Rosary of Our Lady,
Hope of the World
by Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L., S.T.D. (Cand.)
“I want you to come here on the 13th of next month and to continue praying the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only She can help you.”
... Our Lady of Fatima, July 13, 1917
Today, the world and the Church are in the gravest crisis in the history of mankind.
Sin has run rampant. Good is out, evil is in, even worse than the days of Noah and the chastisement of the Great Flood.
God almost always sends prophets and warnings before He chastises, but too many look upon His warning as not applying to themselves.
Then God allows some significant disaster or chastisement to happen and many still look upon this wake-up call as not their fault, as not really fair. Some might be tempted to blaspheme God by saying that He is without compassion.
They have not learned sufficiently nor thought sufficiently enough to realize that God allows this short-term suffering to save us from eternal suffering in hell.
Mankind, today, has not learned its lesson and repeats history. God promised there would never be another worldwide flood but He foretold, through His Holy Mother at Fatima, of an even greater chastisement about to befall mankind.
It was in 1917 that Our Lady appeared at Fatima to three children with the following Message:
“You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace...
“When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.
“To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the Five First Saturdays.
“If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated...
“In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world...
“When you pray the Rosary, say after each mystery: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need.”
So, not only did God warn us, He gave us a solution, a way out. We didn’t have to suffer through these trying times, but we are, because His Message sent through His Holy Mother has been ignored. The simple request that the Holy Father, together with the Catholic bishops of the world, on the same day, to consecrate specifically Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, has STILL not been done. The simple request for the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays has not been widely heeded. (See the end of the section entitled “Reparation for Sin is Necessary to Restore Peace” for this simple request.)
World Goes In Wrong Direction
Pope John Paul II said when he went to Fatima in 1982 that the world has gone in the opposite direction from the one indicated by Our Lady, that sin has institutionalized itself.
In 1917, when Our Lady first told us that we were in a crisis — abortion was not even yet legalized anywhere in the world, not even in Russia. It only became legal in Russia in the 1920’s. And, by now, that error of Russia has spread around the world so that we now have 50 million babies murdered every year.
As St. Thomas Aquinas explains, the first fruit of error is injustice. With the error that God and God’s rights are excluded from our laws and other social institutions — such as our Hospitals then the false “right” of men and women is proclaimed, “my body is mine I do not owe any service to God”. Today, mothers proclaim their “right” to legally murder their own children in their womb. A real right comes from God, and God does not give us the right to kill our fellow man.
Clearly, mankind has progressively deteriorated in morality and spirituality at an alarming pace, even after Our Lady warned of our crisis in 1917. The world has gone in the opposite direction from that which Our Lady came to show us.
Even so, Our Lady never ceases to give us hope. Jesus Himself said, “It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.”
Cause for Great Hope
Heaven knew where the world and mankind was heading. Heaven knew Their urgent message would be ignored, distorted, silenced. So Heaven sent those of us who would listen, a coat of armor, a weapon to defend ourselves and our families, and carry us through these very hazardous days.
That Heaven-sent weapon, as you will read in this Fatima Crusader is the Rosary.
The Rosary can heal our countries’ problems, our personal problems, our children’s problems, our fears, our frazzled nerves, all our troubles. Sister Lucy tells us:
“There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary …”
All of us have plenty of problems today; even the Church is being torn apart and attacked from within and without. But it is our Rosary prayers that will assist us in staying in the Church by our faithfulness, thus benefiting from Our Lord’s promise: “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:18
Reparation for Sin is Necessary to Restore Peace
It was the Flemish mystic Pere Lamy — called “another Cure of Ars” by his bishop — who was told by God that World War I “had three causes: blasphemy, Sunday labor, and the desecration of Marriage.” At Fatima, the Blessed Virgin confirms this teaching, when She tells us: “war is a punishment for sin” and announces in the great Secret: “if people do not cease offending God, another worse war will begin in the reign of Pius XI.” Thus, World War II broke out.
The Fatima Message is designed to remove the cause of war, which is sin. Just before the great miracle of October 13, Our Lady had said:
“People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins,” and then, growing sadder: “They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too much offended.”
Many years later, reflecting on these words, Sister Lucy wrote:
“Of all the words spoken at this apparition, the words most deeply engraved upon my heart are those of the request made by Our Heavenly Mother: ‘Do not offend Our Lord and God any more, for He is already so much offended!’
“How loving a complaint, how tender a request! Who will grant me to make it echo through the whole world, so that all the children of Our Mother in Heaven may hear the sound of Her Voice!”
Later on, in the Fatima apparitions, Jesus Himself came to tell us that the Immaculate Heart of Mary has been much offended.
On December 10, 1925 Sister Lucy received a visit from the Virgin and the Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin put Her hand on Lucy’s shoulder and showed her a Heart surrounded by thorns which She held in the other hand. At that same moment, the Child said to her:
“Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Her at every moment without there being anyone to make an act of reparation in order to take them away.”
Then the Most Holy Virgin said to her:
“Look My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making Reparation to Me.”
We Must Pray the Rosary Every Day
Our Lady continually encourages us to pray the Rosary and insists that you pray the Rosary every day. She promised that if you pray the Rosary every day, you will not fall into heresy. And if you have had the misfortune of falling into heresy, by praying the Rosary every day, She will pull you out of it.
In his encyclical on the Rosary, Jucunda semper, Leo XIII teaches:
“The recourse we have to Mary in prayer follows upon the office She continuously fulfills by the side of the throne of God, as Mediatrix of Divine Grace ... Now this merciful office of Hers appears in no other form of prayer as manifestly as it does in the Rosary.”
At Fatima, the Most Holy Virgin confirms this truth emphatically in each of Her apparitions:
May 13: “Pray the Rosary every day, in order to obtain peace for the world, and the end of the war.”
June 13: “Pray the Rosary each day.”
July 13: “I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, and to continue praying the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only She can help you.”
August 19: “I want you to continue going to the Cova da Iria on the 13th, and to continue praying the Rosary every day.”
September 13: “Continue to say the Rosary to obtain the end of the war.”
October 13: “I am Our Lady of the Rosary. Continue to say the Rosary every day.”
Our Lady made praying the Rosary a condition for Francisco’s entrance into Heaven:
“He will go there too, but he will have to say many Rosaries.”
After this apparition, Francisco began to pray the Rosary 6 to 8 times a day.
The Rosary is often a condition for obtaining even temporal favors, as Sister Lucy reports:
“I then made some requests, but I cannot recall now just what they were. What I do remember is that Our Lady said it was necessary for such people to pray the Rosary in order to obtain these graces, during the year.”
All of Us Must Pray and Tell Others
The Immaculate Heart of Mary holds in reserve a torrent of graces and favors, which She can pour out on our souls, our families, on Christendom, and the whole world — but only in response to the humble, constant supplication of our innumerable Rosaries.
Sister Lucy tells us that because of these times, that God has given greater power to the Rosary than in any other time in history. And so pray the Rosary. It is your weapon, it is your shield, it is your guarantee, it is your spiritual inoculation against forces of evil.
Your Rosary prayers can move mountains, save countries, save souls. What a privilege. And such a small task. It is so easy that its miraculous power is sometimes overshadowed with skepticism. Its s tupendous miraculous power is too often buried under fears and doubts.
How many more miracles we would see if we humbly and trustfully turned ourselves over to Our Lady of the Rosary. How many pray the Rosary and ask Our Lady’s help with their burdens, but then continued to fret about them and take their troubles back as if they didn’t really believe their prayers would be answered.
The Rosary can bring peace to our troubled hearts. And that peace can spread to others, and ultimately, that peace can help change the world. The peace, tranquility and holiness that comes from the Rosary is what we need now.
This little Rosary booklet, if put in the hands of enough people, can help save the world. I pray that every one who reads it will pass it on or get extra copies for 10, 20, or even 100 friends and relatives. Just think of all the graces that would flow from this effort alone.
In Austria, only 10% (ten percent!) of the people prayed the Rosary and saved their country from Communist oppression. Read the personal testimony in this issue of a soldier who was actually there and witnessed it.
Yes, we can make a difference. We must make a difference.
I am determined to print one million of these Rosary booklets, just to begin with. And with your help, we can transform this effort into tens of millions.
I have also launched a 25 million Rosary Peace Campaign. That is about 0.5% of the world population. This is a good start. If Austria can do it, together we can do it. You can do this in your homes, at work, at school, everywhere!
How could we not accept the Blessed Virgin’s call to pray to Her, especially with Her Most Holy Rosary? How could we not give just a few minutes of our time to save the world?
I know when you have read this Crusader cover to cover, I will not have to ask for your help. You will be so filled with love for the Blessed Virgin Mary that you will want to put yourself in Her heart as St. Maximilian Kolbe did, (see the article entitled “Ideals of the Crusade of Mary Immaculate”) and serve Her, and along with Her, serve Jesus in His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. And this love, this service to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary will gain graces for the Holy Father and the bishops to finally heed Her urgent Message of Fatima and bring true, lasting peace to the world. More importantly, the sooner we achieve this triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, many, many more souls will be saved.
In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, I am joyful at the thought of serving Them together with you.