Has The Crusade of Fatima Failed? Part 1

Has The Crusade of Fatima Failed?

by Edward A. Newnam

“A vastly serious omission: The failure of Fatima enthusiasts to stress the horrible alternative to acceptance of the great message.”

Despite the torrent of literature that has poured from the presses on the great miracle of the sun and the events which preceded and followed it, the Catholic world has shown an amazing indifference to the plea of the Mother of God for prayer and penance. Indeed, if a survey were conducted to measure the percentage of response it is safe to assume that the number who could testify to having even given the subject serious thought would be sad to contemplate …

The excessive curiosity of many who seemed to await with eagerness the news of the revelations contained in the missive deposited with the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima by Lucy, and which was not opened until the year 1960, seemed to prove a hindrance to the proper application of the Fatima program, for in their frantic effort to grab at the least inkling of the contents of the secret letter, many of these misguided souls took no notice of the real warning sounded by Our Lady and already revealed by the hierarchy.

Our Lady of Fatima said Russia (atheistic Communism) would raise up wars and persecutions against the Catholic Church. We see an example of this in the cruel torture and long imprisonment of the heroic confessor of the Faith, Cardinal Mindszenty.

In 1956 the Freedom Fighters of Hungary succeeded in throwing off the yoke of Communist oppression for a brief time. Above is a picture of Cardinal Mindszenty surrounded by the Freedom Fighters who released him.

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Jesus, Our Eucharist Love

Third, to find the riches of the Eucharist, one should exercise the will. One must do this by bringing the divine lessons of the Eucharist into his life. What good would it be to discover the infinite worth of the Eucharist as we ponder It and seek to love It at Communion time, if we do not then proceed to live It?

The Eucharist teaches a love that goes beyond telling. It teaches total self-sacrifice, and an unequaled lesson in humility and self-effacement It teaches patience and unrestricted dedication. But what do we draw from all this? We surely ought to achieve something! Can we continue to be indifferent and do nothing when Jesus has loved us and still loves us with this great generosity “even to the end”? (John 13:1)

If we feel frail, we need to turn to Him, to speak to Him and not tarry about asking His help and support, for He is the very One Who said, “Without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) First of all let us go before Him: “Come to Me … and I will refresh you.” (Matt.11:28) Let us often visit Him, entering a Church every time we can and pausing a little while before the tabernacle, and put both our heart close to Him and our body before His! The Saints were constantly eager to make visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to make Holy Hours of adoration, spiritual communions, ejaculatory prayers and earnest acts of love that come from the heart. How much profit they gained from this and how much good they passed on!

One day in Turin a friend, who was his companion from the University, asked Peter George Frassati, “Let us go and take an appetizer.” Peter George took advantage of the occasion and replied, indicating to his friend the nearby Church of St. Dominic, “But, of course, let us go and take it in that cafe.” Entering the church, they prayed for a little while near the tabernacle; then they neared the offering box, Peter George said, “Here is the appetizer.” And from the pockets of the two youths came alms for the poor!

Thinking of the Eucharist during his sermon, St. John Chrysostom asked one time, “How can we make of our bodies a host?” And he himself replied, “Let your eyes look at nothing evil, and you have offered a sacrifice; let not your tongue offer unbecoming words and you have made an offering; let not your hand commit a sin and you have offered a holocaust.”

Just recall the eyes of St. Colette, which were always lowered and recollected in sweet modesty. Why? She once gave the answer: “My eyes, I have filled with Jesus upon Whom I have fixed them at the Elevation of the Host at Holy Mass and I do not wish to replace Him with any other image.”

Let us think of the reserve and edification of the Saints in speaking, using with exactness the tongue which had been consecrated by contact with the Body of Christ Jesus.

Recall the good works which souls, filled with love by the Eucharist, have accomplished because Jesus communicated to them His own sentiments of love to all the brothers, especially the most needful.

Can we not also exercise thus our will? Let us learn from the Saints and begin to continue their good works.

Jesus “has loved me and has sacrificed Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

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Fatima Crusader No.4

Mother Of Divine Grace Pray For Us

Mother Of Divine Grace

— Pray For Us

We must be devoted to Our Lady. Through Her we receive all graces. God Himself gave Mary the power to dispense graces to all those who ask Her for them. A great saint and Doctor of the Church, St. Alphonsus de Liguori, teaches us in his book, The Glories of Mary:

“To understand why the Holy Church makes us call Mary our life, we must know, that as the soul gives life to the body, so does Divine grace give life to the soul; for a soul without grace has the name of being alive, but is in truth dead, as it was said in the Apocalypse, ‘Thou hast the name of being alive and thou art dead.’ Mary, in obtaining this grace for sinners by Her intercession, restores them to life. The Church makes Her speak, applying to Her the following words of Proverbs: ‘They that in the morning early watch for Me shall find Me.’ They who are diligent in having recourse to Me in the morning, that is, as soon as they can, will most certainly find Me. In the Septuagint the words ‘shall find Me’ are rendered ‘shall find grace’. So that to have recourse to Mary is the same thing as to find the grace of God. A little further on She says, ‘He that shall find Me shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord.’ St. Bonaventure explains, ‘Listen, all you who desire the kingdom of God; honor the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and you will find life and eternal salvation.’

“St. Bernardine of Sienna says, that if God did not destroy man after his first sin, it was on account of His singular love for this holy Virgin, who was destined to be born of this race. And the Saint adds, ‘that he has no doubt but that all the mercies granted by God under the old dispensation were granted only in consideration of this Most Blessed Lady.’ Hence St. Bernard was right in exhorting us ‘to seek grace, and to seek it by Mary’ meaning, that if we have had the misfortune to lose the grace of God, we should seek to recover it, but we should do so by Mary; for though we may have lost it, She has found it; and hence the Saint calls Her ‘the finder of grace’.”

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The Children of Fatima Part 2

Some might wonder why God chose little children to receive the message of Our Lady at Fatima. In the Gospel, Jesus gives the reason: “I praise Thee, Father, Lord of I-leaven and earth, that Thou did hide these things from the wise and prudent and did reveal them to the little ones. Yes, Father, for such was Thy good pleasure.” (Matt. XI, 25 – 26).

When Lucia was seven years old, her mother decided that Lucia would look after the small flock of sheep belonging to the family. The rest of the family objected, thinking Lucia was too young. However, the mother, Maria Rosa, knew Lucia was more mature and responsible than the average child her age, and so it was decided — Lucia would tend the sheep. Lucia was delighted. It made her feel so grown up, to think of being a shepherdess. The news spread rapidly among the other young shepherds of the village, and almost all of them came and offered to be her companions. She accepted all of them and arranged with each one to meet on the slopes of the serra.

“Next day,” Lucia recalls, “the serra was a solid mass of sheep with their shepherds, as though a cloud had descended upon it. But I felt ill at ease in the midst of such a hubbub. I therefore chose three companions from among the shepherds, and without saying a word to anyone, we arranged to pasture our sheep on the opposite slopes. These were the three I chose: Teresa Matias, her sister Maria Rosa and Maria Justino.”

The following day the four shepherdesses were saying the Rosary after lunch among some rocks along the ridge at Cabeco. Lucia relates what happened as they were praying: “We had hardly begun when, there before our eyes, we saw a figure poised in the air above the trees; it looked like a statue made of snow, rendered almost transparent by the rays of the sun.” As they finished their prayers, the figure disappeared. “As was usual with me, I resolved to say nothing,” recalls Lucia, “but my companions told their families what had happened the very moment they reached home.” The news soon spread throughout the village, and Lucia’s mother questioned her about the apparition. Lucia told her mother she didn’t know what it was she had seen, but she described it the best she could. One of the girls, trying to describe it said, “It looked like someone wrapped up in a sheet.” Lucia’s mother dismissed the whole matter as childish nonsense. Some people of the village started making fun of Lucia and her companions. Even Lucia’s own family began to make fun of her. Her older sisters scornfully asked her if she “had seen someone wrapped up in a sheet.” Lucia felt this suffering keenly, as she had been used to being caressed and cuddled, the favorite child of the family.

Jacinta and Francisco Join Lucia 

in the Fields

When Lucia went to be a shepherdess, her two cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto were heartbroken because now they had no one to play with them and tell them stories. They begged their mother to let them go along with their family’s sheep, but their mother said no — at four and six years old they were too young.

Every day when Lucia brought the sheep home at night, Jacinta and Francisco would be waiting for her. Francisco had something of the detachment and serenity of the saints, and he did not really get concerned about things as his little sister Jacinta did. He followed quietly while Jacinta would run to meet Lucia and tell her all the news of the day. While Lucia and Jacinta put the sheep in their enclosure for the night, Francisco would sit on a stone in front of the house of Lucia’s family, and play a tune on his little wooden flute. Then the children would go to the threshing floor near the well and watch the stars come out. Jacinta loved to watch the evening sky, and she called the stars “the Angels’ lamps” and the moon “Our Lady’s lamp”. Francisco, on the other hand, was more enthusiastic about the rising and setting of the sun. He called the sun “the lamp of Our Lord”. “No lamp is as beautiful as Our Lord’s,” he would insist. Any manifestation of the power of the sun delighted him. Francisco, a little boy of an illiterate peasant family, saw in the sun, like Saint Athanasius and Saint Patrick centuries before, a symbol of Christ redeeming the human race.

Jacinta wanted to be a shepherdess like Lucia, but Francisco was unconcerned about being a shepherd. However, one time he strongly spoke in favor of this wish of his little sister, and his mother told him to hold his peace. “It doesn’t matter, mother,” he said quietly. “It was Jacinta who wanted to go.”

Jacinta’s dearest ambition was to make her First Communion. Jacinta asked Lucia many questions about Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Lucia explained how it is that Jesus is hidden in the Eucharist: “But don’t you know that the little Jesus of the Host Whom we never see is hidden, and that we receive Him in Communion?”

Jacinta asked, “And when you receive Communion, do you talk with Him?”

Lucia replied, “I talk.”

“And why don’t you see Him?”

“Because He is hidden.”

“I’m going to ask my mother to let me go to Communion too!”

“The parish priest won’t let you till you are ten.”

“But you aren’t ten, and you go to Communion.”

“Because I knew all the doctrine, and you don’t know it.”

Thus Lucia became the teacher of a very apt pupil, who was not content to learn by rote, but wanted to know the reason for everything.

One day Jacinta persuaded her mother that she knew enough Catechism to be examined by the parish priest, and Senhora Olimpia finally took her to see Father Pena who asked Jacinta questions on Catechism. But at the end, he said he feared the child was too young and besides, she did not know enough doctrine. Jacinta was grieved at not being able to make her First Communion yet, but she soon accepted the disappointment and did not brood about it.

One day in 1916 when Lucia was 9, and Francisco and Jacinta 8 and 6, the two Marto children obtained permission from their mother to start taking care of their own flock of sheep. Francisco and Jacinta pastured their flock together with Lucia, away from the other children. While the sheep grazed, the children had time to play — picking flowers, chasing butterflies, singing and playing games, and Francisco would play his flute. In the afternoon they would kneel and say the Rosary, as Lucia’s mother had instructed Lucia to do. Sometimes, however, the children shortened the prayers in order to have more time for their games.

The Angel of Peace

One day in 1916 about mid-morning a fine drizzle began to fall, and the children took shelter in a little cave at the Cabeco. They were saying their Rosary in the cave, when suddenly the rain stopped and the sun began to shine again in a clear sky. Suddenly a strong wind began to blow across the tops of the pines, and the children saw a light moving over the tops of the trees. The light seemed whiter than snow, and it approached the cave where the children had taken shelter. As it drew near, the children were able to distinguish that the light was in the form of a young man about 14 or 15 years of age, “More brilliant than crystal, penetrated by the rays of the sun,” as Lucia describes him. They saw that he had human features, and was indescribably beautiful. Speechless, they stood regarding him.

“Don’t be afraid,” he said. “I am the Angel of Peace.1 Pray with me.” Kneeling on the ground, he bowed down until his forehead touched the ground, saying:

“My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I beg pardon of Thee for all those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee!” Three times he spoke the same words, and the children repeated the words after him, as he asked them to. Then, rising, he said, “Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.”

The children remained kneeling for a long time, and speaking of the supernatural state that enveloped them during the apparition, Lucia recalls: “It was so intense that we were almost unaware of our own existence for a long space of time.” “His words engraved themselves so deeply on our minds that we could never forget them,” Lucia wrote in her memoirs. “From then on, we used to spend long periods of time, prostrate like the Angel, repeating his words, until sometimes we fell, exhausted.”

Lucia warned the other children to say nothing of what they had seen and heard, and they kept it a secret. Lucia expressed how the apparition of the Angel seemed to have something about it that made all three children inclined to keep it a secret: “There was something intensely intimate about it. It was just something you couldn’t talk about.”

The Angel Appears Again

A few weeks later the Angel appeared a second time to the three children. It was one of the hottest days of the summer, so they had taken the sheep home at noon. The children were playing on the stone slabs of the well at the far end of the garden belonging to Lucia’s parents. Suddenly they looked up and saw the angel beside them.

“What are you doing?” he asked. “Pray, pray very much! The most holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High.”

“How are we to make sacrifices?” asked Lucia.

“Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon your country. I am its Angel Guardian, the Angel of Portugal. Above all, accept and bear with submission the suffering which the Lord will send you.”

Later that summer, the Angel appeared to them a third time. They were saying the prayer that the Angel had taught them, kneeling with their foreheads touching the ground, in a hollow among the rocks on the hillside while pasturing their sheep. After they had repeated the prayer a number of times, they perceived an extraordinary light shining on them. They sprang up to see what was happening, and beheld the Angel. Lucia relates: “He was holding a chalice in his left hand, with the Host suspended above it, from which some drops of Blood fell into the chalice. Leaving the chalice suspended in the air, the Angel knelt down beside us and made us repeat three times:

“‘Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.’

“Then, rising he took the chalice and the Host in his hands. He gave the Sacred Host to Lucia, and gave the Precious Blood from the chalice to Jacinta and Francisco, saying as he did so:

“‘Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men! Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.’

“Once again, he prostrated himself on the ground and repeated with them, three times more, the same prayer, ‘Most Holy Trinity …’, and then disappeared.” The children remained a long time prostrate upon the ground, repeating the prayer over and over again. When at last they stood up, they noticed it was already dark, and therefore time to return home.

Footnote:

1. In the history of our Catholic faith, there are many instances of God sending His angels to carry His messages to men. For example, the Scriptures tell us of the Archangel Raphael who guided young Tobias, of the Archangel Gabriel who told the prophet Daniel the time of the Incarnation, and who announced to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she was to be the Mother of God. It is to the Archangel Michael, however, that the Catholic liturgy has applied the name of Angel of Peace.

The Story of Fatima

The Children of Fatima

In 1917, Our Lady appeared to three shepherds, Lucia dos Santos, 10, Francisco Marto, 9, and Jacinta Marto, 7, at Fatima, Portugal. The messages She gave there were destined to be spread right around the world, and were to affect millions of people. Our Lady gave a “Peace Plan from Heaven” to the three children, and God performed “the Miracle of the Sun” in order to convince everyone that the warnings and pleadings came from Him, through Our Lady.

Why did Our Lady choose to give this message of such grave importance to three children? Who were these children, what were they like? The first question is answered by Jesus Himself. “Let the children be, and do not hinder them from coming to me, for of such is the Kingdom of God. Amen I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as a little child will not enter into it” (Luke 18:15-17). God showed us, through the three, how children accept the kingdom of God. The children of Fatima, as we shall see, had the capacity to not only accept wholeheartedly the sufferings God would send them, but they would also live as Our Lady of Fatima asked, and asks us all to live. Theirs is a perfect example of how to fulfill the Fatima requests.

A recent picture of Lucia, who saw Our Lady at Fatima. She is now a Carmelite nun. Our Lady has also appeared to her in the convent to give her further messages for world peace and the salvation of souls.

Lucia

Lucia, born on March 22, 1907, was the oldest of the seers, but the youngest in a family of seven children. Lucia’s parents, Antonio and Maria Rosa, were farmers and sheep owners, and they owned several tracts of land in the district. Antonio, although fond of wine and disliking work, had strong religious convictions, and would lead the family Rosary every night after supper. Later on, when her family began to mock Lucia, her father proved to be her only advocate, as she explains. “He was the only one who never failed to show himself to be my friend, and the only one who defended me when disputes arose at home on account of me.” After the apparitions, Lucia’s father became very ill and died suddenly. The grief Lucia felt at his loss was so great that she thought she herself would die as well. This suffering, however, she offered to God as Our Lady had taught her to do.

Maria Rosa was a devout and good Catholic. She was one of the few people in the village who could read, and she loved reading the stories of the saints. She was, says Lucia, “always very serious, and everybody knew that what she said was like Scripture and must be obeyed without more ado. I never knew anyone to say a disrespectful word in her presence, or show her any lack of consideration.” In her Memoirs, Lucia says that she was cuddled, caressed and fussed over by her whole family when she was a child. If the older ones fought over her, Maria Rosa would pluck Lucia away, and kiss and cuddle her herself, or give her to her father, who was equally affectionate towards her.

Lucia says that she remembers being aware of everything she did, even before she could walk. The first words she spoke were the often repeated “Ave Maria”, Hail Mary. Lucia went wherever her sisters went, and they went to the many social activities in the district: “My mother, knowing that I repeated everything I heard like a parrot, wanted them to take me with them everywhere they went. They were, as we say in our locality, the leading lights among the young people. There was not a festival or a party that they did not attend. At Carnival time, on St. John’s Day and at Christmas, there was certain to be a party … We were invited to almost all the weddings for miles around, for if they did not invite my mother to be matron of honor, they were sure to need her for the cooking.”

Maria Rosa was an extremely charitable woman, and very popular. She was an example to her family and to the whole village. She would teach catechism to all the children who wanted to learn. She had her daughters teach other girls how to sew and weave. Often if someone in the village was sick, Maria Rosa would be sent for to nurse them. She would go clean their house, cook meals and tend the children. Many times, the children were sent to her own home to be cared for. Many of the people who worked in the field would ask her if they could leave their children in her yard while they went to work. The good woman never refused. She had two grown daughters, one a weaver, the other a seamstress, at home all day, so why not? This meant that the two girls wasted a lot of time, having to run outside every few minutes. Then Lucia took over. She was given the task of entertaining them, much to their delight. Lucia had a gift for story-telling, a motherly attitude, and the children loved her.

She would tell them stories by the hour, stories from the Bible and the lives of the saints. She would even teach them how to prepare the yarn for weaving; how to set the wooden winder spinning to wind it into balls; how to roll it into spools; how to string it on the skeiner to make it into skeins; and how to guide the balls of yarn as the warp was prepared on the frame.

When Lucia was young, it was the custom to prepare the children for First Communion when they were nine or ten. Lucia, however, always with her mother or sisters, learned her catechism along with the older children. By the time Lucia was six, Maria Rosa decided that she knew enough catechism to receive her First Holy Communion. Caroline, Lucia’s sister, brought Lucia to the Church to receive First Communion instruction from the priest. The day before the great day the priest called Lucia to him tested her and shook his head, saying that although she could answer all the questions, she was still too young. Lucia’s heart broke, and she burst into tears, burying her head in his lap. Father Cruz, a visiting priest, came out and asked the reason for her tears. She told him, and he examined her on her catechism. Father Cruz finally persuaded the parish priest, Father Pena, to allow Lucia to have her First Communion the next day. What joy Lucia felt! “Off I went, clapping my hands with delight, and running all the way home to give the good news to my mother”. Maria Rosa immediately prepared her for her First Confession. It was so important that she be as pure as possible in order to receive Jesus. Lucia was almost walking on air when she came from the confessional. She went to the altar of Our Lady of the Rosary to say her penance, and, “I asked Her with all the ardor of my soul, to keep my poor heart for God alone. As I repeated this humble prayer over and over again, with my eyes fixed on the statue, it seemed to me that she smiled and, with a loving look and a kindly gesture, assured me that she would. My heart was overflowing with joy, and I could scarcely utter a word … That night … I was so happy that I could not sleep, and it seemed the hours would never pass!” Her sisters stayed up that night to make her a white dress and a wreath for the next day.

The great day finally dawned. Lucia put on her beautiful white dress, and went to her parents for their blessing. The words her mother spoke just before Lucia left for Mass were to make such an impression on her that she hears echoes of it even to this day: “Above all, ask Him to make you a saint.”

Lucia Recalls Her Actual First Communion

“Once the Missa Cantata began and the great moment drew near, my heart beat faster and faster, in expectation of the visit of the great God who was about to descend from Heaven, to unite Himself to my poor soul. The parish priest came down and passed among the rows of children, distributing the Bread of Angels. I had the good fortune to be the first one to receive. As the priest was coming down the altar steps, I felt as though my heart would leap from my breast. But he had no sooner placed the Divine Host on my tongue than I felt an unalterable serenity and peace. I felt myself bathed in such a supernatural atmosphere that the presence of Our Dear Lord became as clearly perceptible to me as if I had seen and heard Him with my bodily senses. I then addressed my prayer to Him:

“O Lord, make me a saint. Keep my heart always pure for You alone.

“Then it seemed that in the depths of my heart, our dear Lord distinctly spoke these words to me:

“‘The grace granted to you this day will remain living in your soul, producing fruits of eternal life.’

“I felt as though transformed in God.

“It was almost one o’clock before the ceremonies were over, on account of the late arrival of priests coming from a distance, the sermon and the renewal of the baptismal promises. My mother came looking for me, quite distressed, thinking I might faint from weakness. But I, filled to overflowing with the Bread of Angels, found it impossible to take any food whatsoever. After this, I lost the taste and attraction for the things of the world, and only felt at home in some solitary place where, all alone, I could recall the delights of my First Communion.”

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Our Lady of Fatima Promotes the Ancient Devotion to the Brown Scapular

On October 13, 1917 God performed a Miracle at Fatima. Recent studies show that over 100,000 people watched the sun “dance” and spin, and the three little seers were privileged with other visions. The last vision was seen by Lucia alone. Our Lady appeared, dressed as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth, Her little Son upon Her knee. When she was asked the significance of this appearance, Lucia answered that the Mother of God wanted everyone to wear the Scapular. Father Howard Rafferty, Third Order Provincial of the Carmelites in the United States, was able to question Lucia about Fatima and the Scapular. The following is part of that interview:

Father Rafferty: “In some books on Fatima some authors do not make a mention of the Scapular as a part of the message.”

Sister Lucia: “Oh, they are wrong!”

Father: “What indicated that the Virgin appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the last vision of Fatima?”

Sister Lucia: “Because She held the Scapular in Her hands. The Holy Father has said to all the world that the Scapular is the exterior sign of our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

Father: “Is the Scapular therefore necessary in order to fulfill the Message of Fatima?”

Sister Lucia: “Yes.”

Father: “Would you say that it is as necessary as the Rosary?”

Sister Lucia: “The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable.”

At Fatima, Our Lady emphasized the importance of the Brown Scapular; Her appearance as Our Lady of Mount Carmel reminded people about the promise She had made to St. Simon Stock almost 670 years previously.

History of the Carmelites and the Scapular

The Brown Scapular is a miniature of the brown woven wool mantle that the Carmelites wear. The Order itself has its origins on Mount Carmel near the fountain of the prophet Elias. Elias, one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament, was the founder of the Carmelite Order, and his zeal, love and fear of God was the inspiration of the early Carmelites. It was at his prayer that the famed three-and-a-half-year drought ended (3 Kings, ch. 18). The first rain to fall came from a cloud rising out of the sea in the shape of a human foot. The cloud grew and grew until it covered the whole land and a great rain fell. Elias and his hermit companions saw in this cloud a prefiguration of The Woman who God promised would crush the serpent’s head, “thou shalt lie in wait for Her heel and She shall crush thy head…” (Genesis 3:15). Several Saints and Doctors of the Catholic Church also explain to the world how this cloud, rising pure out of the bitter sea and leaving all impurities behind, is a figure of the Immaculate Virgin who would rise pure out of the sea of humankind, free of its universal impurity of original sin. After Elias had seen the cloud, he bade his followers to pray for the coming of The Virgin who was to bring forth man’s Savior.

Their prayers were answered. Not only did the Immaculate Virgin give birth to the God-man, but several years later, on their return from Egypt, the Holy Family sought food, shelter and rest amongst these saintly monks. After the Holy Family left them, these men of God built the first chapel on earth ever to be dedicated to the Mother of God. These men found in the Ark of the Covenant the perfect example of Elias’ teachings of prayer and meditation. They took Her as their model, and She taught them how to offer to God everything with a clean heart. For centuries before they had to leave Palestine they called themselves “Hermits of St. Mary of Mount Carmel.”

When the Saracens invaded, the Carmelites had to leave their beloved mount and to find another place where they could worship God. The Carmelites prayed to Our Lady, their perfect example, for guidance and She led them to Aylesford, England in 1241 with the help of Saint Simon Stock. Their first thought on reaching their refuge was to build a shrine in honor of their Patroness. In 1246 Simon Stock became the General of the entire Order. They had many trials, most of which seemed insurmountable. There were difficulties from within the Order occasioned by the great change due to the transfer from Palestine to England. There was trouble from outside the Order. The whole secular clergy attacked this “new” order. They seemed to hate the Carmelites, and especially the habits these people from the east wore. The old monks, fiercely loyal and loving towards their ancient cloak derived from Elian tradition, felt this particular persecution deeply. Simon Stock, who always had recourse to Our Lady, turned to Her now when all the problems he faced seemed to have become too great for him to handle. One day, July 16, 1251, Simon Stock went to his cell and prayed with all his heart for Our Dear Mother’s intercession. He prayed,

“Flower of Carmel

Vine blossom-laden,

Splendor of Heaven

Child-bearing maiden

None equal Thee!

O Mother benign,

Who no man didst know,

On all Carmel’s children

Thy favors bestow,

Star of the Sea!”

Suddenly the Saint’s cell was flooded with light. Our Lady appeared to him, holding the Scapular in Her hand, even as she wore it full size on Herself, and She made this, the Scapular, a sign of Her special love and protection for them. She said to Saint Simon, “THIS SHALL BE TO THEE AND TO ALL CARMELITES A PRIVILEGE, THAT WHOSOEVER DIES CLOTHED IN THIS (Scapular) SHALL NOT SUFFER ETERNAL FIRE.”

After the Vision a miraculous change took place in peoples’ attitudes towards the Order. The Pope approved the Order, and ordered that Ecclesiastical censures be used against anyone who further persecuted the Carmelites. He issued letters to Bishops and Archbishops, telling them to treat the Hermits of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel with more charity and consideration. After that, both civil and Ecclesiastical authorities helped the Carmelites.

A few years later the Blessed Virgin appeared to Pope John XXII. She revealed to him a second great promise which was to be attached to the Scapular: the Saturday, or “The Sabbatine” Privilege. That is, members of the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular who 1) faithfully wear the Scapular of Mount Carmel, 2) observe chastity according to their state in life, and 3) recite daily five decades of the Rosary (when substitution of the Rosary for the Little Office is granted*) will be freed from the pains of purgatory on the first Saturday after death.

Ever since Our Lady blessed the Scapular of Mount Carmel in 1251 it has been a Sign of Consecration to Mary. For a long time this special sign of consecration belonged exclusively to the Order. People outside the Order became anxious to be associated with Carmel, the Scapular, and its promises. So in the thirteenth century the Third Order and Confraternity of the Scapular of Carmel arose.

*All Catholics enrolled in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel may receive the benefit of substituting 5 decades of the Rosary daily for the Little Office of Our Lady, by filling out our Fatima Crusade pledge and on it requesting this benefit, and sending the pledge to us at Fatima Crusade Headquarters.

Privileges

What do we gain from belonging to the Confraternity of Mount Carmel?

The enrolled wearers of the Brown Scapular gain not only the promise of Salvation and the Sabbatine Privilege granted by the Mother of Grace, (which in itself should be sufficient reason for wearing it) and many indulgences granted by several Popes, but they also gain in the participation in all Masses, prayers and good works performed by the Religious of Mount Carmel.

When we wear the Scapular, we wear a garment blessed in Heaven, promoted on earth by Our Lady Herself. We wear what Our Blessed Mother wore when She made the unconditional promise of Salvation for all who were duly enrolled into the Confraternity, and who wore, at the hour of their death, the cloth which is a sign of Her love for us.

Catholic theologians and authorities like St. Robert Bellarmine, Pope Benedict XIV, Vermeersch etc., explain the promise to mean that anyone who dies in Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Confraternity, and wears the Scapular at the time of death, will receive from Her, at that hour, either the grace of perseverance in the state of grace or the grace of final contrition. Saints and Pontiffs, however, often warn us of the foolhardiness of abusing Mary’s promise. At the same time that Pope Pius XI joyfully professed: “I learned to love the Scapular Virgin in the arms of my mother”, he also warned all the faithful that “although it is very true that the Blessed Virgin loves all who love Her, nevertheless those who wish to have the Blessed Mother as a helper at the hour of death, must in life merit such a signal favor by abstaining from sin and laboring in Her honor.” One can take it as certain that if he continually sins because of Mary’s Scapular Promise, he shall not die in the Scapular. To lead a sinful life while trusting in the Scapular Promise is to commit a sin, the horror of which borders on sacrilege; its punishment will not only be eternal but far worse than if we had led a sinful life without making the Mother of God an excuse for crucifying Her Son.

Ecclesiastical Approval

St. Alphonsus says, “Modern heretics make a mockery of wearing the Scapular. They decry it as so much trifling nonsense.” Yet there have been nine official, formal confirmations of the privilege. There have been nine different Popes who validly established the privilege. St. Pius V said: “With Our Apostolic authority and by tenor of the present we approve each of the privileges of the Scapular and also the Sabbatine.” St. Pius X also approved them, as did also Pope Paul V: “It is permitted to preach … that the Blessed Virgin will aid the souls of the Brothers and Sisters of the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel after their death by Her continual intercession, by Her sufferings and merits and by Her special protection, especially on the day of Saturday …” Pope Pius XI, commemorating the sixth centenary of the Sabbatine Privilege, said, “It surely ought to be sufficient merely to exhort all the members of the Confraternity to persevere in the holy exercises which have been prescribed for the gaining of the indulgences to which they are entitled and particularly for the gaining of that indulgence which is the principal and the greatest of them all, namely that called the Sabbatine.” Pius XII wrote about the Scapular, “Let it be your sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which We are particularly urging in these perilous times.” On February 2, 1965, in explaining what the Second Vatican Council meant about devotion to Our Lady, Pope Paul VI said, “… ever hold in great esteem the practices and exercises of the devotion to the most Blessed Virgin which have been recommended for centuries by the Magisterium of the Church. And among them we judge well to recall especially the Marian Rosary and the religious use of the Scapular of Mount Carmel.”

Extraordinary Events

In 1276 the remains of Pope Gregory X were laid to rest at Arezzo. In 1830 his body was placed elsewhere. When they opened the tomb, they found, on the pontiff’s shoulders, his Carmelite Scapular, incorrupt. It is still perfectly preserved and is one of the greatest treasures of the Arezzo museum. Pope Gregory X was the first person to wear a small Scapular.

Forty years after the death of St. Alphonsus Liguori, his body was exhumed and everything corruptible in it had turned to dust: all except his Brown Scapular. The clothes he had on over the Scapular, the skin under the Scapular had decayed, but his Scapular remains to this day intact, and even the cotton picture attached to the wool is as clear as it was when he died, and the cotton thread fastenings are still strong.

St. John Bosco, who had preached about the Scapular and who had enrolled thousands, had a similar thing happen in his tomb. All decayable had gone except the Scapular. It would seem God was showing, in these cases, how important the Brown Scapular and its promises are.

Our Lady’s promise to Saint Simon Stock was for eternal life after earthly death. But the wearers of the Brown Scapular have also received singular graces of bodily protection. Mary Herself said: “Take this Scapular, whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire. It shall be a Sign of Salvation a protection in danger and a pledge of peace”.

On its way to Australia in 1845, the English ship, King of the Ocean was hit by a wild storm. A protestant minister, Rev. Fisher, his wife, children and other passengers went on deck to pray and ask for God’s mercy, as the ship seemed doomed.

An Irish crewman, John McAuliffe, opened his shirt and took off his Scapular. Making the Sign of the Cross over the ocean he threw the Scapular overboard. The wind immediately died, the waves calmed. Only one more wave washed the deck before the storm blew out. When the wave receded, the Brown Scapular John had thrown into the ocean was left at his feet.

The minister and his wife saw what had happened and questioned John. He told them about the Blessed Virgin, Her Scapular and Her promise of protection. They were so impressed that they determined to become Catholic so that they too could enjoy such a great protection.

In May, 1957 an entire row of houses had caught fire in Westboden, Germany. The family of one of the homes, realizing what was happening, immediately fastened a Scapular to the main door of the house. Sparks flew over it and around it but it did not catch on fire. Within five hours twenty-two houses were reduced to ashes. The one with the Scapular on it remained unharmed, in the midst of the destruction.

Many more events proclaiming Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s intercession have been recorded, and some of these we hope to pass on. Extraordinary events of this kind happen to ordinary people like us. We too can enjoy the protection of the Queen of Heaven and Earth, our own Dear Mother, by wearing the shield She so lovingly gave us.

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Jesus, Our Eucharistic Love

by Father Manelli I O.F.M. Conv., S.T.D.

Father Manelli, O.F.M. Conv., S.T.D., has been a priest for about twenty-five years, and is now the Superior of the Friary he founded. His religious community, inspired by Blessed Maximilian Kolbe’s idea of the “City of the Immaculate”, tries to follow ever more closely the ideals and rule of St. Francis of Assisi.

The printing facilities and radio station of Father Manelli’s “Casa Mariana” (House of Mary) continue to expand and are used exclusively to make Jesus and Mary better known and loved.

Father Manelli, who has his Doctorate in Sacred Theology, is well known in Italy. His book, Jesus, Our Eucharistic Love has gone through at least five editions in Italy and over 100,000 copies have been printed.

Although some of his other works have been published elsewhere in English, this is the first time that this very solid and devout work has been published in North America. Father was pleased to give us permission to publish his work in English as he looks forward to being able to reach even more souls through the mass media to bring them, through Mary, to the sweet yoke of Christ. At this time we will be publishing Father’s book in serial form and we hope to publish it soon in booklet form and give it away to all who want to know more about the Divine Love of the Eucharistic Jesus. We are happy and proud to present this work to you. We hope you will like it, as those who have already read it attest that it is a powerful and edifying book.

Preface

“The devotion to the Eucharist”, St. Pius X, the Pope of the Eucharist, said, “is the most noble, because it has God as its object; it is the most profitable for salvation, because it gives us the Author of Grace; it is the sweetest, because the Lord is Sweetness Itself.”

The devotion to the Eucharist, together with the devotion to the Blessed Mother, is a devotion of Paradise, because it is the devotion which the Angels and Saints of Heaven also have. “There is a school in Heaven”, the mystic, St. Gemma Galgani, used to say, “and there one has only to learn how to love. The school is in the Cenacle; the Teacher is Jesus; the matter taught is His Flesh and His Blood.”

The Eucharist is Love Itself, identical to Jesus. Therefore, it is the Sacrament of Love, the Sacrament that overflows with charity. It truly contains the true, living Jesus — the God Who “is Love,” (John 4:8) and Who loved us “unto the end.” (John 13:1)

All expressions of love, even the highest and the most profound, are verified in the Eucharist. Thus, it is a Love that is crucified, a Love that unites, a Love that adores, a Love that contemplates, a Love that prays, a Love that delightfully satisfies.

The Eucharistic Jesus is a Love that is crucified in the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in which He renews the immolation of Himself for us. In sacramental and spiritual communion He is a Love that unites, making Himself one with the person who receives Him. He is a Love that adores in the holy tabernacle, where He is present as a holocaust of adoration to the Father. He is a Love that contemplates in His encounter with souls who love to be “at His feet”, like Mary of Bethany. (Luke 10:39) He is a Love that prays in “always living to make intercession for us” before the Father. (Hebrews 7:25) He is a Love that delightfully satisfies in the heavenly exhilarations of nuptial union with His favored spouses, (virgins of both sexes); whom He draws to Himself in an exclusive Love, as He drew to Himself St. John the Evangelist, the virgin Apostle and the only one who “leaned on His breast” in the Cenacle. (John 21:20)

“To be possessed by Jesus and to possess Him — that is the perfect reign of Love”, wrote St. Peter Julian Eymard. The Eucharist achieves this “perfect reign of Love” in all who are pure of heart, approach the Holy Tabernacle and unite themselves to Jesus in the Host with humility and love. In the Eucharist, Jesus sacrifices Himself for us, He gives Himself to us, He remains among us with infinite humility and love.

“For One in such a lofty position to stoop so low is a marvel that is staggering”, exclaimed the Seraphic Father, St. Francis. “What sublime humility and humble sublimeness, that the Lord of the Universe, the Divine Son of God, should so stoop as to hide Himself under the appearance of bread for our salvation! Behold the humble way of God, my brothers. Therefore, do not hold yourselves to be anything of yourselves, so that you may be entirely acceptable to One Who gives Himself entirely to you.”

And St. Alphonsus Liguori adds with his usual affectionate tenderness, “My Jesus! What a lovable contrivance this holy Sacrament was — that You would hide under the appearance of bread to make Yourself loved and to be available for a visit by anyone who desires You!”

May some remembrance of the priest, who every day gives us Jesus, and of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Our God and all priests, be always in our affections toward the Most Holy Sacrament; for the Eucharist, Our Lady, and the priest are inseparable, just as Jesus, Mary and St. John the Evangelist were inseparable on Calvary.

Let us learn all this in the school of the Saints. They lived in a way that was ardent and sublime, as true seraphims of Love for the Eucharist. These are the ones, as Vatican II declares (Lumen Gentium, n. 50), who are the “most safe path” to the Eucharistic God of Love.

Eucharistic Jesus is Emmanuel, that is, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)

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I Know That Prayer Can Convert Russia

Mr. Hamish Fraser is well qualified to speak about the conversion of Communist Russia. In 1933 this Presbyterian Scot joined the Young Communist League. He worked for the Communist forces in Spain during part of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. Between 1933 and 1945 he held key positions in the Communist forces throughout the British Isles. Then he came to know the falsity and barrenness of Communist doctrine and practice, realizing the truth of Pope Pius XI’s grave warning that “Communism is intrinsically perverse” and he was converted to the Catholic Faith.

The text below, which has the Imprimatur of Bishop George Ahr, S.T.D., is the complete text of the talk that he gave shortly after his conversion. He spoke in front of more than 10,000 people in Paris at Exhibition Park on December 8th at the great Fatima manifestation. His message, which was first published in L’Homme Nouveau, is one of the most significant and most important of our times, as he stresses the necessity for prayer and for good works: good works based on the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church. Pope John XXIII in an Encyclical tells us that Catholic Social Doctrine is an “integral” part of the Catholic Church’s teaching.

Mr. Fraser continues to work hard to spread Christ’s kingdom. He continues to go on lecture tours and publishes a magazine. In fact, Mr. Larry Henderson, editor of The Catholic Register, recently recommended to his readers Mr. Fraser’s magazine, Approaches.

As you read Mr. Fraser’s speech, remember that he was not so long ago part of the fierce communist force which is working so hard to persecute and destroy Christianity and the Catholic Church, and which Our Lady at Fatima has promised to convert as soon as enough of us fulfill Her requests.

This picture of Hamish Fraser, taken from a recent edition of an Italian magazine on Fatima, shows the dove as it landed on him during the speech he delivered to over 10,000 people in Paris. The talk he gave about Our Lady of Fatima’s message on this occasion is reproduced here in its entirety.

If there is anyone who would doubt the possibility of the conversion of Russia, permit me to point out (1) that the problem of the conversion of Russia is simply the problem of the conversion of Communists, (2) that already there have been quite a few Communists converted in the Church, and (3) that since every single Communist, irrespective of his nationality, is as much a soldier of the Kremlin as though he wore the uniform of the Red Army, the conversion of every single Communist is, in effect, a token fulfillment of the promise of Fatima: proof positive that the conversion of Russia is not impossible; proof positive that it can be done.

What I wish to speak of is the means by which Communists can be converted.

Firstly, it is easy for a Communist to become disillusioned. Even Comrades Marty and Tillon — not to mention Comrade Josef Broz — have learned how difficult it is to bear the yoke of the Kremlin.

The truth is — as can be seen from the never-ending process of épuration and liquidation beyond the Iron Curtain — that Communism is such an inhuman system that it is found to be intolerable, not only by Catholics, but even by the most orthodox of Marxists. Even Tito, the most sacrilegious priest-hunter in the ranks of orthodox Marxism found the dictatorship of fully developed Soviet Communism to be insufferable; and yet, knowing as he does that only Stalin is safe from Stalinism, proclaimed himself Stalin of Yugoslavia.

Yes, it is very easy indeed for the Communist to become disillusioned — especially when forced to live in the Soviet paradise. As is indicated by the experience of my old comrade-in-arms, EL CAMPESINO, there would be few indeed among the Communists of Western Europe who would retain any of their present enthusiasm if they were forced to live for a year in Soviet Russia. For those suffering from an addiction to Marxian hallucinations such treatment would be infallible: whatever one may think of Soviet medicine in general, one branch of Soviet medicine is almost more than efficient: so efficient indeed that among Soviet citizens who believe in free speech, death from natural causes is practically unknown. That is one of the reasons why it is by no means difficult for the Communist to become disillusioned.

Two Kinds of Disillusion

Disillusionment, however, is one thing; the conversion of a disillusioned Communist to the Faith is quite another.

The very fact that a person has been a Communist means that he has lived for five, ten, twenty or thirty years in an atmosphere of undiluted materialism. So steeped is he in materialist prejudice that it is part of every fiber of his being: it is in his very bones.

To such a person the very name of God simply does not make sense. Such a person may be in full possession of his reason; but he is not free to use it for the simple reason that his prejudices will not permit him to reason except from premises which support his erroneous conclusions.

And, needless to say there is no use expecting such a person to pray for his own enlightenment. He will not. Prayer to such a person is just nonsense: a mental disorder of children and old women. Such a person is a victim of his own unbelief; and because of the nature of the spiritual malady from which he is suffering, he is unable to attend to his own spiritual needs; he is a helpless invalid in the spiritual sense.

Depends on YOU

Such a person is completely and entirely at YOUR mercy. Whether he becomes a Catholic or remains in the Marxist wilderness of the soul depends almost entirely on you: on your begging for him the intercession of Our Lady.

I have no time even to try to describe to you how the grace of God operated to my own advantage. The most I could do, had I the time, would be to give a few examples of the curious ways by which the grace of God slowly but surely literally forced me to my knees — against my own will.

I did not seek the Faith: Rather it would be true to say that whenever and wherever I encountered it I fought for my unbelief with all the strength of which I was capable. The last thing I wanted was to become a Catholic.

Nevertheless, I ended up by making the most willing surrender: eventually finding myself with an insatiable hunger for the truth which is Jesus Christ.

But if I received the gift of Faith without asking for it I do know now (I did not know then) that there were others who were praying on my behalf. I do not consider it illogical, therefore, to conclude that my own conversion was an answer to their prayers.

Our Lady of Fatima said “If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, several nations will be annihilated.” One of the instruments Our Lady has given us to defeat communism is the daily recitation of the Rosary. YOUR daily Rosary may be the last one needed to overcome militant atheism.

I Do Not Believe, I KNOW

As a result of my own personal experiences, therefore, I cannot say in all honesty that I believe that prayer can convert Communists. I KNOW that prayer can convert Communists.

And, because the conversion of Russia and the conversion of Communists is one and the same thing, neither do I believe that prayer can convert Russia: I know that prayer can convert Russia.

Whether or not Russia will be converted; whether or not there will be a third global war; whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ will return to the catacombs depends.

The GREAT Question

That question is: ARE WE PREPARED TO PRAY FOR THE CONVERSION OF RUSSIA?

ARE WE PREPARED TO OFFER UP THE FAMILY ROSARY EVERY SINGLE EVENING IN OUR OWN HOMES FOR THAT MOST LAUDABLE INTENTION?

IN OTHER WORDS, ARE WE PREPARED TO DO AS WE HAVE BEEN REQUESTED BY THE MOTHER OF GOD HERSELF?

IF WE ANSWER THAT QUESTION IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, RUSSIA WILL BE CONVERTED: THERE WILL BE PEACE: WE SHALL BE ABLE TO FACE THE FUTURE WITH CONFIDENCE.

That does not mean however, that all that is necessary is for us to mumble the family Rosary each evening as though it were a magic formula, guaranteeing our salvation.

It is necessary that we literally pray the Rosary, vowing as we pray that each of us will strive to make his family truly Christian. It is no accident that Our Lady of Fatima asked us to make the Rosary a family affair: a means to the Christianization of our families; for the family is the basic unit of society: it is also the basic unit of the Christian Apostolate: the basis without which no Catholic action is possible.

It is also necessary to remind ourselves, as we pray the family Rosary each evening, that Our Lady of Fatima not only asked us to pray the Rosary: She also asked us to do penance. But though She asked us to do penance, She did not ask us to fast unto death, to scourge ourselves or to wear hair-shirts. She asked instead the most unspectacular of all penances: to face up to the daily problems of our lives in a truly Catholic spirit. In other words the penance asked was that of obedience: she asked us to make ourselves and our families subject to Jesus Christ; She asked us that our families become strongholds of the Church Militant, Apostolic blockhouses of the Faith.

The Penance She Asked

But that does not mean that we can be Christian within the home and pagan outside the home. It does not mean that we are free outside the home to accept anti-Catholic teaching on social matters rather than the social doctrine of Mother Church.

It does not mean that, in the Trade Unions, Political Parties and in secular organizations in general, we are free to become as good Marxists as our pagan neighbors; or as contemptuous of the social teachings of the Church as the worst anti-clerical. That would not be facing the problems of our daily lives in a Christian fashion.

What in effect Our Lady of Fatima did ask was that we would become subject in all things to Jesus Christ, that we recognize His empire over all things and persons, over all our faculties as well as our members. In effect, the penance asked was that we recognize in full the Kingship of Her Divine Son.

A most significant request: for, today, even among those who recognize Our Divine Lord as High Priest there are many who refuse to recognize Him as High King: as King of Kings.

Social Obligations of Christians

There are many who, while they go to Mass without fail, believe that they can ignore altogether what the Church founded by Jesus Christ has to say on social matters. They deny His Empire over society, over political and economical affairs — and that notwithstanding that Pope Pius XI told us explicitly, in Quas Primas, that all the troubles of the present world are due precisely to the fact that the religion of Christ has been compared to false religions and ignominiously placed on the same level as them; and to the fact that “the empire of Christ over all nations has been rejected.”

Today, alas, there are many Catholics who do not place the religion founded by Jesus Christ on even the same level as false religions. There are those who place the teachings of Christ’s Church on an even lower level than that which is false.

What else in fact can we say of the person who chooses to be guided in social affairs by non-Catholic or anti-Catholic social doctrine rather than by the teachings of the Holy See? Does not such a person place the teachings of the religion founded by Jesus Christ on an even lower level than that which is false?

Far Too Many of Us Are Lax

Yet, there are some people who, when doing so, will excuse themselves saying that it is in the interests of peace. Not only do they accept what is false themselves: they do even worse: they make of the religion founded by Jesus Christ a cloak to render respectable in the eyes of others the actions of those who, in the name of peace, are crucifying the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ.

If today it is the enemies of the Faith who have the initiative, it is simply because there are far too many Catholics who are in the same category as those who howled for His crucifixion at Calvary.

Those who crucified Him refused Him recognition. So also do we refuse Him the recognition His regal dignity deserves, even though His Mystical Body is being crucified before our very eyes.

If today the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ is being crucified, it is not the Communists who are primarily responsible. The very Stalinist soldiers who are driving the nails into the flesh of Christ’s Mystical Body are the agents, not of the Kremlin, but of our apathy, our lethargy, our disloyalty, and our cowardice.

Little wonder indeed that Our Lady of Fatima asked us to face up to the problems of our daily lives in a Catholic manner.

Little wonder indeed that the penance She demands is, in effect, the recognition of the Kingship of Her Divine Son; for the moment we Catholics begin to accept our full responsibilities Communism will become as irrelevant as the Aryan heresy. And the beginning of the end of Communism will come when there is a sufficient number of us who recognize our unworthiness: when there is a sufficient number of us on our knees beseeching the Mother of God to intercede for us that we may become worthy of the Faith with which we have been blessed: when enough of us beseech the Mother of God to pray for us that we may be able effectively to work and to pray that: “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Our Lady of Fatima told the three children: “You have just 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 people do what l tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”

If We Ignore Her …!

In my humble opinion, Fatima is the most significant event of the century, perhaps the most significant since the Reformation.

It is the first time to my knowledge that Heaven has warned the world of partial destruction since Our Lord warned Jerusalem of its impending fate.

It savors also of the warning given to Sodom and Gomorrah; two cities which were destroyed on account of the very same sins which are today being practiced on a global scale with governmental approval and encouragement.

But at the same time it is a promise that all will be well if we merely do as we have been asked by Our Lady of Fatima: who is literally begging us to save ourselves from the consequences of our own folly.

We are perfectly free to ignore Her: But if we do, when Hell bursts forth, let us not say — we were not warned.

If we ignore Her … May God have mercy on us all.

by Hamish Fraser

Fatima Crusader Issue 4

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A Letter from the late Father Gruner

Dear Friends of Our Lady,

Another year has passed, a most successful year for our Apostolate, and I would like to thank each and every one of our supporters for making it all possible. Since my last letter to you the Fatima Crusade, which you so generously support, has distributed thousands of Scapulars, literature, Fatima Crusader’s and, we hope and are certain, many blessings from Our Lady and Her Divine Son.

You will be pleased to know that you have responded generously to our requests for donations to the Van Fund and that we were able to obtain a beautiful blue van for the National Pilgrim of Canada in November. The old van, which had over 95,000 miles on it was in need of retirement, after crossing Canada several times to bring ‘Our Lady’ to thousands of people.

Last fall, after a physical check-up, my doctor advised me to get more rest. This I was able to do to some extent, especially because of the help I received from Mr. Wayne McLaughlin who gave up his holidays to assist me on our trip to Western Canada. Wayne was of great help in our work and I want to express my thanks to him and his family for their sacrifices.

Thanks are due to the Directors of the Apostolate for their unfailing support and interest as well as to our growing staff of workers who, with practical help and patience, mail out thousands of letters, literature, receipts, Rosaries, Scapulars and The Fatima Crusader. A special thanks is extended to our volunteers who are so necessary and important in getting the work done.

Without the prayers, Masses, Rosaries, sufferings and sacrifices of our supporters, who are continually asking Our Lord’s Blessings and Our Lady’s intercession for the Apostolate, our work would not last or be successful. Please continue your prayers and sacrifices for this Apostolate of Our Blessed Mother. Let Our Lady’s words at Fatima motivate you, “If you do what I tell you many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”

A number of people have volunteered to work for the Fatima Apostolate. If you have not yet had a response from us, please be patient. I expect to be in contact with you in the not too distant future. In the meantime be patient and continue to pray. As you know, prayer is the soul of the Apostolate.

Special thanks go to the many priests, sisters and laypeople who help organize the visits of the National Pilgrim in their dioceses and parishes. We appreciate their hard work and dedication.

On a personal level I would like to let you know that in January of this year I had the privilege of being invited to Rome as an advisor to an international meeting of priests and laypeople concerned with making the Message of Our Lady of Fatima known throughout the world. At this time it was brought to my attention that I am one of the few priests in the whole world whose bishop has given him permission to work full-time in the active Apostolate of spreading the message of Our Lady of Fatima. The discussions in Rome were significant and I am hopeful that this meeting will help make our Apostolate even more successful.

I am particularly pleased to report that I was assured of His Holiness’ blessing through Father Magee, his personal secretary. After leaving a copy of the three issues of The Fatima Crusaderwith Father Magee, I received the note reproduced below.

A few days later I was invited to meet Father in the Papal Chambers where he gave me a beautiful Rosary from His Holiness which had been blessed by John Paul II and was inscribed with the Papal coat-of-arms. Father Magee assured me that the Rosary was the Holy Father’s special prayer and that he had the Rosary constantly with him in his work and travels.

Once again, I thank you, and may God bless each and every one of you and may Our Heavenly Mother bring you ever closer to Her Divine Son.

Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

FATHER NICHOLAS GRUNER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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