Father Nicholas Gruner
— Publisher, The Fatima Crusader —
— Producer, Heaven's Peace Plan —
Worldwide Daily Radio Program
May 31, 1989
Our Lady's Feast Day
"Many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them."— Our Lady of Fatima
Dear Friend of Jesus and Mary,
I have prayed very hard that this letter will touch your heart today.
Letters like this are always difficult to write, but this one is especially hard for me.
You see, once more I must come to you with open hands, urgently begging for your prayers and help to meet pressing bills.
Oh, how I wish I did not have to ask you again!
But the many battles we have fought (and victories we have won!) for Our Lady over the last months have taken a terrible toll on our meager resources.
To put just this issue of The Fatima Crusader into your hands has meant going out and borrowing over $100.000 to pay for printing alone.
Combined with the costs of Our Lady's daily radio program (now on more than 50 stations around the world!) and so many other activities, we have reached the financial breaking point!
Why Do We Continue to Risk Everything
For You and Your Family?
As you will read in this issue, hell's war on our faith and families is gaining in fury with each passing day.
Drugs and pornography are poisoning our children while blasphemy and heresy shake the very foundations of our Holy Church.
The great "spiritual disorientation" that Sister Lucy of Fatima said had infected many bishops and priests has gotten to the point where the lives and souls of our children are now in dire peril.
In many, many Catholic schools, sex education classes have replaced religious instruction and in place of the ancient, proven truths of our Holy Faith, children now receive trendy "theories" and modernist heresies.
Our children are being corrupted by some of the very ones who are entrusted by God with their education and spiritual welfare ... and incredibly, almost no one dares raise a voice in protest!
And while we unilaterally disarm, godless Communism (under a new "friendlier" face) is continuing to encircle the Free World and hold captive millions of souls, planning and preparing for the day when we are too morally dispirited and militarily weak to resist.
Everywhere we turn, the warning words the Mother of God spoke to the world at Fatima are unfolding before our very eyes!
But consider how few people (including our fellow Catholics) have actually even heard those words ...
When was the last time you heard about Fatima from the pulpit ... or were told that Our Lady's Message is our only hope to prevent enslavement or death at the hands of Communist Russia?
When was the last time you heard a priest say "pray your Rosary everyday ... wear the Brown Scapular ... Offer up reparation and penance for sins against God and His Holy Mother"?
I am sure it has been a long, long time ...
And yet these solemn requests of Our Lady are more crucial to our welfare and more necessary to our salvation than ever before!
That is why we believe it is worth any sacrifice to bring the saving words of Our Lady to you and to others of good will.
Why I Must Keep Asking for Your Help
A few people have written or called to criticize me and complain about our requests for financial assistance.
Perhaps these people do not realize that we do not have million-dollar endowments or stock portfolios to help us make ends meet.
Like Sts. John Bosco and Maximilian Kolbe (who also went into debt to promote the cause of Jesus and Mary), we depend totally on your offerings of love and faith to help pay our bills.
And while over 1 million people will read this free issue of The Fatima Crusader, less thanone percent will actually help us pay the high costs of printing and postage.
As much as I wish (and pray) there were another way, I have no choice but to continue to ask for your sacrifices and pray that those who have not helped in the past will help us now.
"We Are in a Spiritual Crisis Without Precedent"
For indeed time is desperately short, the signs of impending disaster can be seen everywhere. Incredibly the USA continues to finance the Russian Military machine which is poised to attack and take over the free world (see Phyllis Schlafly's article “Americans Should Say No to Financing the Soviets” in this issue).
But nowhere are these signs so evident as in the continuing crisis in our own Holy Faith.
We are, as one leading Catholic writer has said, "in a spiritual crisis without precedent."
Slowly, but surely the Faith of our Fathers is being dismantled piece by piece. And the Church's feeble missionary effort is presently failing badly.
Attendance at Holy Mass continues to decline (proportionally now lower than at any time since the days of the Apostles and Martyrs) ...
In response, many priests are removing holy statues and high altars from their churches in the name of "modernizing" them and making the Faith more "attractive" to lapsed and non-Catholics.
One misguided bishop in Canada has gone so far as to take the kneelers out of his cathedral, explaining that kneeling in the presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar is no longer necessary or desirable!
As the Church Goes,
So Goes the Rest of Society!
Cardinal Ratzinger has confirmed that the 3rd Secret of Fatima "concerns dangers to our faith and therefore to the life of Christians and therefore to the life of the world."
Crime, drug-addiction, public corruption and private immorality are the surest "fruits" of this great spiritual crisis which Our Lady warned us of at Fatima.
The war on the unborn has reached unprecedented heights. In a mere 15 years, abortions in the U.S. have more than doubled (more than 22,000,000 babies have been murdered since this crime was "legalized.")
But then, when you have priests and nuns marching in pro-abortion demonstrations and Catholic schools teaching artificial contraception, can any of us be surprised that Catholic women account for more than ONE-THIRD of all U.S. abortions?
"Save Yourself from
This Perverse Generation."
These are St. Peter's own words on Pentecost to the people of Jerusalem. And they ring truer to us today than ever before!
Our Lady came to Fatima to give each of us the chance to turn from the sin and perversity around us and to rededicate ourselves to the solemn promises of our baptism.
Her Fatima Message remains our single greatest and our only real hope for peace and an end to the crisis in our Holy Church.
My dear friend, Our Lady has called you and I to bring this Message of hope and warning to the world.
We cannot wait, we dare not wait for others to do the work for us. If we do not do it, who will?
Your Sacrifices Mean Everything
Only the past prayers and gifts of faithful friends have made it possible for us to bring Our Lady's great Message of hope and warning to millions around the world.
As you may know, the Fatima Crusader is the only large-circulation magazine promoting Our Lady's full Message just as She gave it at Fatima.
And "Heaven's Peace Plan" is the only radio program broadcasting Her words around the globe on a daily basis.
Today, we desperately need your help to prevent these strong, loud voices for Our Lady from being silenced forever!
Our Lady has Promised
to Reward Her Faithful Ones!
As I said, I wish I did not have to ask for your help today.
But knowing that Our Lady has promised to reward with great graces those who remain faithful to Her makes it easier to ask ...
Your sacrifice of $1000, $500, $100, even $75 will help guarantee that Our Lady's words will continue to reach out across the face of the earth, transforming lives.
But if you cannot manage that much, a gift of any size — or a monthly pledge — will help so much as I struggle to meet our bills and pay our debts.
Please, give whatever you can possibly afford. You and yours are in my prayers every single day. Please pray for me also.
Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Father Nicholas Gruner
P.S. I will be praying for you at all my Masses throughout June the month of the Sacred Heart. In the near future I will be on pilgrimage to Fatima.
I will be praying for each one of you at the very spot Our Lady appeared and will personally pray there for your intentions at Her feet.
I will be praying especially that this letter will truly touch your heart and that Our Lord and His Mother will give you the means to help us at this time of need.
Please send me your intentions that you wish me to remember at Mass on the attached card.