In Matthew’s scene of the Last Judgment, we hear Jesus telling a shocking story. A king separates the vast throng into two groups and first addresses those on his right (“the blessed of my Father”) noting:
‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you… in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me’ (Matthew 25: 35-40).
This sounds fair enough. Now the king addresses those on his left (the condemned) and greets them with such direct and seemingly harsh words:
From the moment Our Lady of La Salette stood and welcomed the two children during the Apparition on Sept. 19, 1846, those who find inspiration and comfort in her message are reminded to “pray well”.
For the past 60 years, we at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, MA, USA, have offered countless opportunities for our visitors, volunteers and pilgrims to pray – daily and weekend Masses, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Healing Services for English, Spanish and Portuguese visitors, our Padre Pio Prayer Group, Intercessory Prayer Group, and our many day and weekend retreat programs.
Within the past four years, we have been involved in a legal tax dispute with the City of Attleboro Tax Assessor’s Office concerning our tax status as a non-profit organization. From our recent meeting with the State Supreme Court concerning our case and the consequent public discussion in newspapers, on radio and television, and in personal blogs, we have asked people to pray for us and our ministry.
As the Massachusetts Supreme Court discusses and decides our case, we ask you to pray for us. You may find the following prayer an appropriate and powerful way of asking God for wisdom for our Supreme Court Judges, for us La Salettes and for the members of our Attleboro City Tax Assessor’s Office.
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.”