Father Nicholas Gruner
— Publisher, The Fatima Crusader —
— Producer, Heaven's Peace Plan —
Nationwide Daily Radio Program


Ash Wednesday,
Lent 1988

Dear Friend of Jesus and Mary,

As you probably know, for over ten years I have been struggling to spread Our Blessed Mother's Fatima Message across the face of the earth.

Well, let me be frank with you:

I have never been so terribly worried as I am today!

You see, Our Lady warned us at Fatima of a terrible chastisement unless Her requests were obeyed…

She told us that our freedom, our faith, our very lives were at stake.

As you will read in this issue of The Fatima Crusader, Our Lady's words continue to go unheard and unheeded — even by most Catholics.

But there's something more…

I must tell you that powerful forces in politics, the media and even the Church itself are working to silence Our Lady's Message of warning and hope once and for all!

These forces will stop at nothing to prevent the Message of Fatima from reaching the ears of the world.

In fact, it has gotten so bad that they have now begun even to attack me personally!

Believe me, it is only because of your prayers and generosity (for which I am deeply grateful) that we have been able to hold on and publish this issue of the Crusader at all.

As never before, your faith and gifts are the crucial difference as we race Against the clock.

You already know that Our Lady has said that the appointed time of mercy is limited.

Can any of us doubt that time is running out?

Our Lady's Words Of Warning

As a Loving Mother, Our Lady came to Fatima more than 70 years ago to give us an urgent Message.

It was a Message full of hope and promise…

But as you know, it was also an unmistakable Message of warning:

"If people attend to My requests, Russia will be converted and the world will have peace. If not, Russia will spread its 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."

You and I know that to ignore Her warning is to guarantee the enslavement or annihilation of the entire Free World.

Even as you read this letter, Russia remains on a full-time war-footing. 20,000 Russian nuclear missiles remain aimed at our homes and families. Many times more than is needed to totally obliterate the U.S. and Canada.

Remember Pope John Paul II pointed out that just 200 nuclear bombs are enough to wipe out every major city in the world.

Despite all the talk of peace treaties and "detente", Gorbachev and his K.G.B. cronies continue their carefully laid plans for world conquest and domination.

Top Soviet military strategists propose that Russia win World War III by launching an unprovoked surprise nuclear strike against the United States — with the potential of wiping out 135 million Americans in just half an hour.

Listen to what President Reagan's own special advisor on arms control, Edward L. Rowny, told a meeting of American scientists less than two weeks ago:

"We must not forget that beneath the smiles and cosmetics of glasnost, the Soviet Union remains a dangerous, brutal adversary. We in the West have no choice but to keep our wits about us and do what is necessary to preserve our freedom and security."

When the very man who helped negotiate the recent arms treaty with the Russians says that, do you wonder that I am worried?

Let me repeat: Our Lady's enemies will stop at nothing to prevent Her Message of Fatima from reaching the world.

Lies And Distortions Increase!

Unable to strike at Our Blessed Mother directly, Her enemies have now begun to attack Her messengers!

Recently, false rumours and misleading reports have "mysteriously" appeared suggesting, among other things, that my priestly faculties were not in order and that The Fatima Crusader was anti-papal, even schismatic.

As you can imagine, it is a terrible thing for an ordained priest to have to answer rumors like these.

But let me make it perfectly clear once and for all:

I am a fully ordained priest of the Roman Catholic Church with full priestly faculties from the Bishop of St. Catharines, Ontario.

Both I and The Fatima Crusader remain totally and utterly loyal and obedient to the Vicar of Jesus Christ, our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.

You can see for yourself just how desperate our enemies are becoming!

But then Our Lord never said it would be easy. Do you recall His words to His Disciples:

"And you shall be hated by all men for My name's sake. But he that shall endure unto the end, he shall be saved." (Mark 13:13)

We Have Reached The Crisis Point
In Human History!

What the enemies of Our Lady have forgotten is that Her Son, Christ Our Lord is the Master of History.

It is His Will that governs the Universe. You and I have been chosen by Divine Providence to bring His Blessed Mother's Words of Hope to a world saturated with pain and sin.

Believe me, we are at the crossroads!

Our Lord Jesus Christ is asking us to let the miracle happen.

Only when the world's faithful join together to pray Our Lady's Rosary and do solemn penance for their sins can we assure the fulfillment of Our Lady's promise that "many souls will be saved."

Only when the Holy Father and the worlds' Catholic Bishops solemnly and publicly consecrate Russia "by name", will that poor nation be converted and finally "a period of peace will be given to the world."

Your Help Now Is Critical

You are a crucial link in the chain of hearts that unites the world with Our Divine Lord and His Blessed Mother, Mary.

Without your prayers, your faith, your generous gifts, Our Lady's Message cannot be spread.

As you know, this magazine and Our Lady's radio program "Heaven's Peace Plan" reach more people with the full truth of Fatima than any other in the world.

It takes many thousands of dollars to spread Our Lady's Message. This issue in your hands cost over $200,000 alone to produce and distribute.

At this critical time in human history, your help is needed more than ever before.

I need your prayers — every single day.

And I need your financial support. Your gifts of love and faith are essential as we struggle against those who would silence Our Blessed Mother.

In this Holy Season of Repentance, won't you please make a special sacrifice of $25, $50, $100, $500 — or whatever you can afford?

I know Our Lady will bless you abundantly for your devotion and help.

May Our Heavenly Mother Mary draw you ever closer to Her Divine Son Jesus.

Sincerely yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Father Nicholas Gruner

P.S. How much should you give? That is between you and Our Lady. A gift of $25 or more makes a tremendous difference in bringing Her Words to a hurting world, but any size gift will help.

P.P.S. You and your family are in my prayers always. Please list your special intentions on the back of the reply form inserted in the magazine so that I may offer them at all my Lenten Masses.