October 11th, 2017 Edition

And Mary Said: "If My People Refuse to Submit"

The two little witnesses at La Salette stood so close to their heavenly Visitor that a third person, they tell us, could not have passed between them and her, and in that delightful proximity to the Queen of Heaven, they listened eagerly to her heavenly message. 

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Our Weeping Mother and the Twelve Steps

This year I marked 47 years as a La Salette Missionary. That means I have spent the greater part of my life as a member of this Congregation dedicated to the Apparition and the Message of the Beautiful Lady here at La Salette. Now I find myself living in the very place where the Apparition occurred and the Message was given. That fact feels like a great grace and a great challenge.

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La Salette Beginnings in Brazil

As in every other frontier land, but especially in a land of chaos and murder such as this, deeds of terrible violence dogged the trail of colonization, there being no such thing in the early days as civil authority or judicial force… Marcelino has a scarlet history… and if only a part of what is said can be believed, surely the curse of Cain is marked indelibly upon it. 

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What is the La Salette Charism?

The charism of La Salette is the grace and prophetic word that flows from the Apparition of Our Lady to Maximin and Melanie on Saturday, September 19, 1846 on a mountaintop near the hamlet of La Salette, in the Alps of southeastern France. Mary says: “Come near, my children. Do not be afraid… Make this message known to all my people.” 

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The Gift of Mary’s Tears

I have never personally met Fr. Normand Theroux, M.S. and yet we have become good friends. Whenever I have a chance to visit his gravesite in the small cemetery the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Enfield, New Hampshire, we spend a little time together and we peacefully converse. Yes, I guess we have become good friends. After all, we both share the same passion for the Scripture, we both studied in Rome at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and, more importantly, we have both being seduced by the same “Beautiful Lady”! 

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Mother, Ambassador, Sign

The same Mary who stood at the foot of her Son’s cross received from him another son, the Beloved Disciple and, along with him, all of us as her children. When she appeared at La Salette and spoke to two of her “children,” Maximin and Mélanie, she called them “my children,” not just “children” as a stranger might do. Through them she spoke to us, to all her Calvary-born children. 

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War Talk

It is one of the great ironies of this fraught moment in our history that while our president is making threats of total war against North Korea, whose leader is making threats of total war against us, Ken Burns’ masterful documentary “The Vietnam War” is being aired.

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The Power of Mother Nature

In August of 2004, I lived in Orlando, Florida. I remember hearing in the news about Hurricane Charlie but I didn’t pay much attention. We Floridians are used to these “inconvenient weather events”. However this storm was different. When we heard that it was coming through Punta Gorda and heading right for us, we took the extraordinary measure of boarding up our rectory windows, shopping for storm necessities and then just waiting for it to hit us.

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Small Christian Communities in Kerala, India

The "Basic ecclesial communities" are at the heart of the Church's mission today and are "the new way of being a Church": according to the Latin Church of Kerala (state in the south of India) that, through the Council of Latin Bishops of Kerala, organized the missionary Congress from 6 to 8 October that gathered at the National Sanctuary of Our Lady in Vallarpadam, in the Archdiocese of Verapoly, over 4,000 priests, religious, laity from all over the region. 

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We Have Cause to Celebrate

…The month of September has always had a Marian flavor for the Church. In fact, the liturgy urges us to celebrate various feasts of Mary: her Nativity – September 8th, the Holy Name of Mary – September 12th, and Our Lady of Sorrows – September 15th. These are worldwide liturgical memorials that speak to us of the nearness of Mary in the life of every human being, and of her total involvement in the sufferings of Christ for the salvation of humankind. To these we must add, since 1846, the Feast of the Apparition at La Salette on September 19th.

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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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Pope Francis - October 2017

We should always remember the dignity and rights of those who work, condemn situations in which that dignity and those rights are violated, and help to ensure authentic progress by man and society.
Let us pray that all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

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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