Descends Upon Us
May God Have Mercy on Us All
by Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L., S.T.D.
The devils battle for
your soul has entered a new stage. You are in more danger now than ever. So am
I. May God strengthen us with His fortitude and may He make us ever more
watchful and ever more aware of the devils snares for us
personally as well as for the Church and the whole world.
Am I exaggerating? I wish I
were! You be the judge, but only after you consider the facts.
How do I know? How can you
tell, too, that we have entered this new, this more dangerous stage?
It is Explained in This
You must read it and arm
yourself with the truth. Open your eyes wider. I, myself, thought I was well
informed but my eyes have been opened in a way I never thought possible by the
facts in this issue coupled with the review of Biblical prophecy and prophecy
from Our Lady of Fatima.
"Only Our Lady of the Rosary
can help you" She said on July 13th. She, "the Woman clothed with the sun", Who
told Lucy and Jacinta and Francisco about the most terrible dangers that face
every soul in our day.
In the first part of the
Secret of Fatima, Our Lady showed them the vision of many souls in hell,
tortured by devils and burning with fire "amidst loud cries of pain and
despair" that made the three children "tremble with fear". She told us that
many souls in our day go there and what we must do to not go there
In the second part of the
Secret, the beautiful Lady told them of the dangers to all Christendom and,
therefore, to each citizen of every country in the world. She told them that
the good would be martyred, entire nations would be annihilated and that the
entire world remaining would be tyrannized by godless men who would dominate us
all, including the United States of America.1
But the third part of the
Secret is a prophecy foretelling the most terrible part, the part that is
now today taking place before our eyes, the part that predicted the apostasy in
the Church, the part that is even worse than the second part just described
We have openly entered this
apostasy already. It was just last October 13, 2003 that this stage started to
publicly unfold in a way never before seen in the history of mankind.
It was almost imperceptible,
and its significance took about a month for me to understand just how
present the danger is. It is still unfolding and it will have
repercussions for you personally, terrible repercussions that cannot be
imagined today (see Matt. 24:15-24) unless you and I and many thousands of
others react now and continuously.
We must become prayerful more
than ever. We must ask Our Lady of the Rosary for help. "Only She can help
We must wake up now. We must
try to wake up others for the sake of their own eternal salvation. If we
wake up enough people, if we pray hard enough, offer enough sacrifices and act
intelligently and effectively, we may yet avoid the danger.
But we must prepare for the
worst. We are at the latest stage before it is too late.
You need to take the necessary
precautionary steps for yourself. You cannot sit on the sidelines. Billions of
souls are at stake besides your own. You can become a valued member of the
winning side if you act now.
How do I know we have entered
this new stage? Why can I date it October 12-13, 2003? How do these facts tie
in with biblical prophecy about the end times? How does it tie in with Fatima
prophecies about the last times?
What has happened, as
youll see in this issue, is the clear and open "official" call for
apostasy by those who hold high and powerful positions within the Catholic
Church, both in Fatima and in the Vatican.
What is Apostasy?
Apostasy is a word used in the
Bible. Saint Paul uses it to describe what must take place first before the
Antichrist comes. The Antichrist is the "man of sin", the "son of perdition",
the man who will lead all the forces of the devil, all of the forces of the
anti-God movements and organizations and governments.
That is, all the secular
humanists, the Masons, the Communists (both the overt ones in China, Cuba, etc.
as well as the Communist regimes of Russia and the Eastern European bloc which
are more and more openly returning to the old Stalinist-Leninist ways), the one
world government, New World Order, One World man-made religion types
some of whom pretend to be serving God but who really serve either only
themselves or the devil.
So the "man of sin", the "son
of perdition", the "anti-Christ" will come out of the closet and make
himself known. He will unite all the forces found in various sectors of
legitimate human endeavor against Jesus Christ people in finance, in
banking, in industry, in diplomacy, in government, in the military, in
technology and in many other areas as well; many lawyers, doctors, accountants
professionals who seek to serve money first, rather than God.
But before the man of sin
comes, Saint Paul tells us first must come the apostasy. Just as before Jesus
Christ was born into the world God prepared mankind by giving them the
Old Covenant, the Old Testament with its prophets, its patriarchs, its people
and its leaders. The people living Gods revelation well enough up to that
time became saints and martyrs so that at least a remnant in Israel did
recognize Him when He came, and accepted His teaching did what He taught
and they in turn passed it on to the rest of the world.
"He came unto His own and His
own received Him not" but to "those who did receive Him" (the remnant of
Israel) "He gave them power to become sons of God".
The devil has been preparing
his remnant (those who have served him over the centuries) to introduce the
apostasy among us so that when the devil has caused enough people to have
apostatized, to have stopped serving Christ and started serving the devil, then
he will reveal his chosen man, the Antichrist, to wage open war on all the
faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
So first must come the
apostasy, the Great Apostasy. What is the sin of apostasy? Apostasy is more
than schism, more than heresy. Apostasy is much worse. Let me explain these
three things so you can get a better understanding of the enormity of these
Schism is a terrible sin,
whereby the unity of the Church of Jesus Christ is attacked, wilfully, by one
or more souls.
We know from our Catechism
that the four marks of the Church are One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. The
Holy Bible tells us we have one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism. (Eph. 4:5) The
Church is One in its government and has oneness in community.
The word "Schism" comes from
the Greek and it means to tear apart. Schism can come from members of the
Church, at whatever level lay person, priest, bishop or even from the
Usually schism is when a
person of the Church refuses to acknowledge the legitimate authority of
his superior. An act of disobedience to legitimate authority is always a
sin but it is not always an act of schism. Disobedience becomes an act
of schism when the subject says, I do not recognize your right to command me,
not simply in a particular command, but even at all.
You will notice I have
emphasized legitimate authority. Obviously if a command is given that is
not within the authority of the one commanding them it is neither
disobedience nor schism to not obey it.
A superior can also be guilty
of schism by giving an order, or appearance of an order to the faithful in his
charge, which by the very nature of the order, causes the faithful to fight
among themselves. An example would be telling one half of the congregation to
do one thing and telling the second half to do the opposite. This is explained
in my article "Schism and the Common Good" (The Fatima Crusader, Issue
57, pp. 24ff and Issue 59, pp. 35ff).
Schism is terrible because it
brings disorder, unhappiness and quarrelling amongst the members of the Church
who should be at peace. That peace is to reflect the peace of the Church in
Heaven. That peace is to be a sign to those inside and outside the Church of
its Divine mission. "See how they love one another" is what Christ wills for
His Church to be one piece of evidence to non-Catholics that the Catholic
Church is the one true Church. Peace within the Catholic Church is also meant
to be a comfort and joy to all Catholics.
Heresy is much worse because
it attacks God more openly. It is always an act of schism and is harder to
repent of, for the individual soul. It scandalizes more souls and has longer
lasting consequences. If heresy is not healed, it can lead to apostasy. Schism,
by itself, does not lead to apostasy.
Heresy is the sin whereby a
person, while accepting as true most of the teachings of Jesus Christ, rejects
one or a few of them. The heretic says, I accept all but one, or five or so of
the dogmatic truths that are taught by the Church of Christ
Heresy does not reject that
Jesus Christ came and taught us the way to God. Nor does it deny that there is
one God, Who Christ taught us about.
However heresies over the last
2000 years have taught all sorts of errors about Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost,
the Blessed Virgin Mary, the nature of the Church and the Sacraments.
There have already been
numerous errors, heresies, that have affected the eternal destiny of millions
There are, to this day,
organized bodies of men and women who hold heretical views and because of that
are not members of the Catholic Church. If they die in that condition then they
are excluded from going to Heaven.
Heresy is a mortal sin against
the virtue of faith because it refuses to accept the right of God to demand of
each human person that he believes what God teaches. If a person commits the
sin of heresy and does not recant it, does not repent of it he goes to
hell. If his heresy is public that is if he tells others of his
rejection of a doctrine of Jesus Christ he must make a public
recantation of his heresy.
God is All
God is perfect in every way.
He is all holy. There are no sins in Him, nor can there be. Not only is He
sinless, but He is Sanctity Itself. He is all virtuous so that He cannot lie
because to tell falsehoods is a sin. God has no limitations to His perfection,
so there is no ignorance in His mind. He knows all things everywhere, at all
times, past, present and future.
God is all knowing and He can
tell no lies. Therefore, when God tells us something, then we must believe it
because it is true. We must believe it because we know that God could not and
would not deceive us when He affirms the truth of any teaching.
If we do not believe God, then
we insult Him. By our act of disbelief, we are implicitly saying to Him
You are ignorant, You do not know the truth that You claim to know. Otherwise
by our disbelief, we are implicitly saying to Him You are not holy, You
are deliberately lying to us, You are not all perfect.
Either way, we blaspheme God,
at least implicitly, by our act of disbelief. So even though a heretic accepts
some of what Christ and His Church teach they are still rejecting other
parts of His teaching and this implicitly blasphemes Him. The deliberate act of
heresy is always a mortal sin.
But heresy is not as bad as
apostasy. Apostasy is much worse. The sin of apostasy is when a person who, at
one time accepted the teachings (at least most of them or all of them) of
Christ, now decides to reject the majority of His teachings or all of
Apostasy is when a person who
once was Christian now rejects it all. He rejects it in his beliefs, he
embraces anti-Christ opinions and practices and also rejects much of the moral
law that Christ taught.
If a person was never exposed
to the teachings of Christ then he cannot be an apostate because he never knew
the light Christ brought to the world. He may do all the things an apostate
Christian does, but his sin is not as great, because his fall from his former
gifts God gave him is not as high.
Apostasy is a sin, but only
Christians can commit apostasy. Apostasy is much worse than schism, much worse
than heresy. The "Great Apostasy" is not just when one person commits the sin
of apostasy. It is when a large segment of formerly believing Catholics fall
into the sin of apostasy, harden their hearts in it and eventually welcome the
Antichrist into their midst as the savior of the world.
They welcome the Antichrist as
the one to rule over them, as the one to bring peace to the world, as the one
to obey. As apostates, they will agree with the persecution of faithful
Catholics, even to the point of agreeing with the attempt to exterminate all
Catholics by torture and death.
The Great Apostasy must come
first before the Antichrist comes. And the Great Apostasy is already moving
along at very high speed. It has been developing its plan since 1960, over 40
The Great Apostasy is not only
spoken of in Sacred Scripture, it is also spoken of in the third part of the
Secret of Fatima. The Vatican has still not released these words but they are
there. Cardinal Ciappi said "in the Third Secret it is foretold, among other
things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top."
Can we be any clearer?!
We know that the Third Secret
is a prophecy that began to be realized in 1960. This prophecy foretells the
apostasy that enters the Church from the Vatican and from other highly placed
persons around the world. This is explained in Frère Michels book,
The Third Secret and in the book The Devils Final
We are, right now, living
through the beginning stages, and rapidly advancing to the middle stages, of
the Great Apostasy.
We know this because:
- The Fatima Message is true. It came from God. The Third Secret is
part of that Message.
- The Third Secret is a prophecy foretelling the future.
- It foretold what began before the end of 1960.
- What is predicted there will be over when Our Ladys Immaculate
Heart triumphs and a period of peace is given to the world. We are obviously
not at the period of peace for all mankind yet.
- Therefore, we are in the midst of that prophecy.
- The prophecy talks about the Great Apostasy.
- The prophecy warns us against those in high places in the Church
government that promote this Great Apostasy.
- Recently, open apostasy has been "officially" promoted by Monsignor
Guerra and his supporters inside the Vatican. By their silence they also
What then has happened to make
us pass this milestone in the devils plan?
The Congress on
"The Future of
Shortly after the Congress on
"The Future of God" was started, the open war on God began to be conducted by
none other than the Fatima Shrine officials.
They declared their intention
with the blessing or silence of higher
Churchmen,2 the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, the Bishop of Fatima,
the Vatican Papal Nuncio and the Vatican Archbishop promoting "inter-religious
dialogue" whatever that is.
In conjunction with this
congress, was announced the plan to set up "the Abomination of Desolation" in
the Holy Place that Jesus Christ, Himself, warned us would take place in the
days of antichrist.
Never before in the history of
the Church has it ever been stated that a Catholic Shrine would invite, on an
ongoing basis, pagan idols to be brought into the Catholic place of
worship where Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Son of
God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity alone must be worshipped. Jesus
Christ Who is jealous of our adherence, our worship and belief in Him
will accept no rivals.
The temerity, the rank insult
offered Him in this Holy Place the suggestion that this is a service to
God and the will of the Blessed Virgin by this apostate Rector of this
Fatima Shrine is blasphemous, heretical, schismatic and apostasy each of
which is worthy of hellfire!
We Must Reject Apostasy
To invite pagans and other
false religions into the Holy Place of Fatima to worship their false gods or to
worship God in ways that are displeasing to Him is a signal that the full-blown
apostasy is not far behind unless we reject it forcefully and
immediately while we still have time.
I prayed very hard for the
grace to be able to make you and all Catholics and people of good will to be
able to understand this. I cannot emphasize enough, the utmost importance of
understanding your Catholic Faith and living it, lest you be mesmerized into
the pits of hell for eternity. Please, for the sake of your soul and those of
your loved ones and your neighbors, call us, write us, if we have not
sufficiently made clear that the lives and souls of Gods children
worldwide hangs in the balance.
You and I together must help
to clear away the veil of falsehoods that our families and friends are
succumbing to. Let us help their eyes to see, their ears to hear the
soul saving truths of the One True Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church of
Let us pray and sacrifice that
neither they or any other Catholic will remain blind or ignorant or lazy before
the present danger. If we do not do our part we fear their senses and their
hearts will remain cluttered with the ways of the world, the flesh and the
devil so much so, that many of them will be unable to understand and be
converted to the Lord.
Jesus Warned Us
Jesus said "when therefore,
you shall see the Abomination of Desolation which was spoken of by Daniel the
prophet, standing in the Holy Place: he that readeth let him understand. Then
they that are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains." (See Matt. 24:15-24
and Daniel 9:27.)
The Shrine officials
diabolical plan has not been implemented full force yet but it will be
if we do not stop it by our prayers, by our effective protests, and to cease
giving alms to apostate Catholic collection baskets which promote
such apostasy and instead give alms to faithful Catholic organizations.
It is up to you to understand,
to be informed, to pray and to act or we will need to flee for our very lives,
This article is further
explained by Sister Lucy. See the article "The Last
Times of the World" in this issue.
1. See Sister Lucys conversation with Father
Fuentes in Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité, The Third
Secret, (Buffalo: Immaculate Heart Publications, 1990) pp. 503 - 510. See
also William Thomas Walsh, Our Lady of Fatima, (New York: Doubleday,
1954) p. 221; Louis Kaczmarek, The Wonders She Performs, (Manassas:
Trinity Communications, 1986), pp. 151-160; and Memorias e Cartas da Irma
Lucia, (Porto, 1973) pp. 340-341.
2. See John Vennaris article "Fatima to Become Interfaith Shrine?" and Chris
Ferraras article "A New Fatima for the New
Church" in this issue.