Two days earlier, however, during his general audience, Francis did say:
Next Friday, 13 October, the centenary of the last Marian apparitions in Fatima will come to an end … I invite all, especially in this month of October, to pray the Holy Rosary for the intention of peace in the world.
In isolation, this call for the faithful to pray the Holy Rosary is laudable.
Then again, let’s not kid ourselves.
We know very well that the “intention of peace in the world” according to Francis (the same who once declared that man is “King of the Universe”) has nothing whatsoever to do with working for the Reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ, but rather with such things as demanding respect for false religions, celebrating diversity, and furthering the cause of radical environmentalism.
As such, one could hardly have been surprised when he immediately went on to call attention to something that, by all indications, concerns him far more than Our Lady’s message as given at Fatima:
On the same day, 13 October, we observe the international Day for the reduction of natural disasters. I renew my heartfelt appeal for the safeguarding of creation through increasingly careful protection and care for the environment.
Here, Francis is referring to an initiative of the U.N.; one that is tied directly to the diabolical Sustainable Development Goals, the promotion of which have been granted the full support of Bergolgio’s Vatican.
So much for Rome’s regard for Our Lady of Fatima!
And yet, just this week the Holy See issued a text that leaves little doubt concerning its high esteem for the spouse of the creator; she who dispenses all that mankind needs in order to attain to prosperity, both spiritual and otherwise, and she by whose mediation the destroyer of the universe is held at bay.
A step in the right direction?
No, not really.
You see, the text to which I refer concerns not the Blessed Virgin Mary, spouse of the Holy Ghost and Mediatrix of All Graces, who never ceases to intercede for us, but rather does it concern the pagan Hindu goddess Lakshmi.
Just as in years past (dating at least as far back as 1997), the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue has published a “Message on the occasion of the Feast of Deepavali;” a four day pagan festival that begins today during which Hindus offer special worship to the four armed Lakshmi (right); the goddess who they hope will somehow make their dreams of prosperity come true.
If you can stand it, go ahead and read the full text for yourself. While hardly the most scandalous document to emerge from the Vatican in the last fifty years, it does serve a purpose; namely, to make painfully clear the degree to which the men running the show simply are not Catholic.
For instance, the text boldly affirms the right of men “to profess and practise the religion of one’s choice.”
By contrast, the Holy Catholic Church has plainly condemned as a grave error the notion that “every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true.” (See Pope Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors, article 15)
The message also reads in part:
May this festival of lights illumine your minds and lives, bring joy to your hearts and homes, and strengthen your families and communities!
Festival of lights?
In Him was life: and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness: and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:4-5)
Jesus spoke to: them, saying: I am the light of the world. He that followeth me walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12)
At Fatima, Our Lady forewarned us.
Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, who served as personal theologian to five popes from 1955-1989, and who had firsthand knowledge of the Third Secret of Fatima, said:
In the Third Secret, it is foretold, among other things, that the Great Apostasy in the Church begins at the top.
Can there be any doubt whatsoever that apostasy is upon us; with Rome shrouded in darkness, no longer concerned with He who is the Light of the world?
Now of course we are in the last days, days of strong grace, before the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord, and then we have the Octave of the Solemnity and the celebrations at the beginning of the New Year – the whole mystery of Our Lord’s Birth and His Epiphany – so it would probably take place sometime after that.
The “days of strong grace” in the Year of Our Lord 2017 commence on Sunday, December 3 and conclude in the first week of January 2018.
With this in mind, it may be reasonable to assume that the much-anticipated, and long overdue, “correction” will be issued at some point either in the next six weeks or at some point after the start of the New Year.
If the latter, the Dubia might just have another birthday before the correction is issued. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
Yes, I know… Cardinal Burke has said many contradictory things on this topic over the last year or so.
For example, he adamantly denied that the Dubia is tantamount to presenting Francis with an ultimatum; this even as he promised to issue the correction if His Humbleness failed to respond. That sounds an awful lot like do this or else to me.
At one point, Cardinal Burke also said that the “formal act of correction” will simply juxtapose the true doctrine alongside the offending text in Amoris Laetitia, as if only to offer clarity. Recently, however, he stated that the correction will be such that Francis would be “obligated” to respond.
In other words, the man hasn’t exactly been a model of consistency.
Even so, I do believe that Cardinal Burke is consistent enough to refrain from issuing the correction during the upcoming “great days of grace.”
For what it’s worth (very little, I know) my sense is that he won’t wait until 2018. If that be so, we should expect to see the correction at some point in the next 45 days.
As reported in the French Catholic newspaper, La Croix, on Sunday, October 15, the Archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, hosted an event at Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste where he presented “paths of discernment” as proposed in Amoris Laetitia.
In attendance at the “full cathedral” were those who had responded to the invitation issued by His Eminence via a letter addressed “To the attention of Catholics separated, divorced or divorced remarried.”
According to the report, the event featured six testimonials given by “those who have been through marital breakdown,” after which Cardinal Barbarin, who just ten days earlier had met Francis along with eighty of his priests, applauded.
La Croix, using only the first names of certain attendees, reported on their situations.
Catherine, for example, was accompanied at the event by “her new companion, Laurent,” whom we are told, “had to leave his parish at the same time as he separated from his wife.”
That, however, was before Amoris Laetitia; after which according to Laurent:
“We felt that the Church is no longer so rigid when it comes to these kinds of issues. Catherine and I went to see the priest who had recently arrived in our parish. He welcomed us warmly.”
With respect to the implementation of Amoris Laetitia, Cardinal Barbarin relayed that one of the points emphasized by Francis during his recent visit to Rome was “not to use language around what one can and cannot do.”
You know, things like Thou shalt not…
According to La Croix, some of the “separated, divorced or divorced remarried” in attendance expressed the degree to which they had suffered in the Church.
The Cardinal “asked for their forgiveness” before giving each of them a copy of the apostolic exhortation [Amoris Laetitia].
The article introduces us to a couple, Florence and Georges, who reportedly struggled to “get back to the Church” for twelve years.
…although they started to attend Mass again with the whole family, when it was time for communion they felt “isolated on their pew”. They confessed that “the more we regained our former place in the Church, the less we felt we had the right to communion”.
Sometimes “feelings” are spot on!
Even so, the couple apparently sought to find a way around the bi-millennial practice of the Church “which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried.” (see Familiaris Consortio, 84)
And then, just when all seemed lost, a Super Hero came along to save the day; rather, make that a Super Heretic – the same who with Amoris Laetitia established what Cardinal Barbarin called a “difficult pathway.”
You tell me.
As reported by La Croix:
Finally, Florence and Georges found a sympathetic ear in Bron’s priest [Father Franck Gacogne, a priest at Saint Benoît]. “His first question was, are you in peace?”
In other words, You cool with adultery?
To which they apparently said, Yeah, we’re cool, it’s just that no Communion thing.
The article then went on to describe the “difficult pathway” as follows:
Thanks to the pathways opened up by Amoris Laetitia, the priest was able to offer them guidance, using a program developed by Equipes Reliance, which is associated with Equipes Notre-Dame, support groups for Christian couples in new unions. They prepared “a celebration which included a blessing bestowed on us”.
At the following Sunday Mass, they were able to take the Eucharist again.
Cardinal Barbarin’s take on the “path of discernment” is rather simple:
“If someone can no longer stand not taking communion and because of this internal suffering, finally decides to stop attending Mass, it would be absurd and inhumane to continue to withhold it from them.”
So, all that the divorced and remarried Catholics of Lyon – and let’s be honest, homosexual couples too – need to do in order to receive Communion is to claim “internal suffering” and to threaten to cease going to Mass, or to promise to start going once they are welcome to receive!
Well… that’s one way to fill the seats in a Church that, according to Cardinal Barbarin, had been treating such persons absurdly and inhumanely until that glorious day when Francis abrogated mortal sin faster than a speeding bullet.
According to La Croix:
The Cardinal reiterated that “for some people, the path of faith necessarily includes taking communion, while for others, it is enough to participate in Mass without communion.”
In other words, it’s entirely up to the individual to pick his own “path of faith;” to Hell with Divine Law and all those Thou shalt nots!
We must admit that this a perfectly fitting “pastoral” program for the church-of-man that supplanted the Church of Christ at Vatican Council II.
As has become obvious, the Message of Fatima is undergoing a new re-write in this centenary year to make it conform to the ecumenical agenda and Ostpolitik undertaken at Vatican II.
A new voice amongst the usual peddlers of a fake Fatima message is that of the pro-life hero Raymond Cardinal Burke, beginning with his speech on Fatima at the Rome Life Forum in May 2017, as discussed in a previous article, “Fatima Through the Lens of Vatican II: as Illustrated by Raymond Cardinal Burke.”
Following the dubia Cardinal’s speech, the Vatican’s mouthpiece, the Blue Army, now called World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF), posted an appreciative article on its website in which it made a very curious suggestion:
“Perhaps now is the time to invite our Russian Orthodox brothers to join in a consecration in order to please Our Lord who told Sr. Lucia, ‘I want my whole Church [WAF’s emphasis] to acknowledge that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary….'”
Not surprisingly, the Blue Army considers the schismatic and heretical Russian Orthodox “brothers” with Catholics in a “whole” pan-Christian Church. This follows Lumen Gentium’s heretical teaching – now a “dogma” of the post-conciliar Church – that “the Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church,” meaning the Church of Christ is actually bigger than the Catholic Church, and includes schismatic and heretical sects.
Another consideration arises from the WAF suggestion: since the Consecration itself will be recognized as the triumph of the Immaculate Heart, then the participation of the Russian Orthodox will be the triumph of ecumenism – supposedly desired and brought about by Our Lord Himself!
Now, in 1930, Sister Lucy explicitly told her confessor, Father Gonçalves, that Our Lord wanted all the bishops of the Catholic world to make the Consecration together with the Pope. If God had wanted the Russian Orthodox bishops to participate, He would have said so; but even the fake messages later attributed to Sr. Lucia never mentioned them.
Ecumenism, which seeks unity (i.e., compromise) with false religions, not their conversion to Catholicism, is a grave sin against the First Commandment.
Pope Pius XI summarized the Church’s condemnation of ecumenism in his 1928 encyclical Mortalium Animos, in which he stated it was unlawful for Catholics, and the Apostolic See itself, to support this enterprise. “For if they did so, they would be giving countenance to a false Christianity, quite alien to the one Church of Christ.”
What is called “dialogue” today he condemned as “tantamount to abandoning the religion revealed by God.”
Further, as The Baltimore Catechism teaches, a Catholic sins against Faith by religious indifferentism and by taking part in non-Catholic worship, i.e., by praying with members of false religions. It is therefore inconceivable that God would consider the ecumenical – i.e., blasphemous – act of consecrating Russia with the Orthodox as the triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. This is diabolical double-think.
It will be yet another invalid consecration and will not bring about the conversion of Russia, nor the period of peace promised by Our Lady.
Of course, the Vatican Party Line which justifies all the invalid consecrations of Russia is that the dismantling of the Soviet Empire was the “conversion” of Russia. This is because, to the modern Churchman, “conversion” simply means “change.” According to the Blue Army, this un-Catholic definition was held by Sr. Lucy herself.
The corollary of the Vatican’s position has therefore been: no more need to consecrate Russia; it is the de-Christianized world, especially the West – and even the Church – that now needs conversion.
This corollary came to life under the Obama presidency, when Christian media, and even traditionalist Catholics, were led to blindly contrast a “more Christian” Putin and Russia with an increasingly degenerate West. Such belief has been directed in no small part by Medjugorje promoters, as well as by the sermonizing and propaganda of President Putin and top Russian Orthodox leaders.
In August 2017, the Russian state news agency TASS, interviewing Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Cardinal Parolin, went so far as boldly stating to his face that Russia (which spawned the family-destroying feminist movement) “is widely regarded as the last stronghold” of “traditional family values.”
The implication of these claims is that Our Lady of Fatima, and the Holy Trinity Itself, did not need to command the Collegial Consecration of Russia; the Popes have miraculously succeeded in converting Russia by doing consecrations their way!
Furthermore, the claims of a “more-Christian” Russia have given an opening to Churchmen to now promote Russia as the generator of world peace!
It’s the next dialectical step in the communization of the Catholic Church in order to merge her into the Masonic/Communist one-world religion of the New World Order, a religion foretold by Pope St. Pius X in Our Apostolic Mandate.
Now, the Blue Army/WAF, the Vatican mouthpiece on Fatima, claims it’s “the only Fatima organization in the world which speaks ‘in the name of the Church’ and ‘with the authority of the Church’ on Fatima.” Its audacious suggestion to do the Consecration with the Russian Orthodox was thus not made in a vacuum. Recent events indicate an ecumenical consecration may very well be in the works.
In his talk to the Rome Life Forum, after lamenting the sorry state of the world and the Church, Cardinal Burke said the following about why he’s asking for the Consecration of Russia to be done again:
“The requested consecration is at once a recognition of the importance which Russia continues to have in God’s plan for peace and a sign of profound love for our brothers and sisters in Russia.”
Our Lady warned if Her requests were not heeded, Russia would be an instrument of chastisement; but the Cardinal implies Russia is a chosen instrument of peace!
So why does he want the “explicit” Consecration of Russia, even though he believes the 1984 Consecration fulfilled Our Lady’s request? In an interview with The Wanderer on August 7, 2017, he claimed it’s in order to overcome Western materialism and relativism, which are “connected with” atheistic Communism.
Notice his double-think: Russsia is converted and Communism is dead, but the communistic errors of Russia live on in materialism and relativism, which have even infected the Church.
So let’s strike the rock again like Moses, and hope for a better result; but whilst we’re about it, let’s recruit Russia to help clean up the debris resulting from its (past) Communist ideology.
As Cardinal Burke elaborated, “… given the situation in which we find ourselves today,” and “in response to the present time which is so grave,” the explicit consecration of Russia, “expresses also the respect for their nation which could now lead to a repudiation of Godless thinking. In this way, Russia could return to her noble past in which it was one of the most God-fearing nations in the world, and where there was a tremendous devotion to Our Blessed Mother.”
Um…, unfortunately, this is more disinformation from Cardinal Burke, because actually, there was no such noble past. Almost from the start, Christianity in Russia was of the schismatic variety, and the country has persecuted Catholicism all through the centuries, right down to this day.
But the Cardinal seems to believe that respectfully giving a missionary role to a purportedly new, virtuous (though unconverted) Russia will generate peace, which presumably even Russia wants.
Backing him are hearsay reports alleging that Russians (not Russian Catholics) and Putin himself have enquired about the Consecration at the highest levels of the Church (reminiscent of Herod enquiring after the Christ-Child of Bethlehem).
The Cardinal also justifies his request for the Consecration to be repeated by reminding us that John Paul II said Our Lady wanted the Consecration to be done in every generation, “in accordance with the ever new ‘signs of the times.’”
Of course, Our Lady never said any such thing.
But moving on – in this Francis generation, the “signs of the times” include not just the increasing evil in the world and Church, but also an increasing “rapprochement” (latest buzz word) with Russia; so why not do a consecration to reflect this new situation?
The election of Francis certainly opened a new Act in the ongoing play one could title The Holy See and the Consecration of Russia. As the Russian website pravda.ru stated on August 11, 2017, “the situation changed dramatically.”
How so? Well, elaborated pravda.ru,
“Immediately after his election, Pope Francis called for the elimination of age-old dogmas, including negative stereotypes against Orthodox believers. The great reconciliation of the two churches [note the implied equality here] started soon afterwards. The epoch-making meeting of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and Pope Francis was held on February 12, 2016 in the … Airport in … Havana.”
This meeting, hosted on Communist soil, gave a clear signal: the Red Flag flies over the Vatican.
According to Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, former head of Romanian intelligence in West Germany, who defected to the U.S. in 1978, Cuba was the chosen springboard for the launching of the KGB-devised religion of Liberation Theology into Latin America as a means of expanding the Communist revolution.
Both President Putin and his right-hand man Patriarch Kirill (a billionaire oligarch), are KGB men. And Putin, who is busy resurrecting the KGB and its secret police under new names, himself has stated, “There is no such thing as a former KGB man.” (Emphasis added.)
Kirill (KGB code name Mikhaylov), as representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to the World Council of Churches, worked for the KGB to spread Liberation Theology and Russian influence worldwide through the WCC. The World Council of Churches, to which the Russian Orthodox Church belongs, is the pioneer organizer of the ecumenical movement.
The KGB also built global ecumenical organizations for “peace” to further its agenda. The symbiotic relationship between the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox church (whose priests form a secret army of agents) still continues. As recently as 2009, Gen. Pacepa, who worked for the KGB for 27 years, warned: “The old KGB manipulation of religion has now become a lethal foreign policy.”
This manipulation was actually devised back in the 19th century to bring to completion the Illuminati’s World Revolution. Communism would be the major instrument, and Moscow the seat of the Revolution. Lenin himself revealed Russia was “the road to a World Revolution.”
The 19th-century revolutionary Russian Illuminist and satanist, Bakunin, stated the plan:
“Russia is the goal of the revolution; … there it will achieve its perfection … in Moscow from a sea of blood and fire, the star of the revolution will rise high and nobly to become the guiding star for the salvation of liberated humanity.”
Notice that word “liberated.” Liberated from what or whom? Liberated from God and His true Church.
Hence, the KGB, under Kruschev, called its religion – set up in opposition to Catholicism – Liberation Theology, with Moscow its Unholy See. This is why the conversion of Russia is so important to God and Our Lady of Fatima.
The Argentinian Pope Francis is an adherent of Moscow’s religion of liberation. He has admitted to being influenced by Communists and equates Communism with Christianity. He has rehabilitated liberation theologians and socialists Leonardo Boff, Gustavo Gutierrez, and Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann. He is so Marxist that he has been touted as head of the atheistic one-world religion of the Masonic/Communist New World Order.
The Havana “Summit” was thus a meeting of fellow-travellers, as pravda.ru hinted.
The “historic joint declaration,” as Vatican Radio termed it, issued by Francis and Kirill after their meeting, contained the now-standard mantra that we must live “in harmony with one another” without “any form of proselytism,” and we must work together to solve the world’s problems.
A few months later, on October 1, 2016, Francis called the attempt to convert the Orthodox a “sin.” He told Catholics in Tbilisi, Georgia, “There is a big sin against ecumenism: proselytism.” “You must never proselytize the Orthodox. They are our brothers and sisters, disciples of Jesus Christ.”
On October 13, 2016, the 99th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, in his comments at an ecumenical audience with about 1,000 Lutherans from Germany, Francis extended this “sin” to all attempts at converting anyone: “It is not licit to convince [others] of [one’s] faith; proselytism is the strongest poison against the ecumenical path.” Let’s just “know one another better, pray together and offer help for one another and all those in need.”
Now, Our Lord, through Sr. Lucy, requested the Five First Saturdays’ Devotion in order to make reparation for five blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These blasphemies, which He enumerated in 1930, are nothing else but the heresies of Protestantism and the Orthodox Church. Hence ecumenism, which seeks unity with these false religions, is itself blasphemous.
But the ecumenical-minded hierarchy, which probably includes all the Catholic bishops today, would have no quarrel with Francis’ message.
For instance, the late Joachim Cardinal Meisner, another of the dubia Cardinals, stated in 2016 that both Catholic and Orthodox leaders should “consecrate us all to the Mother of God in the midst of the current difficulties, just as the seer children of Fatima proposed it.”
Of course, the children of Fatima never proposed any such thing, but, as with Cardinal Burke, no one wants to counter a fake Fatima message coming from a “courageous” dubia Cardinal.
The important thing is that here we have a conservative hero suggesting a joint Consecration with the Russian Orthodox bishops – and not a peep out of Traditionalist leaders (except for akaCatholic, of course – see here).
Against this backdrop, we have the next scene in our play The Holy See and the Consecration of Russia: Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin’s visit to Russia from August 20-24, 2017, at the invitation of both State and Church.
Still-persecuted Russian Catholics saw nothing in the visit to give them hope of an improvement in their situation. Msgr. Igor Kovalevsky, secretary-general of Russia’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference, “clearly bitter, refused comment at the end of the visit,” stating only that it had been “a purely official event, with no effect on the local church.”
Greek Catholics in Ukraine were also upset. First, the Havana Declaration had been critical of them. Then, in his meeting with Cardinal Parolin in Moscow, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, attacked the Ukrainian Greek Catholics as well.
But Francis was “pleased” with the “positive results” of Cardinal Parolin’s “dialogue” with Russian officials.
Besides Hilarion and other officials, Cardinal Parolin also met with President Putin and Patriarch Kirill.
On his return from Russia, the Cardinal reported that the “main point” he had made in his talk with Putin was “the desire to transmit the important role Russia has to play in promoting peace.”
He told the Vatican media, “Russia … has an important role to play … in the world. Therefore, it has a particular responsibility regarding peace: both the country and its leaders have a great responsibility to build peace….”
This is completely upside-down! Our Lady put the responsibility for world peace in the hands of the Pope and Catholic bishops – but the Vatican, instead, tells Russia that Russia is responsible for peace. Talk of passing the buck…
It seems the new Vatican Party Line portrays Russia as the savior of the world.
Given Russia’s newly-delegated role in generating peace, we return to the question: Will the “Consecration” of Russia be done in a blasphemous ecumenical ceremony with Russian Orthodox bishops?
This would be a smart dialectical move to bring the post-conciliar Catholic Church one step further towards the one-world religion.
The signposts are pointing in that direction.
Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary to the day of Our Lady’s response; the great Miracle of the Sun – a supernatural event that caused many, though not all, to believe.
In more recent decades, no one labored more diligently to make certain that all may come to believe that the Mother of Our Lord truly appeared at Fatima than one Father Nicholas Gruner. Likewise, no one did more than he – the Fatima priest – to remind the world of her messages, her warnings, and her requests.
The Devil, for his part, wants nothing more than for us to forget, and on this note, we must admit that he is having some success.
Every time the truth about Fatima is interspersed with poisonous lies by influential men, something that happens far-too-often, surely the hand of the Master Deceiver is at work.
As I write, nearly two-and-a-half years have passed since Our Lord called Fr. Gruner home, and the Devil, for his part, wants nothing more than for us to forget him.
In early September, Fr. Paul Kramer posted on his Facebook page the photo below, taken on 28 August 2017, of the burial site of a person all-but-forgotten; marked only by three small statues put in place by heartbroken friends of the anonymous deceased.
Though some of you will find it difficult to believe, this is the place where the earthly remains of Fr. Nicholas Gruner – the man who labored day and night in service to Our Lady for decades on end – were laid to rest well over two years ago.
Until now, I have held my peace on this scandalous story. Word had it at the time of Fr. Kramer’s post that a headstone had already been ordered and was on its way, and I had hoped that the situation would be resolved in short order.
Also, given that we have no idea why this great man to whom so many owe a debt of gratitude is interred in an anonymous grave; without even so much as a simple in-ground marker, my concern was, and still is, that some readers, though justifiably outraged, may presume to lay blame on the innocent. Please keep this in mind.
That having been said, six more weeks have since passed.
“Let care be bestowed upon funerals and the erection of monuments; for Holy Writ reckons these among good works.” – St. Augustine
Yesterday, I received the photo below; taken by someone who wished, on the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, to pray at the gravesite of the Fatima Priest – to recall and to pay tribute to him, and to beg the aid of Our Lady in this late hour.
As you can see, nothing has changed. Well, almost nothing…
Notice the condition of the statues of Our Lord and Our Lady; in particular the latter, even though the “generic” angel statue remains unblemished. It is unclear what the black soot-like substance is, exactly when it showed up, and how it got there.
Even so, we can be certain that the same Devil who desires that Fr. Gruner and his life’s work be forgotten, is delighted to see the faces of those statues, so lovingly placed by his faithful friends, soiled in such a way.
“The only reason why the name Memorials or Monuments is given to those sepulchres of the dead which become specially distinguished, is that they recall to memory, and by putting in mind cause us to think of, them who by death are withdrawn from the eyes of the living, that they may not by forgetfulness be also withdrawn from men’s hearts.” – St. Augustine
May it please Our Lord and His Blessed Mother to hasten the day when Fr. Gruner’s gravesite will at long last reflect the dignity of the man whose remains are there interred; that he may never by forgetfulness be withdrawn from our hearts.