Dedicated to Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, who is teaching us by example how to live totally consecrated to Jesus through Mary, and under whose Pontificate we pray the Triumph will come.

"Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word." Luke 1:38

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As each of us stand before God as His servant, we must seek to find His holy will within our lives. The Mother of God also comes to her children as the servant of the Lord, revealing to us His most ardent desires. This has been Our Lady's constant role throughout the Gospel. She was chosen by God to bring to us the Light, Jesus our Redeemer. She brings to us only His wishes. As co-redemtrix, she is present among us today as never before, to lead us into the full understanding and fulfillment of the Gospel message.

We live in a Marian century under the guidance of a shepherd, the Holy Father John Paul II, who is totally consecrated to her - Totus Tuus. By his living example, he has shown us true humility in accepting the motherly call for her children; a call given long ago to three little children in a small village in Fatima: "God wants to establish in the world devotion and consecration to my Immaculate Heart."

In Fatima, Our Lady revealed God's most urgent desire for our times - the consecration to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart. This request is given as the only possible remedy for brining about the conversion of Russia and peace within the world. This message revealed incredible wonders to occur in this century, touching the realms of political, social and spiritual events. Today, we find the result of this consecration. With the fall of communism in Russia and the East, we see clearly the hand of God as given in the words of Our Lady in Fatima. It is this power of the consecration that has brought this miracle to us.

Communism is the greatest challenge that Satan has waged against God - the most intense persecution against the church and mankind. An apocalyptical fight within this century between the dragon and the woman clothed with the sun.

Our Lady came to Fatima to call all her children to partake in the greatest victory of history - the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart in Russia, the land that Satan has chosen as the battleground. We know from the message of Fatima that Our Lady has linked together Russia and the future of the world. The near past has shown to us how true this is. The conversion of Russia will result in the conversion of the world. To achieve this conversion we should reflect back on the words in the Gospel: "may they be so perfected in unity so that they may be one as we are one; that the world will recognize that it was you who sent me". John 17:23

The grace of this unity will come to the Church and the world through the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary because she is the Mother of Unity. To her heart the Lord has entrusted this unity and peace of the world. We must become servants like her to be able to respond to this most ardent wish of oneness.

Our Lady asked as an example of the unity, that the Holy Father, joined with all the Bishops, consecrate Russia and the world to her. On March 25, 1984, the Holy Father fulfilled this request of heaven. Today, as children of God, we must unite in our total consecration and in all our efforts to bring to fulfillment the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Russia and within the world.

+ Paul Maria Hnilica SJ, Titular Bishop of Rusado

November 1, 1993