Sunday, September 20, 2009

Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the mountain of La Salette, Imprimatur by Mgr. Bishop of Lecce - click to read

Today we remember the Apparition of Our Lady at La Salette. She appeared there to a peasant boy and girl, Melanie and Maximine in 1846 in the mountain located in the French Alps south-east of Grenoble in the village of La Salette. Only sixteen years previously, the Blessed Virgin appeared to Catherine Laboure, a novice in the community of the Daughters of Charity in Paris. During the conversation Mary said to her, “My child, I am going to give you a mission”. Our Lady gave us then through St Catherine the Miraculous Medal, an extraordinary help in obtaining abundant graces. Appearing in La Salette Our Lady brought serious warnings for sinners to repent. Hence, Our Lady of La Salette is also known as Reconciler of Sinner. Soon after, in 1858, Our Lady appeared to St Bernardette in Lourdes. This time Our Blessed Mother brought us graces of extraordinary spiritual and corporeal healings. Let us meditate carefully on the message of Our Lady of La Salette, as relevant to us today as it was 163 years ago, on our unworthiness, the mercy of God, His love and care for us manifested through these three most famous apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, sole Dispenser and Mediatrix of All Grace and help of sinners -
"From day to day, from moment to moment, she increased so much this twofold plenitude that she attained an immense and inconceivable degree of grace. So much so, that the Almighty made of her the sole custodian of His treasures and sole dispenser of all His graces, so that she might ennoble, exalt and enrich all she chooses. She can lead them along the narrow path to Heaven and guide them through the narrow gate to life. She can give a royal throne, scepter and crown to whomever she wishes. Jesus is always and everywhere the Fruit and Son of Mary, and Mary is everywhere the true tree that bears the Fruit of Life, the true Mother who bears that Son." (from "True Devotion to Mary" St Louis Grignion de Montfort)

“Well, my children, you will pass this on to all of my people.”

....Simple reproduction without commentary or controversy of the original edition of Lecce in 1879.

Only the witness herself, Melanie, can, along with Maximin, give an account of the apparition. After giving it by word of mouth an incalculable number of times, she decided to write it all down in 1878. It was published at Lecce on the 15th of November 1879 – with the “Imprimatur” of Bishop Zola - and reprinted “ne varietur” at Lyon in 1904, a few months before Melanie's death. This slim booklet is now a rarity. The text is followed exactly here.....

From 'A Moment with Mary - Mary of Nazareth' on Our Lady of La Salette, Reconciler of Sinners

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