World Peace Depends On The Catholic Bishops And You
By Father Nicholas Gruner, B Comm., S.T.L., S.T.D. (Cand.)
We have already seen why the whole Church, including the Episcopate, is bound to obey Our Lady of Fatima. Only the Pope and the bishops can actually make the Collegial Consecration, but all the members of the Church are to pray for the Pope and the bishops for this intention. Father Gruner concludes: World peace depends on the bishops and you.
The graces of world peace and the conversion of Russia to the Catholic Faith, which Our Lady promised at Fatima, will only be given to mankind after the Catholic Bishops of the world, together with the Pope, consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. God Himself, through the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, has stipulated this Collegial Act of Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as an indispensable condition required by Him before He will grant the grace of the Conversion of Russia and the grace of world peace.
Obligation of the Pope and Bishops to Heed the Fatima Message
We pointed out in another part of this book1 that the Pope and the bishops are obliged to obey the explicit Command of God addressed to them through Our Lady of Fatima. We refer of course to the request that the Pope together with all the Catholic Bishops consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a solemn, public way on the same day.
The Collegial Consecration is to be Done by All the Bishops Together with the Pope
Cardinal Carberry of St. Louis (Missouri, U.S.A.), has said, "This Collegial Consecration of Russia would include all the bishops of the world joining with the Pope in a simultaneous ceremony on a specific day."
That such a ceremony has not yet taken place is obvious to all. Because such a solemn public and unique ceremony by the active participation of the world's 3700 Catholic Bishops would certainly be public news if it had been done. In fact the only time the Pope made any similarity of this act was on May 13, 1982, but almost none of the bishops joined him.2
The Act of Collegial Consecration will be a Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
It is important to note that Our Lord wants it to be clear to the whole Catholic Church, that the Act of Collegial Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will be a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, whereby the grace of world peace and the conversion of Russia is given.
Sister Lucy asked Our Lord why He would not convert Russia unless the Holy Father and the bishops made the Collegial Consecration of Russia. Jesus replied, "Because I want My whole Church to acknowledge that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary so that it may extend its cult later on and put the devotion to the Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart."3
At Fatima we are told that the peace of the world has been entrusted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and we are also told there, that the conversion of Russia is entrusted to Her Immaculate Heart. God will only grant these two graces through the intercession of Mary's Immaculate Heart because He wants all men to know that it is only through Mary's merits that these two graces will be given to the world.
The Grace of the Collegial Consecration will be given only if enough people fulfill the Requests of Our Lady of Fatima
According to Sister Lucy, the grace of the Collegial Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Catholic Bishops together with the Pope will only be given "when a sufficient number (of people) are complying with the Message of Fatima."
The requests of Our Lady of Fatima to each individual are summarized in the Peace Pledge, which was given by Sister Lucy and is based upon her knowledge of Our Lady's requests.
The Annihilation of Various Nations, as prophesied at Fatima, will result if an insufficient number of people respond to the Fatima requests
As a result of the sins of individuals and nations, the world already deserves great chastisements. One way that this chastisement could come and which is apparent to all is nuclear war which could destroy all life on earth. To mention one sin of our times, there is the killing of 50 million unborn children by abortion, which Scripture tells us "cries to heaven for vengeance".
To understand how this offends God one need only consider the fact that God created every human being and He loves each individual human so much as to allow His beloved Son to be crucified for the salvation of each and every human being, including the babies being "legally" killed.
If the world does not convert in time, surely terrible punishments can be expected to befall mankind. The unrepented sins of individuals are punished in the next life. Sacred Scripture and history both show that the sins of nations and individuals are also punished in this world. However our age will be even more deserving of chastisements and heavy punishments if it does not accept the very great grace, the offer by God to be placated by the act of Collegial Consecration. If people refuse to listen to the Message of Fatima and refuse to fulfill the requests4 whereby we would obtain the grace of Collegial Consecration, those people who so refuse will thereby make themselves more worthy of chastisement - more so than if they had never been offered this extra, unmerited opportunity to bring peace to the world.
To wilfully ignore the plea of Our Heavenly Mother would be a serious sin. Of this, Bishop Graber of Germany has said, "Knowing that the world can be utterly destroyed by the terrible weapons of mass destruction today and knowing too that this can be averted by prayer and penance as the Most Holy Virgin reminded us at Fatima, it is my sacred obligation to utilise these twin means of salvation, prayer and penance. Neglecting them I incur guilt in the destruction of the peoples. The omission of prayer and penance - I say this in all seriousness - is a crime against humanity."
All that is needed to avoid widespread destruction of nations is a sufficient number of people fulfilling the simple requests of Our Lady of Fatima. Most of us go to more trouble for material purposes, so we know how to make sacrifices. All we have to do now is make some small sacrifices for the Blessed Mother, make an effort to fulfill the requests She asked of us at Fatima. By fulfilling these requests, we shall be able to draw down God's mercy on mankind by earning the grace of the Collegial Consecration, which will bring about the conversion of Russia and world peace through the superabundant merits of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Collegial Consecration of Russia to the lmmaculate Heart a Necessary Condition for the Conversion of Russia and World Peace
When the Collegial Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is finally done, "Russia will be converted and there will be peace" as Our Lady of Fatima said. And when these results are seen by all, mankind will recognize that these graces come to us from God through the intercession of Mary.
In the Message of Fatima, it is clear that the Collegial Consecration of Russia is a requirement for obtaining the grace of world peace. Russia must be specifically consecrated to the Immaculate Heart, not just included in a consecration of the world.5
Russia Enslaved and Used by the Devil to Fight God
One might ask why it is that Russia has been singled out and specified in the Fatima Message as the one that God demands be Collegially Consecrated. Since 1917 the people of Russia have been enslaved under a cruel yoke of atheistic tyranny. Russia is chosen for the Collegial Consecration because in Russia God's creation is being used to fight against God.
We could say that Russia as a state and nation has been enslaved and instrumentalized by organized militant atheism and dedicated to the service of satan in his fight against God, our Creator and Redeemer. From outside of Russia, satan with the co-operation and deliberate planning of his human agents has imposed an atheistic regime on the peoples of Russia and such a regime has no respect for the life, corporal or spiritual, of the people that it enslaves and uses for its own ends. Using Russia as his headquarters for the purpose of fighting against God and the Church, the devil and his human agents have disseminated throughout the world error against God and against God's one true Church, the Catholic Church, and against the God-given rights of the people the world over. As Our Lady of Fatima warned us: "If My requests are not granted, Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated!"
Russia rightly should be under the Queenship of Mary as She is Queen of Heaven and earth. But before this once holy nation of Baptized Christians can, as a nation and state, be brought back to its Christian vocation, it must be reconsecrated to Her service. To help us understand this concept one can consider for example the fact that if certain crimes such as murder are committed in a church, then that church has to be reconsecrated by a bishop and rededicated to the service of God. Russia must be rededicated to God by consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is to the Pope and the bishops that the power and office has been given to consecrate the nation of Russia in a solemn, public, official way. Public sin such as the dedication of the Russian state and nation (and this is not meant to imply that all or even most Russians are guilty of this crime) to the service of satan demands a public solemn act of Reparation to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The Collegial Act of Consecration of Russia is the act which God is now demanding in reparation.
The Collegial Act of Consecration by the bishops acting together under the Pope, will be that act of Reparation which will be accepted by God. Nothing else will suffice to bring peace to the world. Until Russia is collegially consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we will continue to have wars in the world. And if we delay this consecration, then the annihilation of various nations will take place. It is then to the Catholic Bishops together with the Pope, that world peace has been entrusted. But they cannot fulfill their role until enough of us win the graces necessary by doing our part - which is to live the Fatima Message and make reparation to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart - especially by the practice of the First Saturday devotions.
A Lesson From History
Results of the Consecration of Portugal to the Immaculate Heart
Sister Lucy has pointed out that it was by means of the Collegial Act of Consecration of Portugal by the Portuguese Bishops that her country was saved from the ravages of war. The Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon has pointed out the same thing in remarking that by the bishops of Portugal Collegially consecrating their nation on three separate occasions, Portugal was delivered from war and persecution three different times in 1938, 1940 and 1975. Here are the Cardinal Patriarch's words to the Eighth Fatima Congress at Kevelaer, Germany, September 18, 1977:
"I can say that it was the consecration made in Fatima to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Portuguese Bishops in 1931 and 1938 that defended Portugal from the common peril, then so close to its borders.* It was the same consecration renewed in 1940, that saved Portugal from the horrors of the Second World War...And certainly it was the great devotion of the Portuguese people to the Virgin Mary, ratified anew by the consecration effected by the bishops on May 13, 1975, which halted the advance of Communism among us, when it had already seized control of many departments of our government and threatened to submerge the whole of the public and private life of the Portuguese people."6
* He refers here to the Spanish Civil War.
Sister Lucy points out that the only city of Spain to not suffer serious losses of life in the Spanish Civil War was the diocese of Seville which was solemnly consecrated to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart by the local bishop.
So by all means ask your parish priest to solemnly consecrate your parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask your bishop to solemnly consecrate your diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask the Bishops' Conference to consecrate your country. And above all pray for the Pope and bishops and petition the Pope and bishops to solemnly Collegially Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Some Graces are Only Given through the Intercession of The Saints
As Saint Augustine has stated, God grants certain graces only through the intercession of the Saints, (which includes the Queen of all Saints, the Blessed Virgin Mary), because some of the graces requested by the faithful are beyond their own merits. And by granting the graces through the intercession of the Saints, whose intercession was sought in prayer by the faithful, God makes people realize that it is through the merits of the Saint or Saints invoked that such a grace has been granted.
With regard to the conversion of Russia and world peace, this teaching of Saint Augustine is very significant. None of us, not even all of us taken together, even by all our prayers and good works, can merit the graces of the Conversion of Russia and of world peace. But the Blessed Virgin by Her extremely holy life on earth has merited these graces. Because it is the will of God, mankind cannot avail itself of these merits of Hers for the purpose of obtaining these two graces except by living the Message of Fatima, by our prayers and acts of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, especially by the practice of the Five First Saturdays. By doing these things we shall merit the grace of the Collegial Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Once Russia is thus solemnly publicly consecrated to Her, God will allow Our Lady by Her merits and prayers to obtain the grace of the conversion of Russia. She will convert that state and nation away from its satanic goal of fighting against God and His Church to the service of Our Lady and Her work of spreading the Kingdom of Jesus, Her Divine Son. Through the conversion of Russia, peace will be given to the world. Instead of sowing hatred, class war and every kind of war, Russia will spread the love of God and Christian peace and sanctity.
Why God Demands the Consecration of Russia by all the Bishops as the Necessary Condition for World Peace
We already mentioned one reason is that the militant atheism of Russia demands by God's justice a solemn public act of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - so offended by this crime against God. God is sovereign and does not need to give us reasons why He does things in a certain, specific way. But we can perhaps discern some of His reasons. We could say that God demands this Collegial Act of Consecration for the purpose of saving more souls and to firmly establish mankind in the ways of Christian peace and perfection. God certainly loves us in our times despite the great crimes committed by mankind in our day. God still desires the salvation of all men. (Of course, for sinful man to be saved he still must repent of his sins and amend his life.)
Perhaps someone thinks "if only God would convert Russia first and bring peace to the world then many people would turn to God and stop sinning because of the peaceful atmosphere in the world." It is true that world peace is a more conducive atmosphere for the salvation of souls who are well disposed toward God. Because He ardently wants Peace in the world, Jesus Himself laments the lateness of this Collegial Act of Consecration by the Catholic Bishops.
But as important as world peace is as a conducive atmosphere for the salvation of souls it is not the most important. And the salvation of souls is the first concern of Jesus Our Savior.
For the salvation of souls, devotion to Mary and full membership in the Catholic Church are much more important than world peace. Because eternal salvation depends on grace - and grace comes to us principally through these two means.
Furthermore, world peace can only be achieved on a lasting basis only if men live according to God's plan in their individual lives. That is only if mankind keep His Commandments. But without the grace of God it is impossible for anyone to always keep all the Commandments of God. Thus it is plain that for world peace, grace and the use of the means of grace by men are necessary. Therefore men to live peacefully need to pray to Mary.7 They also need the Church. Thus God by establishing devotion to the Immaculate Heart in the world through His demand for the Collegial Consecration of Russia in fact is laying the firm foundation for world peace.
Moreover, world peace requires that society be organized according to the teaching of Jesus Christ and as it is explained in His Name by His representative, the Vicar of Jesus Christ the Pope and those bishops and priests who teach in accordance with the perpetual and consistent Magisterium of the Church. For all men to do this they must recognize the Catholic Church as being Divinely appointed as Teacher of all Nations and peoples.
It is therefore to more firmly and more quickly establish devotion to Mary throughout the world and help all men to see more clearly the Divine mission of the Catholic Church to sanctify, and to teach all men, that God insists upon the Collegial Consecration of Russia. We shall now examine in more detail how these two purposes will be achieved by this solemn Act of Collegial Consecration.
To Demonstrate the Importance of Devotion to Mary
At Fatima, Our Lady told us: "God wants to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart." God wants to establish this devotion to Mary's Immaculate Heart because devotion to Mary (Her person, and Her love for God and us, is symbolized by Her Immaculate Heart) is necessary for salvation. Jacinta of Fatima has said God grants graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Pope Leo XIII taught that all graces come to us from God, through the humanity of Jesus through Mary to us. The Saints teach that Mary's intercession is necessary for our salvation. (See the article on this subject by Saint Alphonsus Liguori "Mary's Intercession is Necessary for Our Salvation" in Issue No.11-12 of The Fatima Crusader.) We must therefore ask Mary to intercede for us. We should also practice true devotion to Mary.
In God's plan of salvation, devotion to Mary on the part of everyone is necessary in order to be saved. For those who through no fault of their own do not know this condition of salvation, God will save them if they fulfill the other requirements of salvation. But it will be with more difficulty, since if they had recourse to Mary's powerful intercession, their salvation would be a lot easier for them. In fact, Saint Alphonsus says that no client of Mary who perseveres to the end of his life in devotion to Her will ever be lost.
God will use the conversion of Russia and peace in the world resulting from the Collegial Consecration of Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart to demonstrate to all how much Mary's Immaculate Heart loves us and how powerful and important the intercession of Her Immaculate Heart is. By this result people will come to realize the necessity of devotion to Mary. It is for this reason then that God has entrusted world peace and the conversion of Russia to the fulfillment of the precise conditions which He set down in the Message of Fatima. Thus by this means He will clearly demonstrate publicly in an unforgettable manner, the triumph of Mary's loving Immaculate Heart over the organized forces of hatred and evil. To Sister Lucy in 1936, Jesus Himself gave this as the reason why He stipulates the Collegial Consecration of Russia as necessary before He will convert Russia.8To Demonstrate The Importance of the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church, as Vatican II teaches, is necessary for salvation by God's decree. The salvation of those in good faith living outside the Catholic Church is more difficult because they do not have all the means of salvation, e.g. the Sacraments, especially Confession and Holy Eucharist, and the Teaching Authority of the Catholic Church to guide them with certainty. Thus their salvation is rendered more difficult even though they be in good faith.
Thus another reason why God has entrusted the conversion of Russia and world peace to the Collegial Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart, is to show mankind the importance of the Catholic Church and of the authority of the Pope and the bishops. Our Lord on the day of His Ascension gave the highest authority on earth to His Apostles, whose successors are the Pope and the bishops, when He said: "All power in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world." (Matthew 28:19-20).
They have the power to teach in His name and to rule the people of God and teach all nations clearly what God expects of the nations in public as well as in private life. Jesus has given to the Pope and the bishops the power to rule the Church unhindered by civil authority and the power to sanctify souls by means of the Sacraments and sacramentals of the Church. The priestly power given them by Christ will be made manifest to the world by this Collegial Consecration because when mankind realizes the fruit of this Collegial Act, they will not only recognize Mary's role in bringing peace but also the very essential and unique place the Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Church have in God's plan for salvation and world peace.
Through the results of the Collegial Consecration, God also wants to emphasize the importance of the primacy of the Pope, not simply a primacy of honor but of jurisdiction, which will be seen if the Pope follows Sister Lucy's advice of 1930 by commanding the bishops to join with him in the act of Collegially Consecrating Russia on one specific day.
The very great good that the Catholic Bishops can do when they all act together with the Pope in obedience to Our Lady, will also be strikingly demonstrated when they finally do make the Collegial Act of Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary according to Her specifications.
Hope and Concern
There is much to hope for in this regard. Pope John Paul II has indicated privately and publicly his willingness to make this act of Consecration. It seems now that he only awaits the moral support of a number of bishops.
Over 500 out of the approximately 3700 Catholic Bishops of the world have already signified their support for the Collegial Act of Consecration of Russia. The Bishops' Conferences of Poland and of the U.S.A. have unanimously and publicly endorsed an act of Collegial Consecration.
But while there is reason to hope, there is also reason for serious concern. A number of bishops around the world do not seem to know this requirement that God demands in order to bring peace to the world. Sister Lucy feels that a number of bishops would need an intense preparation in order to be able to fulfill their God-given role in this regard. She feels that more prayer on the part of the faithful is needed for this intention.
Our Lady Will Protect Her Dear Ones
For those who are concerned that the Collegial Act of Consecration will not take place in time, and nuclear war will occur, we wish to assure them that for those who have consecrated themselves to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart and have lived the Message of Fatima, Our Lady will protect them even though other people around them have not done their part to fulfill Our Lady's requests to bring peace to the world. This was strikingly demonstrated when the atomic blast struck Hiroshima in August 1945.
"The power of the Fatima Message was underscored for the whole world during the atomic explosion at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. A German Jesuit and seven of his colleagues were living only eight blocks from the blinding center of the nuclear flash, yet all escaped while flaming death screamed all around them. To this day, all eight occupants of that building are alive and well while others living some distance away continue to die from the radiation effects of that frightful holocaust. Over the years some two hundred scientists have examined these eight survivors, trying to discover what could have spared them from incineration or the lethal storm of radiation. Speaking on TV in the United States, the German Jesuit, Father Hubert Shiffner, gave the startling answer, 'In that house the Rosary was prayed every day. In that house, we were living the Message of Fatima.' His words seemed to underline Sister Lucy's statement in 1977: 'Our Lady will protect all Her dear ones.'"9
1. See "All Must Respond "in this book. For a more complete treatment of this subject see also the whole of Section V "The Church, (That Is The Faithful, The Bishops, The Pope) Has The Obligation To Obey Our Lady's Request" of this book.
2. Since this article was first published the Pope again consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This he did on March 25, 1984. This was the first time the Pope himself actually invited the bishops of the world to join him. This act also did not fulfill Our Lady of Fatima's requests. Not only did not all the bishops join the Pope - it was not the consecration of specifically Russia. For more about this act of March 25, 1984, see "The Pope Moves a Step Closer"; "The Collegial Consecration Of The World To Mary's Immaculate Heart On The Feast Of The Annunciation (i.e. The Incartation) March 25, 1984" and "Sister Lucy States: "Russia Is Not Yet Properly Consecrated"of this book.
3. Regarding this matter, see the quotation of Sister Lucy' s letters dated May 18, 1936 "Collegial Consecration Of Russia to the Immaculate Heart Is Necessary For world Peace"of The Fatima Crusader, Issue No. 11-12. See also "Collegial Consecration Of Russia to the Immaculate Heart Is Necessary For world Peace" of this book.
4. Which includes the request that they live their consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
5. See the Conclusion of Father Alonso published about this matter on "Fatima Expert's Conclusions Regarding Russia" in Issue No. 11-12 of The Fatima Crusader. See also "Fatima Expert's Conclusions Regarding Russia"of this book. See also Father Joseph de Sainte-Marie's letter of January 16, 1983 published in ApproachesMagazine, Issue No. 80. See also"Our Lady Of Fatima's Demands Concerning Russia Not Yet Fulfilled" in this book.
6. See Fatima the Great Sign by Francis Johnston, page 137.
7. As Saint Louis de Montfort says: "Now to find this grace, we must find Mary." (Secret of Mary - No. 6)
8. Further, in a letter dated May 18, 1936, Lucy wrote the following:
"About the other questions, if it will be convenient to insist in order to obtain the consecration of Russia? I answer in almost the same way as I answered in other times. I am sorry that it has not been done yet, but the same God Who asked for it is the One Who permitted it . . . It seems to me that if the Holy Father did it right now, God would accept it and would fulfill His promise, and without any doubt, through this act, the Holy Father would gladden Our Lord and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Intimately, I have spoken to Our Lord about the subject and not too long ago I asked Him why He would not convert Russia without the Holy Father making that consecration. (He replied) 'Because I want My whole Church to acknowledge that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary so that it may extend its cult later on and put the devotion to the Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart.' 'But my God' (Lucy answered), 'the Holy Father probably will not believe me, unless You Yourself move him with a special inspiration.' 'The Holy Father,' (Our Lord answered), 'pray much for the Holy Father. He will do it, but it will be late. Nevertheless, the Immaculate Heart of Mary will save Russia. It has been entrusted to Her.' (Fatima: the Great Sign, by Francis Johnston, page 87, 1979.)
9. See Fatima: The Great Sign, by Francis Johnston, pp. 139, 140.
- The Message Of Fatima Imposes An Obligation On The Church
- The Bishops Must Obey Our Lady Of Fatima
- The Pope's Heavy Responsibility
- Obedience To Heaven Is The Only Effective Means Of Promoting Peace
- We Must Get Russia Properly Consecrated
- Why We Must Not Wait