|Resurrection of Christ by Louis
Comfort Tiffany, 1898
In his 1981 book, My Grandfather's War, William D. Mathieson tells of a Canadian World War II veteran of the trenches walking down the street of his home town. A passerby saw his empty sleeve and began to commiserate with him for the loss of his arm. "I didn't lose it," replied the veteran, "I gave it."
The gospels make it a point to show that Christ's life was not taken from him. He gave it. "No one takes it (my life) from me, but I lay it down of my own accord" (John 10:18), said Christ.
It was given. It would have been sad indeed, if a gift such as the life of God, the Passion and the Resurrection of the Lord, had been a grudging gift, God, as it were, counting the days and the sufferings, asking the Father exactly how much giving would it take to bring about the Redemption of humankind..
Editor: These are reflections by two La Salette Missionaries during the celebrations in 1992 for the 150th anniversary of the La Salette Apparition that are as current as yesterday.
|Fr. Gilles Ginest, M.S.|
As we gathered to discuss the topic, Laity and Religious in the La Salette World, it became clearer and clearer to me that this collaborative relationship was no longer simply optional. Our review of the Church documents since Vatican II as well as our study of our La Salette Rule left no doubt in my mind where our future direction lies. It was especially encouraging to learn that the call of laity to share our La Salette charism had already been heard.
Throughout the Congregation, there are many experiences of authentic journeying with our brothers and sisters of the laity, in particular with the La Salette Associates from Enfield, NH. They came to share what they wanted and needed from us. They stated boldly and clearly that they also have a vocation to respond to Mary's invitation: "Make it known to all my people!" They want to – and actually do – share in our La Salette spirituality and charism as reconcilers.
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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.”