Our Lady of Fatima


Part 1

The following is an edited transcript of the first speech given by Father Nicholas Gruner at the Fatima Center's "Consecration Now!" Conference held in Rome, May 9-13, 2011.


Good morning. Let us first pray a Hail Mary, asking Our Lady to help us understand Her Message in all its gravity. (Hail May recited.)

The talk I am giving today is about Consecration Now. First of all, we should ask ourselves why this Conference and then why Consecration and why Now! I am sure you all know this, but I will just review it briefly.

It all starts with a story. It is a story about each one of us, a story about all of us. It's a story about the whole world.

But it is not just a story, it's a true story, it's a story we're living through right now. And it is not a childish story, it is very serious.

This story is not just to pass the time of day; it, ultimately, is about our own salvation, peace in the world, and whether we live through war in the next couple of years, or whether we live through a period of peace without war.

Ultimately, it's up to us, it's our responsibility. St. Thomas tells us: "against a fact, there is no argument."

Let us start with the facts. In 1917, Pope Benedict XV, a Vatican diplomat before he became Pope, recognized, after three years of many efforts, that there was no way out of World War I, that it was demonic and it could not be stopped, except for the intervention of Heaven.

And so, on the 5th of May 1917, he appealed to the Blessed Virgin, in a public way in a letter to the Cardinal Vicar of Rome. He appealed in a public way for Her to show him and all mankind the way to peace.

Our Lady Responds to Pope Benedict XV

The Blessed Virgin came, you might say, because the Pope asked Her to come. Eight days later, She did come. And over the next' six months, She explained the only way to world peace.

On May 13, She came to three children --- Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia --- and She told them that She wanted them to come back each month for the next five months, until October 13.

She told them always, of course, to pray the Rosary.

She told them that She would come back the next month to tell them what else She wanted.

On June 13, as on May 13, She opened Her hands and a light came from the palms of Her hands.

THE IMMACULATE HEARTOn May 13, the light fell on the hearts of the children and they had a foretaste of Heaven.

On June 13, the light from the palms of Her hands fell on the children, and when She opened Her hands, the children could see the Immaculate Heart of Mary circled with thorns, They recognized that these thorns represented the sins of men, that they offended Our Lady very much, and Our Lady was looking for reparation to console Her.

The light also fell on the children differently; the light from one hand fell on Jacinta and Francisco and went up to Heaven. The children understood in this light that they were soon going to die and go to Heaven. Whereas the light from the other hand fell on Lucia and went down on the earth. Lucia understood that, in this light, she would stay longer on earth.

Now Our Lady didn't only give them this understanding interiorly, but She said it in words as well.

The Children Are Shown the Vision of Hell

We see that Our Lady explains everything. On July 13, Our Lady opened Her hands and this time, when the children looked at the light, it didn't fall on them but, rather, fell on the ground in front of Our Lady, between Her land the children.

They looked down to see what it was pointing to and they could see the fires of Hell. Lucia tells us in her memoirs:

"We saw, as it were, a vast sea of fire, in which were plunged, all blackened and burnt, demons and souls in human form like transparent embers. Raised into the air the flames they fell back in all directions, like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or poise, amidst loud cries and horrible groans of pain and despair which caused us to shudder and tremble with fear. The demons were distinguished by the horrible and repellent forms of terrible unknown animals. The souls of the damned were in human form but like embers of fire black yet transparent. This scene lasted an instant and we must thank Our. Heavenly Mother Who had prepared us beforehand by promising to take us to Heaven with Her. Otherwise, I believe that we should have died of fear and terror."

Then Our Lady spoke, and gave us the key to the whole Fatima 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."

This is the key:

God Wants to Establish in the World Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

God has a great goal: to save sinners from going to Hell. To achieve this, God wills to establish devotion to the Immaculate Heart in the whole world. To do that God has a plan. Our Lady tells us what that plan is. It is two-fold. One is the Consecration of Russia, and the other is Communions of Reparation on the first Saturdays of the

We will talk mostly in this conference about the Consecration of Russia, because it seems to be the most difficult to achieve. In fact, Our Lady said in Her Message of July 13: "In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph; the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, Russia will be converted and a period of peace given to mankind."

But first of all, you notice She says "in the end," that is, after some difficulty. It has now been 94 years this May 13 since Our Lady first appeared. And there's a time limit set to this. It seems to be 100 years, from what Our Lord said to us later on, as we will see. This time limit is fast approaching.

We Are Obligated to Spread the Message

We will talk about why now, the consecration must be done, and why Russia. But let us finish the quick overview of the history of the appearances of Our Lady at Fatima for each one of us.

On August 13, there were 15,000 people there. They came because of the 5,000 people who came in July. These 5,000 came because of the 50 people who came in

That is, they told their friends and neighbors by word of mouth, despite the opposition from the government, despite the fear of the clergy in Portugal at the time, and despite the opposition also of the newspapers at that time.

We see then that it's important that we tell our friends and neighbors.

The children told their parents, and they told their friends, and the word spread from there.

15,000 people came on August 13, 1917 but the children were kidnapped. The children were put in jail, they were threatened with death. Here are three children, who don't even know how to carry a gun or even to threaten anybody; three children who are put in jail as enemies of the state, who are a danger to the state, or more exactly the Masonic state that Portugal had become.

The Children Refused to Deny Our Lady

They were put in jail and they were told to deny they were seeing Our Lady. They would not do that. They were told to deny that Our Lady gave them a secret. They would not do that. They then said, "Well then, tell us the Secret," and they would not do that either.

They needed the authorization of Our Lady to tell that. So since the three children would not cooperate, the Mayor of Ourem (the town nearby to Fatima) told them that he was going to boil them in oil until they were dead.

Yet the children still would not change their story. They would not obey the wrong orders of the ruler.

When Our Lady told them to do something, they did it. When She told them not to do something, they would not do that.

Opposition to Fatima

And so we see that the opposition to Fatima starts during the apparitions themselves, and the opposition is fierce. The government of Portugal called out the army later on to stop the people from coming to see the Miracle of the Sun. But Our Lady is more powerful than armies, She converted the soldiers on the spot and let the people come to Fatima.

We see that on August 13 the children were not there, although they had promised to be there. So, Our Lady came on August 19 and Our Lady again reiterated Her promise to work a great miracle on October 13, so that all might believe. She also said that many souls go to Hell because they have no one to pray for them and make sacrifices for them.

On August 13, Our Lady appeared. As She always did, She stood on top of a little cloud. The crowd saw the cloud come and stop over a holm oak tree and they saw the tree bend, as it would when someone was standing on it, but the people, of course, did not see Our Lady.

After a minute or two of Our Lady waiting for the children, She left. And the people could see the cloud rise off the tree and the branches where the cloud had rested now sprang back to their regular position. Obviously, Our Lady left. On September 13, there were 30,000 people who came. The people on September 13, as in July and August, saw great signs already. On September 13, there were no clouds, there was no eclipse, but the sun dimmed itself so darkly that the stars could be seen at noon.
The people again saw not only the stars at noon as they also saw them on July 13, but also could see petals coming down from Heaven. They looked like rose petals, but when they went to touch them or catch them, they would disappear. And when they fell on the ground, they also disappeared.

On October 13, 70,000 people came, despite the rain. It rained so much that they were in mud up to their ankles. They waited and at noon, sun time, around 1:30 legal time, the Blessed Virgin came.

An Historical Miracle The Sun Danced

When Lucia finished speaking with Our Lady, Lucia pointed to the sun and as she did so, the people looked up and the clouds parted and the people could see the sun without hurting their eyes. It began to spin, it began to go round and round. It looked like a silver disc in the sky.

At a certain point, as it spun around, it started giving off colors --- first red, then green, then blue --- so if a person had a white shirt on, it would turn red and green and blue as the sun spun around. After four minutes it stopped and then it started again more rapidly, with more beautiful colors. After four more minutes, it stopped again and then spun a third time, this time it began to not only spin but also plunge in the sky and finally it started to fall and fall and fall. The sun became very large in the sky; it became very hot and everyone thought the sun was going to fall on top of them.

They thought it was the end of the world. The people fell on their knees in the mud to ask God for mercy, to ask God for forgiveness for their sins, to ask Our Lady's intercession. At a certain point, the sun stopped falling, then went back to its normal place in the sky. When people got up from their knees they realized that their clothes were dry; and where they had been kneeling in the mud, their clothes were also clean. This happened so that all might believe. Even more important than this, of course, were the cures. People who could not walk and could not see were cured instantly at this time. And, above all, there were the conversions.

Conversion of Sinners The Greatest Miracle

As St. Augstine tells us, it's a greater miracle for God to convert a sinner than for Him to create the world, because when God created the world, He created it out of nothing and, of course, nothing did not resist God. But when God converts a sinner, He converts them after they, first of all, resist His will. Thus, the conversion of a sinner is a greater miracle than the creation of the world.

We have these miracles taking place on October 13, and continuing to take place in Fatima to testify to the truth that this Message comes from God; that it concerns our time, that it concerns world peace, that it concerns the salvation of souls.

God's Big Plan for Our Time

We want to talk about this plan that God has revealed to us at Fatima, the plan for establishing in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart.

Our Lady said on July 13 that She would come back to ask for the Communions of Reparation on the First Saturdays and She would also come back to ask for the Consecration of Russia.

We will now talk about the Consecration of Russia. In 1929, on the 13th of June, Lucia was in her chapel at midnight; the chapel was completely dark except for the sanctuary lamp. Lucia was prostrate on the ground, saying the prayer that the Angel of Fatima taught them: "Most Holy Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer up to Thee the most Precious Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son, Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the blasphemies, outrages, and indifferences by which He is offended. And I draw upon the infinite merits of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that Thou might convert poor sinners."

The Vision of the Holy Trinity

As Lucia said this prayer the whole chapel lit up; and when she looked up, she saw before her a vision of the Most Holy Trinity. In all the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, and all the history of apparitions anywhere for 2000 years, I am not aware of the Most Holy Trinity appearing anywhere else.
We have the theophany of Our Lord when He was Baptized in the Jordan River and also on Mt. Tabor on the Transfiguration. But here is the first manifestation of the Trinity, visibly and audibly present, since that time, that I'm aware of.

Sister Lucia saw God the Father present as an older man, between the Father and the Son is the Holy Spirit symbolized as a dove, and God the Son is on the Cross.

 Underneath His right arm on the Cross is Our Lady of Fatima standing on a cloud on the altar. Blood comes from His wounds. From the wound in His side comes the Eucharist. A chalice catches the Blood that drips from His wounds and from the Host. Under His left arm on the Cross, you see the words "Grace and Mercy," and these words are made with letters made out of water, so to speak, which flow over the altar.

"By This Means"

It is in this most solemn appearance that Our Lady speaks, although everything She says is because God wants Her to say it. She says explicitly:

"The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make and to command all the Catholic bishops of the world to make the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart. God promises to save Russia by this means."

Every word is important. I'd like to dwell for a moment on the words "by this means." St. Thomas, in his Sacramental Theology, tells us it is the words of the priest that are the means by which the Sacrament takes place. Without the words being pronounced, the Sacrament doesn't take place. Similarly, without the Pope and the bishops consecrating Russia, we cannot have either the saving of Russia or world peace. It is by this means.

Just as I could not write my notes without a pen, without an instrument, we cannot have world peace except through the means, through the instrument of the Pope and the bishops making the Consecration of Russia. We might think we know better, we might think we have a better idea, but that's immaterial. This is what God has dictated and decreed, and He will not change His mind.

Sister Lucia and her confessor for the next seven years tried to get the Pope --- in this case, Pope Pius XI --- to consecrate Russia. The Pope, of course, was very polite, but basically he didn't do it.

We Must Insist on the Consecration of Russia

Lucia and her confessor, by 1935, were a little discouraged. Her confessor asked Lucia in a letter, "Shall I continue to insist?" Lucia answered, "Yes." "Should I change anything?" "No."

In 1936, the confessor writes again and asks the same question. This time Lucia answers in a very different way: "Should you insist? I don't know, but recently, I was talking with Our Lord and asked Him why He would not bring about world peace unless the Pope did this consecration. Jesus answered and said: 'Because I want My whole Church to recognize that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart, so that later on My Church will place devotion to the Immaculate Heart beside devotion to My Sacred Heart.'"

In other words, Our Lord is saying there's nothing to be done except to insist upon the consecration; it can't be done any other way. "I want My whole Church to recognize that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart." And so you can propose the consecration of the world; you can propose this, you can propose that; but nothing will work except the Consecration of Russia.

This is again confirmed by Our Lady speaking to Lucia in May of 1952. The Bishops Conference of Italy publicized this event in their book II Pellegrinaggio della Meraviglie which was published in 1960, but the event took place in May of 1952.

Our Lady told Lucia, "Tell the Holy Father I am still awaiting the Consecration of Russia. Without that consecration, Russia cannot convert; without that consecration, the world cannot have peace."

How Much More Simple Could it Be?
It's all or nothing. Either we have the Consecration of Russia or we have the annihilation of nations together with the enslavement of the world. It's as simple as that. I realize that I've been studying and publishing and promoting this for 34 years. Some people new to Fatima or some who have not really read up on this subject say it can't be that simple, it can't be that easy. But it is that simple and it is that easy and nothing else will work.

Why is it that God insists upon this? Let us take an example from Sacred Scripture (4 Kings 5:1-15), when Naaman, the Syrian General who had leprosy, was told that he could be cured if he went to Israel to ask the prophet to be cured.

So, Naaman went to the King ot Israel and asked for a cure. The King, thinking that Naaman was looking for a cause to provoke war, tore his garments and said, "Am I God, that I can cure leprosy?"

The prophet, hearing of this incident, sent a message to the court of the king and said, "Tell Naaman to come to me and let Israel know that there's a prophet in the land." And Naaman went to the prophet but the prophet did not meet him. Instead, he sent a messenger to Naaman and said, "If you want to be cured, go down to the river Jordan and bathe there seven times and you'll be cured."

Now Naaman became angry. He said, "We have better rivers in Syria than this puny little Jordan," but his advisors, unlike the Pope's advisors, were much smarter. Naaman's counselors said to him, "Had the prophet asked you to do something difficult, would you have done it?" He said, "Of course." Then Naaman's advisors went on: "Then why not just try this and see what happens?" And so Naaman did what his counselors told him, as Sacred Scripture tells us in the Fourth Book of Kings, Chapter Five. After the seventh time bathing in the river, when he came out, his leprosy was gone and, as Scripture says, his skin was as smooth as that of a baby.

Only a 5-Minute Prayer to Avoid War and Annihilation!

God asks simple things to show, first of all, it is not by our efforts, it is not by our merits, it's only by the work of God that this can take place. And just as the relationship between bathing in a river and being cured of leprosy is next to nothing, so is the relationship between a simple prayer of five minutes by the Pope and 5,000 bishops causing worldwide peace. Compare this to the billions --- if not trillions --- of dollars that are spent on war.

Just think of all the effort that people put into war. Afghanistan, for example, costs 113 BILLION dollars a year. That represents the annual economy of most countries and the work effort of millions of people, just to have an army of 100,000 men in another country. That's over 300 million dollars a day, or over one million dollars every 15 seconds. All of this will be stopped, as Scripture tells us that a time will come when all men will turn their swords into ploughshares. Isaias tells us that instruments of war will be turned into instruments of peace.

That time will come only after the Pope and the bishops obey the command to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

With all the war, death, destruction and killing going on right now it does not look like it will ever happen. And yet, we're told in Scripture that this will take place, that our instruments of war will be turned into instruments of peace, they will feed the people instead of killing them.

The people and the high priests of our time are similar to the people at the time of Jesus Christ. They did not recognize the moment of history they were in, even though Daniel, the prophet, had told them that Christ would come in their time.

So we have many prophets telling us this is a time of world change. I believe that this is a time predicted in Sacred Scripture and most of us do not recognize it.

We are told by Isaias, "they shall turn their swords into ploughshares and their spears into sickles: nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they be exercised any more to war." (Isaias 2:4)

Every nation on earth has a school of warfare. This warfare is taught from generation to generation. When Our Lady's promise of peace is fulfilled in the not distant future, it will also fulfill the promise of peace that was also made to mankind in the Old Testament. Then, also, all the nations will learn the art of war no more, because God also promised this through the Old Testament prophets (Isaias 2:4; Micheas 4:3).

14,400 Wars in 6,000 Years

In 6,000 years of recorded history, we have had more than 14,400 wars. We are on the edge of a complete change in the course of history, once Our Lady's requests are heard and obeyed.

At this time, we must, each of us, refuse to do nothing in the face of this tremendous intervention of God and Our Lady in the Fatima events.

And, there are terrible consequences for us not obeying. The Message of Fatima touches each one of us, and our collective refusal to do what it takes to get the Consecration of Russia done has a price.

Our Lady said: "If My requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If My requests are not granted, Russia' will spread her errors throughout the world raising up wars and persecutions against the Church, the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated."

That's not all of the terrible things that will happen --- if we, the Pope, the bishops, the priests and the lay people do not obey in time --- but it certainly should be enough for us to do all we can to obey and encourage all others, especially the Pope and the bishops, to obey very soon.

Prayer and Penance Can Change History

People like Cardinal Bertone somehow or other think that I don't believe that prayer and penance can change the course of his- tory. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't have spent 34 years of my life promoting the Message of Fatima.

But it's not enough to just do prayer and penance as we choose to do it, it's the prayer and penance that God dictates we must do that will bring about this change in the course of history. This prayer is, of course, the Rosary, and in the last year we have, together with others, prayed more than 22 million Rosaries for the Pope to do the Consecration of Russia. We had a campaign of Rosaries years ago of another 10 million Rosaries. And I'm very glad to see that Bishop Fellay has called for another Crusade of another 12 million Rosaries within the next year --- between Easter of 2011 and Pentecost of 2012.

We must pray the Rosary, but also we must do penance. The first penance, as Our Lord explained to Lucia in the 1940's, is to do our daily duty. Some people, such as many from the Blue Army, think that penance just involves taking care of what we do day to day in our own personal lives. That is true to a point but it's more than that. We also have a duty to promote the FULL Fatima Message, just as at Fatima when those 50 people in June told their friends and neighbors, those 5,000 people in July told their friends and neighbors, and so forth, so that by their act of spreading the word, 70,000 people came in October.

We Have to Spread the Word Because Fatima is Opposed

It's opposed by the Secretary of State, not only by Cardinal Bertone, but Cardinal Sodano before him, and Cardinal Casaroli before him, and so forth.

The Vatican Secretary of State has made an agreement, a wrong agreement, to not criticize the errors of Russia. They made that deal in 1962. Yet Our Lady of Fatima came in 1917 to warn us against the errors of Russia. The result of that immoral Vatican-Moscow Agreement is that today most priests don't know that Communism --- and other errors of Russia, now spread all around the world --- needs to be opposed and opposed openly.

The error of legalized abortion was first openly promoted successfully in Russia. Today, that error is around the world. Karl Marx called for a graduated income tax, today most every country in the world has a graduated income tax. Most people don't recognize that as an error of Marx and of Communism. So, if you think what the newspapers tell you to think, that Communism is dead, don't believe it. The errors, by different titles, by different names, are still there.

But this is nothing compared to what's about to happen to us. The preparations for war are very real. If you look for them, you can see them. But if you look for the headlines to tell you they're there, don't expect to find them. The newspapers don't want to tell you these things, but they are in the news, if you look closely. Both the United States and Russia are preparing for a major war, actually, right now. And some of the skirmishes are going on right now. Just to give you some facts and figures, 70,000 officers have recently been recruited by Russia. 70,000! How many soldiers will these officers be in charge of? They're also buying 600 new fighter planes and 100 new ships.

That's just the Russian side. Meanwhile, the American side is preparing for war as well. You have the doctrine ot surrounding Russia in the proposal for the Project for the New American Century, PNAC in its shortest form, in which you see the United States, although under the guise of fighting terrorism or this or that, is putting up their military bases around Russia.

The Russians were surprised by the Germans in World War II. Even though they had planned to attack Germany, Germany did it first to them in the Second World War. But the Russians will not be taken by surprise this time. They are not asleep, but the people, the rest of us are asleep.

Continued forward.



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