the peace, security and freedom of our physical lives than at any time since 1917.
To those who think this is an exaggeration, I beg you for your own sake, as well as for the sake of the common good to please examine the facts. See "Communism Thrives in 'Former' Warsaw Pact Nations", "Communism's Ghost Arises in Russia", and "A Portrait of Nuclear Blackmail".
It may be you will not get another opportunity to become informed and protect yourself, because we are that close to disaster. So close that even the secular papers, who for years have been telling us how marvelous Russia, Yeltsin and Gorby are, have now begun to report the fact that China has threatened the U.S.A. with Atomic missiles if it interfered in their "border dispute" with Taiwan.
Now some secular papers even broadcast that Russia has a secret military nuclear facility. And finally, they publicly admit that Russia is still very much to be feared.
Even the New York Times is now warning of the dangers from Russia and has written a series of leading articles about it.
But they still don't report everything to you. There is not sufficient room, even in this expanded issue, to alert you to all the grave dangers that threaten the lives and souls of you and your children.
Still much of the media, along with many of the public are being lulled to sleep by the perpetrated Communist bluff that Russia is not powerful, is not dangerous and does not have any sinister intentions.
Horrific Errors of Russia Among Us
But the danger is not only from Russia. Their anti-God, anti-man errors have now, just as Our Lady prophesied, spread to North America.
Besides the legalized 'homosexual and abortion rights', these errors have gone diabolically further.
Now, it is even considered legal to murder a baby almost totally born outside the healthy mother's womb, with only the head partly still inside the mother. The "doctor of death" at this point murders the child by inserting a vacuum suction pipe into the head and sucks out all the brains.
This partial-birth abortion was outlawed by Congress in March, 1996 but President Clinton, on April 10, 1996, vetoed the legislation thereby allowing thousands more babies to be 'almost born' and then be murdered by the doctor, all with the President's blessing. See "What the Nurse Saw", "Abortion Horror Exposed", and "Stop All Abortion".
This shedding of innocent blood cries to Heaven for vengeance. And at least I shall not have this crime on my hands by my silence.
Thus God may well send grief, violence and death rained upon those nations which tolerate, wink at, remain silent before, and continue to vote for murderous pro-abortion politicians.
Politicians who promote death by abortion, death by not protecting with appropriate laws and sanctions, the most innocent and defenseless humans, our little brothers and sisters in the womb, all of these are really pro-abortion politicians.
But the present-day legislator still can avoid God's wrath; See how in "Stop All Abortion". They can do this simple thing very soon, very easily.
What We Can Do
Unless we listen to and obey Our Lady's full Fatima Message, these chastisements will befall us.
We are not powerless. We do not need to wait for any one else. All of us can pray the Rosary. We can and must do that every day.
But the Message of Fatima is more than the Rosary. It is also about devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the First Saturday Communion of Reparation. Read Edward Albrecht's explanation of the necessity of this devotion in "Defending the Immaculate Heart of Mary 'Against a Flawed Theology'".
And finally, of course, we have the greatest request of Our Lady of Fatima, the Consecration of Russia.
Only upon fulfillment of this command by Our Lady to the Pope and bishops will Russia be converted. Not before. This much misunderstood promise of conversion of Russia is masterfully explained by Father Alonso, the official Fatima archivist. Read his article "The True Meaning of the Conversion of Russia".
Why Our Lady is More Sad Today
As I said at the beginning, Our Lady is sad. Sad because the evils She came to prevent have not been averted, because we did not listen.
She is sad because the evils yet to befall us are even more terrible and still She is not listened to.
She is sad, not only because of the bad persons who ignore Her because they do not see the evils yet to befall them but She is especially sad because of the good persons who do not pay attention to Her message.
Sister Lucy has said, "Our Lady is sad because neither the good nor the bad pay attention to Her message."
The Sacred Heart tells St. Margaret Mary He is more offended by His friends who are lukewarm than by His enemies who hate Him.
Thus we can conclude Our Lady's Heart is more offended by good people who ignore Her message.
The Divided Church Leadership
She is saddened, no doubt, by the priests, bishops and Cardinals who still think it relevant to debate whether or not to take Our Lady of Fatima seriously since their flawed theology tells them that it is only a private revelation.
Fatima is in fact a public prophetic revelation that in the words of John Paul II, "imposes an obligation on the Church". But in their "learned ignorance", these Cardinals and bishops think they can safely ignore Fatima.
Our Lord warns them through Sister Lucy of Fatima that for this kind of thinking and acting, they will suffer a fate similar to the King of France who had his head chopped off at the guillotine by the revolutionary forces of Masonry and their allies.
These good prelates and their lackeys, among the priests and laypeople from the "Amen corner" still attack and cripple any priest who tries as well as he can to warn the faithful, to warn the priests and bishops of the imminent danger.
Our Lady is saddened that this divided leadership in the Church prevents Her message from being heard and obeyed.
This leadership that is against Our Lady will pay a heavy price for it, but unfortunately so will their followers who also ignore Our Lady's full Fatima Message even though Our Lady graced them with the knowledge of it.
Don't be surprised that there are even Cardinals who fight against Pope John Paul II and who also fight against Our Lady of Fatima. See the revealing article, "Vatican Bureaucrats try to replace Pope John Paul II".
They too, will not be without chastisement. Let us pray and work and sacrifice and speak out so that the disasters which threaten us will not fall on us.
It is up to you.
Remember you need to keep helping this magazine to get the truth out about Fatima. The mainstream media won't do it. It is engaged in war against the Church. See "The Media's War on the Catholic Church". It is written by William Simon, former Secretary of the Treasury.
Nor will the "Amen corner" of the Catholic press which follows the modernist bishops and priests, get the word out. So you need to help us get the word out.
If we cannot keep publishing The Fatima Crusader, I trust Our Lady will accept my excuse that it is because not enough good people helped us meet our publishing debts.
Indeed, it is truly up to you to console Our Lady. Pray as She asked and help us to get the word out before it is too late for all of us. Will you not console Our Lady today?
Yours in the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart,
Father Nicholas Gruner