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The Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette

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The Beautiful Lady rose, and said to the children, in French:

Come closer, my children; don’t be afraid.  I am here to tell you great news.

She took a few steps towards them.  Maximin and Melanie, reassured, ran down to her and stood very close to her.

The Beautiful Lady wept all the time she spoke.  She was tall, and everything about her radiated light.  She wore the typical garb of the women of the area: a long dress, an apron around her waist, a shawl crossed over her breast and tied behind her back, and a close-fitting bonnet.  Along the hem of her shawl she wore a broad, flat chain, and from a smaller chain around her neck there hung a large crucifix.  Under the arms of the cross there were, to the left of the figure of Christ, a hammer, and to the right, pincers.  The radiance of the entire apparition seemed to emanate from this crucifix, and shone like a brilliant crown upon the Beautiful Lady’s head.  She wore garlands of roses on her head, around the edge of her shawl, and around her feet.

The Beautiful Lady spoke to the two shepherds, first in French, in these words;

“If my people refuse to submit,

I will be forced to let go the arm of my Son.

It is so strong and heavy.

I can no longer hold it back.

How long a time I have suffered for you!

If I want my son not to abandon you,

I am obliged to plead with him constantly.

And as for you, you pay no heed!

However much you pray,

However much you do,

You will never be able to recompense the pains

I have taken for you.

  I gave you six days to work;

I kept the seventh for myself, and no one will give it to me.

This is what makes the arm of my Son so heavy.

And then, those who drive the carts cannot swear without

Throwing in my Son’s name. 

These are the two things that make the arm of my Son so heavy.

  If the harvest is ruined, it is only on account of yourselves.

I warned you last year with the potatoes.

You paid no heed.

Instead, when you found the potatoes spoiled, you swore, and threw in my Son’s name.

They are going to continue to spoil, and by Christmas this year,    

there will be none left.

Melanie was intrigued by the expression, pommes de terre.  In the local dialect, potatoes were called las truffas.  She looked inquiringly at Maximin, but the Beautiful Lady anticipated her question.

“Don’t you understand, my children?  Let me find another way to  say it.”

Using dialect, she repeated what she had said about the harvest, and then went on:

“If you have wheat, you must not sow it.

Anything you sow the vermin will eat, and whatever does grow     

will fall into dust when you thresh it.

  A great famine is coming.

Before the famine comes, children under seven will be seized with trembling and die in the arms of the persons who hold them . The rest will do penance through the famine.

The walnuts will become worm-eaten:  the grapes will rot.”

At this point the Beautiful Lady confided a secret to Maximin, and then to Melanie.  Then she went on:

“If they are converted, rocks and stones will turn into heaps of wheat, and potatoes will be self-sown in the fields.”

“Do you say your prayers well, my children?

  Hardly ever Madam , the two shepherds answered candidly.

“Ah, my children, you should say them well, at night and in the morning, even if you say only an Our Father and a Hail Mary when you can’t do better; when you can do better, say more.

In the summer, only a few elderly women go to Mass.

The rest work on Sundays all summer long.

In the winter, when they don’t know what to do,

they go to mass just to make fun of religion.

In Lent they go the butchers shops like dogs.

  Have you ever seen wheat gone bad, my children?”

They answered, “ No Madam .”

The Beautiful Lady then spoke to Maximin.

But you, my child, surely you must have seen some,

once, at Coin, with your father. The owner of the field told your father to go and see his spoiled wheat.  And then you went on, and you took two or three ears of wheat in your hands, you rubbed them together, and it all crumbled into dust.

  While you were on your way back and you were no more than a half hour away from Corps, your father gave you a piece of  bread and said to you:  “Here my child, eat some while we still have it this year; because I don’t know who will eat any next year if the wheat keeps up like that.”

  Oh, yes, answered Maximin, “ now I remember.  Just then, I didn’t remember it. ”

The Beautiful Lady then concluded, not in dialect but in French:

“Well, my children, you will make this known to all my people.”

The vision climbed the steep path which wound its way towards the Collet (little neck).  Then she rose into the air as the children caught up to her.

She looked up the sky, then down to the earth.  Facing southeast, “she melted into the light.”  The light itself then disappeared.

On September 19, 1851, after “a precise and rigorous investigation” of the event, the witnesses, the content of the message, and its repercussions, Philibert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, pronounced his judgment in a pastoral letter of instruction.  He declared that “the apparition of the Blessed Virgin to two shepherds, September 19, 1846, on a mountain in the Alps, located in the parish of  La Salette …  bears within itself all the characteristics of truth and the faithful have grounds for believing it to be indubitable and certain.”

  In another pastoral letter, dated May 1, 1852, the Bishop of Grenoble announced the construction of a Shrine on the mountain of the apparition, and went on to add:

“However important the erection of a Shrine may be, there is something still more important,  namely the ministers of religion destined to look after it,  to receive the pious pilgrims,  to  preach  the  word  of  God  to  them,  to  exercise  towards  them the           ministry of reconciliation, to administer the Holy Sacrament of the altar, and to be, to all the faithful dispensers of the mysteries of God and the spiritual treasures of  the Church.”

“ These priests shall be called  Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette;  their institution and existence shall be like the Shrine itself, an eternal monument, a perpetual remembrance, of Mary’s merciful apparition .”

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THE La Salette story traces its beginnings to September 19, 1846.

This was when the Blessed Mother appeared to two shepherd children at La Salette, a small hamlet in the French Alps. Through the children she gave her message of "Reconciliation" to the world. She insisted that this message be made known to all her people. Consequently in 1852 the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette were founded to serve as a "perpetual remembrance of Mary's merciful Apparition."  In 1892 two La Salette Missionaries arrived to explore possible settlement in the New World and ultimately settled in Hartford, Connecticut. Since then the United States presence has grown nationwide. Our province is known as the Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas. We are an Apostolic, religious community. We witness to the Kingdom of God as we seek to mend relationships in need of healing. Inspired by the event of La Salette and supported by our community life, we are strengthened by the Eucharist, prayer and faith sharing. 

In 1942 the La Salette Missionaries bought the Attleboro, Massachusetts property as a major seminary and in 1952 the construction of the Shrine was announced. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1953, marked the official opening of the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro. From this beginning to today we have united our gifts and talents with those of the laity. Looking at Mary as our model, we discern new opportunities to make known Her message of hope and reconciliation.  

To read Mary's full message to Maxamin and Melanie, click here.

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The Story of Our Lady of La Salette

The Story of Our Lady of La Salette

Q: Last weekend, I attended the 50th ordination anniversary of a priest and I learned that he had belonged to the Missionaries of La Salette. What is the story of Our Lady of La Salette?

On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 19, 1846, two children — Maximin Guiraud (age 11) and Melanie Calvat (age 14) — were tending sheep for their employers near La Salette in the French Alps. The effects of the French Revolution which had terrorized the Church, the blood spilt during the reign of Napoleon, the increasing secularization of social thought and the rising political turmoil enveloping Europe had taken a serious toll on the faith of the people. In the parish of La Salette, fewer and fewer people attended Mass and the sacraments were neglected. Cursing had overtaken praying; licentiousness, purity; and greed and self-indulgence, piety and sacrifice.

Melanie, one of eight children, came from a poor family and began working at age 7. She had no schooling, knew only bits of the Catechism , infrequently attended Mass, and could hardly recite the Our Father or the Hail Mary. Similarly, Maximin, whose mother had died and who did not like his stepmother, had little religious education and no schooling.

While they were tending their sheep, they saw a brilliant light, brighter than the sun. As they approached, they noticed a “Beautiful Lady” seated on a rock and crying, with her face in her hands. In tears, she stood and spoke to them in their local French dialect. She wore a headdress topped by a lucent crown with a band of roses, a dress with beams of light and slippers edged with roses. Around her neck hung a golden crucifix: on one end of the cross beam was a hammer and nails, and on the other, a pincher. Over her shoulders was a heavy chain.

Msgr. John S. Kennedy gives the following version of the dialogue that ensued. (See “The Lady in Tears,” in A Woman Clothed with the Sun .) She said, “Come to me, my children. Do not be afraid. I am here to tell something of the greatest importance.” She continued,

“If my people will not obey, I shall be compelled to loose my Son’s arm. It is so heavy, so pressing that I can no longer restrain it. How long I have suffered for you! If my Son is not to cast you off, I am obliged to entreat Him without ceasing. But you take not the least notice of that. No matter how well you pray in the future, no matter how well you act, you will never be able to make up to me what I have endured for your sake. “I have appointed you six days for working. The seventh I have reserved for myself. And no one will give it to me. This it is which causes the weight of my Son’s arm to be crushing. The cart drivers cannot swear without bringing in my Son’s name. These are the two things which make my Son’s arms so burdernsome. “If the harvest is spoiled, it is your own fault. I warned you last year by means of the potatoes. You paid no heed. Quite the reverse, when you discovered that the potatoes had rotted, you swore, you abused my Son’s name. They will continue to rot, and by Christmas this year there will be none left. “If you have grain, it will do no good to sow it, for what you sow the beasts will devour, and any part of it that springs up will crumble into dust when you thresh it. “A great famine is coming. But before that happens, the children under seven years of age will be seized with trembling and die in their parent’s arms. The grownups will pay for their sins by hunger. The grapes will rot, and the walnuts will turn bad.”

Truly a sobering message. Then Our Lady said, “If people are converted, the rocks will become piles of wheat, and it will be found that the potatoes have sown themselves.” She then asked the children, “Do you say your prayers well, my children?” “No, we hardly say them at all,” they mumbled. “Ah, my children, it is very important to say them, at night and in the morning. When you don’t have time, at least say an Our Father and a Hail Mary. And when you can, say more.”

Our Lady then returned to her chastisement of the people: “Only a few rather old women go to Mass in the summer. All the rest work every Sunday throughout the summer. And in winter, when they don’t know what to do with themselves, they go to Mass only to poke fun at religion. During Lent they flock to the butcher shops, like dogs.” She concluded saying, “My children, you will make this known to all my people.” She then walked away, up a steep path, and disappeared in a bright light.

The children repeated the story to each of their employers. When the people ascertained that the stories matched, and several pious people concluded this had been an apparition of the Blessed Mother, the children were sent to the parish priest of La Salette. The priest recounted the children’s story at Mass. The government officials began an investigation and the children maintained their story despite threats of imprisonment. Once when investigating the site, someone broke off a piece of the rock on which Our Lady had sat; a spring of water emerged in a place that was dry except for when the snows were melting. The spring flowed steadily and abundantly. Some of the water was given to a woman suffering from a long-term serious illness; she drank a little of the water each day as she prayed a novena and on the ninth day, she was cured.

The case was then submitted to Bishop Bruillard of Grenoble, who initiated a thorough investigation of the apparition. Meanwhile, more miraculous cures occurred. The greatest miracle was truly spiritual: people attended Mass faithfully and confessed regularly. They stopped working on Sundays and they returned to living a pious and devotional life. Pilgrimages to the site became increasingly popular. Five years later, on September 19, 1851, Bishop Bruillard determined that the apparition “bore in itself all the marks of truth and that the faithful are justified in believing it to be certain and indubitable.” A real conversion had taken place.

The following year, a new religious community was founded, the Missionaries of La Salette. Also, Bishop Bruillard laid the cornerstone for a new basilica. Pilgrims increasingly visited the site of the apparition, and Our Lady was referred to as “Reconcilatrix of sinners.” Great saints have been devoted to Our Lady of La Salette, including St. John Bosco, St. John Vianney and St. Madeleine Sophie Barat.

As we ponder this apparition, the message of our Blessed Mother is as pertinent now as then: How many people forsake Sunday Mass but take time for the newspaper, sports or shopping? How many have not been to confession in years? How many use our Lord’s name as a common profanity? How many fail to pray each day? How many entertain such blasphemies as The Da Vinci Code ? Oh yes, the message still resounds. The world and each of us is in need of conversion. Let us turn to Our Lady of La Salette and offer her Memorare:

Remember, Our Lady of La Salette, true mother of Sorrows, the tears you shed for us on Calvary. Remember also the care you have taken to keep us faithful to Christ, your Son. Having done so much for your children, you will not now abandon us. Comforted by this consoling thought, we come to you pleading, despite our infidelities and ingratitude. Virgin of Reconciliation, do not reject our prayers, but intercede for us, obtain for us the grace to love Jesus above all else. May we console you by living a holy life and so come to share the eternal life Christ gained by His cross. Amen.

(This article courtesy of the Arlington Catholic Herald .)

image: By Gérard Janot [ CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

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175 Years Ago, Mary Appeared at La Salette, and Wept

What were the reasons for her tears? Our Lady said it was two great causes that estrange people from her son — blasphemy and the neglect of the Lord’s day.

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Tears are mysterious. While they “ rise in the heart and gather in the eyes ,” their purpose and cause remain subjects of curiosity and scientific study. 

Marian apparitions too, are soaked in mystery. Why do a select few experience inexplicable phenomena where others see nothing. 

This week marks the 175th anniversary of a mysterious rendezvous between two French peasant children and a woman in tears. On Sept. 19, 1846, Mélanie Mathieu and Maximin Giraud reported having encountered a lady seated along the hillside outside a small hamlet in the French Alps with her face buried in her hands. The “beautiful lady,” as the children described her, was crying inconsolably. 

What were the reasons for her tears? When the children approached the lady to inquire, the woman spoke of two great causes that estrange people from her son — blasphemy and the neglect of the Lord’s day. 

Like many reported apparitions, Mary did not explicitly introduce herself to the visionaries. Her identity remained a mystery until the context and purpose of her discourse revealed what was left unsaid. 

As she continued her conversation with the children, the crying woman expressed her deep concern about the empty pews at Mass on Sunday and the irreverent attitude among those who were present. Many chose work or other activities over worship. Worse yet, those inclined to skip Sunday Mass replaced the words of prayer with vain uses of her son’s name. After making her affection and sentiment known to her young audience, the woman relayed the hope that her message would move many souls to restore a relationship with her son through more faithful attendance at Mass. 

While eclipsed in popularity by Lourdes and Fatima, there is hardly a more relevant message for today than that of La Salette. In the U.S. and Europe, over the last several years, poll after poll has catalogued the rise of the “nones,” a growing segment of individuals who describe themselves as having no religious affiliation. Former Catholics make up a large percentage of this expanding population . Recent evidence shows that this group has grown not only among the younger millennial generation, but the older as well. 

Throughout southern France, the single encounter of the two peasant children with the woman in tears sparked a pronounced response among the faithful that resonated throughout the region as churches returned to capacity. This 175th anniversary of the apparition at La Salette is an opportune time for renewed attention to the lady’s simple message so that it re-echoes in our century. 

God’s ways are a mystery, but his concern for his people is not. Marking the anniversary of La Salette by relaying its call to return to the celebration of the Mass is one way to help bring forth a fruitful response from heavenly tears.

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13 May 2013

On Saturday, September 19, 1846, a "Beautiful Lady" appeared to two children, both from Corps, in France Alps: Maximin GIRAUD, eleven year old, and Mélanie CALVAT, almost fifteen, who were watching their herds on the slope of Mont Planeau (alt. approx 6,000 ft.), not far from the village of La Salette. In a little hollow, the suddenly noticed a globe of fire - "as though the sun had fallen on the spot." Within the dazzling light they gradually perceived a woman, seated, her elbows resting on her knees and her face buried in her hands.  The Beautiful Lady rose, and said to the children in French:  Come closer, my children; don't be afraid. I am here to tell you great news.   She took a few steps towards them. Maximin and Mélanie, reassured, ran down to her and stood very close to her. The Beautiful Lady wept all the time she spoke. She was tall, and everything about her radiated light. She wore the typical garb of the women of the area: a long dress, and apron around her waist, a shawl crossed over her breast and tied behind her back, and a close-fitting bonnet. Along the hem of her shawl she wore a broad, flat chain, and from a smaller chain around her neck there hung a large crucifix. Under the arms of the cross there were, to the left of the figure of Christ, a hammer, and, to the right, pincers. The radiance of the entire apparition seemed to emanate from this crucifix, and shone like a brilliant crown upon the Beautiful Lady's head. She wore garlands of roses on her head, around the edge of her shawl, and around her feet. The Beautiful Lady spoke to the two shepherds. first in French, in these words:  If my people refuse to submit, I will be forced to let go the arm of my Son. It is so strong and so heavy, I can no longer hold it back. How long a time I have suffered for you! If I want my Son not to abandon you, I am obliged to plead with him constantly. And as for you, you pay no heed! However much you pray, however much you do, you will never be able to recompense the pains I have taken for you. I gave you six days to work; I kept the seventh for myself, and no one will give it to me. This is what makes the arm of my Son so heavy. And the, those who drive the carts cannot swear without throwing in my Son's name. These are the two things that make the arm of my Son so heavy. If the harvest is ruined, it is only on account of yourselves. I warned you last year with the potatoes. You paid no heed. Instead, when you found the potatoes spoiled, you swore, and threw in my Son's name. They are going to continue to spoil, and by Christmas this year there will be none left.  Mélanie was intrigued by the expression, pommes de terre. In the local dialect, potatoes were called las truffas. She looked inquiringly at Maximin, but the Beautiful Lady anticipated her question.  Don't you understand, my children? Let me find another way to say it. Using the local dialect, she repeated what she had said about the harvest, and then went on:  If you have wheat, you must not sow it. Anything you sow the vermin will eat, and whatever does grow will fall into dust when you thresh it. A great famine is coming. Before the famine comes, children under seven will be seized with trembling and die in the arms of the persons who hold them. The rest will do penance through the famine. The walnuts will become worm-eaten; the grapes will rot.  At this point the Beautiful Lady confided a secret to Maximin, and then to Mélanie. then she went on: If they are converted, rocks and stones will turn into heaps of wheat, and potatoes will be self-sown in the fields.Do you say your prayers well, my children?  "Hardly ever, Madam," the two shepherds answered candidly.  Ah, my children, you should say them well, at night and in the morning, even if you say only an Our Father and a Hail Mary when you can't do better. When you can do better, say more. In the summer, only a few elderly women go to Mass. The rest work on Sundays allsummer long. In the winter, when they don't know what to do, they go to Mass just to make fun of religion. In Lent they go to the butcher shops like dogs. Have you never seen wheat gone bad, my children?   They answered, "No, Madam." The Beautiful Lady then spoke to Maximin.  But you, my child, surely you must have seen some once, at Coin, with your father. The owner of the field told your father to go and see his spoiled wheat. And then you went, and you took two or three ears of wheat in your hands, you rubbed them together, and it all crumbled into dust. While you were on your way back and you were no more than a half hour away from Corps, your father gave you a piece of bread and said to you: "Here, my child, eat some bread while we still have it this year; because I don't know who will eat any next year if the wheat keeps up like that .  "Oh, you," answered Maximin, "Now I remember. Just then, I didn't remember it." The Beautiful Lady then concluded, not in dialect but in French:  Well, my children you will make this known to all my people.  Then she moved forward, stepped over the stream, and without turning back she gave the injunction. Very well, my children make this known to all my people.The vision climbed the steep path which wound its way towards the Collet (little neck). Then she rose into the air as the children caught up to her. She looked up at the sky, then down to the earth. Facing southeast, "she melted into light." The light itself then disappeared.  On September 19, 1851, after "a precise and rigorous investigation" of the event, the witnesses, the content of the message, and its repercussions, Philibert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, pronounced his judgment in a pastoral letter of instruction. He declared that "the apparition of the Blessed Virgin to two shepherds, September 19, 1846, on a mountain in the Alps, located in the parish of La Salette,....bears within itself all the characteristics of truth and that the faithful have grounds for believing it to be indubitable and certain."

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La Salette, France: Apparitions of Our Lady of La Salette

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The village of La Salette is in the French Alps not far from Grenoble. On Saturday afternoon, September 19, 1846, Maximim Giraud, a boy age 11 and Melanie Mathieu-Calvat, a girl age 14, were were tending sheep when they were attracted to a brilliant light in a ravine.

The figure of a crowned woman with a radiant dress and rose-edged slippers gradually became visible. She was crying and wore a golden crucifix…the youths thought that she was a ‘saint’.

She spoke first to both of them, then gave each a ‘secret’ individually. After a final admonition to both to ‘make this known’ she rose in the air looking heavenward in joy, glanced momentarily toward Rome, and then gradually disappeared. Melanie and Maximim told their fellow townspeople of the vision, but met with initial unbelief (with the exception of Fr. Perrin, the parish priest, who announced the event during Mass). According to the accounts of the children, one of the primary reasons behind her sorrow was because of a lapse in the local observance of Sunday as a day of rest.  That situation has certainly not improved much in the ensuing years.

As time progressed, conversions (including Maximim’s father and a locally known rebellious priest) and over 23 healings associated with a stream of water which flowed again from a dried-up spring at the apparition site, made the townsfolk reformed and firm believers.

A three-year investigation led to the Bishop’s approval of the apparition.   Bishop Philibert de Bruillard of Grenoble, published his decision on September 19, 1851:

“ We judge that the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin to the two cowherds on the 19th of September, 1846, on a mountain of the chain of Alps, situated in the parish of La Salette, in the archpresbytery of Corps, bears within itself all the characteristics of truth, and that the faithful have grounds for believing it indubitable and certain .”

Construction began a year later on a basilica which draws thousands of pilgrims to honor the ‘Virgin of Converts’, the ‘Reconciler of Sinners’ .

We celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette on September 19.

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Here is a sampling of Our Lady’s messages:

“If my people will not submit, I shall be forced to let fall the arm of my Son. It is so strong, so heavy, that I can no longer withhold it.”

“ A forerunner of the antichrist with his troops from several nations will fight against the true Christ, the only Savior of the world; he will spill much blood, and will want to annihilate the worship of God in order to make himself be looked upon as a God.”

Joseph Goebbels said in 1936: “Germany has been transformed into a great house of the Lord where the Fuehrer as our mediator stands before the throne of God.”

In 1937. Pope Pius XI condemned Adolf Hitler for “placing himself on the same level as Christ.”

“ Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the antichrist .” (Another secret states that the Pope shall be faithful to the end.)

“ Fight, children of light, you the small number who can see; for behold the time of times, the end of ends .”

Check out this book: Melanie and the story of Our Lady of La Salette on all the messages of La Salette.

You might also find this youtube video to be interestin g.

One of the fruits of the apparitions at La Salette was the founding of The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette by Philibert de Bruillard on May 1, 1852. The La Salette Missionaries is a congregation of priests and brothers.  La Salette missionaries serve all over the world, and are called to share the message of Mary’s grace. They are active in many areas, from caring for the spiritual needs of the order’s shrine visitors and parish community members, to serving as chaplains, teachers, youth ministers and counselors.

The Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, has approximately 120 members serving in the United States and Canada, as well as in Argentina and Bolivia. They work with bishops, clergy, parishioners, pilgrims and others throughout North America and the mission region in South America. There are more than 1000 missionaries serving in 27 countries around the world. Learn more about the order here .

There are LaSalette Missionaries in over 25 countries, such as the one near Houston, Texas .  There is also a parallel religious community of sisters called the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette.

Traveling to La Salette:

La Salette is a bit isolated and so it is not on many Catholic tours of France. There are, however, some tour operators that do offer La Salette in their itineraries so check around to see if you can find one.

The setting, as you can see here, is naturally beautiful and the atmosphere very peaceful. If you are traveling on your own and don’t have a car, then the best way to reach La Salette is by train from Paris or other cities in France. The high-speed TGV trains from Paris can get you to Grenoble in about 4 hours and then switch to the regional train which will take you to Gap (the nearest town) in a little over 1 hour. Likewise, from Marseille you would take the TGV as far as Grenoble, then transfer.   Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here

From Gap you can take a taxi to La Salette.

The shrine has facilities for overnight guests, and a day or two here can be welcome break from a very busy world that most of us live in.  You can attend Mass and other activities of the shrine.  We highly recommend it!

You might also want to combine your visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Laus , another Marian apparition site in France about 35 miles (56km) from La Salette.

The Feast day of Our Lady of La Salette is celebrated on September 19th so you can be sure there will be crowds on that date.

Address: 38970 La Salette-Fallavaux

GPS coordinates: 44° 51′ 27.9612” N, 5° 58′ 43.6584” E

Tel: +33 (0) 30 476 32 90

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Click here for the official website of the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette (in French)

There is also a National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in the U.S. at Attleboro, Massachusetts

In Poland, you can find a Basilica dedicated to Our Lady of La Salette in Debowiec

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2 thoughts on “france, la salette: our lady of la salette”.

Does the Shrine need any volunteers? I am compelled by the message of The Blessed Virgin at La Salette to eagerly want to give of my time and prayers. The image of Our Lady in tears makes me want to console Her all day long. Yes, as She said she gives us so much and we give so little.

Robin, the website does have a place to sign up to volunteer. http://lasalette.cef.fr/Devenez-benevole-a-la-Salette-999 You can select your language at the top of the page. I had the privileged to travel to La Salette due to a business trip in the area. The area has breath taking natural beauty being in the mountains. But it’s remote, and much smaller than Lourdes or Fatima. During my day visit there, I arrived to Mass going on with a a packed Church of bus visitors from Italy. I arrived near the end of Mass, and while I didn’t understand a word, I could feel the holiness of so many on a journey to better know our Lady. You could check the website for information on volunteering activities, but I think an understanding of French and or Italian in addition to English would be a benefit. I’d suggest you also consider the national shrine in Massachusetts if you’re from the US. It’s about an hour from Boston. The location in Massachusetts doesn’t have the natural beauty of the french location in the mountains, but it is also a very holy place to worship.

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La Salette: Sorting Fact From Fiction

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In recent years radical traditionalists have been attacking the Church using a line allegedly uttered by Our Lady of La Salette: “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.”

My initial inclination is to respond by saying, “Big deal. Tell me something I don’t already know.”

Scripture also predicts the coming of an individual known as the Antichrist who will deny that Jesus has come in the flesh (2 John 7). This individual is often identified with the “man of sin” whom Paul mentions (2 Thess. 2:3b; see this issue’s cover story for more information), who will demand worship and persecute the Church, as did some of the early Roman emperors. As for where this persecuting, emperor-like individual will be based, Rome is a more likely candidate than any other city I can name.

I even expect that the worldview of the Church’s persecutors will be the same as its first ones: a form of paganism.

So the claim that “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of Antichrist” doesn’t particularly impress me. It just means that—in religious terms—the city of Rome in the last century will be a lot like it was in the first. The Antichrist will be the head of state, persecuting the Church, and the pope will be leading the Christian underground, just like Peter in first-century Rome.

What is absurd is the radical traditionalist claim that the alleged prophecy of Our Lady of La Salette may be applied to Rome today. That’s nonsense. Regardless of how tepid the faith of Italians may be or how many erroneous ideas they have, they still overwhelmingly identify themselves as Christian. As long as that’s the case, Italy has not apostatized.

Radical traditionalists often seem to have a defective understanding of what counts as apostasy. It is much more than tepid or weak faith. It is more than just accepting ideas contrary to the Catholic faith (that’s what heresy is). Apostasy constitutes a full repudiation of the faith so that one no longer considers oneself a Christian.

That’s what Scripture has in mind when it talks about there being a great apostasy. It doesn’t envision Christians by the truckload abandoning orthodoxy for a heresy but still calling themselves Christian. It envisions Christians by the truckload leaving Christianity altogether, which in a first-century context would mean reverting to either paganism of Judaism.

We will be able to say that the apostasy has occurred when Christians are being drug again through the streets of Rome to execution in the Coliseum. Compared to what will happen then, charges of a present apostasy in Europe are not only laughable, but insulting to the future, final wave of martyrs.

In a way, radical traditionalists who charge the Church has apostatized are committing the Protestant error: To justify their separation from the Church, Protestant leaders charged it with having “apostatized” and become a heretical Church. We know because of Christ’s promise that this cannot happen (Matt. 16:18), but the claim was made nonetheless. Radical traditionalists who commit the same error do so for the same reason: to advance their own cause and—in some cases—their own schism from the Church.

Another strategy early Protestants used to justify their separation from the Church was to accuse it of being run by the Antichrist, whom they identified as the pope. This too is out of whack with Scripture, which identifies the Antichrist as someone who claims that Jesus Christ has not come in the flesh (2 John 7). That’s hard to do if you are the pope, since your job rests on your being the vicar (representative) of Jesus Christ until he returns to the earth. Nevertheless, early Protestants made the claim, as some do today.

Radical traditionalists at times seem to be doing the same thing. “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of Antichrist” is such a tempting, juicy quote that they really want to apply it to today. But in that case, who could the Antichrist be?

Well, unless Romano Prodi, the current president of the Italian Republic, plans to pass some rather sweeping anti-Christian laws, he’s out of the running. With the absence of an Italian political leader for the role of Antichrist, radical traditionalists seem to be suggesting that the pope (either the current one or one soon to come) fills that role.

Again, this is simply absurd. We’ve already seen that, on the grounds of justifying his job alone, the pope is the  last  person on earth to meet the biblical requirements for the Antichrist. He also isn’t the kind of political leader the Antichrist will be.

But there is another reason why you can’t apply the La Salette prophecy to today: The prophecy itself precludes it. You see, the prophecy doesn’t consist of just one sentence. It has a lot of other things to say, including things about the Antichrist. Among these is the fact that he is not a pope but a military or political figure that the “secret”  contrasts  with the pope.

First, a little background. The apparition of Our Lady of La Salette occurred in 1846. The visionaries were two children in France named Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat. The local bishop approved the apparition in 1851, and that same year the two children were persuaded to write down information the Virgin Mary had given them. The question of what these “secrets” contained was on many people’s minds, and the children were relentlessly pestered to reveal the information. It was not until 1851, when they were asked to write down the secrets so that they could be given to the pope, that they complied.

Afterwards, Maximin never revealed his secret. He is reported to have claimed that Mary told him that he would become a millionaire, that the Antichrist would slay him, and that the next pope would be French. None of those things happened, and scholars generally conclude that they were stories Maximin made up in an attempt to stop people from pestering him about the secret. When texts alleging to be Maximin’s secret began to appear in the press (some of which are demonstrably false), the frustrated seer refused to either confirm or deny that they were his, saying it was the pope’s responsibility to decide whether the secret should be revealed.

Melanie’s story is different. Over the years she apparently did begin revealing pieces of her secret to others, and in 1879 she published the whole thing.

The trouble is, what she wrote in 1851 consisted of only three, hand-written pages. The booklet she produced in 1879 was much longer than this, and undoubtedly contains ideas that were not part of the secret sent to the pope. So, while Melanie’s 1879 publication may have been based on her original secret, it undoubtedly contains elements not in the original, and we cannot tell which elements are which. That raises a concern about the “Rome will lose the faith” line. It may not have been in the secret sent to the pope.

There is another problem: Some of the prophecies contained in Melanie’s secret are demonstrably false. They’re too specific, they’re tied to the nineteenth century, and they didn’t happen.

For example, here is the main passage about the Antichrist: “In the year 1865 the abomination shall be seen in Holy Places in Convents, and then the demon shall make himself as the king of hearts. It will be about that time that Antichrist shall be born. At his birth he shall vomit b.asphemies. He shall have teeth; in a word, he shall be like an incarnate demon; he shall utter frightful screams; he shall work prodigies; and he shall feed on impure things. He shall have brothers who, though not incarnate demons like him, shall nevertheless be children of iniquity. At the age of twelve years they shall have become remarkable for valiant victories, which they shall achieve; very soon each of them will be at the head of armies. Paris shall be burned, and Marseilles shall be submerged; many great cities shall be shattered and swallowed up by earthquakes. The populace will believe that everything is lost, will see nothing but murder, and will hear only the clang of arms and sacrilegious b.asphemies.”

Well, now that we’re in the year 2000, either there is a 135-year-old guy out there somewhere—with brothers who won great battles as the heads of armies in the 1880s in a war that everyone seems to have forgotten about—or else what Melanie published as her “secret” from Our Lady of La Salette contains elements that are false.

Radical traditionalists are being duplicitous when, in an attempt to frighten people, they quote the line about Rome and the Antichrist without supplying the context that reveals that Melanie’s published version of the “secret” established for itself a timeframe that has already passed.

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Introduction

The Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette or, simply, Sanctuary of Our Lady of La Salette is a large Catholic Marian pilgrimage centre built on the site of an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1846. This Marian apparition, officially recognized as authentic by the local bishop in 1851 and 1855, resulted in the construction of a church at the top of the village of La Salette-Fallavaux, near Corps (Isère), France. In 1879 the church was officially consecrated and promoted to the rank of minor basilica.

The sanctuary of La Salette is one of the great Marian sanctuaries built in France. Installed in the middle of the mountains, at an altitude of 1,800 m, it welcomes around 300,000 pilgrims a year.

Since its construction, the sanctuary has continued to be expanded and to see new buildings added to the existing one. The reception of pilgrims and their accommodation is provided by a hostelry integrated into the sanctuary. Outside, the various scenes of the Marian apparition are materialized by life-size bronze statues.

Access to the sanctuary was a problem for a long time, for lack of an existing road before the middle of the 19th century. A first road was cut in the mountain, but it had a very steep slope, causing problems for vehicles. In the 1960s, a new road was started and built, on a new route, allowing cars and coaches to get on it without difficulty. Despite this new route, the Laffrey descent has been the subject of three serious accidents to date, causing the death of 98 pilgrims.

The Sanctuary is located in the Pays de Corps, on the heights of the commune of La Salette-Fallavaux, between the Beaumont massif and the Valgaudemar valley, at an altitude of nearly 1,800 m. Until the middle of the 19th century, the site was wild and unknown, no road or path led there. There were only shepherds’ paths. Only a few shepherds with their flocks ventured onto the slopes of Mount Gargas to take advantage of the mountain pastures.

History of Sanctuary of Our Lady of La Salette, France

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The history of the site and the Sanctuary begins with the Marian apparition of La Salette on Saturday September 19, 1846. Two young shepherds, Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, see a “beautiful lady” appear in a dazzling light, in tears, who speaks to them. In the evening, they talk about it to their masters. Widow Pra (known as widow Caron), Mélanie’s mistress, thinks that they have seen the Blessed Virgin and the children are asked to tell the priest of La Salette everything.

They do it the next day, Sunday morning. The priest wept with emotion, took notes and, again in tears, spoke of the event in his sermon. The bishop is informed, and opens a canonical inquiry. September 19, 1851 Mgr Buillard, Bishop of Grenoble officially recognizes the apparition as “authentic”, and launches the construction of a sanctuary on the very place of the apparition.

Architecture of Sanctuary of Our Lady of La Salette, France

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Before the official recognition of the Marian apparition (in 1851), the bishop opened negotiations in 1849 to buy the land for the creation of the future sanctuary (land to be purchased in 1851).

May 1, 1852, the next solemn benediction of the first stone of the sanctuary which he undertakes to build in the mountain, on the very place of the apparition, is announced. The laying of the first stone takes place on May 25, 1852, by Mgr Chartrousse, Bishop of Valence, in the presence of Mgr Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, and 1,500 pilgrims. The construction ends in 1879. Since then, and until our days, the sanctuary does not cease being enlarged and modified. In 1864, life-size bronze statues were installed on the very site of the apparition.

The plans for the church were designed by the architect Alfred Berruyer N. The construction work took a little longer than expected, because the companies encountered serious problems in the delivery of materials: apart from the stone and the lime, everything had to be mounted on the back of a mule. The sand was extracted from the Drac (and also transported by mule). In 1865, the entire central part of the church was completed. But the ten side chapels that we see today will not be built until 1894.

August 20, 1879, the church is officially consecrated, and at the same time, it is promoted to the rank of minor basilica, under the presidency of Cardinal Guibert, Archbishop of Paris, in the presence of the bishops of Grenoble, Chambéry, Besançon, Marseille, Fréjus, Valence, Viviers, Digne and Bishop Mermillod. During this celebration, the statue of Our Lady of La Salette is officially crowned.

Our Lady of La Salette

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Our Lady of La Salette (French: Notre-Dame de La Salette) is a Marian Apparition reported by two French children, Maximin Giraud and Mélanie Calvat, to have occurred at La Salette-Fallavaux, France, in 1846.

On 19 September 1851, the local bishop formally approved the public devotion and prayers to Our Lady of La Salette. On 21 August 1879, Pope Leo XIII granted a canonical coronation to the image now located within the Basilica of Our Lady of La Salette. A Russian-style tiara was granted to the image, instead of the solar-type tiara used in the traditional depictions of Our Lady during her apparitions.

Places dedicated to Our Lady of La Salette outside of France include a sanctuary in Oliveira de Azeméis, in Portugal, a chapel in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, in México, as well as a national shrine in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and a shrine in Enfield, New Hampshire, in the United States, both known for their displays of Christmas lights.

History of Our Lady of La Salette

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In 1846 the village of La Salette consisted of eight or nine scattered hamlets. The population was about 800, principally small farmers with their families and dependents. On the evening of Saturday, 19 September 1846, Maximin Giraud and Mélanie Calvat (called Mathieu) returned from the mountain where they had been minding cows and reported seeing “a beautiful lady” on Mount Sous-Les Baisses, weeping bitterly.

They described her as sitting with her elbows resting on her knees and her face buried in her hands. She was clothed in a white robe studded with pearls; and a gold colored apron; white shoes and roses about her feet and high headdress. Around her neck she wore a crucifix suspended from a small chain.

According to their account, she continued to weep even as she spoke to them, first in French, then in their own dialect of Occitan. After giving a secret to each child, the apparition is said to have walked up a hill and vanished.

After five years of investigation, the Bishop of Grenoble, Philibert de Bruillard announced in 1851 that the apparition was likely to be a true revelation and authorised the commencement of the following of Our Lady of La Salette. This determination was later confirmed by his successor, Bishop Ginoulhiac.

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According to the children’s account, the message of the Virgin was a call for the people of the world to return to God. She equated the people’s sinfulness to a harvest being spoiled.

John Vianney, John Bosco, and Joris-Karl Huysmans were all influenced by La Salette. The spirit of La Salette is said to be one of prayer, conversion, and commitment. René J. Butler of the La Salette Missionaries of North America says “The whole purpose of the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette was reconciliation.”

Pope John Paul II stated, “As I wrote on the occasion of the 150th anniversary, ‘La Salette is a message of hope, for our hope is nourished by the intercession of her who is the Mother of mankind.”

Father Hippolyte Delehaye, president of the Bollandist Society, saw in the words attributed to Our Lady of La Salette an avatar of the false Letter of Jesus Christ on Sunday (Carta dominica).

Sensation about Our Lady of La Salette arose when Mélanie and Maximin made their message public, which caused the bishop of Grenoble to investigate the apparition. During the investigation, a number of accusations were made against the visionaries, including the assertion that the apparition was actually just a middle-aged woman named La Merlière.

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No mention of secrets is made in the children’s first accounts. The children later reported that the Blessed Virgin had confided a special secret to each of them. These two secrets, which neither Mélanie nor Maximin ever made known to each other, were sent by them in 1851 to Pope Pius IX on the advice of de Bruillard. It is assumed that these secrets were of a personal nature. Maximin advised the Marquise de Monteyard, “Ah, it is good fortune.”

Fate of the Children

Maximin Giraud, after an unhappy and wandering life, returned to Corps, Isère, his native village, and died on 1 March 1875 aged 39. Mélanie Calvat died as a Catholic nun at Altamura, Italy, on 15 December 1904.

The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette were founded in 1852 by Philbert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, France, and presently serve in some 25 countries.

The U.S. National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette is located in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Known simply as “La Salette” locally, it is famous for its Festival of Lights, held annually during the Christmas season, where the grounds are decorated with elaborate Christmas light displays. The shrine is visited by over 1 million people per year and hosts many pilgrimages and retreats throughout the year.

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Pilgrimages

News of the event spread very quickly. Since September 21 (two days after the “apparition”), several inhabitants of La Salette went to the mountain, to the declared place of the apparition. With astonishment, they note that clear water gushes abundantly at the very place where the “Beautiful Lady” was seated. On November 17 (a month later), a woman who has only been walking for 22 years with the help of crutches, asks penitents to go to the place of the apparition to pray for her.

The healing of this woman, at the end of this pilgrimage and these prayers, will be the first “declared miracle” of La Salette. On November 27, 1,500 people gathered on the scene under the snow, coming from Corps and neighboring parishes. September 19, 1851, the Bishop of Grenoble publishes a text recognizing the apparition and at the same time authorizing the cult of Our Lady of La Salette. On May 1, 1852 the solemn blessing of the first stone of the sanctuary which is being built on the mountain of the apparition is announced. The foundation stone laying ceremony took place on May 25, 1852, in front of 1,500 pilgrims.

Mid-1848, two years after the apparition, while it was still not (officially) recognized by the Church, the Bishop of Grenoble wrote that there were already 100,000 pilgrims who had visited the site to pray there.

To welcome pilgrims to the sanctuary, Bishop Mgr Philibert de Bruillard asked in 1852 for the creation of a religious clerical congregation intended to receive pilgrims and teach the “message of La Salette”. It will be the missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette founded in these same years. The congregation is organized little by little around the sanctuary, and from the end of the 19th century, it begins to extend in France and outside the country.

But the laws of 1905 and the law of separation of Church and State expels all members of religious congregations of national territory, and the missionaries of La Salette left their founding sanctuary. They are replaced by diocesan priests. The 1914 war softened the relations of the Republican State with the Church, and gradually the religious returned. The congregation of La Salette did not return to the sanctuary until 1943.

In August 1872 the first “great national pilgrimage” takes place in La Salette. This is renewed the following year. In 1946, on the occasion of the centenary of the apparitions of La Salette, the apostolic nuncio in France Mgr Roncalli  future John XXIII, comes to the sanctuary to celebrate the mass of August.

In 2016, on the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy decided by Pope Francis, the sanctuary of La Salette opened a Holy Door in the sanctuary (the second in the diocese of Grenoble) on March 19.

Today, the reception of pilgrims is carried out by the priests and nuns of the missionaries of Notre-Dame de la Salette, as well as by lay people attached to this congregation.

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In 1846 at the time of the apparition, it takes 8 hours by stage coach to travel the 65 km from Grenoble to Corps. Access to the site of the apparitions (which will become the sanctuary), is then only possible by mountain paths which must be covered on foot or, failing that, on a mule. In 1863, it was reported that “a ramp cut in the rock” had been opened with mines and explosives, “letting see at each step, on the granite wall, the unerased trace of the mine the rocks hewn as with an axe”.

In 1867, a first road was opened. It’s more of a track with slopes of more than 15%, and even up to 30% for the “Passage of the Grippet”. This track is sketchy, without protection against the precipices, and horse-drawn carriages climb it with great difficulty.

In 1920, tests were carried out with very narrow coaches with about ten seats, to transport pilgrims there, via this bad track. Tracked vehicles are also tested, but none resist the slope and rocky ground for long. The road is gradually being improved: installation of gabions, widening of bends, crossing areas for coaches, the Grippet sector is widened. In 1932 the widening of the road made it possible to take the “griplet” hairpin without having to maneuver!

During this time, the inhabitants of the Valbonnais are trying to obtain the construction of a cable car extending the Mure railway, which has recently arrived in their country and would end at the Salette ridge. This project will not succeed.

In the years 1959-1960, the construction of a new road is started, it will be finished only in 1968. It is the current road which passes by Saint-Julien. Today, it is possible to climb (without difficulty) by car or bus to the sanctuary.

The historic paths are still used by some pilgrims and hikers. The GR 50 (Tour of the Écrins National Park) connects Valbonnais to Valgaudemar via La Salette.

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The Basilica

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Salette is a large basilica-plan church. Its neo-Romanesque facade is framed by two large symmetrical porch towers housing bells at the top.

The eastern parts of the building were attached to the original church after its construction. They consist of administrative and reception buildings (including a private museum), and are linked to the church by corridors and doors. In extension of the main administrative building, connected to the large corridor serving reception, the refectory, the waiting room, is the “chapel of the Meeting” built in 1995, as well as the shop, the restaurant, and the hotel which allows to accommodate pilgrims.

The “Chapelle de la Rencontre” built in 1995 is the work of the architect René Maison. Built on concrete pillars, the chapel has a polygonal shape, open to the outside by two large glazed sections. This chapel has a platform in the form of an arc. The stained glass windows are the work of the artist Arcabas.

The basilical plan of the church is composed of five naves terminated by an apse or apsidioles. The church is made up of very slender interior volumes. Its groined vaults fall on very tall and slender columns, resting on high pedestals. The high windows are blind, the lighting only comes from the windows of the first aisles. The apse of the church is made up of two apsidioles on either side of a choir with a straight span and apse in a cul-de-four.

The apse is decorated with a mural of “Christ in glory”, and on the right bay we find a representation of the symbols of the tetramorph, the work of Arcabas. The outer aisles are decorated with several works “Christ at the wedding at Cana”, “the lamentation of Mary on the Cross”, and in the choir: Christ and the four living creatures of the Apocalypse.

The stained glass windows present works by different artists: the Rosary cycle (in the choir apse), designed in 1857 by Adrien-Louis Lusson, the Passion of Christ cycle by the Thibaud de Clermont-Ferrand workshop, and many windows from the Grenoble workshops Antoine Bernard and Bessac (1895 – 1897).

The “chapel of the meeting” is very bright with large windows. In this chapel is a painting representing the Virgin of the apparition, in tears.

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Cemetery of the Fathers and the Chapel

At the front of the basilica (100 m to the north), in the “cemetery of the Fathers” is the first chapel (rebuilt, then moved here). This small square aedicula, three meters on a side, is built of limestone cut stone in two different colors (marbled and grey-blue). It is open on three sides by windows with very architectural frames. The chapel houses a life-size statue of the Virgin which entirely occupies the small interior space.

In the hollow of a ravine, several statues illustrate the scene of the apparition: a seated woman holds her head in her hands, a little further on; a group of statues represents the Virgin confiding her message to the two young shepherds. On the square, the statue of the Virgin Mary locates the place of the apparition.

A way of the cross is installed in the mountain pastures.

The fountain is an arrangement of the so-called “miraculous” source that sprang up after the apparition. The water from this source was already used in the first years following the apparitions, and its access to pilgrims was the subject of fierce and passionate debate between the detractors of La Salette, and the religious responsible for the site.

Reception of Pilgrims

There are approximately 300,000 pilgrims a year to the shrine. They come from all over France and abroad.

At the sanctuary, the welcome is provided by the religious (men and women) of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, assisted by employees and volunteers. They provide help and support to pilgrims who so wish and bring “to life the message that the Virgin Mary wanted to transmit to the men and women of this world”.

In addition to the audio visual relating the apparition, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., the various events that punctuate the day are the mass at the basilica at 10:45 a.m., the meetings between pilgrims at 3 p.m., the rosary at 6 p.m. and the procession by torchlight at 8:30 pm Many pilgrimages are organized, the main solemn gatherings being Easter, August 15 (for the Assumption), and September 19 (for the patronal feast commemorating the 1846 apparition).

Spirituality

According to those responsible for pilgrimages, pilgrims go to this place to “seek light and reconciliation with God”, to confide their doubts, their errors, their fears and their sufferings to “a mother”. For the Church, the message of La Salette is a “message of hope in a society affected, at the time of the apparition as today, by famine, suffering, death”.

Although there are few sick pilgrims (contrary to Lourdes), pilgrims have the “possibility of joining the prayers of the religious community, of participating in the prayer of the rosary, in the vigils, Torchlight processions are among the highlights. During the season, a rotation of foreign priests quite regularly offers services in foreign languages.

Feast Day - 19 th September

Our Lady of La Salette (French: Notre-Dame de La Salette) is a Marian apparition reported by two French children, Maximin Giraud and Mélanie Calvat, to have occurred at La Salette-Fallavaux, France, in 1846.

Annual Feast Day of Our Lady of La Salette celebrated on 19 th September.

Church Visiting Time

  • Every Days : 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Contact Info

Tel : +33 4 76 30 00 11

How to reach the Sanctuary

Grenoble (GNB) Airport (Grenoble Alpes Isère Airport) in Saint-Étienne-de-Saint-Geoirs, France is the nearby Airport to the Sanctuary.

Parsac – Gouzon Train Station in Parsac-Rimondeix, France is the nearby Train Station to the Sanctuary.

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IMPORTANT NOTES CONCERNING THE APPARITION OF OUR LADY OF LA SALETTE: The shepherd children Maximino and Melanie saw our Blessed Mother Mary and received urgent messages for all humanity. The Virgin Mary mentioned specifically the need to renounce to two grave and very common sins: 1. Blasphemy 2. Not honoring Sundays as days set aside for the Lord to rest and to attend Holy Mass. She asked the children to pray, to sacrifice and to propagate the messages. The Blessed Mother cried with her head in her hands, because men were ignoring the Cross of Jesus Christ. Several religious congregations, inspired by the apparitions of La Salette, were founded. Among them are the Missionaries and the Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette, dedicated to promoting the message of reconciliation. La Salette is one of the approved apparitions of the XX century. JOHN PAUL II ON THE APPARITIONS OF LA SALETTE: “In this place, Mary, the loving Mother appeared manifesting her pain for the moral evil caused by humanity. Her tears help us to understand the seriousness of sin and the rejection of God, and at the same time it is a manifestation of the passionate fidelity that her Son has for each person, even though His redemptive love is marked by the wounds of treason and abandonment by men.” HISTORY OF LA SALETTE Introduction This great event occurred on top of the mountainous area of southeastern France, near the village of La Salette. Two children, Maximino Giraud (11 years old) and Melanie Mathieu (15 years old), were caring for the sheep. Melanie had been doing this type of work since she was nine years old, but for Maximinio it was all new. His father had asked him to do it as an act of generosity toward a farmer whose worker was ill. Here is a narration of the day before the apparitions, according to the visionary Melanie: “On September 18th, 1846, on the eve of the apparition of Our Lady, I was alone as usual caring for my master’s cattle. Around 11:00 am in the morning I saw a boy coming towards me. A first I was afraid; I thought everyone knew I avoided all types of company. The boy got nearer and said to me: ‘Hey girl, I want to go with you, I’m from Corps.’ To these words, I reacted with my natural meanness and said, ‘I want to be alone.’ But he followed me and said, ‘My master sent me here to you to help with the cattle. I come from Corps.’ I was annoyed and departed from him, letting him know that I didn’t want anyone around me. After a certain distance, I sat down on the grass. Usually, while alone, I would talk to the flowers of the field or to the Good God. “After a moment, Maximino was sitting behind me, and he told me very directly, ‘Let me be with you. I will behave.’ Against my will and feeling pity for him, I allowed him to stay. Upon hearing the bells from La Salette for the Angelus, I told him to elevate his soul to God. He took off his hat and stayed in silence for a moment. Later we walked and played together. At sun down we walked down the mountain and promised to return the next day to take the cattle.” The Apparition The following day Saturday, September 19th, 1846, was a very hot day and the children decided to eat their lunch in a shaded area. Melanie discovered that Maximino was a good child, simple and willing to talk about what she wanted. He was playful and flexible, but yet somewhat curious. They took the cattle to a small mountain opening and decided to stay and take a nap. Both slept deeply. Melanie was the first to awaken. She did not see the cattle, and she quickly awakened Maximino. Together they went in search for the cattle and found them resting in the pasture. The two children then returned to the spot near where they napped to get the utensils they had used for lunch. Suddenly, they saw a luminous globe that seemed to divide itself. Melanie asked Maximino if he saw what she was seeing. She exclaimed, “Oh, My God!” and dropped the stick she had been holding in her hand. Something unreal and inconceivable filled her at that moment. Full of profound respect and love, she felt attracted to this vision, and her heart began to beat rapidly. Suddenly, they saw a woman sitting on an enormous rock. She had her face in her hands and was crying bitterly. Melanie and Maximino were frightened, but the Lady, rising slowly to her feet and crossing her arms softly, called them towards her and told them not to be afraid. She added that she had great and important news to communicate. Her gentle and soft words made the children go near to her with haste. Melanie recalls that at that moment her heart wanted to be close to the beautiful Lady. The Lady was tall and with a majestic appearance. Her dress was white, with an apron around her waist. It seemed to be gold in color, but they could not say for certain because the fabric did not seem to be of the earth, and it shone more brilliantly than the sun. Over her arms she had a beautiful white shawl surrounded by a border containing many multicolored roses. A chain with a crucifix hung from her neck. Two items hung over the crossbar of the crucifix– on one side a hammer, and on the other side pliers. A crown of roses on her head radiated luminous rays, like a diadem. Tears from her beautiful eyes flowed over her cheeks. A light more brilliant then the sun, but somehow different, surrounded her. To explain her tears, she told the children that the hand of her Son was so heavy and strong that she could no longer sustain it. It would only change if people would do penance and obey the laws of God. If they did not, they would have to suffer much. She said, “People do not observe the Day of the Lord. They continue to work with out ceasing on Sundays. Only some older women go to Mass in the summer. And in the winter, when there is nothing else to do, they go to Church to ridicule religion. Lenten time is ignored. Men swear, taking the Name of God in vain. The disobedience and disregard of God’s commandments are the things that make the hand of My Son heavier.” The Lady continued conversing with the children, and she foretold them of a terrible famine and food shortage. She also explained that the potato harvest had gone bad for the same reasons the previous year. When the men had found the rotten potatoes, they swore and blasphemed against the Name of God and more. Our Lady said that in the coming year, the harvest would go bad again. The corn and wheat would become dust when touched, the nuts would spoil and the grapes would be rotten. Later, the Lady communicated to each child a secret that they were not to reveal to anyone, except the Holy Father through a special petition that he himself would make. The Lady added that if the people would convert, the rocks and stones would become wheat and potatoes would be found planted on the earth. Then she asked the children, “Do you do your prayers well, my children?” They both responded, “Oh no, my Lady; not too well.” She answered, “Oh, my children! You have to say them well at night time and in the morning. When you cannot pray them well, pray an Our Father and a Hail Mary; and when you have time and can, pray more.” With her maternal voice, she ended: “Well, my children, tell all this to my people.” She then moved toward the place where the children had went to look for the cattle. Her feet glided, touching only the tips of the grass without bending it. On the mountain the Lady stopped. Melanie and Maximino ran towards her rapidly to see where she was heading. Our Lady elevated slowly. She stayed elevated a few minutes a few meters up (aprox. 3-5m). She then looked up to heaven, to her right (towards Rome), to her left (France), and last, into the eyes of the children. Then, intermingled with the globe of light, she rose until she disappeared in the firmament. After the Apparition Only a few believed what the children saw and heard. The farmers who came into contact with the children where amazed at them. They were so ignorant, and yet they were able to transmit and communicate, in French, a complicated message which they did not understand well. As well, they were able to do this clearly and with precise descriptions. The following morning Melanie and Maximino were taken to see the pastor. He was an older priest, very generous and respected. The priest, upon interrogating the children and hearing of the events, was very surprised and believed they were telling the truth. The following Sunday at Mass the priest spoke about the visit of the Lady and her petition. When the news that the pastor spoke about an apparition from the pulpit reached the bishop, he was reprimanded and replaced by another priest. This is not surprising, given that the Church is very prudent in not making hasty judgments on apparitions. Melanie and Maximino were constantly interrogated by curious people as well as very devoted ones. They simplely said the same story, repeating it over and over. To those interested in going up the mountain, they take them to the place where Our Lady appeared. On several occasions, they were threatened with jail if they did not deny the alleged apparitions and if they continued to speak about them. With out fear or hesitation, they continued to report all the messages that Our Lady gave them. Soon after, a fountain emerged near the place where Our Lady appeared. The water from the fountain ran down to the stream below. Many miracles started to occur. The terrible calamities foretold started to happen. The terrible potato famine of 1846 occurred, especially bad in Ireland where many died. The shortage of wheat and corn was very severe; more then one million people in Europe died of hunger. A disease affected the grapes throughout all of France. Most likely the punishment would have been worse without the messages of La Salette. However, as a result, many people started to go to Mass. The businesses began to close on Sundays, and people stopped working unnecessarily. The bad words and blasphemies started to diminish. ECCLESIASTICAL APPROVAL The Bishop of La Salette named two theologians to investigate the apparitions and all the healings that had occured. For five years detailed investigations took place. In approximately 80 different places throughout France, bishops named canon lawyers to investigate the miraculous healings that had occurred as a result of prayers to Our Lady of La Salette and from the water of the fountain. Hundreds of miracles were registered. The Holy Father, Pius IX, approved the devotion to Our Lady of La Salette. He requested that the children send him the events of the apparition in writing. Some time later the Holy Father said: “These are the secrets of La Salette; if the world does not repent, all will perish.” PROCLAMATION OF MIRACLES March 4th, 1849 Mellon Joli, Archbishop of Sens, Bishop of Auxerre, Primate Bishop of las Galias y de Germany: “I have seen the report from the named Commission on January 24th, 1848 for the legal investigation about the healing that extraordinarily occurred in Avallon on November 12th, 1847 to the person of Antoinette Bollenat after praying a novena to the Virgin Mary, invoking the name of Our Lady of La Salette. Seeing the interrogations made to the witnesses and doctors . . .and having asked the opinion of my Council, and invoking the Name of God, we declare for the Glory of God, the glorification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and for the edification of the faithful, that such healing presents all the conditions and miraculous characteristics.” August 1st, 1849. Luis Rossat, Bishop of Verdún: “We declare the event of instant healing certain and unquestionable, since April 1, 1849 until today, in the person of Martin, student of our major Seminary. According to the relations we ordered, very difficult to explain by only natural means, we are surprised that the students of our seminary unanimously attribute the healing to the supernatural intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” The account aforementioned, signed by the Superior of the Seminary, the accountant and three professors, affirm that M. Martin is an edifying minor cleric, of intact confidence. During the course until April 1st, he hardly was able to lean on his left leg without continuous pain, disabling him from continuing his community obligations. The Bishop decided not to admit him to minor orders until he was completely cured. On April 1st he started a novena to Our Lady of La Salette, and his spiritual director at 6pm gave him a glass of water from La Salette to drink. At 7pm he was walking, going up and down, running through the stairs. The healing strongly impressed the seminary. “ January 12th, 1855. Clemente, Bishop of la Rochelle and of Saintes: “I have heard the testimonies of many people about the sudden healing of Madame Bonnet of an incurable disease, as a consequence to a novena she did to Our Lady of La Salette. Attentively examining the verbal process requested to Dr. M. Kemmerer who testifies the impossibility of a cure by human means, consulting our Council, and invoking light from the Holy Spirit, we pronounce that it can only be attributed to a supernatural intervention.” A beautiful basilica was constructed on the place of the apparitions, six thousand feet above sea level. Today, next to the basilica, is a center for welcoming, receiving and accommodating pilgrims. A new congregation of priests was founded: Missionary Priests of Our Lady of La Salette. They have houses and schools around the world. To promote their work and to contribute to the propagation of the messages of Our Lady of penance, a confraternity was founded and elevated immediately to a congregation. A congregation of religious, the Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette, was established to help pilgrim women and the sick. Many pilgrims visit the Basilica annually, and with a penitent spirit, climb the mountain. Many miracles of body and soul occur, depending on the devotion of the faithful and God’s grace. THE MESSAGES AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE If we ask ourselves about the significance and the grace given to humanity on September 19th, 1846, we find in the Word of God important aspects to ponder, given to us in the messages from heaven through Our Lady of La Salette. Following are verses and points to ponder that relate to the apparitions. These have great evangelical significance to our times. “To see and understand.” “That is why I speak to them in parables, because they look and do not see; they hear, but they do not listen or understand.” (Mt. 13:13) Before speaking, the Lady communicated with signals. Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, irradiated the light of the Resurrection. The brilliance of her face was so much that Maximino was unable to look permanently, and Melanie was dazzled by her presence. Her vestments, like Christ on the mountain the day of the Transfiguration, were resplendent with light. The light came from the big Crucifix on her chest. Through her appearance at La Salette, Mary continues to carry her mission received at the foot of the Cross: embrace suffering and pain for us, to give us life in the faith. “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1Cor 2:2). The crucifix is between a hammer and pliers, two instruments of the Passion. From the shoulders of the beautiful Lady, a long chain fell down, a biblical symbol of sin and the injustices committed by us against our brothers and sisters. Parallel to the chains, at the borders of her shawl, the beautiful Lady had many beautiful roses of different colors. This reminds us of the rosary. In all of this she shows us the consequences of sin. However, this image also shows us our redemption gained through the cross, and the glory that will come if we embrace it. Also she has roses around her head and feet, like a diadem of light. “I took root in the people God has favored, in the land of the Lord, in their inheritance. I grew like palm trees in Engedi and the rosebuds of Jericho “ (Sirach 24:12-14). The meaning of her chains can be enlightened by the following passage from the Dogmatic Constitution, Gaudium et Spes, of the Second Vatican Council: From here man is divided in himself. That is why all human life, individual or collective is presented as a dynamic struggle, between evil and good, between darkness and light. More so man finds himself incapacitated to resist efficiently by himself the attacks of evil, feeling trapped in chains” (GS 13). Hear and Put Into Practice (Luke 6:46, 8:21, 11: 28, James 1:25-27). The Lord instructed that we must put into practice what we hear. "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' but not do what I command?” (Luke 6:46) The maternal charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary intercedes, cares, and continues to bring the gifts of eternal salvation to us, brothers of Her Son, who are still on our journey, surrounded with dangers and difficulties until the day we enter the Promised Land. The Blessed Mother speaks the language of her people. The Virgin is a “daughter of Israel,” who lived in a specific culture, but she appeared communicating according to the culture of her children. Mary, as a daughter of Israel, teaches us to discover, in all events and situations of life, the discrete presence of God who “does marvelous things“ and who “remembers His love for His people.” She calls us to urgent conversion. Because of her immense love for us, she worries about our religious indifference and our sins, but also for our problems and hopes. The Virgin is placed in the tradition of the prophets. A prophet is someone who God entrusts with a mission to speak in His Name to the people, to reveal, in the temporary events of this world, the call to a greater love. In La Salette the Virgin takes in account the actual situation of the crops and the harvest: the wheat, the potatoes, grapes and nuts. She starts with the pessimistic prediction to the farmers; the famine and premature death of the wheat if things do not change. She tells us “we do not pay attention” and later challenges our hearts: “If you convert.” She reminds us of the call of Him who is the Word: “The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good News” (Mk 1:15). “Set your heart first on the kingdom of God and all these things will also be given to you“ (Mt. 6:33). In reality it is a call from the Gospel perhaps forgotten, and the Blessed Mother reminds us. Meditating on her messages can help us recall the great truths found in the Gospels. All is united in Christ: Christ crucified and resurrected. The role of Mary in respect to all believers is to unite us to Jesus. In our struggles, battles and sacrifices we have the daily opportunity to be transfigured in Christ. “In the Name of Christ we implore you” (John 20:31; Acts 4:12) The Blessed Virgin Mary, modeled in the Resurrected Christ, comes with a message of peace, which is the fruit of a life lived in the Gospel. The Virgin comes imploring for us to return to Jesus. She asks us also, in union with her, to become missionaries. The Good News needs to be proclaimed, heard and diffused. The Virgin said: “If my people does not want to summit. . . “ In these modern times is difficult to hear the words of warning. But the Virgin does not come to take away our liberty, nor to threaten us, but to invite us to live in the kingdom and leadership of Christ, in communion with His will. This submission, which is communion with God, is what Mary, the humble servant of the Lord, lived from the Annunciation to the Crucifixion and Pentecost. That is why all generations will call her blessed ( Luke 1:48). We can never give recompense for the sufferings of Mary for us, but that is the reason why we should respond more generously. “The entire body of the faithful pours forth urgent supplications to the Mother of God and of men that she, who aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers, may now, exalted as she is above all the angels and saints, intercede before her Son in the fellowship of all the saints” (Lumen Gentium, 69). “Reconcile with God” (Mt 5:23; Mc.11:24; 2Cor 5:18; Ef 2:15 ) Our Lady specifies the two reasons for rejection: “The two things that make the hand of my Son so heavy” are: 1. Disrespect on the Day of the Lord. This helps us recall the two first books of the Bible, Genesis and Exodus, remembering that since the beginning Christians celebrated Sunday as the day of the Resurrection. How do I honor the day the Lord has reserved for Himself? Do I really treat as a day of repose and a day to assist at Holy Mass? 2. Disrespect to the Name of my Son. Those who disrespect and speak against the Name of Christ in the midst of the least adversity are trying to place the responsibility of their situations on God. When we are going through trials, we center on ourselves in selfish ways that only leads us to despair. The Blessed Mother comes to remind us again: “Holy is His Name.” As is says in Acts 4:12, “There is no salvation in anyone else, for there is no other Name given to humankind all over the world by which we may be saved.” “And whatever you do or say, do it in the Name of Jesus, the Lord, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17). “Often refusing to acknowledge God as his source, man has also upset the relationship which should link him to his last end; and at the same time he has broken the right order that should reign within himself as well as between himself and other men and all creatures.” (Gaudium et Spes, 13) Things that Decay ( Mt 6:19; Luke 12,13; James 5:3) Rebellion against God means “death of God in us”. The absence of God in us inevitably leads us to death and the breaking off with the universe. This break is cause of our decay, our corruption. To redeem us of this evil, Jesus Christ came to the world. In La Salette, the Blessed Virgin doesn’t take us away us from reality. On the contrary, she gives us an urgent call to recognize the dangers in which we live and to embrace the redemption that her Son gives us. The harvest and rotten potatoes, the wheat that becomes dust, the empty nuts, the ruined grapes, the famine and epidemic – all this is caused by sin. Our precarious situation and our short lives here on earth are motives leading us to conversion, challenging us to follow Christ to Calvary in our daily lives. This is the fountain of our confidence. Today two thirds of humanity suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Where human rights are ignored, injustice and risk of destruction increase. May all this allow us to meditate on “the signs of God “ and help lead us to Him. In this way we will act as true brothers and sisters, especially with those less fortunate. “If you convert” (Ez 18:30; 1R 8:35; Mk 1:15; Luc 15; Acts 2:38, 3:19) The call to conversion is at the heart of the message of La Salette. All is directed toward this end: the tears and the crucifix, the light and the roses, the attitude of the beautiful Lady, her walk on the mountain, especially her words: “Return to God with all your heart.“ He is the only fountain of life. “All creation is eagerly expecting the birth in glory of the children of God “(Rom 8:19). In the messages, Our Lady shows us three important ways of conversion: (Mt. 6:5; Mk. 14:32; Lk 18:1; Jn 17) 1. Persevering in profound prayer. She asked the children, “Do you do well your prayers?” They responded, “Not too well, My Lady.” Perhaps this is also our response. The Blessed Virgin Mary exhorts us to pray daily, morning and evening. “Stay awake and pray, so that you man not fall into temptation” (Mt 26:41). The Blessed Mother indicated the minimum to pray – one Our Father and one Hail Mary – but she exhorts to go beyond this when we can. “Therefore all the disciples of Christ, persevering in prayer and praising God, (Acts 2:42) should present themselves as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God (Rom 12:1). Everywhere on earth they must bear witness to Christ and give an answer to those who seek an account of that hope of eternal life which is in them (1Pt 3:15)” (Lumen Gentium, 10). 2. Participation in Holy Mass. “During the summer only a few older women assist Holy Mass.” It is of vital importance to participate together weekly as Christians in the celebration of Sunday Mass. The Word of God nourishes our faith. Contact with God in the Eucharist, the bread of life for a new and redeemed world, is the fountain of life. Communion with His Body offered for us and His Blood shed for us reminds us that we should be prepared to offer our lives for all. We participate in this mystery, and we are strengthened with His Spirit. We are connected by our blindness and apathy in the midst of this passing world; the Church, in the Eucharistic celebration, understands and announces that the new world, inaugurated by the Resurrected Christ, is really present among us. It is necessary for us to be witnesses in our daily lives, through our individual conduct and as members of society. The Eucharist is the fountain of our hope and joy, and no one can take it away (Lk 21:14; Jn 13:1, 20:19-26). 3. To recover our dignity living as Christians. “During Holy Week you go to the butcher like dogs.” Far from scandalizing us, Our Ladies words should pierce our consciences. In Holy Scripture, when the people are compared to dogs, it means that they have lost the sense their dignity. (Phil 3:2; Mt. 7:6). What can we do with our dignity as sons and daughters of God when we waste the nourishment that perhaps others need? To recover our dignity we are to recognize that not from bread does man live; the efforts we do to help and share our gifts with others put us in communion with the Son of God, from whom all dignity comes. “Truly I say to you: whenever you did this to these little ones who are my brothers and sisters, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). Each year the Church presents us with the testimony given by Jesus during His Passion (1 Tim 6) as a reminder that we should never “sell” our dignity. The power of the resurrection is among us, working and making us sons and daughters of God. Therefore, we should never allow falsehood, error, injustice, riches or power to compromise ourselves or our integrity. We no longer live like dogs, but all our being and our goods are for the will of the Father. In the Farm of "Coins" (Jer 23:24; Hosea 6:1; Mt 28:20; Lk 24:29; 2Cor 6:16) The beautiful Lady mentioned to Maximino an event seemingly of little importance: A small favor given to his father. For a long time, Mr. Giraud didn’t attend Church and was indifferent to religion. On September 20th when he heard the narration on the apparitions, he reacted by prohibiting his son from repeating such nonsense. Days later, bothered by the people coming and going, trying to see Maximino and ask him questions, he threatened to punish him severely if it continued. “But, Papa She spoke to me about you,” the boy exclaimed. He reminded his father of the episode of the ruined wheat in the farm of Coins. In this instant, his father had been worried that his son would have nothing to eat because the crop of wheat had been ruined. However, on Maximino’s trip back home to Corps, someone had given Maximino some bread. Maximino had forgotten the incident, the same way his father had forgotten. Mr. Giraud was surprised; he believed that he had expelled God out of his life. With this incident, he realized that that God never ceases, not even for an instant, to hear the hopes and anxieties of His children, even the fear of not having bread to give to his son. This discovery was the beginning of an authentic conversion, which intensified later with the miraculous healing of his chronic asthma. We can ask ourselves if we are really conscience of the presence of God wherever we go. When we share our bread with others in need, anywhere in our lives, the Father in heaven is there, for He is the fountain of life. Urgent Missionary Dimension (Mt 28:18; Lk 10:1; Jn 17:18; 20:21; Rom 10:13) “Well my children, say all this to my people.” The missionary dimension is essential for every Christian and Our Lady reminds us. Christ our Lord, came to create new conditions of life, through reconciliation with God and neighbor. We should dedicate ourselves to a life of reconciliation in the midst of a divided world. Reconciliation is the vital force capable of opening the future to all people, renewing broken bonds or weakened ones caused by selfishness and fear. We are to strive to be missionaries in a world where all work, construct, suffer and hope. Many pilgrims come to the mountain and the apparition site of La Salette. All individually feel called by the beautiful Lady who reminds us that God is “rich in mercy“ and is present in each of our lives. How can we not answer to such tenderness? How can we resist the unceasing tears of Mary that cry and intercede for us? She is near us with her maternal attention, in each detail and incident of our lives. Mary most Holy, faithful to her mission received in Calvary, never ceases to remind us of the ways necessary to return to her Son; without her help we cannot construct new lives or a new world. To reject Her graces brings grave consequences. Mary, our advocate and reconciler came to La Salette to remind us of this truth. We have forgotten the truths of the Gospel. Upon contemplating her apparition and meditating on her words, we should be moved to respond to her call, to alleviate her pain, to dry her tears, to return to God with all our hearts through her Son Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He was crucified for our sins and resurrected among the dead for our salvation. Jesus, our peace and reconciliation. THE VISIONARIES AFTER THE APPARITIONS Maximino Maximino tried to become a priest and entered the minor seminary. He had difficulty learning, had many doubts about his vocation, and left the seminary. Many ask why? Did he not receive the grace of a vocation or did he not respond to it? We can only say that the life of each soul, the graces and the response given, is a mystery. Many affirm that Maximino had profound faith and solidly possessed the virtue of chastity. “When one has seen Our Lady, we can no longer thing of women.” He worked in the hospital for some time, later became a soldier, and finally ended up administrating a small religious store. There has been some confusion concerning an encounter between St. John Vianney (Cure of Ars) and Maximino. The young man visited the Saint when he had the vocational crises. The Cure of Ars, at that moment, misinterpreted him and believed that Maximino had denied seeing Our Lady. St. John Vianney, being obedient, submitted it to authority of the Bishop and the Pope, who eventually approved the apparitions. “God does not confirms with miracles a superstition, nor the Church enrich it with indulgences” (Journal d́une Institutrice, page 117). Maximino, on his part, denied that he retracted. According to the explanation from Maximino, the Cure of Ars was hard of hearing and understood wrong, and he was only able to speak to him in the confessional. It became a confusion: Maximino said he confessed to lying on occasions, and St. John Vianney understood he was talking about the apparitions . . . Years later the Saint received a confirmation from God concerning the authenticity of the apparitions of La Salette. (Even though it was not necessary because of the Church’s approval.) All of this confusion, however, was all providential, for the newspapers and other periodicals printed the news. The news reached Archbishop of Lyon and Pope Pius IX, who from all this, received the secret and officially approved the apparition. Regardless of all this, by God’s divine providence, Maximino lived through many moments of suffering, poverty, sickness and calamities. Maximino gained much merit here on earth, and without a doubt, has reached the glory of heaven. He died in state of grace at age 38. Melanie Melanie also tried to enter religious life. She visited several communities, but never stayed for very long. Community life was very difficult for her. She was persecuted for being selected to communicate Our Lady’s messages. She courageously rejected the offenses against her. Even though she faced many contradictions, she admirably maintained constancy with the content and transmission of the messages of Our Lady of La Salette. Her prayer life was intense, and some miracles were attributed to her while she was still living. One of the miracles concerns the illness of Rev. Combe, who was healed the day after Melanie visited him and told him he will be well and live to an old age. The priest, astounded, asked her, “What did you say to Our Lady?” Melanie answered, “Well, I only prayed to Our Lady and told her: ‘My Mother, Father Combe is very ill; he works for you and you have left him like this.’” Father Combe lived to be 82 years old. In June 1904, Melanie left France to a small town called Altamura, south of Italy. Bishop Cecchini, O.P. was her friend and welcomed her with affection. She found a house outside of the city and settled there. She was tranquil and happy in her solitude. She went daily to the Cathedral. However, on December 15th she did not appear at the Cathedral. She had died during the night of December 14th. They entered her house by force and found her lying on the floor, completely dressed. She was 72 years old. In February 1903 she had prophesied that her door of her house would be forced open and she would be found dead, somewhere in an unknown place of Italy. Two neighbors in Altamura related that the previous evening they had heard the beautiful Tantum Ergo hymn sung in the room of the French lady, as well as the ring of a small bell used to accompany the Sacred Viaticum taken to the dying. The people of Altamura believe Holy Communion was given to Melanie by the Lord Himself. IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THE SECRET GIVEN TO MELANIE BY OUR LADY The Beautiful Lady of La Salette communicated a secret to be revealed years later. Maximino assured that Our Lady said something to Melanie that he did not hear. This secret, however, is not included in the Church approval of the apparition because it was posthumously revealed. Melanie: “What I’m to say to you will not always be a secret; you can announce it in 1858. Priests, my Son's ministers, priests, by their evil life, by their irreverences and their impiety in celebrating the holy mysteries, love of money, love of honor and pleasures, priests have become sewers of impurity. Yes, priests call forth vengeance, and vengeance is suspended over their heads. Woe to priests, and to persons consecrated to God, who by their infidelities and their evil life are crucifying my son anew! The sins of persons consecrated to God cry to heaven and call for vengeance, and now here is vengeance at their very doors, for no longer is anyone found to beg mercy and pardon for the people; there are no more generous souls, there is now no one worthy of offering the spotless Victim to the Eternal on the worlds behalf. "God will strike in an unparalleled manner. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God will exhaust His anger, and no one will be able to escape so many evils at once. The heads, the leaders of the people of God, have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has darkened their minds; they have become those wandering stars which the ancient devil will drag with his tail to destruction. God will permit the ancient serpent to sow divisions among rulers, in all societies and in all families; both physical and moral punishments will be suffered. God will abandon men to themselves and will send chastisements one after the other for over 35 years. "Society is on the very eve of most terrible scourges and greatest events; one must expect to be governed by a rod of iron and to drink the chalice of God's wrath. "In the year 1864 Lucifer, together with a great number of devils, will be loosed from hell; little by little they will abolish the faith, and that even in persons consecrated to God; they will so blind them, that without a special grace, these persons will take on the spirit of these evil angels; a number of religious houses will lose the faith entirely and cause many souls to be damned. "Bad books will abound over the earth, and the spirits of darkness will everywhere spread universal relaxation in everything concerning God's service: they will have very great power over nature; there will be churches to serve these spirits. People will be transported form one place to another by these evil spirits, and even priests, because they will not have lived by the good spirit of the gospel, which is a spirit of humility, charity and zeal for the glory of God. "There will be extraordinary wonders every place because the true faith has been extinguished and false light illumines the world. Woe to the princes of the church who will be occupied only with piling up riches upon riches, with guarding their authority and lording with pride! “Because of the abandonment of the Holy Faith in God, each individual would want to guide himself and to be superior to his neighbor. "The Holy Father will suffer greatly. I shall be with him till the end to receive his sacrifice. "The wicked will make a number of attempts on his life without being able to harm him; but neither he nor his successor will see the triumph of God's Church. "Civil governments will all have the same objective, which will be to abolish and make every religious principle disappear, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritism and vices of all kinds. “In the convents the flowers of the Church will putrefy, and the devil will establish himself as king of all hearts. Let those who are at the head of religious communities be on their guard concerning the persons they are to receive, because the devil will use all his malice to introduce into religious orders persons given to sin, for disorders and love of carnal pleasures will be widespread over the whole earth. “The righteous will suffer greatly; their prayers, their penances and their tears will rise to heaven and all God's people will ask pardon and mercy and will ask my help and intercession. Then Jesus Christ, by an act of His justice and His great mercy toward the righteous, will command His angels to put all His enemies to death. “At one blow the persecutors of the Church of Jesus Christ and all men given to sin will perish, and the earth will become like a desert. Then there will be peace, the reconciliation of God with men; Jesus Christ will be served, adored and glorified; charity will flourish everywhere. The new kings will be the right arm of Holy Church, which will be strong, humble, pious, poor, zealous and imitative of the virtues of Jesus Christ. The Gospel will be preached everywhere, and men will make great strides in the faith, because there will be unity among Jesus Christ's workers and men will live in the fear of God. "This peace among men will not last long: 25 years of abundant harvests will make them forget that the sins of men are the cause of all the woes which happen on earth. "I address a pressing appeal to the earth: I call upon the true disciples of the God living and reigning in the heavens; I call upon the true imitators of Christ made man, the one true Savior of men; I call upon my children, my true devotees, those who have given themselves o me so that I may lead them to my Divine Son, those whom I bear as it were in my arms, those who have lived in my spirit; finally, I call upon the Apostles of the Latter Times, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in contempt of the world and of themselves, in poverty and humility, in contempt and silence, in prayer and mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering, and unknown to the world. It is time for them to emerge and come enlighten the earth. Go, show yourselves to be my dear children; I am with you and in you, provided your faith is the light enlightening you in these evil times. May your zeal make your famished for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ. Do battle, children of light, you, the few who see thereby; for the time of times, the end of ends, is at hand.” The Blessed Mother predicted events to be fulfilled at specific dates, affecting nations, the Church and the whole world. See Also:  Official Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette  

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Orthodox Christianity

Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God

Words cannot describe this icon; any verbal expression would be hollow compared to the gaze of the Theotokos from her image. This look contains everything – life and death; resurrection, eternity, immortality. According to ancient tradition, the Holy Evangelist, Physician, and Iconographer Luke painted three icons of the Theotokos. When the Most Pure One looked at them, she said: “May the grace of the One Who was born of me, and my grace, be with these Holy Icons.” One of these Icons is now known as the Vladimir icon. This depiction of Our Lady was kept in Jerusalem until 450 AD, after which it was taken to Constantinople. In the first half of twelfth century Luke Chrysoberges, Patriarch of Constantinople, sent the icon (together with the other image of Theotokos, known as “Pirogoschaya”) as a gift to Grand Duke Yuri Vladimirovich Dolgoruky, who placed it in the Vyshgorod convent (near Kiev), an area once belonging to Equal-to-the-Apostles, Grand Duchess Olga. In 1155 Vyshgorod became a possession of Prince Andrew, son of Yuri Dolgoruky.

When prince Andrew decided to return to his homeland in Suzdal, he took this Icon without his father’s permission. As he traveled, he continually served molebens before it. The people of Vladimir-on-Klyazma met their prince with joy. Afterwards the prince wanted to continue on to Rostov, but six and half miles from Vladimir their horses stopped near the Klyazma River, and refused to go any further. Even newly harnessed horses refused to proceed. The astounded Prince Andrew fell weeping in front of the Icon and prayed. Thereafter the Theotokos appeared to him with a scroll in her hand, and ordered to leave Her image in the city of Vladimir, and to build later a monastery on the place of her appearance in honor of her Nativity.

Prince Andrew left the icon in Vladimir, and since 1160 it has been called the “Vladimir” icon. In 1164 Prince Andrew Bogolubsky took this Icon on his campaign against Volga Bulgarians. After the prince went to Confession and took Communion, he prostrated before the image of Theotokos, and said: “All who put their trust in Thee, Our Lady, will not perish!” All the soldiers followed their prince to venerate with tears the miraculous icon, and went to battle with trust in the aid of the Mother of God. The infidels were defeated.

A moleben was served before the holy icon after their victory on the battlefield. A miracle occurred during the prayer of the Russian soldiers--a light from the icon and from the Holy Cross illuminated entire area.

On the other side of Christian world, at the same time and on the same day, the Byzantine Emperor Manuel saw the light of Christ’s Cross, and, being encouraged by this sign, triumphed over Saracens. After Prince Andrew and the emperor of the Second Rome related their experiences to one another, the Feast of the Procession of the Precious Wood of the Live-Giving Cross of the Lord was established on the first of August. This feast is also called the “First Feast of the Savior” by the Russian people. Many other miracles were revealed through the wondrous icon.

In 1395, Tamerlane with his Tartar horde approached Moscow. Christians had only one hope—in God’s help. The Grand Duke of Moscow, Vasiliy Dmitrievich, requested that the icon be carried from Vladimir to Moscow. The procession from Klyazma took ten days. People stood on their knees all along the road upon which the procession passed, and, stretching out their hands, begged: “O Mother of God, save the Russian Land!” The city of Moscow waited solemnly for the Vladimir Icon. All the city’s clergy took part in the procession. The Duke’s family, boyars, and common Moscovites came outside the city walls to Kuchkovo fields to meet and accompany the icon to the Dormition Cathedral in the Kremlin.

This was on August 26. Later, a chronicler wrote, “The whole city came out to meet the Icon.” The Metropolitan, the Grand Duke, “men and women, youths and maidens, children and babes, orphans and widows, the little with the great came out with crosses and icons, with Psalms and spiritual hymns; everyone was in tears, and no person could be found who did not pray fervently with sighs and tears.”

The Theotokos heard the prayers of those who had faith in her. At the same time when people were meeting the icon on banks of the Moscow River, Tamerlane lay sleeping in his tent. He saw a vision – saintly hierarchs with golden staffs descending from a high mountain, and a radiant Lady in the air above them, surrounded by unspeakable rays of purest light. A countless multitude of Angels with fiery swords encircled Her… Tamerlane woke up in fear. All the Tartar wise men, elders and fortunetellers explained that the Woman whom he had seen in the vision was the protectress of the Orthodox, the Mother of God, and that her power is invincible. After this, the “Iron Lame,” as Tamerlane was called, ordered his horde to retreat. Both the Tartars and the Russians were astonished by this. The chronicler continued, “Tamerlane fled, pursued by the might of Most Pure Virgin!”

The grateful Muscovites built the Sretensky Monastery on the site of the meeting of the miracle-working icon which took place on August 26, 1395, “that the great works of God may never be forgotten.” After remaining for 242 years near the Klyazma River, the Vladimir Icon of Theotokos was taken to Moscow and placed in the Kremlin Dormition Cathedral. Thanks to its grace-filled protection, Moscow was spared in 1408 from Khan Edigey, in 1451 from the Nogay prince, Mazovshi, and in 1459 from his father Khan Sedi-Ahmet.

In 1480 Khan Ahmet advanced upon Moscow and arrived at the Ugra River in Kaluga region, while John III, Grand Duke of Moscow, was waiting on the other side. Suddenly a strong and unreasonable fear came upon the Tartars; Ahmet did not dare to fight the Russians and retreated to the steppe. In honor of this event, an annual Cross procession was instituted, from the Dormition Cathedral to Sretensky monastery. To this day, the Ugra River is called the “Cincture of Theotokos.”

In 1521, the khan of Kazan, Mehmad-Girey, advanced toward Moscow with Kazan and Nogay Tartars. Metropolitan Varlaam prayed with the people before the Vladimir Icon. Grand Duke Vasiliy Ivanovich barely managed to gather enough soldiers to meet the Tartars at the kingdom’s border, near the Oka River. He was slowly retreating to Moscow, trying hard to hold ranks.

On the night of the siege, a nun from Ascension Monastery (in the Kremlin) saw the holy hierarchs coming through the closed doors of Dormition Cathedral, carrying the miracle-working Vladimir Icon. These were saints who had lived two centuries earlier--Metropolitans of Moscow Peter and Alexei. She also saw how their procession was met by Saint Varlaam of Hutyn (near Novgorod) and Saint Sergius of Radonezh, near the Tower of the Savior in the Kremlin wall. They prostrated before the icon and pleaded the Most Pure One not to abandon the Dormition Cathedral and the people of Moscow. The Intercessor then returned through close doors into Cathedral.

The nun hastened to relate her vision to the citizens of Moscow, who gathered in the church for a heartfelt prayer. The Tartars again saw a vision of “a huge regiment in shining armor,” and ran away from the walls of the city.

Thus, the people’s prayers before the Vladimir Icon have saved the Russian land many times. To commemorate these events, the following feast days were established: May 21, in honor of Moscow’s deliverance from Crimean Khan Mehmad-Girey in 1521; June 23, in honor of Moscow’s deliverance from the hordes of Khan Ahmet in 1480; and August 26, in honor of Moscow’s deliverance from Tamerlane’s army in 1395.

One version of the Vladimir Icon bears the special name, “Tree of the Muscovite Nation.” The first of these Icons was painted during the sunset of ancient Russia, in 1668, by the royal iconographer Simon (Pimen) Ushakov, for the Holy Trinity Church at Nikitniki near Kitay-gorod. This icon depicts Saints Peter and Alexis watering a tree growing out of the Kremlin walls; the branches of the tree bear icons of Russian saints, and at center is an oval image of the Vladimir Mother of God. Another icon, called the “Laudation of the Theotokos” depicts Old Testament prophets with unfurled scrolls, upon which are written words of the Akathist to the Mother of God. The “Tree of the Muscovite Nation” icon similarly shows the heavenly protectors of Russia, who glorify and praise the Most Pure One, and pray to her to protect the Russian land.

Troparion, Tone 4

Today the city of Moscow is radiant for it receives the sunbeam of thy wonderworking icon, O Lady. As we greet it we pray to thee and cry: O wonderful Mother of God, pray to Christ our God Who was incarnate of thee that this city and all cities and countries be kept safe from all enemy assaults and that our souls may be saved, for He is merciful .

Translated by Anton Alekseyenko for Pravoslavie.ru

Commemoration of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God and the deliverance of Moscow from the Invasion of Tamerlane

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    One of the fruits of the apparitions at La Salette was the founding of The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette by Philibert de Bruillard on May 1, 1852. The La Salette Missionaries is a congregation of priests and brothers. La Salette missionaries serve all over the world, and are called to share the message of Mary's grace.

  13. La Salette: Sorting Fact From Fiction

    In recent years radical traditionalists have been attacking the Church using a line allegedly uttered by Our Lady of La Salette: "Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist." My initial inclination is to respond by saying, "Big deal. Tell me something I don't already know." Actually, that's a little strong.

  14. The apparition of Our Lady of La Salette

    The apparition of Our Lady of La Salette. Publication date 1955 Topics La Salette, Our Lady of, Novenas Publisher Ipswich, Mass. : National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Collection liturgyandlife; Boston_College_Library; blc; americana Contributor Boston College Libraries Language English.

  15. Sanctuary of Our Lady of La Salette, France, Apparition

    The history of the site and the Sanctuary begins with the Marian apparition of La Salette on Saturday September 19, 1846. Two young shepherds, Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, see a "beautiful lady" appear in a dazzling light, in tears, who speaks to them. In the evening, they talk about it to their masters.

  16. The Apparitions of Our Lady of La Salette in 1846

    In the parish of La Salette in the diocese of Grenoble, Our Blessed Lady appeared to two uneducated children: Mélanie Mathieu (Calvat), aged 14 years and Maximin Giraud, aged 11, on September 19, 1846. At the time of the Apparition, France had suffered a revolution in the political order followed by a revolt against God and the Church.

  17. Our Lady of La Salette

    A congregation of religious, the Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette, was established to help pilgrim women and the sick. Many pilgrims visit the Basilica annually, and with a penitent spirit, climb the mountain. Many miracles of body and soul occur, depending on the devotion of the faithful and God's grace.

  18. The Story of Our Lady of LaSalette

    Before the apparition, 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. ... Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church 1109 Cypress Street . Sulphur, Louisiana 70663 Phone ...

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    209 likes, 4 comments - catholic_bros on January 12, 2024: "LIST BELOW Marian apparitions refer to reported supernatural appearances of the Virgin Mar..." Catholic Bros on Instagram: "LIST BELOW 👇 Marian apparitions refer to reported supernatural appearances of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, to individuals or groups.

  21. Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God

    This depiction of Our Lady was kept in Jerusalem until 450 AD, after which it was taken to Constantinople. In the first half of twelfth century Luke Chrysoberges, Patriarch of Constantinople, sent the icon (together with the other image of Theotokos, known as "Pirogoschaya") as a gift to Grand Duke Yuri Vladimirovich Dolgoruky, who placed ...

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