September 19: Feast of Our Lady of La Salette

Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of La Salette. When Our Lady appeared before two children, Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat, in 1846 in La Salette, France, she was weeping.

She asked the children to deliver a message to the people: to repent, amend their lives and return to the faith. She also gave to each child a secret which they were ordered not to reveal until a certain date. You can read about the revelations of the secret disclosed to Melanie Calvat on other websites.

The purpose of this short post is not to talk about the apparition, but to remind you to pray to Our Lady and to fast (tomorrow is Ember Friday), to do penance, perform works of charity (alms-giving, praying for the Church and the poor souls in Purgatory, having Masses said for the living and the dead), meditate, and amend your life.

Prayer to Our Lady of La Salette:

Remember, our Lady of La Salette, true Mother of sorrows, the tears which thou didst shed for me on Calvary; be mindful also of the unceasing care which thou dost exercise to screen me from the justice of God; and consider whether thou canst now abandon thy child, for whom thou hast done so much. Inspired by this consoling thought, I come to cast myself at thy feet, in spite of my infidelity and ingratitude. Reject not my prayer, O Virgin of reconciliation, convert me, obtain for me the grace to love Jesus Christ above all things and to console thee too by living a holy life, in order that one day I may be able to see thee in Heaven. Amen.

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