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The Greatest Man I Never Knew

Although our paths crossed, they never ran parallel long enough for me to get to know him. And I must consider this my loss. Through our brief encounters I did learn one very important lesson from this Marian priest, and that was to be afraid.

In this particular instance fear is a good thing. Father Marcel Nault taught me to be deathly afraid of going to hell. And for that I could never have thanked him enough.

In 1979, Father Nault was a parish priest at St. Stephen the Martyr, in Dowling, Ontario, when Father Gruner and the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady visited his church.

A year later, Father Nault was working with Father Gruner and Our Lady’s Fatima Apostolate, and giving speeches on the Catholic Dogma of Hell.

Father Nault, when speaking at “Fatima 2000”, in Rome, stated: “To avoid hell, you must want to avoid hell ... Some people have accepted death as martyrs to avoid hell.

“To avoid hell we must receive the grace of God through the Holy Eucharist and the sacrament of penance ...”

Our Lady of Fatima emphasized the danger mankind faces when She showed Lucy, Francisco, and Jacinta, the Vision of Hell on July 13, 1917. It was a Mother’s concern for all Her children that prompted Our Lady to frighten the young seers with this graphic portrayal of what we all face if we continue to ignore Heaven’s requests.

The Blessed Virgin Mary has given us weapons to combat satan and his army as they do everything in their power to condemn souls to the eternal flames. Some of these weapons are: the Rosary; the Brown Scapular (Whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire), given to St. Simon Stock in 1251; and the Green Scapular (Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death), entrusted to Sister Justine Bisqueyburu in 1840.

Another weapon, Father Nault, warned his superiors they too would suffer for not preaching about hell simply because their parishioners didn’t want to hear that kind of message. “You are on the road to hell for all eternity,” he warned one Monsignor who refused to teach the Catholic Dogma of Hell.

Heaven called Their loyal son to his eternal reward in 1997. Father Gruner lost a close, personal friend. We lost an inspired messenger who made us realize that we will be held accountable for our sins, and the fearful consequences our actions could lead us to suffer.