January 18th, 2018 Edition

God’s Tenderness and La Salette

One of the things I have had to do in the past five years that I never expected, and so never prepared for, was learn a new language – notably, Italian. Then, when I moved to France, it was clear I had to brush up on the French that I learned in elementary and high schools. “Brush up” may give the wrong impression.

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Youth to be Vatican’s Focus in 2018

“This year – the year 2018 – will be characterized by a special concentration of the Church’s attention at all levels on the young, then on their expectations, their aspirations, the challenges they face and also on the hopes that they bring with them, as on their weaknesses and fears.” 


A New Relationship between the Church and Young People

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Fighting Child and Maternal Mortality in Myanmar

"To bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth": with this spirit the Catholic-inspired "St. Bryce Missions" operates in one of Myanmar's conflict areas, that of Kachin state. The area, with a Christian majority, has one of the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality. In a commitment to human promotion, the organization, founded by the American Catholic layman, Greg Mitchell, works to reduce infant and maternal mortality by promoting health programs and housing for pregnant women. 

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The Tromba in Madagascar

The first time I heard of the "Tromba," that is, possession by an evil spirit, was out on a long journey. (The Tromba ceremony included divining the spirits of the dead ancestors and communicating their words back to the Sakalava people.) In a certain village called Ankondromena, meaning "red banana," a few Christians practically dragged me into a house saying: "Father, this Christian leading an irregular life is possessed again." 

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A Priest’s Day in Kerala, India

The Rev. Joshy Puthenpurayil recounts an early inspiration: When he was 10 years old, his Hindi teacher, Ms. Annama, would bring his entire class on a weekly visit to Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in Kerala's city of Trichur, where they would all pray together. There, he says, he began to hear the call to follow Christ. "What struck me was the depth of her faith," says the priest, ordained in 2007. 

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We’ve Reached an Ethical Limit to Nuclear Weapons

“In the nuclear field…today we are at the limit,” the Pope said Dec. 2. “This can be a matter for discussion, it's my opinion, but I am convinced of my opinion: we are at the limit of liceity to have and use nuclear arms.”

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An Urgent Message

(Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jonah 3:1-10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1-14-20)

Over the centuries, well over a hundred dates have been predicted for the end of the world, by an interesting variety of persons: St. Martin of Tours, Pope Sylvester II, the artist Sandro Botticelli, Martin Luther, Christopher Columbus, and a host of other famous or unknown prognosticators. Not one of those prophecies has been fulfilled. The most recent date predicted was just four months ago!

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Made for Love –a New Podcast on Marriage and Family

Made for Love is a new podcast that aims to convey the truth about marriage and families by helping Catholics tell stories of God's work in their lives. Hosted by Sara Perla, a program specialist for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Made for Love is under the aegis of Marriage: Unique for a Reason, an initiative of the bishops' conference.

While the podcast is focused on people “living out the call to love,” it is not afraid to explore the less-rosy forms of “love” in the world. ...

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Another Way of Looking at the La Salette Apparition

"The Apparition of our Mother on the mountain of La Salette is not the publication of a new doctrine, but of a new grace. It is a revelation of the love and pity which reigns in heaven for us.” (Most Rev. William Ullathorne, Bishop of Birmingham, England, 1806-1889)

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La Salette and St. Peter Julian Eymard

The feast was over on the Holy Mountain of La Salette. The evening Angelus wafted a muffled curfew across the fog-bound hills. A stray group of pilgrims lingered around the facsimile at the Miraculous Fountain to sip a last limpid draught and breath a fond goodnight to the Weeping Mother. From my crowded quarters of the Shrine Hotel, dim lights cast a ruddy glow through the keen Alpine air. It was the one calm moment of the Apparition Anniversary, September 19, which I had the privilege of celebrating at the Shrine itself. 

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INTRODUCTION FROM ST. JOHN PAUL II
JOYFUL MYSTERIES
MYSTERIES OF LIGHT
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LA SALETTE MYSTERIES FINAL PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF LA SALETTE
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The Face of the Reconciler, is to share the message and meaning of the La Salette Apparition for ordinary Christians with practical application to their daily lives. It is considered by many Marian scholars as the most biblical of recent Apparitions and touches upon the basics of the Christian life: an active faith, daily prayer, the importance of the Eucharist, reverence for the Name of Jesus, use of the Lenten habits of faith and finally the call to share her message and that of her Son with all God’s people.
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La Salette : A Message and A Mission
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La Salette was an unknown hamlet lost in one of those giant crevices of the French Alps. Early on September 19, 1846, the two children climb the slopes of the Mount Sous-Les-Baisses, each urging four cows up the mountain. Contrary to their habits, the two children lay down on the grass and fell asleep. The September sun was relaxing and the sky was cloudless. The chattering brook highlighted the mountain stillness. These were quiet moments.

Our Community: The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette are deeply rooted in the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette which occurred near the hamlet of La Salette in southeastern France on Sept. 19, 1846. The Missionaries were founded in 1852 by Bp. Philbert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, France, and presently serve in some 25 countries.

Our Province: The Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, was founded in 2000 AD and is one of several provinces in the congregation. The members of this Province serve mainly in the countries of Canada, the United States and the Region of Argentina/Bolivia.

Our Mission: Our La Salette ministry of reconciliation responds to the broad vision given by Mary at La Salette as well as in response to the needs of the Church. As reconcilers, we together with the laity take seriously Mary’s mandate: “You will make (Mary’s) message known to all (her) people.”
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