September 19, 2016: Our Lady appeared at La Salette 170 years ago.
On Saturday, September 19, 1846, the beautiful Lady of La Salette appeared to the children Maximin Giraud and Mélanie Calvat as they are about their business. They found Our Lady weeping bitterly, sitting with her elbows resting on her knees and her face buried in her hands. She was clothed in a white robe studded with pearls; and a gold colored apron; white shoes and roses about her feet; and a high head-dress. She wore a crucifix suspended by a necklace from her neck.
She continued to weep even as she spoke to them, first in French, then in their own dialect of Occitan. After giving a secret to each child, Our Lady walked the hill and vanished. The following day the children's account of the apparition was put into writing and signed by the visionaries and those who had heard the story.
The Virgin Mary lamented the lack of respect of the Sunday repose, and of the name of God.
After five years of investigation, the bishop of Grenoble, Philibert de Bruillard announced in 1851 that the apparition was likely to be a true revelation and authorized the commencement of the cult of Our Lady of La Salette.
The "secrets" were written separately by both children and sent to the Pope in 1851.
Our Lady announced wars, revolutions, and chastisements in response of the sins of humanity. She prophesized in particular the perseccution of the Pope and of the religious as well as the desctuction of entire cities like Paris and Marseille. First there would be a time of religious expansion and prosperity, then the abandonement of God and the coming of the Antichrist.
Melanie become a religious and wrote a more extensive redaction of the "secret" 25 years later. It was published in 1879.
This succesive redaction of the secret and its revelations met with the oppositions of many, including bishops. After the second publication of the Secret in 1879, the controversy suggested that the secret was mixed with Melanie's own words. Eventually publications about La Salette were even put in the Index of Prohibited Books.
In 1915, under the Pontificate of Benedict XV, the Holy Office published a statement forbidding any further discussion about the authenticity of the secrets.
In October 1999, Fr. Michel Corteville discovered the original Secrets given to Pope Pius IX in 1851, buried for more than one century in the Vatican archives.
Here are the two secrets sent to the Pope in 1851.
The Secret of Maximin
On September 19, 1846, we saw a beautiful Lady. We never said that this lady was the Blessed Virgin but we always said that it was a beautiful lady.
I do not know if it is the Blessed Virgin or another person. As for me, I believe today that it is the Blessed Virgin. Here is what this lady said to me:
If my people continue, what I will say to you will arrive earlier, if it changes a little, it will be a little later.
France has corrupted the universe, one day it will be punished. The faith will die out in France: three quarters of France will not practice religion anymore, or almost no more, the other part will practice it without really practicing it. Then, after [that], nations will convert, the faith will be rekindled everywhere. A great country, now Protestant, in the north of Europe, will be converted; by the support of this country all the other nations of the world will be converted.
"Before all that arrives, great disorders will arrive, in the Church, and everywhere. Then, after [that], our Holy Father the Pope will be persecuted. His successor will be a pontiff that nobody expects.
"Then, after [that], a great peace will come, but it will not last a long time. A monster will come to disturb it.
"All that I tell you here will arrive in the other century, at the latest in the year two thousand."
(She told me to say it some time before.)
My Most Holy Father, your holy blessing to one of your sheep.
Grenoble, July 3,1851.
The secret of Melanie
secret which the Blessed Virgin gave me on the Mountain of La Salette on September 19, 1846
Mélanie, I will say something to you which you will not say to anybody:
"The time of the God's wrath has arrived!
"If, when you say to the people what I have said to you so far, and what I will still ask you to say, if, after that, they do not convert, (if they do not do penance, and they do not cease working on Sunday, and if they continue to blaspheme the Holy Name of God), in a word, if the face of the earth does not change, God will be avenged against the people ungrateful and slave of the demon.
"My Son will make his power manifest! Paris, this city soiled by all kinds of crimes, will perish infallibly. Marseilles will be destroyed in a little time. When these things arrive, the disorder will be complete on the earth, the world will be given up to its impious passions.
"The pope will be persecuted from all sides, they will shoot at him, they will want to put him to death, but no one will not be able to do it, the Vicar of God will triumph again this time.
"The priests and the Sisters, and the true servants of my Son will be persecuted, and several will die for the faith of Jesus-Christ.
"A famine will reign at the same time.
"After all these will have arrived, many will recognize the hand of God on them, they will convert, and do penance for their sins.
"A great king will go up on the throne, and will reign a few years. Religion will re-flourish and spread all over the world, and there will be a great abundance, the world, glad not to be lacking nothing, will fall again in its disorders, will give up God, and will be prone to its criminal passions.
"[Among] God's ministers, and the Spouses of Jesus-Christ, there will be some who will go astray, and that will be the most terrible.
"Lastly, hell will reign on earth. It will be then that the Antichrist will be born of a Sister, but woe to her! Many will believe in him, because he will claim to have come from heaven, woe to those who will believe in him!
"That time is not far away, twice 50 years will not go by.
"My child, you will not say what I have just said to you. (You will not say it to anybody, you will not say if you must say it one day, you will not say what that it concerns), finally you will say nothing anymore until I tell you to say it!
I pray to Our Holy Father the Pope to give me his holy blessing.
Mélanie Mathieu, Shepherdess of La Salette, Grenoble, July 6, 1851.