January 2nd, 2018 Edition

Pope Says that Mary is a perfect example

With Christmas (here), Pope Francis said Mary's humble and modest response at the announcement of Jesus' birth reflects what our own attitude should be regarding God's plan for our lives as we prepare for the incarnation. 

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Wishes for the New Year of Our Lord 2018

Once again the celebration of the New Year of Our Lord 2018 offers the opportunity for me to pray that Emmanuel — God with us — fills everyone with his presence and his grace.

“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14)


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Signs of Peace in South America

"Although security in Latin America is still precarious, the first signs of peace are beginning to be registered": this is what emerges from the data in the Global Peace Index 2017 report, received and analyzed by Agenzia Fides. 

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Thoughts for the Old and New Year

The goodness and kindness of God our Savior appeared to all God’s people in the Nativity on that Holy Night. That birth made the hearts of all believers exclaim "Noel", that carol of joy, peace and happiness. "Noel", the French equivalent of our Christmas, is the opening of many mediaeval canticles that rehearse the old-time Christian mirth at the annual recurrence of Bethlehem's Idyll. "Noel! Noel" . . . "Fall on your knees and adore the newborn Savior, for it's midnight, Christian people!"

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Brazilian Laity – Actors in an Outgoing Church

Brasilia: "We know there is a great participation, activity and presence of lay people in the Church, but sometimes this is forgotten and little appreciated, so this is why we, as Episcopal Commission, want to have a period of one year dedicated to our laity", says His Excellency Mgr. Severino Clasen, Bishop of Caçador and President of the Episcopal Commission for the Laity of the Brazilian Bishops' Conference (CNBB).

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What to Wear?

(The Holy Family: Genesis 15:1-6 & 21:1-3; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40)
Pilgrims to La Salette often ask about the meaning of the roses, chains, crucifix and, especially, the hammer and pincers which the Beautiful Lady added to the otherwise simple costume of the women from around Corps. Since she herself offered no explanation, and even though there exists a certain tradition concerning these details, any reasonable interpretation is possible.

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton – the Child

Do you know Chesterton? Indeed, a living paradox! And that he certainly was. 
He was as a man, a child. Childhood meant to him true life, real and unaffected. Children, he claimed, do not pretend, they actually live what we say and pretend; but man rather pretends what he pretends to actually live. It might be said, therefore, that the child lives a true life, while man lives but a pretended life. 

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Many Journeys, One Family

National Migration Week, 2018

For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. 

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Have you heard of Venerable 'Mama Bosco'?

Margaret Occhiena was born in a small town in Italy in 1788 to a large family of faithful Christians. At the age of 24, Margaret married a young widower and father, Francis Bosco, who was a farmer and had a son named Anthony.

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Breaking into the Ordinary

When I was a child, I loved most the wise men of our nativity set for their grandeur and color and elegance, and for the numinous gifts they brought to the Infant King. They were mysterious royalty from a far-off land who somehow possessed secret knowledge of the Savior’s birth, and I was sure their lives were full of intrigue and adventure.


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The Face of the Reconciler, is to share the message and meaning of the La Salette Apparition for ordinary Christians with practical application to their daily lives. It is considered by many Marian scholars as the most biblical of recent Apparitions and touches upon the basics of the Christian life: an active faith, daily prayer, the importance of the Eucharist, reverence for the Name of Jesus, use of the Lenten habits of faith and finally the call to share her message and that of her Son with all God’s people.
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La Salette : A Message and A Mission
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La Salette was an unknown hamlet lost in one of those giant crevices of the French Alps. Early on September 19, 1846, the two children climb the slopes of the Mount Sous-Les-Baisses, each urging four cows up the mountain. Contrary to their habits, the two children lay down on the grass and fell asleep. The September sun was relaxing and the sky was cloudless. The chattering brook highlighted the mountain stillness. These were quiet moments.

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 2000 AD 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.”
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