September 15th, 2017 Edition

Meet Fr. Rizal Pedro Campos Acosta, M.S.

I was born in Bauang, La Union, northern Philippines. I spend most of my young one hour away, in Baguio City. My mother’s name was Magdalena Calica Campos, and was employed at home. My father’s name was Pedro Dumo Acosta, and was a power plant technician for Voice of America in Baguio City for 33 years. I’m the fifth child of nine children, five girls and four boys.

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Jeremiah, Maximin, and You

Uneducated as they were, they were opposed and contradicted, by local government representatives and even in Church circles. Some called them liars; other said they were innocent dupes. They were hounded by the curious; a few persons even tried to involve them in political controversies of the day.

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New Retreat Center Director Comes Full Circle

When Father Bernard Baris, M.S., was named director of La Salette’s Retreat Center in Attleboro, MA., in May of 2016, he found himself back in familiar territory.

“Ever since I could remember, I wanted to become a priest,” recalled Father Baris. “My grandparents used to come every Sunday to the shrine, be part of the Liturgy processions and all that, and so I grew up hearing nothing but La Salette.

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Nelson Mandela – Icon of Reconciliation

On December 5, 2013, the people of the Republic of South Africa mourned. Nelson Mandela, a racial segregation activist who had been imprisoned for 27 years and who held a five-year presidency of his country, went back to God peacefully at the age of 95. This departure has revived the memory of his actions which should be perpetually remembered.

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La Salette in Bassfield, Mississippi

To begin with, I was rather skeptical of the sort of welcome we might receive when the people should find out that both Father Lundgren and I are Connecticut Yankees. The parish, you know, is in the heart of the old South – in Jefferson Davis County, suh (that is, “sir” in southern dialect)! I had half resolved to forget the land of my birth and simply tell the people I came from Texas.

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La Salette Sisters in Algeria

A community of four Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette was set up in El Meniaa, Algeria, in 2013, in response to the request of Bishop Claude Rault, Bishop of the Diocese of Laghouat-Ghardaia, Algeria.

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We Live in An Age of Miracles

Yes, with all the complaining many people do, we do live in an age of miracles. Oh, not the kind that fascinate us when we see a magic show. These are downright, certified, miracles of modern science. I’m old enough to remember lying on the floor with my parents on the couch, watching the landing of men on the moon. That was no less than spectacular.

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Oldest Gospel Commentary Rediscovered

Missing for more than 1,500 years, the earliest known Latin commentary on the Gospels has been rediscovered at the Cologne Cathedral Library and was published in English this week. The biblical commentary, penned by the fourth century Italian bishop, Fortunatianus of Aquileia, was originally rediscovered in 2012 by Dr. Lukas Dorfbauer, a researcher from the University of Salzburg. Fortunatianus’ manuscript was widely known to have existed, although many scholars believed it had either been destroyed or permanently lost. St. Jerome had also pointed to the existence of this commentary in his work, Lives of Famous Men.

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Archbishop Gomez Prods President Trump

“They did not make the decision to enter this country in violation of our laws, and in fairness we cannot hold them accountable,” Archbishop Gomez said in an Aug. 29 column for the Archdiocese’s Angelus News. “America is the only country they know, and the vast majority are working hard to make their own contribution to the American dream.”

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The Crucifix of La Salette

Why a Crucifix with a Hammer and Pincers?
Such is the simple description given by the two witnesses of the crucifix which the Blessed Virgin wore, during her Apparition to them, upon the Mountain of La Salette, September 19, 1846. This crucifix, quite singular in its makeup, with its hammer and pincers, has become known as the "Crucifix 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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Pope Francis - September 2017

Parishes must be in contact with homes, with people’s lives, with the life of society.
They have to be houses where the door is always open so as to go forth toward others.
And it is important that this going-forth follows a clear proposal of faith.
The doors must be opened so that Jesus can go out with all of the joy of his message.
Let us pray for our parishes, that they not be simple offices, but that animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

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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