There are certainly many wonderful mysteries involved with the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette, including the countless miraculous cures of many people in the first years after the apparition. So many lives have been changed for the better and these miracles continue in the hearts and lives of Mary’s people all over the world.
The Holy Saturday liturgy begins with the quasi yin-yang transition from darkness and light. In many parishes enkindling the "new fire" consists of igniting a few small sticks of highly combustible wood, and then making sure the fire snuffed out as soon as the paschal candle is lit.
During my years ministering to the people of Malaimbandy, Madagascar, the Easter Vigil's "new fire" was more consistent. . .
Mary said: “Those who drive the carts cannot swear without introducing the name of my Son.”
After deploring her people's profanation of the Lord's Day, Mary in her discourse at La Salette signals out another evil that is universal in our day, "the profanation of his Sacred Name." "These are the two things," she says, "which make the arm of my Son so heavy."
While making his way back to the United States from Argentina on board the S.S. Uruguay, he officiated at the Memorial Mass for the late Pius XI. In March and April of 1938, after having returned to the United States, he spent time preaching several missions and renewing old acquaintances. The following account from his own pen reveals the extent and importance of the new foundation.
“The religious person knows that among the greatest blasphemies is to invoke God as the justification for one’s own sins and crimes,” the Pope said. “To invoke him in order to justify killing, mass murder, enslavement, exploitation in whatever form, oppression and persecution of individuals and entire populations… The religious person knows that God is the Holy One, and that no one can claim to use his name in order to perpetrate evil.”
Say "No" to Corruption
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.
Pope Francis - February 2018
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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