The apparition of Our Lady of La Salette, the first of the modern-day Marian apparitions, has some special qualities. It is the most biblical of Marian apparitions and, being an experience of faith, is centered on Mary’s Son, Jesus. Not only her words but her attitudes are noteworthy and show her interest not only in faith matters but also the concerns of our daily life.
There are three basic elements which stand out in her discourse with the two children that warrant our attention.
From a secular point of view, what could be more impractical than submission to the will of God; more “impractical” than going to Mass, saying one Our Father and one Hail Mary, doing penance and not going to the butcher shop. What could be more impractical than abstaining from taking the name of Christ and making sure to honor him on the Lord's Day?
This view of the Lady's message can also be taken as the discourse of pure praise. It is “impractical” inasmuch as it is pure praise, glory of God. Sunday, prayer, Mass, the Name of Christ – all of these point to the discourse as praise of the Lord himself. There is food for thought in all of this. We see ourselves as advancing in the spiritual life; making efforts at cancelling out or eliminating faults; improving our inner selves with a strong emphasis on spirituality that is psychologically aware.
At this point in time, we North American La Salettes need a sense of purpose, a direction, a clear and compelling mission.
In his apostolic exhortation, Christifideles Laici, Pope John Paul II points to the universal yearning for participation as a true sign of the times. And indeed all of us, from the youngest to the oldest, must participate in articulating that clear and compelling vision. All of us must strive to scrutinize the signs of the times and listen carefully for the gentle whisper of the Spirit in our heart of hearts.
The briefest norm in our La Salette Rule of Life boldly proclaims: "Christ is the Rule of our life." Well, the Gospels tell us that for Jesus certain insights were essential:
l) That God has a dream for our world. Jesus called it the "Kingdom of God."
2) That God has begun to make God's dream come true.
3) That we can be a part of that dream if only we are willing to become part of something bigger, something greater than ourselves and our little world.
4) That compassion is the way to enter into that dream – compassion, the capacity to put ourselves and our worries aside in order to understand and to respond to the concerns of others.
5) That compassion is costly.
6) That persons who try to save their lives inevitably lose them, while those who are willing to lose their lives for the sake of others finally save their own lives.
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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.”