The Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette was not only an extraordinary event for the two witnesses and the world at large. It is also a wonderful school of how to develop an intimate relationship with others and with God.
In his masterful book, With An Everlasting Love: Developing An Intimate Relationship with God, the renowned spiritual director, Fr. William A. Barry, S.J., speaks of the central points of growth necessary to develop our relationship with God. As a La Salette Missionary, in reading his book, I was struck by the many parallels between our relationship with God and the content of the La Salette Apparition.
Fr. Barry states that, in any relationship, there are certain common basics:
• First: we have to be interested in the person, attracted to that person;
• Second: we must take some initiative to be with that person;
• Third: we will want to know about that person’s heart – his or her values and beliefs; and..
• Fourth: we must begin to trust in that person, becoming more transparent with each other. (1)
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.”