The following excerpts were taken from a television program on the topic of The Fatima Movement of Priests. Father Gruner’s words are timeless, as always.
If we want to be loved by Christ, we should accept the spiritual maturity that Christ gives the Blessed Virgin over us by the very fact that, if we are going to be the beloved disciple – and we should all be beloved disciples – then we should accept Christ’s will that She become our Spiritual Mother. The Blessed Virgin came with a message at Fatima for the Church. Saint Thomas tells us that God sends prophets or messengers to every generation to remind the faithful what they must do to save their souls. So, the prophecy and the prophet of our time, par-excellence, is Our Lady of Fatima, and so Her message is for our time. Unfortunately, up to now, the words of Our Lady, more exactly, the words of Sister Lucy, tell us: “Our Lady is very sad because no one has paid attention to Her Message.” Sister Lucy points out that most people have not paid enough attention: “Neither the bad nor the good.” said that over 50 years ago, but it’s even more true today than it was in 1957. What we need is – priests to promote the Message of Fatima. Now, I promote the Message of Fatima and I’m sure I could do better, but even if I could do it perfectly, I don’t think it would be enough. I’m one priest. I’ve been able to do a fair amount of work in this area, but just imagine if there were a hundred priests, each with his own little Fatima apostolate. We’ve been successful, by the grace of God, and certainly through the help of our friends and supporters. We’ve raised the number of Rosaries offered by several million. If every priest could raise a million Rosaries, you’d have hundreds of millions of Rosaries offered for the fulfillment of Our Lady’s request. That would certainly have a tremendous impact on getting the Consecration of Russia done, not to mention, if we had more priests helping to get more books and leaflets and pamphlets out there. And even though we translated some of our material into six languages, there are still a lot of other places that we don’t reach with those languages – but we could, with the help of more priests. We have put together a manual articulating some pretty specific principles for priests to follow in The Fatima Movement of Priests. This isn’t just: “Go forth and preach Fatima – see you later.”
by Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L. S.T.D. (Cand.)
The Fatima Crusader | Issue116