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From Father's Desk
  • Father's Letter of September 2005,
    re: Prayers for the Victims
    of Hurricane Katrina

J.M.J.

“NO ONE HAS PAID ANY ATTENTION”

“Father, the Most Holy Virgin is very sad because no one has paid any attention to Her message, neither the good nor the bad. The good continue on their way but without giving any importance to Her Message. The bad, not seeing the punishment of God actually falling upon them, continue their life of sin without even caring about the message. But believe me, Father, God will chastise the world and this will be in a terrible manner. The punishment from Heaven is imminent.”

... Sister Lucy to Father Fuentes

Dear Friend of Our Lady,

You must have seen, as I did, the scenes of unimaginable horror shown on TV and in the newspapers of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. One image especially sticks in my mind.

In New Orleans’ Garden District, a woman’s body lay on the sidewalk. As days passed, people covered the corpse with blankets, then with plastic. Then someone took a picture which appeared in papers all over the world.

By the day the picture was taken, a low wall of bricks had been built around the body, holding down a plastic tarpaulin. On it, someone had spray-painted a cross and the words, “Here lies Vera. God help us.”

The name “Vera” comes from the Latin word for “true”. This makeshift tomb is indeed “true”. It is grim proof of the truth of the urgent Message of Fatima.

Yes, Our Lady warned us at Fatima that if we did not repent and make amends for our sinfulness, the world would suffer a great chastisement.

Sacred Scripture and Our Lady of Fatima both gave us visions of the terrible days of judgment which we are beginning to experience now. We were warned that there will be no one to bury the dead.

Indeed, the living will envy the dead. The hurricane death toll is still not known. Bodies are being found everywhere: floating in canals, slumped in wheelchairs, abandoned on highways and medians, and hidden in attics.

As for the living, even with evacuations completed at the Superdome and Convention Center, refugees are scattered all over the country, clinging to life in conditions that can only be described as appalling. And now yet another hurricane that has ravaged Louisiana.

If what Our Lady asked is not done soon, we will see not only the devastation of many more cities but entire countries — not just by war, but by famine, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.

They said “It can’t happen here.”

Some believed such things would never happen in America. They said, “America is a Christian country.” They thought God would punish only the pagan nations of the Third World.

The devastating tsunami of December 26 was their proof, for, after all, weren’t the hardest-hit countries Hindu India, Muslim Indonesia, and Buddhist Thailand and Sri Lanka?

But the Blessed Virgin said: “If My requests are not granted ... the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.” Our Lady’s warning is not just for America, but the whole world!

If only the whole world could hear
Our Lady’s urgent message!

Sadly, America is not a Christian country. In spite of the belief of great numbers of Americans, our government has officially turned its back on Christianity.

The celebration of Christian holidays, prayer in our schools, the display of images of Jesus Christ and His Most Holy Mother and other Christian symbols in public places: all these are forbidden.

We have sinned greatly. All of the seven deadly sins — especially pride, gluttony and lust — are part of the daily fabric of life in our Western society. Almost everyone in our society covets either being rich, pampered, overindulged or decadent.

We can hardly escape the constant outpouring of sex, violence and blasphemy in our media. Television and movies are immoral, even shocking, but the amount of filth that comes into our homes on the Internet is overwhelming, sickening, even nauseating!

New Orleans has long had a reputation for being a hotbed of drugs, sex and all manner of vice, a latter-day Sodom! Indeed, sinful decadence such as “gay pride” was being openly celebrated in “the Big Easy” even as disaster struck.

People ask, “Why weren’t we warned?

The tragedy is that many people say they didn’t know this was coming! But they should have!

God sent His Holy Mother to Fatima to remind us of the warnings in Sacred Scripture. Yet billions of people still have not heard Her urgent Fatima Message.

Why? Because, as we know, there is the diabolical campaign to silence Fatima and Our Lady’s words.

A colossal amount of money, influence and power is used to silence the voice of Fatima. Our Lady’s enemies — both outside and inside the Church — are doing everything they can to keep the world from knowing the full truth of Her Message and our Catholic Faith.

The Chief Target of the Diabolical Forces
is this Apostolate!

Only Our Lady’s Fatima Apostolate preaches and promotes the full Message of Fatima worldwide. The forces arrayed against us have the devil’s backing. Our Lady’s enemies have seemingly unlimited money and power — even in the highest levels of the Church.

But it’s YOU and I who must get the message out.

We work and pray 14 hours or more almost every day, struggling against staggering odds to scrape together whatever funds we can to keep reaching out with Our Lady’s urgent warning. We speak to millions through our literature and our TV and radio broadcasts.

I confess to having a sense of failure. As you can see, we have not yet been able to get Her Message out far enough or wide enough.

Too many people have not heard Our Lady’s voice. Too many people still do not know what She is saying about the danger the world faces today.

We must double our efforts to get Our Lady’s urgent Fatima Message to a world in danger! The chastisement of which She warned has only begun!

God’s hand has been held back by the Blessed Virgin Mary, but in the face of the increased blasphemies against His Divine Son and His Holy Mother ... God will hold back the chastisement no longer!

Our present situation seems like a disaster movie, but we have a real choice. It is up to you and I to pray and act. A story often heard in homilies goes like this:

A devout man lived in a community threatened by a river that, swollen by heavy rain, was about to burst its banks. Friends came by and offered to drive him to higher ground. He said, “I’ll stay in my house. God will save me,” and sent them on their way.

He watched calmly as the river rose and the flood waters advanced on his house. Rescuers came by in a boat, but the man sent them away because, he said, he had faith that God would save him.

As the waters inched higher, the man climbed up onto the roof. A helicopter dropped a ladder, but the man refused to climb up. “God will save me,” he said.

Soon he was swept away by the flood waters and drowned. When he came before God, he asked, “How could You let me drown? I am a religious man. Why didn’t You save me?”

God said, “I sent you a car. I sent you a boat. I even sent you a helicopter. But you refused to act and accept My rescue ...”

Our Lady’s Fatima Message is 
God’s lifeline to the world!

Our Lady of Fatima is God’s chosen messenger. She warns us of what will surely happen if we do not repent and obey Her simple requests. We have not listened, and now the chastisement, the Great Cleansing of which Our Lady warned, has begun.

Listen to the words of Sister Lucy, as spoken to Father Fuentes:

“We should not wait for an appeal to the world to come from Rome on the part of the Holy Father, to do penance. Nor should we wait for the call to penance to come from our bishops in our diocese, nor from the religious congregations. NO! Our Lord has already very often used these means and the world has not paid attention. That is why now, it is necessary for each one of us to begin to reform himself spiritually. Each person must not only save his own soul but also help all the souls that God has placed on his path.”

And again, she tells us:

“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even in the life of peoples and nations that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.”

Even now, it is not too late! If Our Lady’s Message is heard and Her requests heeded, we can still enjoy the period of peace that She promised.

Three things you can do NOW 
to make Our Lady’s warning known

Our Lady told us at Fatima that “only I can help you.” Since 9/11 we have witnessed one disaster after another: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Spanish bombing, the tsunami, five airplane crashes in a month, the London bombings, and now Hurricane Katrina.

The Message that God’s Mother brought the world is our only hope, and we must make it known! The three things to do now are:

The first is to pray the Rosary. Our Lady calls us to pray the Rosary daily. Why not try earnestly to say your Rosary twice a day?

You can pray a complete Rosary in about 15 minutes. At this critical time, could you spare just half an hour a day to pray for the salvation of your country and yourself? How could you not do so? Please also remember me and the work of Our Lady’s Apostolate in your prayers.

Second, I ask you to spread the word. Word of mouth is the most powerful form of communication. Advertisers speak of the water-cooler effect: People gather around the water cooler to talk of the important events of the day.

You can be one of Our Lady’s messengers. Please feel free to use the words of this letter. Spread Our Lady’s words of warning in any way you can!

You say you don’t meet with people in a workplace? But you do meet in shopping centers, doctor’s offices, and at your neighbors’ houses.

Perhaps you can express yourself in venues such as message boards, forums, online communities, social-network sites, and blogs. And let’s not forget e-mail to all your friends and acquaintances and ask them to pass it on to all their friends and acquaintances!

Finally, the third thing I must ask is for your financial support — more important than ever at this critical time. Our regular donations are far down from last year. I have begun to lay off employees, and what breaks my heart most, is I have to cut back on sending Our Lady’s Message out to the world when it needs it most!

It takes incredible amounts of money to reach out to the billions of souls in America and around the world. To buy 30 seconds of air time during the telecast of this year’s Super Bowl cost $2.4 million. Imagine! That’s what they paid to advertise a pill promoting sexual license and debauchery — for just half a minute!

Yet we have a message that is vital to the salvation of America and the world from the chastisement which has now begun, and how much do we have to spend? Not nearly enough!

In fact, we have less and less funds — when we need more and more! Your gift today, whether it is $10.00 or $10,000, will help more than you can know.

If we had only 1/10th of that same $2.4 million, we could sponsor a repeat telecast of “Heaven’s Key to Peace”, reaching out to 200,000,000 — TWO HUNDRED MILLION — people in Canada and the U.S.

Or, with the same amount of money, we could print and mail 450,000 copies of The Fatima Crusader. Each copy is read by 2 to 4 persons, so the same $240,000 means over a million people — many of whom are living in parts of the world where they can’t get our TV programs — will read Our Lady’s Message.

Sister Lucy said, “Our Lady will protect Her dear ones.” Let us renew our resolve to always be ever more grateful and faithful to Her, to love Her more and to give back to Her Fatima Apostolate what we can.

I am asking you to make a special sacrifice right now, to help our Apostolate make Our Lady’s warning heard. Please give what you can, and pray with me that Our Lady’s requests will be heeded before another disaster strikes.

   Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

   Father Nicholas Gruner

P.S.

I know many have been affected by Hurricane Katrina, personally and tragically. Some of you have lost friends and loved ones. What would you give, now, to be able to bring back just one of those poor souls? What will you give, now, to prevent others from meeting the same fate, all because enough people have not heard Our Lady’s urgent warning?

Please help as much as you can. The need is great! The time is NOW!

  For more information about Father Gruner, 
visit the Fatima Priest web site