Paralleling our series on "THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS", we begin this issue with the apparitions and messages at LaSalette in both the aforementioned and in this series in which we will particularly look at how these messages specifically affect and effect Holy Mother Church. They have been termed the "SECRETS OF LA SALETTE" but they are secrets no longer for all that Our Lady warned of has sadly occurred. However in 1846, Our Lady gave the visionary Melanie Mathieu a moratorium of twelve years in which to keep these messages secret, imparting to the 14-year old girl that she could only make these public in 1858. Little did Melanie know that would be the year of Our Lady's famous appearances at Lourdes.
We will now deal with only those messages that are pertinent for the Church today. One hundred and fifty years ago the Blessed Mother said, "The priests, the ministers of my Son, the priests, by their wicked lives, by their irreverence and their impiety in the celebration of the holy mysteries, by their love of money, their love of honors and pleasures, the priests have become cesspools of impurity. Yes, the priests are asking vengeance, and vengeance is hanging over their heads. Woe to the priests and to those dedicated to God who by their unfaithfulness and their wicked lives are crucifying my Son again! The sins of those dedicated to God cry out towards Heaven and calls for vengeance, and now vengeance is at their door, for there is no one left to beg mercy and forgiveness for the people. There are no more generous souls, there is no one left worthy of offering a stainless sacrifice to the Eternal for the sake of the world."
It's interesting to note here that though Our Lady was speaking in the mid 19th Century, she was really referring to the late 20th Century for time in supernatural terms is a mystery and God regulates all time. Thus, the Blessed Mother was sadly talking about our times. Her comment about "no one left to beg mercy" is her cry today as she, along with her Divine Son, urge us to plead for God's Mercy outlined through the beautiful devotion Jesus gave Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska in the 1930's and which is so vital today. It is another reason the Two Hearts have asked, through private revelation to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, that a congregation of nuns be formed with the specific purpose of calling down Divine Mercy on the entire world. This, of course, is the orthodox, cloistered and contemplative Institute of Divine Mercy which was featured in the last two installments of this series. It is also a known fact that over the last several decades satan has penetrated the priesthood, snuck into the sanctuary and firmly ensconced himself in the seminaries as the communists, homosexuals and liberals have infiltrated the priestly ranks, deceiving the faithful and diluting the Doctrines, Dogmas and Teachings of the Church while discarding many Traditions. Many believe Vatican II was altered by these same clerics who had risen to high and influential positions over the years within the Magisterium. That is something we will cover in this series down the road. For now we will concentrate on Our Lady's priest-sons. In subsequent installments we will deal with her words regarding the Holy See, the laity, and governments interferring with the Church. We must also remember that while Blessed Mary warns of the infiltration of these priests, she is always loving toward them, begging them to return to their true vocation. And there are, thankfully, many, many good and holy priests who are heeding her call and fulfilling all God has asked of them. Yet they, unfortunately, are often lumped together with the others giving the priesthood and religious life a negative image in the secular world today. The publicity over a few priests guilty of pedophilia is an excellent example of this, but Our Lady said this would happen:
"The righteous will suffer greatly. Their prayers, their penances and their tears will rise up to Heaven and all of God's people will beg for forgiveness and mercy and will plead for my help and intercession...I call on the true disciples of the living God Who reigns in Heaven; I call on the true followers of Christ made man, the only true Savior of men; I call on my children, the true faithful, those who have given themselves to me so that I may lead them to my Divine Son, those who have lived on my spirit. Finally I call on the Apostles of the Last Days, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in scorn for the world and for themselves, in poverty and in humility, in scorn and in silence, in prayer and in mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering and unknown to the world. It is time they came out and filled the world with light. Go and reveal yourselves to be my cherished children. I am at your side and within you, provided that your faith is the light which shines upon you in these unhappy days. May your zeal make you famished for the glory and the honor of Jesus Christ. Fight, children of light, you, the few who can see. For now is the time of all times, the end of all ends."
No matter what dire warnings Our Lady portends, she always expresses glorious hope if we but follow her Divine Son. Just as the early Christians were persecuted and martyred for their faith and loyalty to Jesus, so also in these times we, too, will be persecuted and yes, some of us martyred. What a beautiful gift! What a blessing God has bestowed for in tough times God grants even more graces, including sending His very own Mother in an unprecedented way. She has specifically addressed the state of the priesthood to messenger Father Don Steffano Gobbi who has published sixteen editions of her vital messages to her beloved priest-sons in "To The Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons" available from The Marian Movement of Priests, c/o Rev. Albert Roux, PO Box 8, St. Francis, ME 04774. In the next installment we will examine the Heavenly Signs and Warnings manifested through nature which Our Lady foretold at LaSalette.