How to begin! There is so much to say. I will begin with Father Nicholas Gruner. WHY? It is because he embraced, taught and lived the Fatima message only to receive the cross of persecution which usually means he was the bearer of Truth. Have you ever listened to this priest talk? When he speaks at certain times of Our Lady - he gets choked up! His love for Our Queen is so real that he gets emotional. Do you know of any priest getting choked up about Our Lady? This man, received unjust persecution and died with the wounds that will merit him Heaven! What was his crime? He loved Our Lady, the Fatima message and the Truth of that message. He wanted the Truth revealed to the world and those in authority wanted that Truth repressed. Ironically, and in a mixed up, upside-down world, he was accused of being disobedient - all the while - the authorities were disobedient to Our Lady - by not revealing the Third Secret and in not Consecrating Russia in the way that Our Lady had asked! Should Father Gruner have been silent and blindly obedient?? This is my reason for bringing him up - to ask this question and to make a good example of him (God rest his soul!).
If we are unfaithful to the known Truth - then we can come under the curse of God that, as St. Paul says, blinds us to the truth so that we can no longer distinguish truth from error. "And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they may be saved. Therefore, God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying. That all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity." 2 Thess. 2:10-11
If we are to avoid being taken in by the growing apostasy all around us (which Our Lady of Fatima warned against) we must first recover a correct understanding of the Catholic Faith, and then cling to that known truth with all our might and at any cost! This is the trouble today - most Catholics have been denied the true teachings of the Catholic Faith and now many do not even seek it!
Sister Lucia wrote to her nephew, Fr. Jose Valinho, "It is indeed sad that so many persons let themselves be dominated by the diabolical wave sweeping over the world, and that they are blinded to the point of being incapable of seeing error".
How do we avoid this error? One can begin with the Rosary - Our Lady identified herself to the three Fatima children as - "Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary". One of the promises of the Rosary is to be protected from heresy! The Rosary is very powerful. Let us say it more than once in our day! We must pray - to abandon prayer is to abandon God.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE END OF THIS 100 YEARS
What is left of Fatima? Everything! The message is more needed today than ever! The Rosary, The Brown Scapular, the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart, The Reparation, The First Saturdays - All of it is needed today!
Has the world complied with these requests? Not exactly. As stated above, Father Gruner is one of the few who worked tirelessly like no other priest for Fatima and he had and has shared the message of Fatima with the publication "The Fatima Crusader", but the opposition within the Church is devastating!
Revelation to Sr. Lucia from Heaven in Aug. 1931, "Make it known to My ministers that given they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will likewise follow him into misfortune." Our Lord later revealed to her, " They did not want to heed My request. Like the King of France they will repent and do so, but it will be late. Russia will already have spread her errors throughout the world causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The Holy Father will have much to suffer."
Could this mean that at the 100 year mark, we see misfortune? Bishop Fulton J. Sheen has been known to compare the Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917 to a warning of a chastisement by fire from the Heavens. Time will tell. We will watch and pray - for we do not know the hour.
May we be obedient to Our Queen and Mother and live the Fatima message knowing that the Jesuits who lived the message in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, when the atom bombs fell upon them, were spared because living the message of Fatima is more powerful than any atomic bomb.
Our Lady of Fatima - pray for us!
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Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!