I want to continue a little more on the apparition of Mary at La Salette France to Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, on September 19, 1846. Mary appeared crying, brilliant with light and with a large crucifix on her chest, (that gave off light too).
After the apparition, a fountain of water emerged near to where Mary had appeared. Many miracles began to happen when people would drink this water or put it on the sick. More and more miracles also began to happen when people would pray through the intercession of Mary. Because of all these miracles, Pope Pius IX approved having devotion to Our Lady of La Salette.
A French seminarian, M. Martin was unable to lean on his left leg without excruciating pain. This made it hard for him to accomplish what was expected on him and for this reason his bishop would not give him minor orders until he was completely healed. He started a Novena to Our Lady of La Salette. Then his spiritual director gave him a glass of water from the miraculous spring at 6 pm. By 7 pm, he was completely cured, walking, going up and down stairs and running around. This miracle made a huge impression on the whole seminary.
Then the calamities that Mary had foretold at La Salette began to happen. In 1846, the potato famine occurred. 1,000,000 people starved to death in Europe from the shortage of wheat and corn. French grapes became affected with a disease.
When all these things began to happen, people started to return to Holy Mass and close their businesses on the Lord’s Day. Blasphemies began to subside, to some degree too.
Mary asked the children if they did their prayers well and they responded: “Not too well, My Lady.” This question should be asked to each one of us. It is hard to pray and even harder to pray well. Our Lady wants heart felt prayers done with faith and slowly.
Our Lady told Melanie:
“What I’m to say to you will not always be a secret; you can announce it in 1858. Priests, my Son’s ministers, priests, by their evil life, by their irreverences and their impiety in celebrating the holy mysteries, love of money, love of honor and pleasures, priests have become sewers of impurity. Yes, priests call forth vengeance, and vengeance is suspended over their heads. Woe to priests, and to persons consecrated to God, who by their infidelities and their evil life are crucifying my son anew! The sins of persons consecrated to God cry to heaven and call for vengeance, and now here is vengeance at their very doors, for no longer is anyone found to beg mercy and pardon for the people; there are no more generous souls, there is now no one worthy of offering the spotless Victim to the Eternal on the worlds behalf.”
In this, you can see the importance of the Latin Mass’ focus on reverence when offering the Holy Mysteries. The Latin Mass also emphasizes the offering of the Jesus to the Father for the salvation of souls and the world.
“God will strike in an unparalleled manner. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God will exhaust His anger, and no one will be able to escape so many evils at once. The heads, the leaders of the people of God, have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has darkened their minds; they have become those wandering stars which the ancient devil will drag with his tail to destruction. God will permit the ancient serpent to sow divisions among rulers, in all societies and in all families; both physical and moral punishments will be suffered. God will abandon men to themselves and will send chastisements one after the other for over 35 years.
“Society is on the very eve of most terrible scourges and greatest events; one must expect to be governed by a rod of iron and to drink the chalice of God’s wrath.
“In the year 1864 Lucifer, together with a great number of devils, will be loosed from hell; little by little they will abolish the faith, and that even in persons consecrated to God; they will so blind them, that without a special grace, these persons will take on the spirit of these evil angels; a number of religious houses will lose the faith entirely and cause many souls to be damned.
“Bad books will abound over the earth, and the spirits of darkness will everywhere spread universal relaxation in everything concerning God’s service: they will have very great power over nature; there will be churches to serve these spirits. People will be transported form one place to another by these evil spirits, and even priests, because they will not have lived by the good spirit of the gospel, which is a spirit of humility, charity and zeal for the glory of God.
“Civil governments will all have the same objective, which will be to abolish and make every religious principle disappear, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritism and vices of all kinds.
“In the convents the flowers of the Church will putrefy, and the devil will establish himself as king of all hearts. Let those who are at the head of religious communities be on their guard concerning the persons they are to receive, because the devil will use all his malice to introduce into religious orders persons given to sin, for disorders and love of carnal pleasures will be widespread over the whole earth.
“The righteous will suffer greatly; their prayers, their penances and their tears will rise to heaven and all God’s people will ask pardon and mercy and will ask my help and intercession. Then Jesus Christ, by an act of His justice and His great mercy toward the righteous, will command His angels to put all His enemies to death.
“At one blow the persecutors of the Church of Jesus Christ and all men given to sin will perish, and the earth will become like a desert. Then there will be peace, the reconciliation of God with men; Jesus Christ will be served, adored and glorified; charity will flourish everywhere. The new kings will be the right arm of Holy Church, which will be strong, humble, pious, poor, zealous and imitative of the virtues of Jesus Christ. The Gospel will be preached everywhere, and men will make great strides in the faith, because there will be unity among Jesus Christ’s workers and men will live in the fear of God.
“This peace among men will not last long: 25 years of abundant harvests will make them forget that the sins of men are the cause of all the woes which happen on earth.
“I address a pressing appeal to the earth: I call upon the true disciples of the God living and reigning in the heavens; I call upon the true imitators of Christ made man, the one true Savior of men; I call upon my children, my true devotees, those who have given themselves to me so that I may lead them to my Divine Son, those whom I bear as it were in my arms, those who have lived in my spirit; finally, I call upon the Apostles of the Latter Times, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in contempt of the world and of themselves, in poverty and humility, in contempt and silence, in prayer and mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering, and unknown to the world. It is time for them to emerge and come enlighten the earth. Go, show yourselves to be my dear children; I am with you and in you, provided your faith is the light enlightening you in these evil times. May your zeal make your famished for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ. Do battle, children of light, you, the few who see thereby; for the time of times, the end of ends, is at hand.”
Let us be happy that God allows Our Mother Mary to give us encouragement for these last times. But each one of us needs to be busy cooperating with God and Mary to save SOULS. We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics. We love God and Mary so much that we try hard to obey them.