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August 19, 1998
SECTION ONE   vol 9, no. 162
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The impact of LaSalette moves the Church to action following Our Lady's dire messages
As part of "retro summer" we continue to bring you the early chapters of our on-going series to allow readers to catch up with what they haven't read. Today we continue the four part segment on one of the most fascinating apparitions that have had repercussions in our time late in the nineties as we near the turn of the millennium - the pertinent messages of La Salette For the twelfth installment, The Apparitions of LaSalette: The Aftermath of LaSalette part three , click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
The secrets imparted to a French peasant girl by a weeping, beautiful Lady who "appeared out of nowhere" high
in the French Alps on an autumn afternoon in 1846, have had significant repercussions pertaining to our times
in respect to the apostasy in Holy Mother Church, the chastisemnet, the antichrist, and more. All that Our Lady foretold to Melanie Mathieu regarding the secrets have come to pass, leading one to take very seriously those elements the Blessed Mother speaks concerning these times and how, today she is again weeping and imploring all her children to comply before it's too late. In this twelfth installment, we study the effects of LaSalette on both the children and the hierarchy, including Pope Pius IX. No matter the age, Our Lady has been imparting the same message: "Pray! Pray! Pray!" It is only through constant prayer, taken as a bouquet in loving, motherly intercession before the Throne of God, that the hearts of mankind will eventually be softened and all her little ones brought into accord with the Will of God. This continuing in-depth series on the grace-filled mystical phenomena of Our Lady's appearances through the ages and the meaning of her messages will open eyes and hearts because she is the mother of us all and her words of wisdom and warnings must be taken seriously...very seriously!
The Apparitions of LaSalette: The Aftermath of LaSalette
In this third part of the Apparitions of LaSalette in our on-going series of the "Age of Marian Apparitions" we shall
explore the trials and travails both young visionaries Melanie Mathieu and Maximim Giraud underwent in their attempts to carry out Our Lady's wishes. Like the events at Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje, the children's experience soon spread throughout the village and the parish priest was summoned to examine the children. This holy priest at once believed, realizing that the messages given were a true warning from Heaven, and that the people had strayed too far from God, because the shepherds were not exhorting them to live their faith fully. As the investigation spread, the people of the villages began to respond to Our Lady's message. Other phenomenon bore out the truth of their experience. The dried-up river bed of the mountain stream called the Petit Fontaine, where the apparition was first seen, was dry, and for as long as anyone could remember it had never been known to be dry during that season of the year. On the following day, scores of people witnessed water flowing through the Petit Fontaine, as in the time of a great thaw. From that day on it has continued to flow at every hour of the day. At an early stage in the investigation, this water was analyzed by experts and declared by the highest chemical expert to be perfectly pure and free from any ingredient capable of acting medicinally on the human body. This water, a precursor to Lourdes, soon became world famous and was sent to many different countries and considered an important agent in most of the cures connected with LaSalette. These cures prompted the Bishop of Grenoble to appoint a commission to inquire into the facts and in the summer of 1847, less than a year after the apparition, received the mark of approbation by two prelates - the Bishop of La
Rochelle and the Bishop of Langres. Both became spokesmen for promoting the messages and the approval
of LaSalette; the former writing a pamphlet on the apparitions and messages that had been revealed to that
point, the latter proclaiming it from the pulpit wherever he went, well before full Church approval. In fact, so
impressed with Our Lady's messages was the Bishop that he instituted in his diocese a strict penalty against
swearing, blasphemy and profanity on Sunday. It was backed by a Papal Brief. Despite their enthusiasm, one of
the most meticulous investigations in the history of the Church took place in respect LaSalette, but in 1851 the
Bishop of Grenoble Monsignor de Bruillard declared the apparition as credible and devotion to Mary under the title "Our Lady of LaSalette" was authorized. He approved of building a basilica near the site of the apparition
and in 1879 the shrine church was given the title of minor basilica by Pius IX's successor Pope Leo XIII.
The people did not realize the full content of the messages for Melanie could not reveal them until the year of
Our Lady's apparition at Lourdes, as the Blessed Mother had requested of her, "Melanie, what I am about to
tell you now will not always be a secret. You may make it public in 1858." Both Maximim and Melanie
stubbornly and faithfully refused to divulge their secrets. Though there were slight variations in the words of Our
Lady as revealed by Maximim compared to the Melanie's account, the substance was nevertheless the same
and the only difference in denoting details. The children were grilled again and again, often contradicting each
other in regard to Our Lady's "costume." Melanie would write later, "How could ignorant children, as we were, be
expected to find fitting words for the description of things so extraordinary? Probably what we described as
crown coif, chain, fichu, and apron hardly had the form of such. There was nothing of earth in the costume we
looked upon. Seen in the blaze of multi-colored rays, it presented a magnificent ensemble which we, in
describing, have diminished and materialized." Every kind of persuasion was employed to get the children to
reveal the secrets, but none were successful. In fact, after the apparition, Maximim applied to study for the
priesthood. One priest from Grenoble assured him he'd be accepted if he'd reveal the secret. "If I must tell my
secret to become a priest, then I shall never be one" Maximim concluded. It was in March 1851, nearly five years
after the apparition that Pope Pius IX expressed a desire to know the secrets Our Lady had imparted at
LaSalette. At first the children refused, but when finally introduced to the pontiff realized he was a special and
his unique position was where Our Lady wanted it to be revealed - so that it could be disseminated from the top
down. Thus they agreed to communicate their secrets but to him only. For a time Melanie was greatly
distressed fearing that she must either disobey Our Lady or lose her soul by being separated from the Church
for refusing the Holy Father. Yet when the time came, Melanie was filled with total peace and willingly obliged
the Pope. As she wrote, she interrupted twice to ask his holiness the meaning of infallibility and what the word
"antichrist" meant. It's interesting to note that although the Church does not depend on private revelation, Our
Lady's assurance of the Pope's infallibility prompted Pius IX to proclaim this dogma 34 years later in 1870.
While Maximim's secrets, as far as we know, dealt with Mercy and Consolation, Melanie's treated Divine
chastisement and scourges upon the world. As Pius IX read Maximim's account he remarked, "Here is all the
candour and simplicity of a child." As he read Melanie's his face was visibly emotional as he read the message
from Our Lady, "May the curate of my Son, Pope Pius IX never leave Rome again after 1859; may he,
however, be steadfast and noble, may he fight with the weapons of faith and love. I will be at his side." After
reading all the messages conveyed in writing by Melanie he remarked, "These are scourges with which France
is threatened, but she is not alone culpable. Germany, Italy, all Europe is culpable and merits chastisement. I
have less to fear from open impiety, than from indifference and human respect...it is not without reason that the
Church is called militant and here [pointing to himself] you behold its captain." The following day in an audience
with Cardinal Fornari and the two envoys from the Diocese of Grenoble, the Pope declared, "I am terrified by these prodigies; we have everything that is needed in our religion for the conversion of sinners; and when
Heaven employs such means the evil must be very great."
Little did he know how great the evil really was as we look back in retrospect. Her appearance in 1846 preceded
by two years the release of Karl Marx' Communist Manifesto. Had the people realized what was happening and Our Lady's warnings, it's possible it would have died a natural death, but alas it was not to be as the serpent of communism slithered into Europe and Russia during the din of revolutions throughout Europe. It was also in
1848 that agitation over central Europe broke out in open revolt at Vienna when the Austrian Emperor Frederick I was forced to turn over the city. Similar revolutions rocked other cities throughout Europe as the Industrial Revolution took hold. Below the surface Marx and Engels were setting the stage for cleaning up the spoils and introducing one of the most vile evils this world has ever known. Though the messages were revealed to some extent in 1858, it wasn't until 1878 that they were fully released with an imprimatur by Bishop Zola in November 1878. From that time on it was promoted through the publication Les Annales de Notre-Dame de la Salette. The secrets were clarified even more and reprinted ne varietur at Lyon in 1904 and disseminated by the LaSalette Fathers throughout the world being translated into English a few years later. In the next installment, our final on LaSalette we will deal with the effects of LaSalette in the 20th Century both for Holy Mother Church and the world.
NEXT WEEK: The Effects of LaSalette 150 years later part four
With less than 500 days until the new millennium we cannot afford to dally in knowing and living our faith
Today's editorial touches on the need for all loyal Catholics to get down to serious work through prayer and action in preparing to handle the influx of souls who will flock to the Church in response to the events that will happen within the next 500 days. What those natural and supernatural events will be, only God knows for sure, but we do know it will happen and we must be ready to accommodate those in need by building a solid foundation of traditional teaching within each parish. For today's commentary If we build it, they will come!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
If we build it, they will come!
Normally, this space would be reserved for Father John Hampsch's article, but having finished his series "Faith: Key to the Heart of God" last week, his column will be on sabbatical for a few weeks. In its place we will provide an editorial rather than on Tuesdays, at least until September when we resume with all new articles in all features. Yesterday we commemorated the 500th day in the countdown to the new millennium and Jubilee 2000. That's still a lot of time left, and yet so little in the scope of things for within the next 500 days many events both natural and supernatural will occur that will truly change the face of the earth. This includes disasters, economical collapse and other omens that do not bode well, but don't be discouraged by that doom and gloom prediction. Rather, look beyond it for we must pass through the kiln of suffering in order to achieve the mold God intends. These "bad things" must happen in order for the good to occur - the long-awaited Triumph of the Immaculate Heart which Our Lady has constantly prophesied would come before we reach the millennium. What exactly the Triumph will be no one, and we repeat no one, knows for sure except that it will be glorious and cause countless souls to return to the One, True Church. Are we ready for them?
This is a time of preparation for loyal Catholics. The Holy Father calls all of us to be evangelists, to reach out to others in spreading the Word of God and inviting them to be a part of His Church. If we are to be ready when the mass invasion back to the Mass comes, then we need to prepare now to be ready for the influx. And souls will flock to Catholic churches the world over, not because the Church is so lenient or looks the other way regarding sin as so many Protestant sects do now, but rather because they will realize it is the strictness of the Church that they need in order to achieve salvation - something every soul in the world will think more seriously of once the Warning, prophesied specifically at Garabandal and corroborated by so many messengers since then, is upon us. It will be a time of illumination - of the soul. And it will be then that the majority will realize the error of their ways in turning their back on Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Even those within the Church will realize there is no room for dissent or veering from doctrine and the Magisterium as so many modernists are wont to do.
The controversy last year over the modernists' manipulation vehicle of "Nothing Sacred" comes to mind on how NOT to run a parish. But this was fiction, or so we thought, until recently when we discovered life imitates art - if you want to call that trash and trashed series on ABC art!. You see in Rochester, New York there is a carbon copy of the liberal priest in the TV series - a pastor at an urban parish in the inner city where poverty, homelessness, prostitution, crime and drug addicts abound. This priest Father James Callan has tried to emulate the radical philosophy of the fictional Father Ray from his liberal policies of ignoring Church doctrine and liturgical laws to even employing a liberal woman Mary Ramerman as pastoral associate just like the liberal none (sic) Sister Mo from the short-lived (thank God) television program. He has allowed her to wear a stole in assisting him in priestlike participation at Mass. He has given Holy Communion to Catholics and non-Catholics alike, openly condoned homosexuality, and - well the list goes on and on. So, you ask, why hasn't his bishop had him removed? Good question. Maybe it's because his bishop is Matthew Clark - yes, you guessed it, that same Matthew Clark who is notorious for spurning what the Holy Father promotes and pushing his own agenda of gay Masses in his diocese. So what's a parish to do? Well, some went straight to Rome and, yes, they got results. The Vatican issued a decree removing Callan as pastor of Corpus Christi parish with a direct letter to Clark. Clark, under penalty of being removed himself, had to follow through on the strong "recommendation." He had no choice. Let's hope the vice grip of morality, obedience and strictness to all the Church teaches will clamp ever tighter on the modernists who are forging their own agendas in lieu of what the Magisterium teaches. Let's hope they, too, will have no choice but to comply with the Pope's teaching or take a hike. No church wants to lose souls, but, as the saying goes "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." Their presence within the Mystical Body of Christ is, as we have emphasized before, like a worm in a barrel of apples: one rotten apple can spoil the rest. With all the problems the Church and her faithful encounter in these difficult times, they don't need more confusion. Ergo, like Martin Luther and that ilk, if they do not obey - it's sayonarra. We cannot compromise; the Church cannot compromise; his Holiness John Paul II has never compromised and therein lies the strength of this papacy. Unlike our country's leader - and I use that term loosely especially in light of the "wag the dog" fiasco he has been perpetrating - who waffles on almost every issue, the Holy Father is solid on every issue, forgoing any political agenda whatsoever in favor of the welfare of his flocks' souls.
Therefore, rather than dreading what lies ahead, we should eagerly look forward to what will occur within the next 500 days and concentrate on the task at hand - to build a base of knowledgable Catholics who will be able to assist the priests in ministering to the countless souls who will flock back to Holy Mother Church as safe refuge against the wiles of the devil. To do this we need to know our faith, to know the catechism, to know apologetics and, most importantly, to know the power of prayer and take the time to pray for through prayer all things are possible. And it is through prayer that the faithful can build the foundation for a solid base of catechists who will not teach the liberalism found in so many RCIA courses, but rather a return to the traditional teaching and moral values always held so dear to the Church. Through prayer and dedication in each parish this foundation will take shape to accommodate the many who will seek the truth. In other words, with the help of the Blessed Trinity and in obedience to the Magisterium, if we build it, they will come!
LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the feast of Saint John Eudes, priest, religious founder and educator, while tomorrow we celebrate the feast ofSaint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot, Doctor of the Church and author of the inspiring Memorare prayer. For the readings, liturgy , meditations and vignettes of these feasts for both days, click on LITURGY
Wednesday, August 19, 1998
Wednesday August 19: Twentieth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and
Feast of Saint John Eudes, Priest, Religious Founder and Educator
Green or White vestments
First Reading: Ezekiel 34: 1-11
Psalms: Psalm 23: 1-6
Gospel Reading: Matthew 20: 1-16
SAINT JOHN EUDES, PRIEST, RELIGIOUS FOUNDER AND EDUCATOR
Known for his tremendous devotion to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, Saint John Eudes was born in 1601 in Normandy, France. The first born of seven children, John was given an excellent Catholic education by his parents who sent him to the Jesuit schools and later the Congregation of the Oratory in Paris. At the youthful
age of 24 John was ordained an Oratorian priest and later became the superior general of the Order in Caen. It
was a good training ground for this saint who at the age of 42 left the Oratorians so he could begin a new order
- the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, dedicated to the Two Hearts with the principal purpose of fostering
vocations and establishing reputable seminaries for forming virtuous future priests who would reach out to all -
the sick, poor and dying included. A year later John founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of
Charity which later became the Institute of the Good Shepherd. Throughout his life, St. John Eudes preached relentlessly in the cities and seminaries. During the time of plague he spent two solid months with very little rest ministering to infirm and dying souls. He became a spiritual physician of the highest degree with total
dedication and consecration to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts which became the symbol for his Order,
commonly called Eudists. On August 19, 1680 this French saint died at the age of 79, his earthly mission
Thursday, August 20, 1998
Thursday August 20:
Feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church
First Reading: Ezekiel 36: 23-28
Psalms: Psalm 51: 12-15, 18-19
Gospel Reading: Matthew 22: 1-14
SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX, ABBOT AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
A rebirth of the Cistercian Order can be attributed to a great Cistercian saint born in Burgundy, France in 1090:
Saint Bernard. He entered the Cistercian abbey in Citeaux, France in 1113, convincing thirty friends and
relatives to join him. Naturally, this influx led to the revival of the Cistercian Order and within three years of
becoming a priest, Bernard was sent with twelve others to establish a new monastery at Clairvaux which was to
be the daughter house of Citeaux. Bernard was chosen Abbot and as word of his devotion and knowledge grew
the people sought him out from the poorest peasants to bishops, kings and Popes. One of them, Pope Blessed
Eugene III commissioned Bernard to preach the Second Crusade throughout Europe which also enabled
Bernard to found many monasteries in France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Sicily and even Syria. Kings
beseeched him to serve as a peacemaker whenever possible and Bernard was revered not only for his holy life,
but for his great writings. One of the greatest prayers he wrote was the Memorare to Our Lady. He was devoted heart and soul to his Crucified Lord and received many visions and messages through private revelation, one of which was his zeal to help the suffering Christ so that he offered to help Him bear the terrible suffering of the cross. Christ comforted Bernard and inspired him to carry His word and faith to all parts of Europe and the mideast, entreating the saint to defend the true pontiff Pope Innocent II as opposed to the antipope Anaclete II. Bernard died peacefully on August 20, 1153 five weeks after the death of his pontiff Blessed Eugene III. Bernard, also known as "Hammer of heretics", was canonized by Pope Alexander III in 1174 and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1830 by Pope Pius VIII.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Below is the Opening Prayer for today's Mass commemorating the feast of Saint John Eudes:
Father, You chose the priest John Eudes to preach the infinite riches of Christ. By his teaching and example help us to know You better and live faithfully in the light of the gospel.
July 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Today, little children, I invite you, through prayer, to be with
Jesus, so that through a personal experience of prayer you may be able to discover the beauty of God's
creatures. You cannot speak or witness about prayer, if you do not pray. That is why, little children, in the
silence of the heart, remain with Jesus, so that He may change and transform you with His love. This,
little children, is a time of grace for you. Make good use of it for your personal conversion, because
when you have God, you have everything. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on Medjugorje
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