Today, My day, I will address that command, My Seventh which admonishes that: "Thou shalt not steal."
Oh! You have grown lax, My children, because satan multiplies his lies more swiftly than your society multiplies a technology that provides for each of you the temptation to steal.
When you behold My Command your mind focuses at once on those who commit offense against My Command by willfully robbing from any financial institution; by those who break into homes, cars, places of business and steal goods which are not theirs.
But My Command goes far beyond these obvious examples of stealing. First, you must come to a full awareness that I Am God, and all good things come from Me. In this way you come to the virtue of Holy Detachment by which you give praise to Me for all that I give to you, and you also praise Me for all I have given or permitted your neighbor to have. Thus, you are free from jealousy, envy and covetousness, which, therefore, links this Command to My Tenth Command, which admonishes you that thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.
Whatever you have been given, be it measured by society as little or much, is My gift and, therefore holy and worthy of giving to Me all praise. Because the soul recognized Me, the Supreme Good, the soul rejoices in all of My gifts to My children, and praise is always upon the lips of My little children.
By this Seventh Command and Tenth Command, which are inextricably linked, you grow in virtue, and do not seek anything beyond that which I give freely unto you, while by your holy labor you thank and praise Me for My Infinite Providence.
The soul, recognizing satan's tricks, acknowledges that many of My children justify theft, be it large or small, and the soul clings to My Command lest satan afflict the rational mind with all manner of thought which promotes evil as good, because the laws of your society are unjust.
No, you must not do this. Faith, My children, lifts you up past the injustices and inequality of your laws and clings to My Perfect Will which is clear: "Thou shalt not steal."
Therefore, by My Commands you are obligated to pay all your just debts, to labor to pay for your food and clothing and shelter. You are further obligated at all times to fully respect the property of others, judging not whether your brother or sister uses his/her goods according to My Will.
In this way, it becomes abhorrent for you to take the least thing which is not lawfully yours, while sublime charity constantly prompts you to share what you have, be it little or much, with your neighbor, holding nothing in reserve, for by doing this you fail in your trust in Me.
Hence, in the workplace the materials you use belong not to you but to the company that employs you, and to misuse these materials is theft and a violation of My Command. To neglect the care of that which I have bestowed upon you, both spiritually and materially, is also theft and violates My Perfect Law. To lie or cheat on your lawful obligations of debts and taxes is also theft. No matter how cleverly you conceal your deed, be it to use unlawfully the paper, pencils, stamps, and other materials of your job for your personal use is to fail against My Commands.
If your neighbor's property is harmed by you, whether by willful intent or accidental neglect, My Command lifted up by charity, obliges you to make proper restitution for any and all damage done. As you are to lovingly care for all the things I have given unto you, your soul recognizes My loving hand in the gifts given to others and urges you to respect such gifts, because they come from Me and are rightfully Mine.
Each of you, My little children, have been given spiritual gifts which always take precedence over material gifts. These, then, are your first obligation: To use My spiritual gifts as I intend and to lead a holy life so as never to cause one of My little ones to lose their own spiritual gifts due to any thought, word or deed on your part.
Likewise, by My Seventh and Tenth Command, the weakness of your human nature is lifted up into the supernatural realm, and you thus acknowledge all temporal possessions as gifts from Me, over which I have placed you as guardian. In this way, My children, you then make use of all temporal goods in a holy manner for My Name's Sake, and elevate all things to holiness by which the Holy Spirit leads you to total detachment.
I ask you to ponder well these words on My Seventh and Tenth Commandments. I have spoken of many of the ways you are led to sin against these Commands. But by a full examination of conscience, you will be given a far deeper understanding of My Law by the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier. I beseech all of My children of these End Times to make such a thorough examination of conscience and a good, holy Confession. In this way you are freed from the snares of temporal attachment, and, being freed, recognize more fully the value and merit of My immeasurable Spiritual gifts which transform you into My Image and Likeness.
I solemnly tell all of My little ones of these End Times: Beware the traps of satan. Be very attentive to all of My Commands, and keep a watchful eye upon the desires of your heart. If you do this, then you shall enter fully into My Way and shall persevere in the spiritual darkness, for you shall abide securely in My Sacred Heart.
Hear Me, oh world! Prepare. Live My Commands and love Me alone above all things. All things shall pass away, and the moment of their passing knocks at the door. Again I say: "Prepare, for I Come!"
Following is the account of what Melanie wrote regarding the "Secrets of LaSalette": When Melanie first discoverd "the beautiful lady", Our Lady, dressed in the traditional garb of that period, had her face in her hands as tears flowed. Our Lady, after greeting the children, immediately replied: "If my people do not wish to submit themselves, I am forced to let go of the hand of my Son. It is so heavy and weights me down so much I can no longer keep hold of it.
"I have suffered all the time for the rest of you! If you do not wish my Son to abandon you, I must take it upon myself to pray for this continually. And the rest of you think little of this. In vain you will pray, in vain you will act, you will never be able to make up for the troubles I have taken over for the rest of you.
"I gave you six days to work, I kept the seventh for myself, and no one wishes to grant it to me. This is what weighs down the arm of my Son so much.
"Those who drive carts cannot speak without putting the name of my Son in the middle. These are the two things which weigh down the arm of my Son so much. If the harvest is spoiled, it is only because of the rest of you. I made you see this last year with the potatoes, you took little account of this. It was quite the opposite when you found bad potatoes, you swore oaths, and you included the name of my Son. They will continue to go bad, at Christmas there will be none."
One can imagine the confusion Melanie experienced. Here was a twelve-year old girl totally naive to the world and what Our Lady was speaking of. The Blessed Mother was responding to all the cursing the farmers had done rather than praying, even working on Sundays. Melanie and Maximim were also uneducated children not really familiar with the French language for their framework dialect was that of Patois. Melanie especially had a problem interpreting the word "potatoes" which in French is pommes de terre translated "apples of the earth." Melanie took it literally to mean "apples." Our Blessed Mother read Melanie's thoughts and heart and repeated thus:
"You do not understand, my children. I will tell it to you another way. If the harvest is spoiled, it does not seem to affect you. I made you see this last year with the potatoes. You took little account of this. It was quite the opposite when you found bad potatoes, you swore oaths, and you included the name of my Son. They will continue to go bad and at Christmas, there will be none left.
"If you have corn, you must not sow it. The beasts will eat all that you sow. And all that grows will fall to dust when you thresh it. A great famine will come. But before the famine comes, children under the age of seven will begin to tremble and will die in the arms of those who hold them. The others will do penance through hunger. The nuts will go bad, the grapes will become rotten."
By now Melanie and Maximim had to be totally flustered. Just a few hours ago they were frolicking in total innocent bliss on the mountain side with their imaginary games of "Paradise"; now it seemed from what this beautiful lady was exclaiming and prophesizing that their world was coming apart. It didn't seem fair that they were being "called on the carpet" for the wrongs of others, but God works in mysterious ways and little did they realize, especially Melanie, how the release of her secrets would confirm everything this beautiful Lady would say on that September 18th day back in 1846 in the Alpine Mountains of Southern France.
After the Mother of God had explained the famine, Melanie realized the beautiful Lady was still speaking, but she could not hear her because she was imparting a "secret" to Maximim. This is consistent with other apparitions, most notably Medjugorje where Our Lady speaks to all of them at once or one at a time where the others can see but not hear the words of the Gospa. When Mary had completed her words to the young boy, she turned her attention to Melanie and Maximim was then unable to hear what she conveyed to his new-found friend which was: "Melanie, what I am about to tell you now will not always be secret. You may make it public in 1858." Melanie would be an adult by then, 26 years old to be exact, and it must have been very difficult for this young teenager to suppress the urge to tell someone all that Our Lady foretold on this day, but with the grace of God she persevered. It's interesting to note that Our Lady asked these messages to be released not immediately but after the declaration of the Dogma of her Immaculate Conception in 1854 and during the same year as her subsequent appearances at Lourdes in 1858, quite possibly as a confirmation of both apparition sites.
What Our Lady went on to tell Melanie confirmed why this beautiful Lady was weeping so severely for as Melanie would reveal, the secrets would fulfill everything that has taken place over the last 150 years with even more to come. For the secrets themselves, see the feature section of this and the last issue and future issues. Suffice it to say that though Our Lady appeared only once, the Mother of God's message at LaSalette was the most powerful and all-encompassing warning of any of her apparitions prior to and even since 1846. If one doubts that, read the LaSalette messages and realize Our Lady's prophecy of the great potato famine, the Napoleonic Reign and Fall, Pope Leo XIII's verification of satan's unleashing and the institution of the Prayer to St. Michael, the rise of Freemasonry, World War I, the Hitler regime and World War II, subsequent wars, the insidious evolution of Modernism and the New Age movement, Abortion, Aids, the One World Order, the Three Days of Darkness, and ultimately the total moral demise of Europe, America and the entire world, and, yes, the Church - the one True Faith.
When Our Lady had finished imparting the secrets to Melanie, she said to both Melanie and Maximim: "If they convert, the stones and rocks will change into wheat and potatoes will be found sown in the earth. Do you say your prayers properly, my children?" "Oh, no, Madame, not so much," both children sheepishly admitted. "Oh! My children, you must say them morning and evening," Our Lady asserted. "When you can do no more, say a Pater and an Ave Maria; and when you have the time to do better, you will say more." After a few more messages there followed a brief conversation in which Our Lady reminded Maximim of the time he had seen spoiled wheat when, with his father, he had been in Corps. Then the Blessed Virgin ended her discourse to these two simple, uneducated children with these words: "AND SO, MY CHILDREN, YOU WILL PASS THIS ON TO ALL MY PEOPLE."
This beautiful Lady then crossed the stream and, after two more steps, without turning back towards the children who were following her, she repeated: "AND SO, MY CHILDREN, YOU WILL PASS THIS ON TO ALL MY PEOPLE." She then walked on, her feet touching nothing but the tips of the grass which did not bend. Melanie followed her closely, so drawn to her by the indescribable love which exuded from this Heavenly visitor. The Blessed Mother turned and looked at Melanie and then she rose imperceptibly from the ground to a height of around four feet. For a split second the Virgin Mary looked up to Heaven, then down on the earth to her right and then her left. She looked again at Melanie with eyes so soft, so kind and good, that Melanie felt she was drawing her inside her. Then slowly Our Lady disappeared little by little. Melanie states that the light which surrounded the beautiful Lady seemed to take the place of the parts of her body, a similar description reported in numerous apparitions since then. It was as if she melted into the Light. This was the last time either of the children were to see the Blessed Mother during their lifetime.
In the next installment we shall cover the ensuing events that occurred as the children sought to pass this on to all Our Lady's children young and old in part three of the Apparitions of LaSalette.
NEXT WEEK: The Apparitions of LaSalette: The Warnings from Our Lady of LaSalette part three