Editor: Fr. Ferec’s article, Reflections on our Spirituality (Dec., 1966), was originally published in the La Salette publication, Reconciliare, just after the conclusion of Vatican II. We have divided his lengthy presentation into five articles: 1) Our La Salette Spirituality, 2) Mary, Mediator and Reconciler, 3) La Salettes – Reconcilers Par Excellence, 4) Our La Salette Charism, and 5) A Pep-Talk for La Salettes (edited).
…The text of our Constitutions enunciates a twofold purpose (of our congregation) and leaves both elements on an equal plane: we pledge ourselves to “reconcile sinners”, but, with no less determination, we promise “to ferret out and nurture volunteers willing to atone for others.” It seems fairly obvious that only through this two-pronged commitment can our spirituality perpetuate Fr. Sylvan-Marie Giraud's intuition – to honor the Blessed Virgin's urgent appeal for an Atonement Corps – and respect the law of Redemption which decrees that a brother or sister) should be the one to save a wayward Christian.
We exist with a dual purpose wrapped in a single service to the Church: to take our place as a reconciler concerning our fellow Christian’s about-face towards God – and to atone... Do our traditions promote, with feet-on-the-ground realism and all-out generosity, (actual) atonement without which La Salette must hobble on only one leg?
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 2000AD 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.”