And Mary Said – Do Not Be Afraid
At La Salette, Mary said: "Do not be afraid."
When the two shepherd children of La Salette, Maximin and Melanie, first saw "the Beautiful Lady" of the Apparition. a great fear came upon them. The little girl dropped her pastoral staff in sudden awe and wonderment, and the boy spoke encouragement to her that he little felt himself.
It was the old dread of the unknown that so often paralyzes the human heart and robs it of strength and happiness. It was only when Our Blessed Mother arose and spoke those comforting words, "Come near, my children, be not afraid!", it was only then that their courage came, warming back to their hearts, and they had strength to draw close to her – so close they tell us afterwards, that a third person could not have passed between them and the radiant Visitor from heaven.
They felt a great peace in their hearts, a strange and wondrous happiness that held them ecstatically unconscious of the passing of time, as they stood there eating the words of the queenly Messenger. Fear melted from their hearts just as the cold chill of winter is dispelled by the searching rays of the June day sun – and a great calm and peace flooded their souls.
The Dark Shadow of Fear
How often is not this experience of the children at La Salette repeated in the life of every person! So many times the human heart is chilled, with cold fear of impending evil. The shadow of a future cross casts its gloom across our pathway and darkens prematurely the happiness of our soul.
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A LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP
Editor: This is a recent letter from the Presidents of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) to President Donald J. Trump. Visuals added.)
President Donald J. Trump
Dear Mr. President,
The gift of leadership is given to American leaders by the “Right of the People.” Leadership brings with it a great joy and a great responsibility.
We serve as Presidents of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR
) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM
), respectively. Together we represent the elected leaders of 38,800 Catholic Sisters and 17,000 Catholic Brothers and religious priests who live and minister throughout the United States. As elected leaders we know and share with you both the joy and the burden of this service.
We and the members of our communities seek to be instruments of the reconciliation our people urgently need. In our poverty of spirit, we rely on the help of God and the example of Jesus, the one who came to serve us all.
Since before the founding of our nation and often during its darkest hours, Catholic Sisters, Brothers and religious priests, ourselves often immigrants, have served the needs of both civic leaders and those on the outskirts of influence. We have chosen to live with those who were sick, dying or living in poverty.
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