Bishop Arulappa Stresses Need for
This letter was sent to the worlds bishops along with a copy of Father Paul Trinchards book The Awesome Fatima Consecrations. It is being included in this book as Archbishop Arulappas letter soundly reinforces the need for the Consecration of Russia and the urgency of the Fatima Message.
MOST REVEREND R. ARULAPPA
Archbishop of Madras & Mylapore (Retired)
Our Lady of Light Church, Madras, India
Holy Thursday, 1992
Dear Brother Bishop:
Father Gruner has told me of his admiration for the tremendous love and generosity that you have shown Our Dear Blessed Mother. How gratifying it is for me to hear of such strong devotion to Our Lady of Fatima!
That is why I especially wanted to write you and share my thoughts regarding the enclosed book which Father is sending you as a gift this Easter season.
First off, I would like to say that The Awesome Fatima Consecrations is truly a book for our times. The heart of Father Trinchards main message is fully convincing and scarcely questionable.
While a few comments in the book are perhaps controvertible, this takes nothing away from the great usefulness and good that this book will do if it is widely circulated.
It seems clear to me, as it does to Father Trinchard, that we are actually living in the end-times referred to by Our Lord in Luke 18.8: "But yet the Son of man, when He cometh, shall He find faith on earth?"
It does not require any extraordinary perception to realize that these troubled days of ours are just such times. Where is faith these days? In what nation does it flourish, in what place?
The general apostasy predicted in Holy Scripture is occurring now before our eyes. And, as Father Trinchard shows, what is most unfortunate is that this "smoke of satan" (as Pope Paul VI called it) has not spared even the very heart of the Church!
For several years now, I have been mystified and baffled by the fact that at least three Popes (Pius XII, Paul VI and our present Pontiff, John Paul II) all partially obeyed Our Lady by consecrating the world, yet each stopped short before fulfilling the most important part of Her Fatima request, namely the collegial consecration of Russia.
Pope John Paul II himself has even said (after consecrating the world in 1984) that Our Lady was still waiting for the specific consecration of Russia that She asked for at Fatima.
It would seem clear, as Father Trinchard suggests, that some kind of agreement between the Vatican and Moscow continues to stand in the way. Obviously the devil, the most cunning of all creatures, seems to have lured even the Popes into a disastrous situation.
1. Objections to Fatima and the Consecration of Russia
Some of those who object to the Consecration say that because it is a "private revelation" it is not valid. The revelation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Saint Margaret Mary was also private, yet it was officially accepted and the Feast of the Sacred Heart and the devotion of the First Fridays were instituted.
Similarly, the revelation of the Immaculate Conception at Lourdes was private, but nevertheless it was used to confirm the dogma which was proclaimed four years earlier. Here too, a Feast was instituted in honor of the apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes.
Why is it then the revelation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Fatima is the object of so much doubt and scorn? The only reason seems to be that a conspiracy of demons has somehow succeeded in preventing the fulfillment of Our Ladys Fatima promises.
Interestingly, the revelations of Paray-le-Monial, Lourdes and Fatima are not really "new" revelations at all, but rather confirmations of the revelation made by Christ Himself. They are warnings, pleadings and merciful appeals to live by that first great revelation and the truth revealed through Christ, a truth that can be summed up in the words: Repent, Pray, Do Penance . . .
There are still others who object to the Consecration on the grounds that it constitutes "interference" in the internal affairs of Russia. Consecration is indeed a very special kind of prayer, but since when does prayer interfere in any negative way?
We must never forget that it was the Mother of God Who made this request. Do we dare believe that She did not know what She Herself was asking for? One can only imagine that the "father of lies" has cleverly blinded the eyes of those who say such things.
When Our Lady asked for the Consecration, She knew that Russias power would be very great and that it would be capable of using enormous influence, both for good and bad.
Just as obviously, by delaying the fulfillment of this request we have missed a great chance to use that power for good, to use it for conversion and for the peace that Our Lady promised us.
Why is Our Lady so concerned about Russia? Because it is Gods Will and because devotion to Her in Russia is so extraordinary, even today. And yet what was and remains "Holy Russia" may well be given up into the enemys hands because of lack of faith.
2. Why the Immaculate Heart? And Why Now?
It seems that many of those who complain about the Consecration really object to the loving appeals of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. In fact, they reject the warnings which have been given by God for the good of all mankind.
In the final analysis, the campaign against the Consecration is really the last great effort of satan to conquer because he knows that the triumph of the Immaculate Heart means his final defeat.
The question arises why so much insistence on the Immaculate Heart of Mary now?
As Our Lord Himself told Sister Lucy, it is His way of making the Church honor and glorify His Mother! If a son like Jesus chooses to honor and glorify His Mother in these end-times (for having co-operated so richly with Him in the work of redemption), who are we to question Him?
The real problem for the objectors is that they do not want to acknowledge Mary as our Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix (perhaps because they fear offending those "separated brethren" outside the true Faith).
This is despite the fact that the Second Vatican Council itself acknowledges Our Lady as Advocate, Helper, Benefactress and Mediatrix (Paragraph 62, The Constitution of the Church).
One can only wonder why those who swear by Vatican II choose to ignore the words of the Council Fathers when they declare that Mary "in a wholly singular way ... co-operated in Her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Savior in restoring supernatural life to souls."
In the end, we cannot doubt that it is Satans effort to bring down the glory of Mary a glory which the Father has not hesitated to bestow upon Her!
3. Help the Pope and Bishops
As incredible as it may seem to you, it is unfortunately very true that many bishops have not taken Fatima seriously. And what a terrible pity it is!
The Queen of Heaven and Earth, the Mother of Mankind (and in a very special way, the Mother of all priests and bishops) pleads and begs for something and still it is not taken seriously.
Yet even at this late date, being the merciful Mother that She is, Our Lady will do everything and anything to save us from total catastrophe!
We should not be surprised or scandalized that so many bishops are not worried. As Father Trinchard shows, neither the Popes not the bishops are impeccable or infallible in matters of pastoral administration (the Popes infallibility is restricted to faith and morals alone), hence a mistake in prudential matters is very possible.
While many statements in The Awesome Fatima Consecrations will be irksome to those concerned, we must remember that the truth is always irksome, and can we not reasonably expect our bishops to rise above any personal discomfort to please God and Our Lady?
When will the Holy Father and the bishops fulfill Our Ladys request for the Consecration of Russia?
We can only hope and pray that it will be soon. What is truly needed today is a vast worldwide campaign of prayer, asking Almighty God to give the Pope and bishops the graces needed to obey Our Lady of Fatima and consecrate Russia as She asked.
In these circumstances, I think Father Trinchards book is uniquely valuable. It may also help to open the eyes of many bishops and it is certainly most desirable (even necessary) that it be placed in their hands as soon as possible!
I am certain that Our Lady will bless you so much for any help you can give to get Father Trinchards book out to all the bishops, priests and other influential people who can do something to get the Consecration of Russia accomplished now!
I invoke Gods abundant blessing on you and your family. Please remember that it is never too late to call on Marys Motherly goodness.
Yours in Our Lady,
Archbishop R. Arulappa