Re: The Five First Saturdays:
The Fatima Crusader Issue #97 and “Listen to Me”


“Behold the Heart of your Mother”.

- The Child Jesus to Sister Lucy, appearing with
Our Lady at Pontevedra, December 10, 1925

Month of the Holy Souls
November 2010

Dear Friend of Our Lady,

Father Gruner has just sent to you the latest issue of The Fatima Crusader, Issue 97, and if you have not yet received it, it should arrive soon.

This latest issue reinforces the importance of devotion to Our Lady and Her Immaculate Heart; it reminds us we have to heed Her Fatima requests and live the Fatima Message.

This issue covers a variety of topics including:

A portion of the magazine is about the significance of the Five First Saturdays Communion of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

See articles starting on pages 2, 6, 12, 21, 26, 28, 30 and 33. In this issue the new First Saturday Communion of Reparation Checklist is introduced.

You may recall that Father Gruner graciously allowed us to send this checklist to Our Lady’s apostolate volunteers two months ago. We hope you are finding it helpful.

There are also more of the talks given at The Fatima Challenge conference this past May. One of these is Father Gruner’s article “Behold the Heart of Your Mother” (Page 12).

In this article, Father Gruner refers to the apparition of Our Lord with Our Lady to Sister Lucy at Pontevedra, in Spain in 1925. He explains how Our Lord emphasized clearly that His Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, is also our Mother.

Our Lord’s words to Sister Lucy were “Behold the Heart of your Mother,” NOT behold the Heart of My Mother, which He certainly could have said.

This shows us how important it is to Our Lord for us to honor and love His Mother.

Our Lord is reminding us that the central focus of the Fatima Message is Our Lady’s words on June 13, 1917, “[Jesus] wants to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart,” and July 13, “God Wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”

This is the key to the Fatima Message. It is by this means that God has chosen to save poor sinners, to convert Russia and the rest of the world and to bring peace to the world.

We must not forget this.

We must honor and love Our Lady as much as God’s grace enables us to. Father Gruner tells us we should ask daily for the grace of an increasing love of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart (page 14).

I think you will like this latest issue. For copies of Issue 97 or any of the many other items offered in this issue, call us at 1-800-845-3047.

“Listen to Me”

Enclosed with this letter is a 5x7 picture of Our Lady. On the back is a poem entitled “Listen to Me”. The author is anonymous.

The poem is an admonishment. It is a reminder to the Pope and bishops to release the full Third Secret and to make the Act of Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

But the poem is not just admonishing Church hierarchy. It is also directed to each and every one of us. In one respect, it applies more to us than to the Pope and bishops.

Why? Because if many Catholics had decades ago done what Our Lady asked, there can be little doubt that the Pope and bishops would have done what was asked of them.

That is why Saint Padre Pio said, when enough of the lay faithful do as the Mother of God asked at Fatima, then God will give the graces for the Pope and bishops to make the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.

One is dependent upon the other. One will not occur without the other. That is Catholic teaching as it pertains to the Mystical Body of Christ.

Our sins and neglects not only affect our own soul, they have a negative effect on Christ’s whole Church and the world.

Our perseverance and sacrifices have a positive effect on the Church and the world.

He Who Is came and sacrificed Himself so that we could be members of His one True Church.

He expects the same of us. He expects us to offer ourselves to help others. That is, help other members who have fallen, help those who are struggling not to fall, and help those who are not members and cannot be saved unless they join His Church.

Some of us will have to remember when the time comes and we are asked to endure great sufferings, that had we heeded Our Lady’s simple requests decades ago, we would not be where we are now.

We would not now be pondering what suffering we will have to endure and praying that we will persevere and not lose our souls.

Please let us help each other, our fellow apostolate volunteers and all Catholics, by our prayers and sacrifices. We should want to help one another. Pray that it may be so.

Our Lady of Fatima reminded us what our Catholic Faith teaches when She said pray and make sacrifices for sinners.

As the author of the poem says we must stop ignoring our Heavenly Mother. We must listen to Her and make reparation for our own sins and the sins of others.

We should help one another by making up for each others’ inadequacies and weaknesses. We must live the lesson taught to us in the image of Saint Christopher carrying Our Lord across the water.

In your endeavor to heed Our Lady’s Fatima Message by spreading devotion to Her Immaculate Heart, please call us at 1-800-845-3047 for more copies of the picture (or similar to the enclosed picture) of Our Lady to distribute to others, or to ask for more copies of the latest issue of The Fatima Crusader.

In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,

Joanna Swords

P.S. On page 28 of Issue 97 of The Fatima Crusader is an article entitled “Here is My Way of Making the Meditations”. It was written by Sister Lucy in a letter to a priest.

Understand that it is best to do as Father Gruner advises on page 2 of this issue — “Take Our Lady’s words literally unless it’s contrary to reason or ... the Faith.”

Our Lady’s words at Fatima with regard to the First Saturday devotions — specifically the meditations — are “... keep Me company for fifteen minutes meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary ...” (See quote on page 9 of this issue.)

Following Father Gruner’s advice to take Our Lady’s words literally, spend at least 15 minutes and meditate on all 15 mysteries — if not on each First Saturday, then at least by the time you have completed one five-month series of First Saturday Devotions.

This is the position that Father Gruner and The Fatima Center have always taken; by the end of completing a set of five consecutive First Saturdays, you must have meditated on all fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary.