Father's Letter of December 2005,
re: Our Lady’s Special Gift
- The Green Scapular
"To save sinners, God wills to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart."
... Our Lady of Fatima
Dear Friend of Our Lady,
I am writing this letter to you today totally from my heart and I'm praying very hard that you will read it with yours.
As you already know so well, this last year has been an extremely difficult one for me and for Our Lady's Apostolate.
On a personal level, I have been facing a vicious campaign of harassment and attack that seems to go on and on, without limits.
At the same time, the Apostolate itself has been engaged in its own desperate effort to stop the desecration of Our Lady’s holy Shrine and prevent Our Lady’s enemies from burying the Fatima Message beneath half-truths, distortions and lies.
Too many people in the Church ignore Our Lady of Fatima and Her Message which is our only hope for world peace.
Between defending our Faith, Our Lady and Her urgent Message, I’ve often felt like we were in hand-to-hand combat with the devil himself!
All I can tell you is that it’s been a year of many long days and sleepless nights spent praying for both the spiritual and physical strength to continue this work.
In truth, I couldn't have gotten through the last few months without God's help, Our Lady’s protection, and the prayers and support of people like you. I feel deeply grateful and honored to have you by my side!
As I do every year at Christmas, I am coming to you today to again ask for your help. But this time, I also want to ask you for something more...
So often during my prayers, I've been reminded that Heaven has given us very powerful weapons against the evil and doubt that surround us. I have also remembered how little we use them.
Of all these weapons, one of the most powerful (and yet little known) is Our Lady's special gift of the GREEN SCAPULAR.
By means of this unique sacramental, the Mother of God has promised to strengthen the faith and convert the hearts of Her wayward children, especially those who have left the Church.
For over 150 years, the Green Scapular caused countless miracles of faith and conversion. That's because it is a blessed sign of Our Lady's maternal love and intercession which She personally gives to us.
Each and every one of us knows someone whose faith is weak or who has actually left the Church. Perhaps it is a member of your own family, or maybe it’s a friend.
It is especially for these souls that Our Blessed Mother has given us the Green Scapular, asking us to place this powerful symbol into their lives and join Her in praying for conversions.
Enclosed you will find a Green Scapular. Even though I've blessed it for you, it is not meant for you to keep. It is, in fact, meant for you to give away this Christmas.
In a very deep sense, this little piece of green cloth is your Christmas gift from the Blessed Virgin Mary to someone you love and care for.
It does not require anything more from you than your commitment to pray daily the prayer on the back of the Scapular and its actual presence somewhere near your loved one.
This Scapular can also be YOUR Christmas gift to Our Lady.
As I look back on this long, hard year of trial and testing, I cannot think of anything more fitting than to bring this true sacramental of Our Lady’s love to as many people as possible.
With your help this Christmas season, we can put tens of thousands of these Scapulars into circulation across North America and around the world, letting Our Lady bring the light and hope of Her Immaculate Heart to them, and, in time, to millions.
I beg you to help me send 10's of thousands more of these Scapulars, as well as Fatima information, to other Catholics, asking them to join us in bringing souls back to the Faith and converting new hearts.
Please... before you write your check, think for a second what it can mean if we put millions of these Scapulars in the hands of other Catholics, and if millions more join us in prayer.
With all my heart, I pray that this Christmas will be your happiest and holiest ever. May God bless and keep you and yours.
Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Father Nicholas Gruner
Our Lady sadly told us "many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them". Please send your sacrificial Christmas gift to Our Lady's Apostolate so that with your help, we can continue to work towards establishing devotion to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart and save many sinners from hell. Help us send many 10's of thousands of Green Scapulars at Christmas time. (If you need more blessed Scapulars, write us and we’ll be happy to send them to you.)
5 years ago I wrote a similar letter and members of our Fatima Center family responded in such a way that together we were able to send out nottens of thousands, but over a million Green Scapulars since then. It is my prayer that once again you will give generously to help us continue our work and give away another million blessed Green Scapulars, to help heal and convert a million more souls to Our Lady!
For more information about Father Gruner,
visit the Fatima Priest web site