"One day Our Lady of La Salette will lead the world."
-------Holy Curé of Ars
Feast Day: September 19
WHAT THE CHURCH SAYS ABOUT LA SALETTE
THE MESSAGES OF LA SALETTE: MAXIM
THE MESSAGES OF LA SALETTE: MELANIE
PRAYERS TO OUR LADY OF LA SALETTE FROM THE RACCOLTA
FR. STEPHEN BREEN'S ACCOUNT OF THE APPARITIONS
IMAGES OF LA SALETTE
The image shows the Virgin Mary as the Help of Sinners. She chose two poor shepherds, fifteen years old Melanie Calvat and eleven year old Maxim Giraud, to pass on Her message, calling for people's spiritual rebirth.
France is justly proud of its title "the eldest daughter of the Church." Since the days of Clovis, who together with his retinue accepted Baptism from the hands of Saint Remi, at some point between 496 and 506, thus making Gaul the first country after the demise of the Roman Empire to join the European Christian community: throughout the centuries its Church has played a crucial role in influencing the nature of universal Catholicism. The process took place on several levels: from close connections with the Holy See [as many as seventeen Popes have come from the territories which today constitute France], through the enormous significance of French philosophical and theological thought and a host of great Saints, to the cultural impact of Paris.
French piety has always been strongly marked by its veneration for the Virgin Mary, particularly in the twelfth century, which became known as "the age of cathedrals," because of the many cathedrals built and dedicated to the Mother of God. It was also the time when the tradition of pilgrimages to Marian sanctuaries grew in strength. As early as the sixth century, worshippers began visiting Chartres, where they not only prayed beside the highly venerated statue of the Virgin, but also admired 'the stole of the Mother of God," offered by the Carolingian King, Charles the Bald. In 1935 French students initiated their increasingly popular annual pilgrimages from the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris to Chartres.
Before Lourdes, le Puy was the most famous Marian sanctuary in France. In 1095 Pope Urban II set off from there to Clermont, to announce the first Crusade, when he was supposed to have said "The Kingdom of France is the kingdom of the Virgin Mary: it will never perish!" In the thirteenth century the act of dedicating his realm to the Mother of God was performed by Saint Louis, and repeated by Louis XIII four hundred years later. The veneration of the Mother of God found an even deeper expression in True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, a book written by Saint Louis Maria Grignion de Montfort.
The development of the Church in France was severely hampered
revolution of 1789, which brought with it persecution of the clergy and
destruction of many churches and monasteries, as well as many
and blasphemies. It also led to the permanent separation of the Church
and State in French political life. For modern man it may be difficult
to fathom why in the nineteenth century France was chosen as a place
repeated appearances of the Virgin Mary and her great proclamations,
with Paris in 1830, then la Salette in 1846, and finally Lourdes in
The sanctuaries which grew up around the locations visited by the
are now living centers of faith, where many people renew their belief
God, and the French Catholic Church struggles to regain its identity,
even more by the crises of the last few decades. Consequently, and not
for the first time, the Catholic world finds itself greatly indebted to
France, the eldest daughter of the Church.
THE BISHOP GIVES APPROVAL
We declare as follows:
"'We judge that the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin to two cowherds, on the 19th of September, 1846, on a mountain of the chain of the Alps, situated in the parish of La Salette, in the arch-presbytery of Corps, bears within itself all the characteristics of truth, and the faithful have grounds for believing it indubitable and certain."
"We believe that this fact acquires a new degree of certitude from the immense and spontaneous concourse of the faithful on the place of the Apparition, as well as from the multitude of prodigies which have been the consequence of the said event, a very great number of which it is impossible to call in doubt without violating the rules of human testimony."
"Wherefore, to testify our lively gratitude to God and to the glorious Virgin Mary, we authorize the Cultus of Our Lady of La Salette. We permit it to be preached, and that practical and moral conclusions may be drawn from this great event."
"In fine, as the principal end of the Apparition is to recall Christians to the fulfillment of their religious duties, to frequent the divine worship, His Church, to a horror of blasphemy, and to the sanctification of the Sunday, we conjure you, our very dear brethren, with a view of your heavenly, and even of your earthly interests, to enter seriously into your selves to do penance for your sins, and especially for those against the second and third commandments of God. We conjure you, our well-beloved brethren, be docile under the voice of Mary who calls you to penance, and who, on the part of Her Son, threatens you with spiritual and temporal evils, if remaining insensible to Her Maternal admonition, you harden your heart."[Signed]
"PHILIBERT, Bishop of Grenoble."
THE TWO SECRETS OF LA SALETTE AS GIVEN TO POPE PlUS IX
HOME------------------MARY'S INDEX-----------------ROSARY OF TEARS