- WHY FATIMA
- FATIMA CENTER
- PRAYER & DEVOTION
In this letter to you I have something old and something new. Please read the whole letter to the end and you will see why I have included a letter from a few years ago. This present letter, I pray, will help us with our God-given mission of the salvation of souls. If you agree and join me in living and spreading the practice of this devotion, you will reap the benefits of seeing the souls God entrusts to your care and guidance, with you, one day, in Heaven. Please read on.
Four years ago I sent the following letter to many priests in North America:
All of the great saints have said that one of the greatest means of salvation and one of the surest signs of predestination is devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Two great doctors of the Church, St. Alphonsus Liguori and St. Bernard, teach us that no one who has persevered in devotion to Our Lady has ever been lost.
Our Lady of Fatima reinforced these teachings of the great saints. On July 13, 1917, She showed the three shepherd children an actual vision of hell and then said 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. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved ...
Father, I truly believe that you yourself can help save very many souls by making Our Heavenly Mother Mary better known and loved. You and I can take these following words of Our Lady of Fatima as being addressed personally to me and you.
Jesus wishes to make use of you in order to make Me known and loved. He wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. To whoever embraces this devotion I promise salvation, those souls will be cherished by God, as flowers placed by Me to adorn His Throne.
The Holy Father, in his recent Holy Thursday letter addressed to every Catholic priest, stressed the importance of each of us striving ever more for perfection. With these words of Our Lady of Fatima, we have an easy and sure means to arrive at this most lofty goal.
At the same time, you and I can fulfill our solemn priestly obligations in justice and charity to help save the souls of all persons that God puts on our path through life.
No doubt, you know souls that are very fervent, others that are pious, and still others that are lukewarm, or even fallen away. I have enclosed a sample leaflet which will be useful for all these classes of souls, even the lukewarm and fallen away. I hope that you like it.
Enclosed is a very special leaflet titled Heaven Opened by the Practice of the Three Hail Marys. This practice of the Three Hail Marys is one for which St. Alphonsus Liguori and other great saints had an ardent devotion. These saints are mentioned in the leaflet.
This leaflet has just been reprinted, and I would like to place many more copies into your hands, so that like St. Alphonsus, you may make known this practice of devotion to the Most Holy Virgin to those whom God has placed under your care and direction or even just those souls that God gives you as a passing acquaintance.
Not long ago, I received the personal testimony of one of our Fatima supporters with regard to the efficacy of this practice. Her name is Marie, and she told me that having been raised in a strict Catholic family, she none the less left the practice of her Catholic Faith while barely an adult. She remained away from her faith for more than twenty years and in that time led a life characteristic of those separated from God committing innumerable sins of a most heinous and grievous nature. By her own testimony she stated, had she died during those years she would not only most certainly now be in hell, but in the deepest recesses of that vile and dreaded pit.
Slowly, however, through difficult life circumstances, she was brought back to the practice of her Catholic Faith. She gradually came to realize that the grace to return came through the hands of the Most Holy Virgin, and that it was this practice of the Three Hail Marys which Our Lady used to intercede on her behalf and bring her back to the fervent practices of her Catholic Faith, including praying the Rosary daily and daily Mass.
You see, as a child, one of her teachers, a Franciscan Sister taught her this practice, and for all the years she was away from the faith, it was the only form of prayer she maintained when and if she prayed at all. Her prayer life was almost nonexistent to the point that when she started returning to her faith, she had to relearn most of the other prayers she had been taught as a child. The only consistent thing from her childhood was the practice of the Three Hail Marys.
As with Marie, this practice is one which will often lead a soul who does not pray the Rosary to do so, and for those who already pray the Rosary, the practice of the Three Hail Marys will provide more graces.
In thanksgiving to Jesus and Mary for this great conversion and as an encouragement to you in your great work of saving souls for all eternity, I want to send you free of any charge as many of these leaflets as you can distribute. As long as I am able and as long as our supplies of this leaflet last, let us work together to make Our Blessed Mother known and loved by spreading knowledge of the Three Hail Marys and its magnificent promises.
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy; Hail Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope...
Please indicate on the enclosed form how many copies of this precious gift from Heaven you will need. The salvation of many souls, even those most dear to us, may depend on it. Thank you and...
Let us pray for each other,
Yours sincerely in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Father Nicholas Gruner
Since I sent the above letter four years ago, I have once again received the personal testimony of yet another Catholic regarding the power of the Three Hail Marys.
The name of the person telling the story about his experience with this devotion is Augustine (Confirmation name). As a young adult he was a convert to the Catholic Faith. Here is his story regarding his experience with the Three Hail Marys:
A convert to the Catholic Faith for 23 years, he said that in the last few years, his faith and devotion were waning, and he was praying less and less. Finally, at one point he stopped going to Mass. Because of his professional skills our apostolate had asked him to review this same account (of Maries experience with the Three Hail Marys) given above and have it translated into another language so it could be sent to Catholics in another country.
He states that after reading the letter and the leaflet, the thought that crossed his mind was that it was ridiculous and stupid. He didnt believe a word he read, but for some reason he decided to try praying the Three Hail Marys in the morning and again in the evening just as the leaflet described the devotion.
He recounts that within a short time he began to attend Mass and pray the Rosary. His desire to live his Catholic Faith and be a good Catholic has returned with more fervor than ever. He continues daily with the practice of the Three Hail Marys.
Having read of the experiences of Marie and Augustine -- the first having been introduced to this devotion as a child, and the second as an adult -- how can one deny the importance of devotion to Our Heavenly Mother and not want to practice and promote this devotion?
As in my letter of four years ago, in thanksgiving to Jesus and Mary for these two great conversions and as an encouragement to you in your great work of saving souls for all eternity, I will send you free of charge as many of these leaflets as you can distribute. As long as I am able and as long as our supplies of this leaflet last, let us work together to make Our Blessed Mother known and loved by spreading knowledge of the Three Hail Marys and its magnificent promises.
I invite you to join me by reaching out to those whom God has placed on your path and sharing this wonderful gift from Heaven.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Father Nicholas Gruner
P.S. Heaven Opened by the Practice of the Three Hail Marys leaflets are now also available in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian. For more of these leaflets in English or any of the other languages listed, return the enclosed form or phone us at 1-800-845-3047 or fax us at 905-871-2853.