Part of this movement is that every priest should be promoting in any way that he can – the particulars of the Fatima Message, the prophecies that it makes, the promises that it offers and the warnings of the errors that it tells us about. First of all, what is the profession of a priest? A priest is to deal with men concerning things of God. I think that Saint Paul talks about them as being a kind of ambassador from God to men. His purpose is, he is trying to save souls. So it is by Divine Providence that every priest interacts with somebody else. Even a hermit priest probably has to spend part of his time simply praying for sinners, even if he doesn’t meet very many, if any. But, the fact is, most priests are interacting with people. There are 405,000 Catholic priests in the world and there are one billion members of the faithful. So, there’s an average of 2,470 people per priest. I have heard the question asked: “I’m just a parish priest. I have all these duties. How am I going to find time to conduct a Fatima Apostolate?” There are always some people in the parish who have more time and are willing to help. He could ask: “You come to Mass everyday anyway. Why not just lead the Rosary fifteen minutes before Mass starts?” Every time Our Lady appeared at Fatima, She said: “Pray the Rosary.” “Could you, My dear children, pray the Rosary?” “Pray the Rosary every day.” So, a priest can get ten people in his parish who come to daily Mass, or a hundred, or how many there are to help him in leading the Rosary. He can also ask that same person or another person: “Why don’t you start a block Rosary in your section of town?” And they could do that for the intention, for example, of the Consecration of Russia. A priest can also offer Masses for the Consecration of Russia and the release of the Third Secret; or he can offer Mass intentions for the Triumph of the Blessed Virgin, or for world peace. Our Lord said: “Pray a great deal for the Holy Father, that he would do it.” So, we can pray for the Holy Father. A priest could also start a parish group devoted to making the Message of Fatima known and lived. Sister Lucy told us we should not wait for the Pope. Don’t wait for the bishops to issue commands in this area. We have to act on our own. We have to reform ourselves. We have to save ourselves and the people in our path. But she didn’t say: “Don’t wait for the priest.” The priests are basically on the front lines of this struggle. The point I have been trying to drive home is, if the priest doesn’t initiate this movement to get the leadership of the Church to do what the Message of Fatima requires, who will? If they fail to do it, it won’t happen. We’re now close to a century since Our Lady appeared in Fatima, and time is running out. The world situation is getting worse. Our Lady said: “If My requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace.” But She warned: “If My requests are NOT granted, then entire nations will be annihilated.” So, it’s up to the priests at this point, as it really always has been. The event of Fatima is certainly a true story and it encourages many people to be devoted to Our Lady and to be devoted to Our Lord by simply remembering Our Lady’s maternal gestures, as well as Her maternal interaction with the children when She spoke to them at Fatima. But it’s more than just a story; it’s more than just something to encourage your devotion; it is a prophetic message of worldwide significance. Not only the very existence of nations, but also the freedom of the whole world is at stake. Sister Lucy tells us that: “Russia will be the instrument of chastisement, chosen by Heaven to punish the whole world for its sins if we do not obtain, beforehand, the conversion of that poor nation.” But the only way to obtain this conversion is through obedience to Our Lady of Fatima; it’s through the Consecration of Russia. The Fatima Movement of Priests is an initiative from The Fatima Center to foster a greater allegiance to the Fatima Message among the Catholic clergy of the world. But, this movement is not only for priests, the laity can participate as well – not by becoming as we could say “card carrying members” – but simply by fulfilling in their own lives, the five basic points of The Fatima Movement of Priests.
1. Total adherence to the dogmas of the Faith as infallibly defined by the Magisterium;
2. To believe and preach the constant teaching of the Ordinary and Universal Magisterium on Our Lady’s special role as Mediatrix of All Graces;
3. To understand and promote the full Message of Fatima.
4. To pursue unwaveringly the true Consecration of Russia by name in a public ceremony conducted by the Pope and all the bishops of the world in obedience to Our Lady of Fatima and to Her Divine Son;
5. To live the Fatima Message in our daily lives and to promote it by word and example. To bring about the Consecration of Russia, the priests have to be much more involved. Encourage your parish priests to join The Fatima Movement of Priests. Write us and ask us for more information. We’ll be happy to send it to you. God bless you. Pray the Rosary every day.
by Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L. S.T.D. (Cand.)The Fatima Crusader | Issue 116