Father Nicholas Gruner
— Publisher, The Fatima Crusader —
— Producer, Heaven's Peace Plan —
Nationwide Daily Radio Program
July 26th, 1988
Feast of St. Ann
"God wants to establish in the world Devotion to My Immaculate Heart."
... Our Lady of Fatima
Dear Friend of Jesus and Mary,
This issue of The Fatima Crusader may be the most important we have ever sent to you.
But I must also tell you that it may be the last.
As you probably know, our meager financial resources have long been stretched to their very limit.
In fact, it's only been through the truly "heroic" sacrifices of people like you that we have been able to hold on and publish at all.
But now, to print and put this issue in your hands has meant going out and borrowing more than 150,000 dollars.
Combined with our old debts, this new burden has now pushed us to the financial breaking point:
Let me explain why we have risked everything to send you this special issue...
Our Lady's Message to the Church is so vital to your life and salvation that we believe it is worth any sacrifice to bring it to you!!
We have published this issue in the faith that you love Our Lady too much to let Her Fatima messenger be silenced forever.
But frankly, that is exactly what will happen if we do not hear from you and other good friends of Our Lady soon.
Even though more than 1 million people read each issue of The Fatima Crusader, only a tiny handful actually help pay the costs of printing and postage.
I do not have to tell you that we do not have any stock portfolios or million-dollar endowments to pay our bills.
We depend entirely on your gifts of love and faith.
Some people have suggested that we just give up. Others have advised that we only send Our Lady's words to those willing to pay for them.
But I cannot do that.
As you know, we are living in very extraordinary times.
Like in Jesus' time, most people today are totally unaware that we are at a turning point in human history.
The signs are everywhere... yet how many people bother to see them?
... According to the New York Times, more wars are going on right now than at any time on record. 3 million people have already died in the 25 current wars taking place today.
... These 25 wars are more today than ever in human history. This does not even include the undeclared war upon the unborn which now has 50 million innocent babies dying violent deaths by abortions each year.
... A new survey has shown that U.S. women have one of the highest abortion rates in the world. In the next few years, of every 100 women of childbearing age, there will be 76 abortions, with some women having more than one.
... Drug abuse and violence are snowballing. The L.A. Times reports that drug convictions are up 146 percent, yet today more young people become hopeless addicts than ever before.
... And A.I.D.S. Scientists at the recent conference in Stockholm predict millions of more cases in the next few years.
... Most A.I.D.S. patients will die a horrible death. A.I.D.S. threatens now to become worse than the black plague which wiped out one-third of Europe in the 14th Century. No cure, treatment or vaccine is in sight!
The signs are everywhere and yet people continue to grasp at straws...
Many today are taking consolation in the supposed "improved relations" between the U.S. and Communist Russia.
They do this, despite more than 70 years of Communist lies, deceit and treachery which still continues even to this day, as my last letter proved...
St. Paul must have been thinking of our times when he wrote the Thessalonians: (1 Thess. 5:3)
"For when they shall say, peace and security; then shall sudden destruction come upon them."
Why I Cannot "Just Shut Up"
Some people (in the Church and out) would prefer it if The Fatima Crusader would stop publicizing the Communist threat to our freedom, our faith, our lives and our eternal salvation.
One person recently wrote me and said, "Why don't you just shut up about Communism and stick to religion!"
Believe me, it would be easier... if only I could!
But Our Lady came to Fatima to give us a solemn warning. And Her Words could not have been plainer:
"Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church, the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated."
I don't have to tell you that much of what Our Lady foretold has already come to pass...
And that unless Her Requests are heeded, the rest of what She prophesied will soon occur. We are in grave danger.
The Church in Crisis
Sister Lucy of Fatima has told us that the whole world will be enslaved by Communist Russia if Our Lady of Fatima is not obeyed in time.
Meanwhile, Russia continues to spread her errors around the world and among the Faithful.
Cardinal Ratzinger, himself has said that the Faith is in crisis throughout the world and has declared that Our Lady's Third Fatima Secret "concerns dangers to our Faith."
Vocations to the priesthood continue to drop. Church attendance is at its lowest level in centuries.
Many of the clergy are openly contemptuous of our Holy Father the Pope. Even some Bishops seem to promote doctrines and practices contrary to our Holy Catholic Faith.
Is it surprising then that in Latin America, 300 Catholics per hour — per hour, mind you — are leaving the Church to follow the false prophets of fundamentalism?
And similar losses of souls are happening right here in the U.S. and Canada!
I ask you:
What more evidence do we need to see that there is only one way out of the growing crises in our Church, our Nation and the world.
"Only I Can Help You"
Again, let us reflect on these most important words of Our Lady at Fatima... Every day it becomes more and more obvious just how true they really are.
Providence has chosen you and me to help bring these words of hope to a world collapsing in sin and despair.
We are truly on the frontlines in the battle to prevent the enslavement or annihilation of our nations, our homes and our families by Godless Communism.
That is why The Fatima Crusader must continue and even expand further. We remain the only voice "crying in the wilderness" giving Our Lady of Fatima's full 'Peace Plan' from Heaven.
I know how much you are already doing for Our Lady. And I wish I did not now have to ask you to do even more.
But we desperately need your prayers and financial help today as we work to prevent Our Lady's Message from being silenced.
Time is so terribly short.
Your offering to Our Lady of $1000, $500, $100 or $75 means everything as I try and meet the heavy financial burdens.
But if you cannot give that much, any size gift will help as I work to repay the money we have borrowed.
As always, I am praying for you and your loved ones. You are never far from my thoughts.
I know you will do whatever you can to help, just as I know Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Mother Mary will bless you many times over for all that you do.
Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Father Nicholas Gruner
P.S. Believe me, I wouldn't ask unless it were a true emergency. Please give whatever you can. I know if you ask Our Lord and Our Lady to guide you when you write your check, all will be well. Again, God bless you and may Our Lady protect you.