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Dear Father Gruner,

Our apologies to you for not replying sooner. Thank you for the recent issues of The Fatima Crusader magazines, particularly Issues No. 72 and 73. Both are excellent and a tremendous encouragement to stand firm and keep the Faith of Our Fathers. That Faith which never does change. A big thank you for that effort!

We are fully aware of the supreme efforts that you yourself and your fine priests and lay worker assistants make for Our Lady of Fatima and Her Full Fatima Message. Know well that your sacrifices do not go unnoticed by us “Down Here” or, I suspect, those “Up There”. Your calling is truly a veritable Calvary. But you are not alone. For we suffer with you in this “CRUCIAL CAUSE FOR OUR LADY OF FATIMA”. We are right behind you and also standing by your side in this fight to the death, for let us be clear, that is what this is. And we already know the outcome.

We pray for you and the Fatima Apostolate every day. Know that each day in this little corner of the world, hundreds of Hail Mary's are said for Our Lady's (soon) coming Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. For the Pope to consecrate Russia, which he will do (hopefully soon) in fine, for the needs of the Church in this our worst crisis ever, for the Victory. Here at home, this is what we work for. Everyday. I repeat, you are not alone. We are with you all the way, Father.

Our Lady of Fatima and Her Peace Plan from Heaven, the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary by the Pope in union with all the bishops of the world on the same day in a solemn act together with the establishment of the Five First Saturday Reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is the only answer to this unprecedented crisis in the Church and the world. This is the only thing that will give us peace. True peace. What a great cause you have been chosen to work for, Father! With our small efforts, we are more than happy to work with you too. Thank God you stood up to the lies and defended Our Lady of Fatima — you have not let Her down when She called out to us for help!

We will continue to back you 100% for as long as we have breath in our mouths. We will continue to support you, your workers in the front line, your beautiful Apostolate, in all that you do for the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We do love you for what you do for Our Lady under the most trying and difficult circumstances that any soul could ever be asked to work and suffer. It must be gut wrenching to know that enemies constantly are trying to crush you and Our Lady's coming Triumph. They are poor souls really, and at first hand this may appear a little simplistic, but I do not think it is really. The way I look at it is this, you do your best, and you do, we all know that. And that is all that Our Blessed Mother asks of us. And not more. One thing is necessary to save our soul and escape eternal damnation. It goes without saying, of course, that we try to help others save their souls too. And we do that.

So, that's it in a nutshell, as they say, Father. We know you are not guilty of anything, save the unforgivable crime of spreading devotion to Our Lady of Fatima throughout the whole world in this time of so much weakness on the part of men. Heaven forbid that the poor foolish creatures that call themselves Catholics these days could ever be referred to as “men”.

We are not far from an hour that will be decisive for our world. To choose sides, we all must. Either we stand next to Our Lady of Fatima with Her soldiers, with you at the head, or we stand next to the devil. There is only one choice for a soul of sound thinking and a good heart and that is to support you and Our Lady of Fatima and to reject the way of the devil and the cowards who support him. We must be prepared to die for Our Lady or we are not Her children. Her cause must be our cause too, it must be our first cause; it must be our first priority and not just a Sunday thing. We have to be prepared to lose everything for the cause of Our Lady of Fatima and Her (soon) coming Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! I know that you are, Father, but know that we are too. We are with you, dear Father.

May the Holy Family of Nazareth, Jesus, Mary and Joseph watch over you, comfort you, support you in this critical hour for the Church and the world. May God pour down upon you, and all of your workers, the choicest graces and blessings, both now and for ever. God bless you, Father, always.

Very sincerely,

P. and J. O'Donnell, New Zealand

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