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Father Nicholas Gruner
Producer — Fatima: "The Moment Has Come" 
(Weekly Television Program)
Producer — Heaven's Peace Plan 
(Worldwide Daily Radio Program)
Publisher — The Fatima Crusader

November 21, 1989
Feast of Mary's Presentation in the Temple

"Yea, and if I be made a victim upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, and congratulate with you all."
Philippians 2:17

Dear Friend of Our Lady,

By the time you read this letter, I will probably be in Rome.

While I cannot tell you the exact date, I am going there to appeal in person to the Holy Father, asking for his help in the struggle against those Vatican bureaucrats who are trying to destroy Our Lady's Apostolate.

For many months now, I have warned you that these powerful forces seeking to silence Our Lady and Her Fatima Message will never rest until this Apostolate is suppressed once and for all!

It is clear now that they have declared total WAR on me or any priest who "dares" to bring you and other faithful Catholics the full Message of Fatima ...

In Christian charity, I must pray and hope that they do not know what they are doing ...

And in my heart, I truly forgive them.

But it remains my Christian duty and my solemn obligation as an ordained priest to fight them with all my strength and with every faculty Almighty God has given me. (See "Father Gruner Answers Your Questions" in this issue.)

Believe me, it is not for myself alone that I am fighting.

Everything for Jesus and Mary!

There would be nothing easier than to give up this Fatima Apostolate (asthey have demanded!) and become a comfortable curate in some local parish.

But Our Blessed Mother did not come to Fatima to make Her priests comfortable or self-satisfied.

She came to give each and every one of Her children (cleric and lay person alike) a Message to transform the world and bring about the peace that is the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart!

I cannot ... and I will not rest until I have done all I can to fulfill this great and beautiful promise.

Priests and religious under attack!

You may find it incredible that at a time when priests like Matthew Fox and Francesco Boff are openly promoting witchcraft and Communism that certain Vatican officials find it "necessary" to persecute priests who are doing all in their power to defend and promote the Faith of our Fathers and love for Our Lady.

Yet in the last six weeks, we have received dozens of calls and letters from priests and religious across the U.S. and Canada telling of continual harassment and persecution from Vatican and other High Church officials.

Only last month, Father Roger Griese in Dayton, Ohio was threatened with suspension from his ministry for the "crime" of refusing Holy Communion to people dressed in shorts and mini-skirts.

This is despite the fact that such attire is absolutely forbidden in churches in Rome itself!

Like myself, Father Griese too has appealed to the Pope for help in his struggle against those who are working to undermine and destroy our Holy Faith from within.

"Woe to the Inhabitants of the Earth"

For more than 150 years, Our Blessed Mother has repeatedly warned us of the terrible spiritual chastisement that today is tearing our Church apart at the seams.

At La Salette in 1846, She foretold that "the Church will witness a frightful crisis" and "a time of darkness."

"Woe to the inhabitants of the Earth," She said, "the society of men is on the eve of the most terrible scourges and gravest events ... the Holy Father will suffer a great deal."

71 years later at Fatima, the Mother of God again repeated Her solemn warnings, pleading with us to "pray, pray a great deal for the Holy Father," whom She predicted would be horribly persecuted.

As we have recently learned, Our Lady's 3rd Fatima Secret almost certainly concerns the grave crisis of Faith that is gripping the Church. Father Alonso, the official archivist of Fatima for 15 years, has said:

"It is completely probable that the text of the Third Secret makes concrete references to the crisis of faith within the Church and to the negligence of the pastors themselves."

But in this terrible crisis it is not only priests who are suffering and in grave danger ...

Our Lord and Lady need YOU!

You need only to look as far as your own hometown or parish to know that all of us are in the midst of the greatest battle in all of human history.

It is not just a battle against godless Communism or the drugs, pornography, abortion and blasphemy that threaten to destroy our families, homes and nation.

My dear friend, you and I are fighting against all the powers of hell and against satan himself!

The devil has arrayed his full fiendish resources against our Holy Faith, focusing them with special hatred on Our Lady and Her Fatima Message.

We are truly at the crossroads! Our Lord and Our Lady urgently need our help in this great battle for our Faith, our children and our homes.

Your Help is Essential!!

As priests and religious from across the country turn in desperation to the Holy Father, your prayers and support are more crucial than ever before.

For hundreds of beleaguered priests and religious, The Fatima Crusader and Our Lady's radio and television programs are the only voices "crying out in the wilderness."

It is the only beacon of light to hundreds of thousands who would otherwise be confused by the spiritual battle attacking God and Our Lady.

Today, your help is urgently needed to defend our Holy Catholic Faith against those who would dismantle it piece by piece!

Your prayers, petitions and letters are powerful weapons in this great battle for Our Lord and His Blessed Mother. Each time you say the Rosary, you strike a mighty blow against satan!

And yes, your financial sacrifices are desperately needed as well ...

Why Must I Ask for Your Help Again?

To pay for just printing, postage and airtime for Our Lady's magazine, radio program and TV series costs the Apostolate tens of thousands of dollars each week.

This issue of The Fatima Crusader alone has cost more than $150,000 to put into your hands.

As you know, we do not have any stocks or bonds or millions (no, not even thousands) of dollars put safely away in bank accounts for "rainy days ..."

In the struggle to pay these huge bills, I have no other choice: I mustdepend on you and others who love Our Lady.

Only your offerings of love and faith can allow us to continuebringing Our Lady's Message to you and millions of others!

That is why I must come to you again and beg humbly, but urgently for your continuing prayers and financial support.

Your special sacrifice of $1000, $500, $250 or even $100 — coupled with your prayers — will allow Our Lady's Fatima words to reach out and touchmillions of souls!

But any size offering — or your monthly pledge gift — will give us the means we desperately need to continue the critical work of the Apostolate.

Please, whatever you do, continue to remember us in your daily prayers and at every Mass you attend.

And again, please give whatever you can truly afford.

As always, I am praying for you and your loved ones daily in my Holy Masses. Send me your Special Intentions and the names of those you wish me to remember in my prayers.

God bless you and may Our Lady bring you ever closer to Her Divine Son, Jesus Christ.

Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Father Nicholas Gruner

P.S.

We are holding on against these terrible attacks only with your prayers and financial help. I urgently need to know that you are with me in this critical struggle for Our Lady and Her Fatima Message.

Even if you can only give $15 or $10, please, please help us in this crucial time of need. Even a pledge of $5.00 per month can help keep the Message of Fatima reaching out to millions through Our Lady's magazine and Her radio and TV programs.

P.P.S. I particularly need your prayers as I appeal to the Holy Father for his help. I am asking Our Lord and His Blessed Mother to especially move your heart at this time when the threat to our Faith and to our children is so great. PLEASE DO NOT DESERT OUR LADY'S APOSTOLATE IN THIS MOMENT OF DESPERATE NEED!!