Monday, December 20, 2004

Our Lady of La Salette

On September 19, 1846, the Mother of God appeared to two shepherd children, Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, on the slope of a mountain located in the French Alps, near the village of LaSalette. The "Beautiful Lady," as the children described her, was seated on a stone and her elbows were resting on her knees, her face buried in her hands as she wept bitterly. Then, the Beautiful Lady arose and with a reassuring look and a maternal voice calmed the children's fear. She told the children that disobedience to the laws of God and of His Church as well as blasphemy, failure to keep the Lord's Day, and a lack of prayer were the cause of her tears.

The message of LaSalette was a plea for humility, prayer and penance. A message which emphasized personal conversion and reconciliation with God, neighbor and self. This message is a timeless one and one which is so important for our own day.

Devotion to Our Lady of La Salette was approved by the Bishop of Grenoble in 1851, and by the Popes since St. Pius X. Today, on the site of the apparitions, there stands a large Church. And nearby is the monastery of the Missionaries of La Salette, the Religious who administer the shrine.

This website is dedicated to Our Lady of La Salette, Reconciler of Sinners. Any questions or comments may be forwarded to:

In God's Love,
Paul Anthony Melanson

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