December 5th, 2017 Edition

The Image of Divine Mercy

Among Catholic devotions, the Divine Mercy message is well-known: the iconic image of Christ, with rays of red and white pouring from his heart; St. Faustina, called the “Apostle of Divine Mercy;” and the Basilica of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland.

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On The Road To Sainthood

(from left) Fr. Father Augustus Tolton; Mother Mary Lange; Venerable Pierre Toussaint; and Venerable Henriette Delille

The Catholic liturgical calendar honors All Saints’ and All Souls’ days in early November, but this month is also set aside to recognize the rich history of black American Catholics — National Black Catholic History Month was initiated by the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States in 1990.

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How Can We Observe Advent?

With the season Advent approaching, the liturgical season of preparing for Christmas is upon us. But what does it actually mean to “observe Advent?” 

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Meditation on the Statues

Volumes have been written on the famous apparition of La Salette. All its details have passed through the crucible of criticism – a scrutiny that has revealed the triumph of divine logic and the approbation of ecclesiastical authority. Yet there is a theme that has not been very much touched upon; there is a book that hasn't as yet been published. 

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Our True Identity

(Third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 61:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28)

In her Magnificat (today’s Responsorial Psalm), Mary joyfully identified herself as God’s servant. This means she understood her role in God’s plan. John the Baptist identified himself as a Voice. He, too, knew his role, his place.

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The La Salette Stone

The Apparition of La Salette has relics of its own – the Miraculous Fountain whose healing waters have been begotten of Mary's tears and the stone upon which Our Weeping Mother, that same Blessed Virgin, sat revealed in grief. We have seen the wonders of the Sign. Let us now consider that rough throne or rustic bench that we prefer to call an Altar of Sacrifice. 

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Christ, Our King

Several years ago I was given an opportunity to go to Thailand and work with some of the Thai alumni from Long Island University where was working at the time. Before I left, a Thai student in the United States said to me, "Whatever you do, don't say anything bad about the King, he is beloved there. 

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Pope Francis Visits Myanmar

In his visit, Pope Francis spoke in Yangon saying Jesus did not teach us his wisdom "by long speeches or by grand demonstrations of political or earthly power but by giving his life on the cross". From the cross also comes "healing", because on the cross "Jesus offered his wounds to the Father for us, the wounds by which we are healed". Thanks to the gift of the Eucharist, we too can "find in the wounds of Christ the source of all healing". By taking refuge in Christ’s wounds "may you know the healing balm of the Father’s mercy and find the strength to bring it to others, to anoint every hurt and every painful memory". 

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Mission on the U.S. Border

Barabbas and Simon of Cyrene were pulled over by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while driving home one evening from a rehearsal of the Passion. They lacked proper documentation, so they spent the night in detention in South Texas. Jesus and one of the weeping women were in the same car; being American citizens, they were quickly released from custody. 

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Argentinian Laity Pledge

More than 600 people participated in the 5th National Missionary Conference held this week in Neuquen, Argentina, and committed to redoubling their efforts for a “Church that goes out.”

The theme of the Nov. 18-20 event was “Argentina in Mission, the Gospel is Joy.” It was hosted by Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Croxatto of Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina.

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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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For the elderly

Let us keep in mind our elders, so that sustained by families and institutions, may with their wisdom and experience collaborate in the education of new generations.

Pope Francis - December 2017

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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