Our Lady of Fatima, Page 25
IN DEFENSE OF GOD'S RIGHT
An objection sometimes made against the Collegial Consecration of Russia is, "How can the Pope and the bishops consecrate Russia without the Russians' consent? Father Nicholas Gruner shows why the bishops do not need the consent of the government or people of Russia before proceeding with the consecration.
Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L., S.T.D. (Cand.)
Absolute Dominion, the Absolute Ownership by God, is very different
from the right that a man exercises. A man or woman can be said in one
sense to own his/her own body. But this is true only in a limited
sense. Speaking more precisely, a person is only a steward of all that
he owns, including his body. In relation to other human beings,
each one can be said to be owner of his own property and body. But in
relation to God, we are only stewards, managers, administrators of
those goods that God has entrusted to us to administer for His Honor
and Glory. At the end of each of our lives we will have to give an
accounting of how we have used God's possessions that He left us on
earth to administer for Him. Thus, God will demand an accounting of
those women who used their bodies to kill their babies, while saying,
"We have a right over our own bodies."
God will demand an accounting of the Pope and bishops who have the
priestly power to consecrate Russia but do not use it as He commanded.
Similarly, He will demand an accounting of us who did not use our
resources and powers to do what we can to live, to spread the Message
of Fatima and to see to the extent of our power that the Message of
Fatima is known and obeyed by those around us.
God, by His Absolute Dominion over all of Creation, can rightly
indicate that He wants a certain country and people to be set aside for
His service. It is His right. Neither we nor anyone else has a right to
oppose the Consecration of Russia to God through the Immaculate Heart
of Mary. To oppose this right of God would be a sin. No one can rightly
oppose the Consecration of Russia ----not even the Russians. No one,
least of all the Pope and the bishops, should be deterred from obeying
God or working to see that God is obeyed in this matter. Not even the
objections of atheists or diplomats who try to placate the atheists
should deter the bishops from obeying God.
God has given to the Pope and the bishops the high-priestly power of dedicating and consecrating people and things to His service. God gave them this power to use according to His Will. Through the Message of Fatima He clearly commands the Pope and the bishops to use this priestly power in favor of Russia, which has been specially chosen by God.
Church has rightly understood that the will of the people is not needed
before that people is consecrated to God. Thus the whole world was
consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Pope Leo XIII over 80 years
ago. The world was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Pope
Pius XII, Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. All the people and
governments of the world were not consulted before the Popes made these
Acts of Consecration.