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Re: “Fatima is not over” and
the Feast of the Visitation

J.M.J.

“Whoever thinks that the prophetic mission of Fatima is over, is DECEIVED.”

— Pope Benedict XVI, May 12, 2010

Feast of the Sacred Heart
June 11, 2010

Dear Friend of Our Lady,

In his latest letter, Father Gruner wrote about our Fatima Challenge conference in Rome and the Pope’s visit to Fatima a few days after the conference ended.

In case you have not yet read Father Gruner’s letter, it begins with the quote by Pope Benedict XVI at the top of this page. Here is a sample of what you will read in Father’s letter:

  • “Fatima is not over, Our Lady’s Triumph is in the future, not the past!”
  • “This is the Pope, ... telling us the Fatima prophecy is unfolding NOW. That the Church is undergoing a passion foretold in the Third Secret. That the sexual abuse scandals involving the clergy are part of the Secret” (i.e. the Third Secret of Fatima).

Father’s letter contains information you will want to be aware of. I urge you to please read it if you have not already done so. The Pope’s statements to the press serve as encouragement for increasing our efforts in this battle against the enemies of Our Lady of Fatima.

As you know, the Holy Father is surrounded by enemies and perhaps the worst type of enemy — those who work against their victim while pretending to be a friend. Our Lord refers to it in the Gospel as wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Pope Benedict has shown definite signs that he is trying to turn the Church around. He is trying to restore the Church and there can be no doubt that he knows the way to do this is through the Message of Fatima.

But he does not know who he can rely on. He does not know who will support him.

We ask that you please join us in showing your support. One way to accomplish that is by petitioning him to make the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Pope Benedict knows the Consecration must be done in order to end the priest scandals, to end the crises in the Church, to avoid or lessen the coming spiritual and temporal chastisements and in order to restore the True Church of Jesus Christ to its former glory and even more, to a glory the world has not yet seen.

It is our duty as Catholics to help him. And even if it were not our duty, for our own benefit and the benefit of those we love, it would make sense that we should WANT to help him.

Certainly he needs our prayers. In fact we must increase our prayers for him, praying that he stand firm and be the Pope God wills him to be.

And a show of support by petitioning him to make the Consecration of Russia should serve as encouragement letting him know he is not alone and we will support him in this endeavor.

Enclosed is a picture of Our Lady of Fatima along with a petition to His Holiness asking him to make the Consecration of Russia in union with the bishops as requested at Fatima.

You may have seen this petition picture before — these were first printed ten years ago. They have been reprinted with updated text on the back.

Please join us in a show of support to the Holy Father Benedict XVI, by signing this petition and returning it to us at The Fatima Center. Encourage others to sign a petition as well. Signed petitions are forwarded to our Rome office and taken by our office staff to the Vatican.

A large show of support and our prayers are what the Pope needs. For more copies of this petition, call us at 1-800-845-3047.

The text on the back of the enclosed picture petition is in English and Spanish.

We also have petitions with a different color background in Italian and French, both with the English text included. Remember to specify which language you would like when you request more copies of the petition pictures.

The Feast of the Visitation

We have also enclosed a prayer card as a reminder of the Feast of the Visitation of Mary to Her cousin Elizabeth, on July 2.

The Visitation was a most significant event in the life of Our Lord, Our Lady, Her cousins Zachary and Elizabeth, and especially for Saint John the Baptist.

The degree of significance is underlined by the fact that of all recorded biblical events it is one of the 15 important enough to have been rendered a place in the mysteries of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin — specifically, the second Joyful Mystery.

On the back of the prayer card are the words spoken by Our Lady to Her cousin in response to Elizabeth’s greeting to Our Lady. These words are recorded in the Gospel of Saint Luke (1:46-55).

They are the words of a well known Catholic prayer which is offered daily by priests and religious, as well as laity. This prayer is called The Magnificat. In his book True Devotion to Mary, Saint Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort said that the devotees of Our Lady should offer this prayer after receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion.

Our Lady offers these words in response to Elizabeth’s words of high praise to Mary. But the Mother of Our Redeemer does not keep such praise as Her own, instead She immediately gives this praise (and all praise) to Almighty God.

Here is some of what the great Doctor of the Church, Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, had to say about Our Lady with respect to this feast day in his wonderful book, The Glories of Mary:

  • “...Fortunate is the soul that is visited by the Queen of the world, the Most Holy Virgin Mary, Who cannot but fill with riches and graces those blessed souls whom She deigns to visit by Her favors.”
  • “Mary is the Treasurer of all Divine Graces; therefore, whoever desires graces must have recourse to Mary; and he who has recourse to Mary may be sure of obtaining the graces that he desires.”

I am sure that you receive many requests for prayers but I would be most grateful if you would render me the favor of saying one Hail Mary either on Our Lady’s feast day this year or some time in the near future, for the repose of the soul of my sister Julie Ann, who died on this Feast of Our Lady last year.

For more copies of this prayer card, call us at 1-800-845-3047.

You are in my prayers, please keep Father Gruner, and Our Lady’s Apostolate workers, supporters and other volunteers in your prayers. Each of us needs all the prayer support possible. We need to help one another in this battle to save our souls.

In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,

Joanna Swords

P.S. Just a reminder to the members of Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Guild — don’t forget to offer five decades of the Rosary on the thirteenth of each month for the special intentions given to members (on the back of the membership prayer card). If you are not a member and would like to join, call us at 1-800-845-3047 and we will send you a membership certificate and prayer card.