La Salette 1846
Let us dry Her tears
Feastday: September 19
And on the 19th of September 1846, the feast day of Our Lady of
Sorrows, the Virgin Mary appeared again; this time in a small village called La
Salette. Near Corps, 1.800 metres above sea level and about 35 kilometres from
Grenoble in France. She appeared in La Salette to two small children who were
looking after the cattle. They were Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud aged 15
and 11 years who had only known each other for two days. The two children clomb
the slopes of the Mont sous-les-Baisses, each urging four cows up the mountain.
Melanie tells us: “I had seen from a hill that ours cows were lying down
placidly chewing the cud. I went down and Maximin
started to climb upwards. Suddenly I saw a beautiful light, much brighter than
the sun and felt full of tremendous loving wonder and respect. In that light I
saw a very beautiful woman with her head resting in her hands. The lady stood up
and said; come nearer children, do not be afraid “I am here to tell you great
The children were amazed to see that The Lady looked very sad and had tears streaming down her cheeks. She folded her arms over her breast. At first she spoke to the children in French but quickly started to speak to them in their own local dialect. Our Blessed Lady spoke over people swearing, not keeping the Sunday has a day of rest and disobeying Gods laws. Her words were very important and impressive: “If My people do not obey God, I shall be forced to let go of My Sons Hand”. This statement points to the last days of the world. Our Blessed Lady's sad expression, her tears and words show us Her very real care for and sympathy with all people. “……. you’ll never be able to repay Me for what I have done for you. Our Lady asked us to pray a lot to save the world. She asked us all to confess our sins, turn away from our evil ways, do penance and pray. In La Salette Mary pointed out the great blessings and mercy of the holy rosary and begged us: “be reconciled with God”. During the period of time when she was appearing to both of the children, they were each individually given a secret. Maximin received his secret first and then Our Lady told a secret to Melanie. Whilst Our Blessed Lady was talking to Maximin, Melanie saw her lips moving, but could not understand what She was saying.
Melanie says that both secrets were written down and were handed to Pope Pius 1X in 1851. Maximin never published the secret given to him, as he died before so doing. Cardinal Antonelli did give a copy of this secret to the Countess of Clermont-Tonnerre. A. Peladin in the “Annales du Surnaturel” published it in 1888.
Below you can read some of this secret:
What about the secrets given
to Melanie in La Salette? The Blessed Virgin had said to her, “Melanie, what I
am going to tell you now does not have to remain a secret. You may tell it in
1858” (this is the year that Our Lady appeared in Lourdes). These secrets told
to Melanie have caused a lot of unrest and disagreement. Among other things Our
Lady told of the coming attempt to murder the Pope, which would not shorten his
The prophetic language used by Our Blessed Mother, the painful truths She told and her announcement of Godly righteousness pending. People took these things very much to heart. Mary warned that faith would be lost on a large scale, leaving room for materialism, false teaching (Karl Marx published his communist manifest in 1848), spiritualism and many other sins. She continues: “all those who persecute the Church of Jesus Christ and all those people who have surrendered themselves to sin, will die and the earth will be like a desert. Then there shall be Peace, the reconciliation between God and man” (thus there will be people alive).
Whilst these apparition of Our Lady took place 153 years ago, these words are extremely relevant today. The given secrets are important to the entire development of the Church and the world until the end of the period of time. She asked the children to pray morning and night and if time was a problem, to at least say an Our Father and a Hail Mary. Finally Our Lady said;” you’ll tell this to all my people”. This She repeated again.
When Our Blessed Lady talks of Her people, She means everybody in the entire world who believes in Jesus Christ, Her Son. She spoke has The Queen of the World/ Queen of all Nations. Maximin tells us that the Lady was beautiful, great, a wonderful shining brilliant light, she wore a white cloak, a bright yellow apron and her white shoes were decorated with roses of many colours. Roses were also clearly visible on Her crown. Around Her neck She wore a chain on which was hanging a large cross with a hammer and pliers on the cross bar.
Maximin also describes how they saw The Lady disappear. First she was elevated to about one and a half metre high and then She faded and vanished before our eyes. Melanie said: “She must be a great Saint, if we had known that we would have ask her to take us with her”. The children were horribly victimized, with threats, teasing, bribes and very mean tricks. But despite all this their stories remained exactly the same time and again. Finally after a long and stringent examination of the facts, the Bishops formally recognized that Our Blessed Mother did appear to the children in La Salette. This was in 1851.
Maximin died on the first of March 1875 at just 40 years of age. Melanie lived for many years in various convents in France, England and Italy. She died 15 December 1904 and was put to rest in Altamura (Italy).
"This apparition in La Salette is fully approved by the Holy See: November 16th, 1851"
July 22, 2007
26 Polish Catholic pilgrims killed in
France bus crash.
Our Blessed Mother of La Salette
Our Blessed Mother cries in La Salette
to Our Lady of La Salette
Remember, Our Lady of La Salette,
Twelve years later, in 1858 The Holy Virgin appeared once more.
In Lourdes this time
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