"WE SHALL BE SAVED TOGETHER
... The devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Virgin. And a decisive battle is the final battle where one side will suffer defeat. Hence from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility."
... Sister Lucy of Fatima
Dear Friend of Our Lady,
You and I are in the midst of the greatest battle the world has ever known. A battle literally between God and the devil. The outcome of which will determine our fate forevermore.
God has told us that the Blessed Virgin is His instrument to destroy the Serpent. But Our Mother has chosen not do it alone... Instead, She has hand-picked you and me as Her beloved helpers in this titanic struggle between good and evil.
Today, Our Lady needs our faith and love more than ever in this time of great testing. In 1992, She is calling on us to work even more miracles through our own prayers and sacrifices.
The question is will we remain faithful to Our Lady?
1992 - A Time of Testing
A year ago, I wrote and warned you that 1991 was going to be a very difficult and very dangerous year.
Looking back over the last 12 months, I don't think anyone can accuse me of having exaggerated the difficulty OR the danger.
Now as we enter 1992, I fear that the "signs of the times" that Our Lord Jesus Christ spoke of in His Gospel are even more dire and menacing.
Everywhere we look, we see our sacred values eroded, our great traditions corrupted, our prosperity disappearing and our very lives and souls in mortal peril!
From the Middle East to Yugoslavia to Haiti, conflict after bloody conflict continues to erupt. Millions of lives continue to be lost. Despite promises of peace, our world grows less and less secure as political chaos spreads across the earth.
Closer to home, our own economy withers as crime and violence in our cities grows. An entire generation of our children appear to be lost to drugs, promiscuity and A.I.D.S.
And as 1992 begins, the fruits of sinfulness and lack of Faith can be seen in our empty churches, in our broken homes, in the abortion clinics and in the growing movement to legalize the murder of the elderly, the disabled and the unwanted.
Faith is Our ONLY Protection
You do not have to be told that it is folly to look to politicians, scientists, theologians and other so-called experts for answers to the terrible problems confronting our times.
Sister Lucy has said that we must look to ourselves, to our own Faith and love for Our Lady if we truly wish to save our-selves, our children and our grandchildren.
"Do not wait for an appeal to the world to come from Rome," Sister Lucy told us, "nor should we wait for the call to penance to come from our bishops... Each person must not only save his own soul, but also all the souls that God has placed on his path."
Never, never forget that Our Lady has specifically pledged to us that She "will protect Her Dear Ones." This is our best security, our truest safety in the difficult days to come.
And it is for this reason that I have the courage and the strength to humbly ask you to help Our Lady's Apostolate once again...
Pray With Me!
At this critical moment when so much is at stake, I need you more than ever to pray with us for the financial needs of the Apostolate. A single Rosary for this intention can mean so much! If possible, perhaps you can offer a Novena for us or even have a Mass offered.
And yes, along with your prayers, I am also going to ask you to consider making one of the most important financial sacrifices you've ever made. In fact, a life-or-death sacrifice.
As you know, this issue of The Fatima Crusader comes to you at a time of terrible recession. While many organizations have been hurt, non-profit and religious groups have been hit particularly hard.
Unfortunately, Our Lady's Apostolate has not been spared. The recession has forced many of our dearest friends to curtail their regular support and many, faced with formidable financial difficulties themselves have had to eliminate their donations entirely.
The net result of this loss has been to devastate our already over-stretched budget, forcing us to make cut after cut, severely reducing our apostolic works and restraining the urgent Message of Our Lady from reaching all the far corners of the earth.
To be perfectly frank, we have reduced right down to the bare bones. Any further cuts will have a disastrous effect of silencing Our Lady's urgent message in many critical areas.
No More Fatima Crusader?
Thanks be to God and to friends like you, we have managed to hold on so far... but the recession is far from over. The future of the Apostolate (and 14 years of work) remains very uncertain.
You may well be reading the very last issue of The Fatima Crusader. If I do not hear from you and other of Her friends soon, we simply will not have the means to publish another issue.
Even now, I have made a decision based on faith. Faith in the Divine Infant Jesus of Prague (that is why I have placed Him at the top of this letter) faith in His Blessed Mother Mary and faith in YOU.
I put this issue of The Fatima Crusader on the press knowing I do not even have the money to pay for the last one. This issue alone will put us further in debt an additional $125,000 to get it into your hands.
And what's next? Will our historic accomplishment of Her own daily radio and weekly television programs be next to go?
A Battle Between God And The Devil!
While I have breath in my body, I cannot let this happen! That is why I am begging you to pray with me now and to give as much as you can to help ... even if it hurts!
Together, we have built the most powerful voice for Fatima in the world. Millions upon millions have heard the Queen of Heaven's words because you remained faithful to Her Message.
Even after our cuts, the Crusader remains the largest circulation magazine on Fatima and our radio and TV efforts are the only Fatima programs regularly on the air across North America and around the world.
Through faith and love, you and I have scored enormous victories for Our Lady, converting thousands, bringing even more thousands back to the sacraments. We have witnessed with our own eyes true miracles of faith, true triumphs of Divine love!
The important thing is that your prayers are joined with ours as we ask Our Lord and Our Lady to help us make it through this terrible storm of recession and financial crisis.
Please let me know that you are praying for us. I cannot do this alone and the knowledge that you are with me is extremely important. You are in my prayers every single day.
Any offering you can make right now is critically important and absolutely urgent. In fact, more urgent than ever!
I am hoping that you will make the largest possible gift you can afford ... even if it hurts now, remembering Our Lady's promise to protect and keep those who are dear to Her.
Remember that your sacrifice will allow Our Lady's Fatima words to continue being heard by millions of people around the world, from North America, to Europe, to faraway India and Asia.
In my heart of hearts, I know you will do everything you can and I give Almighty God thanks for you, asking His blessing for you and yours today and throughout the New Year.
Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Father Nicholas Gruner
P.S. Despite the recession and our financial crisis, we are still working with all our strength to reach the millions of Catholics in India who asked me for Rosaries, Fatima materials and especially Scapulars and Scapular books during my recent trip there.
We have only been able to send a very few so far and we still desperately need your help to respond to these urgent requests. Even a modest gift will help bring Mary's Message to thousands of India's Catholics.
P.P.S. I want to personally invite all of you to pray a Novena to The Divine Infant of Jesus for the needs of Our Blessed Mother's Apostolate...
"That all of Our Lady's dear ones will work, sacrifice and pray for the consecration of Russia."
"That those of Her children who have been financially blessed by God with the means to financially aid Her apostolate will do so to ensure the continuance of spreading Her blessed and merciful message to the world."
Please pray with me the Novena I have printed for you: "Powerful Novena of Childlike Confidence".