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The Apparitions of Our Lady of La Salette in 1846 - France

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Image: Mary weeping at La Salette

NOTES added after the original publication of this document may be found in a separate document

Also, you may be interested in the Introductory Note to this document, if you have not read it yet

On September 19, 1846, in the mountains of this small village near Grenoble, at 6 in the morning, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to two little shepherds, Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud. On the instructions of the Virgin Mary herself, the secret She then confided to them was to remain hidden until 1858.

This is one of the most transcendental apparitions of all times, especially because Our Lady speaks to us - well in advance - of the Antichrist and his time, which is ours.

But first...

On September 19, 1851, Bishop Philibert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, finally published his "pastoral letter". Here is the essential paragraph:

"We judge that the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin to two cowherds on the 19th of September, 1846, on a mountain of the Alpine chain, situated in the parish of La Salette, in the archpresbytery of Corps, bears within itself all the characteristics of truth, and that the faithful have grounds for believing it indubitable and certain."

The impact of this pastoral letter was considerable. Many bishops had it read in the parishes of their dioceses. The press echoed in favor or against it. It was translated into many languages and appeared prominently in L' Osservatore Romano of June 4, 1852. Letters of congratulations flowed to the Bishop of Grenoble. The experience and pastoral sense of Philibert de Bruillard did not stop there. On May 1, 1852, he published a new pastoral letter announcing the construction of a sanctuary on the mountain of La Salette and the creation of a corps of diocesan missionaries that he called "the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette". And he added: "The Blessed Virgin appeared at La Salette for the whole world, who can doubt it?"

More recently...

Joseph F. Cleary, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham writes on Easter Week, 1981, as a Preface to the book Sister Mary of the Cross, The Shepherdess of La Salette:

In the parish of La Salette in the diocese of Grenoble, Our Blessed Lady appeared to two uneducated children: Mélanie Mathieu (Calvat), aged 14 years and Maximin Giraud, aged 11, on September 19, 1846.

At the time of the Apparition, France had suffered a revolution in the political order followed by a revolt against God and the Church. Even in the rural areas of France few people bothered to go to Mass on Sundays. One has only to read the life of St. John Mary Vianney, Curé of Ars, to realize the spiritual plight of the people.

Our Lady told the two children in La Salette of evils threatening her people especially because of blasphemy and the profanation of Sunday.

After five years of careful examination of the facts, the Church authorized the Cult of Our Lady of La Salette in 1851.
[An imposing and magnificent Minor Basilica was built at the site.]

Comments from The M+G+R Foundation

(1) Please be advised that the Secret of La Salette covers the period from 1846 to the era of the manifestation of the Antichrist, which you will be able to identify immediately as the days we are living in today;

(2) To those who would destroy the message of La Salette, since that message exposes to light the diabolical trickery of the "masters" whom they serve, we invite them to study thoroughly our Introductory Note which was added on March 20, 2002.

Comments from L'Osservatore Romano of December 25, 1904

Mélanie revealed her Secret at the moment she was told to do so, although she knew that such an action would turn against her the wrath of those who having lost all sense of morality were tied to the bandwagon of the Masonic sect.

Comments by Abbé Gouin, author of the book Sister Mary of the Cross, The Shepherdess of La Salette

By confirming the credibility of the miracle of the Apparition, the successive doctrinal statements of the bishops of Grenoble, and papal seals of approval
(*) have testified to Mélanie's good faith and to the lucidity of her unfailing memory. To accept only one part of the message and to cast doubt on the other parts would be to put no trust in her at all, it would follow logically that the whole message became doubtful and so would the very event of La Salette.

(*) Including: Mélanie had a personal audience with Pope Leo XIII on December 3, 1878. The Pope's greeting words to her were: “Well! You will leave immediately for the mountain of La Salette with the Rule of the Most Holy Virgin, and You will have it observed by the priests and the nuns.” So far was the Pope's confidence in her.

The Secret of La Salette

as published by the shepherdess of La Salette, Mélanie Calvat

Mélanie, what I am about to tell you now will not always be a secret. You may make it public in 1858.

The priests, 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 for vengeance, and vengeance is hanging over their heads. Woe to the priests and to those consecrated to God who by their infidelity and their wicked lives are crucifying My Son again! The sins of those dedicated to God cry out towards Heaven and call 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 spotless sacrifice to the Eternal for the sake of the world.

God will strike in an unprecedented way.

Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God will exhaust His wrath upon them, and no one will be able to escape so many afflictions together.

The chiefs, the leaders of the people of God have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has bedimmed their intelligence. They have become wandering stars which the old devil will drag along with his tail to make them perish. God will allow the old serpent to cause divisions among those who reign, in every society and in every family. Physical and moral agonies will be suffered. God will abandon mankind to itself and will send punishments which will follow one after the other for more than thirty-five years.

The society of men is on the eve of the most terrible scourges and of gravest events. Mankind must expect to be ruled with an iron rod and to drink from the chalice of the wrath of God.

May the vicar of my Son, Pope Pius IX, never leave Rome again after 1859; may he, however, be steadfast and noble, may he fight with the weapons of faith and love. I will be at his side. May he be on his guard against Napoleon: he is two-faced, and when he wishes to make himself Pope as well as Emperor, soon God will draw back from him. He is the eagle who, always wanting to ascend further, will fall on the sword he wished to use to force his people to be raised up.

Italy will be punished for her ambition in wanting to shake off the yoke of the Lord of Lords. And so she will be left to fight a war; blood will flow on all sides. Churches will be locked up or desecrated. Priests and religious orders will be hunted down, and made to die a cruel death. Several will abandon the Faith, and a great number of priests and members of religious orders will break away from the true religion; among these people there will even be bishops.

May the Pope guard against the performers of miracles. For the time has come when the most astonishing wonders will take place on the earth and in the air.

In the year 1864, Lucifer together with a large number of demons will be unloosed from hell; they will put an end to faith little by little, even in those dedicated to God. They will blind them in such a way, that, unless they are blessed with a special grace, these people will take on the spirit of these angels of hell; several religious institutions will lose all faith and will lose many souls. Evil books will be abundant on earth and the spirits of darkness will spread everywhere a universal slackening in all that concerns the service of God. They will have great power over Nature: there will be churches built to serve these spirits. People will be transported from one place to another by these evil spirits, even priests, for they will not have been guided by the good spirit of the Gospel, which is a spirit of humility, charity and zeal for the glory of God. On occasions, the dead and the righteous will be brought back to life.

(Commentary by Mélanie Calvat: That is to say that these dead will take on the form of righteous souls which had lived on earth, in order to lead men further astray; these so-called resurrected dead, who will be nothing but the devil in this form, will preach another gospel contrary to that of the true Christ Jesus, denying the existence of Heaven; that is also to say, the souls of the damned. All these souls will appear as if fixed to their bodies) (*A)

In all places there will be extraordinary wonders, because the true faith has died and a false light shines on the world. Woe to the princes of the Church whose only occupation will be to heap wealth upon more wealth, and to preserve their authority and proud domination!

The vicar of my Son will have much to suffer, as, for a time, the Church will be the victim of great persecution: this will be the time of darkness. The Church will suffer a terrible crisis.

As the holy Faith of God is forgotten, every individual will wish to be his own guide and be superior to his fellow-men. Civil and Ecclesiastical authority will be abolished. All order and all justice will be trampled underfoot. Nothing will be seen but murder, hatred, jealousy, falsehood and discord without love for the mother country or for the family.

The Holy Father will suffer a greatly. I will be at his side to the end in order to receive his sacrifice. The wicked will make several attempts on his life, but they cannot harm him. But neither he nor his successor will live to see the triumph of the Church of God.

All the civil governments will have one and the same plan, which will be to abolish and do away with every religious principle, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritualism and vice of all kinds.

In the year 1865, there will be desecration of holy places. In convents, the flowers of the Church will decompose and the devil will make himself like the king of all hearts. May those in charge of religious communities be on their guard against the people they must receive, for the devil will resort to all his evil tricks to introduce sinners into religious orders, for disorder and the love of carnal pleasures will be spread all over the earth.

France, Italy, Spain and England will be at war. Blood will flow in the streets. Frenchman will fight Frenchman, Italian will fight Italian. A general war will follow which will be appalling. For a time, God will cease to remember France and Italy because the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been forgotten. The wicked will make use of all their evil ways. Men will kill each other, massacre each other even in their homes.

At the first blow of His thundering sword, the mountains and all Nature will tremble in terror, for the disorders and crimes of men have pierced the vault of the heavens. Paris will burn and Marseilles will be engulfed. Several cities will be shaken down and swallowed up by earthquakes. People will believe that all is lost. Nothing will be seen but murder, nothing will be heard but the clash of arms and blasphemy.

The righteous will suffer greatly. Their prayers, their penance 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. And then Jesus Christ, in an act of His justice and His great mercy will command His angels to have all His enemies put to death. Suddenly, the persecutors of the Church of Jesus Christ and all those given over to sin will perish and the earth will become desert-like. And then peace will be made, and man will be reconciled with God. Jesus Christ will be served, worshipped, and glorified. Charity will flourish everywhere. The new kings will be the right arm of the Holy Church, which will be strong, humble, pious in its poor but fervent in the imitation virtues of Jesus Christ. The Gospel will be preached everywhere and mankind will make great progress in its Faith, for there will be unity among the workers of Jesus Christ and man will live in fear of God.

This peace among men will be short-lived. Twenty-five years of plentiful harvests will make them forget that the sins of men are the cause of all the troubles on this earth.

A forerunner of the Antichrist, with his troops gathered from several nations, will fight against the true Christ, the only Savior of the world. He will shed much blood and will want to annihilate the worship of God to make himself be looked upon as a God.

The earth will be struck by calamities of all kinds (in addition to plague and famine which will be widespread). There will be a series of wars until the last war, which will then be fought by the ten kings of the Antichrist, all of whom will have one and the same plan and will be the only rulers of the world. Before this comes to pass, there will be a kind of false peace in the world. People will think of nothing but amusement. The wicked will give themselves over to all kinds of sin. But the children of the Holy Church, the children of the Faith, my true followers, they will grow in their love for God and in all the virtues most precious to Me. Blessed are the souls humbly guided by the Holy Spirit! I shall fight at their side until they reach a fullness of years.

Nature is asking for vengeance because of man, and she trembles with dread at what must happen to the earth stained with crime. Tremble, earth, and you who proclaim yourselves as serving Jesus Christ and who, on the inside, only adore yourselves, tremble, for God will hand you over to His enemy because the holy places are in the state of corruption. Many convents are no longer houses of God, but the grazing-grounds of Asmodeus and his like. It will be during this time that the Antichrist will be born of a Hebrew nun, a false virgin who will communicate with the old serpent, the master of impurity, his father will be Bishop. At birth he will spew out blasphemy; he will have teeth, in a word, he will be the devil incarnate. He will scream horribly, he will perform wonders, he will feed on nothing but impurity. He will have brothers who, although not devils incarnate like him, will be children of evil. At the age of twelve, they will draw attention upon themselves by the gallant victories they will have won; soon they will each lead armies, aided by the legions of hell.

The seasons will be altered, the earth will produce nothing but bad fruit, the stars will lose their regular motion, the moon will only reflect a faint reddish glow. Water and fire will give the earth's globe convulsions and terrible earthquakes which will swallow up mountains, cities, etc.

Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.

The demons of the air together with the Antichrist will perform great wonders on earth and in the atmosphere, and men will become more and more perverted. God will take care of his faithful servants and men of good will. The Gospel will be preached everywhere, and all peoples of all nations will get to know the truth.

I make an urgent appeal to the earth. 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 whom I carry in My arms, so to speak, those who have lived according to 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 hunger 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.

The Church will be in eclipse, the world will be in dismay. But now Enoch and Eli will come, filled with the Spirit of God. They will preach with the might of God, and men of good will believe in God, and many souls will be comforted. They will make great strides forward through the virtue of the Holy Spirit, and will condemn the diabolical errors of the Antichrist. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! There will be bloody wars and famines, plagues and infectious diseases. It will rain with a fearful hail of animals. There will be thunderstorms which will shake cities, earthquakes which will swallow up countries. Voices will be heard in the air. Men will beat their heads against walls, call for their death, and on the other hand death will be their torment. Blood will flow on all sides. Who will be the victor if God does not shorten the duration of the test? At the blood, the tears and the prayers of the righteous, God will relent. Enoch and Eli will be put to death. Pagan Rome will disappear. The fire of Heaven will fall and consume three cities. All the universe will be struck with terror and many will let themselves be led astray because they have not worshipped the true Christ who lives among them. It is time; the sun is darkening; only faith will survive.

Now is the time, the abyss is opening. Here is the king of kings of darkness, here is the Beast with his subjects, calling himself the Savior of the world. He will rise proudly into the air to go to Heaven. He will be smothered by the breath of the Archangel Saint Michael. He will fall, and the earth, which will have been in a continual series of evolutions for three days, will open up its fiery bowels; and he will have plunged for eternity with all his followers into the everlasting chasms of hell. And then water and fire will purge the earth and consume all the works of men's pride and all will be renewed. God will be served and glorified.

Quoted from the booklet: "Sister Mary of the Cross - The Shepherdess of La Salette" compiled in French by Abbé Gouin. pp 64-69. Published by l'Association des Enfants e Notre Dame de La Salette and St. Louis Grignion de Montfort - [Sister Mary of the Cross was Mélanie Calvat's religious name] (8)

(*A) In a letter to Father Combe, dated the 7th October 1899, Mélanie corrects these words in parentheses which are her own - she says, and which she judges to be unclear an inaccurate. “That is to say,” she writes, “that in those days, which only seem like twenty years ago, some perverted people (Italian: malvages) had given themselves over to devotion to the demon of magic. These people would cause to appear in the eyes of the curious, acquaintances of theirs who had not led a Christian way of life. || These supposedly resurrected individuals appeared in heavenly glory. People known to have lived in the fear of God appeared to be in horrible suffering, and urged their friends and acquaintances not to follow their footsteps, and they preached a Gospel opposed to that of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It seems that these bizarre occurrences may be put down to the fashion for spiritualistic evocations and for certain spiritualistic and demoniac practices which no doubt will one day be brought to light through a thorough examination of the Luciferian archives of Free-Masonry.” || In the same letter, Mélanie takes care to explain that where it is said that people will be transported from one place to another, it must be understood to be in rare cases only.

Main Related Documents

Introductory Note to this document

Relevant NOTES posted by The M+G+R Foundation

(1) Source
(2) Step No. 1 of the Sequence of Events
(3) The calendar for the year 1864
(4) The Antichrist
(5) About the X Club
(6) Pain is the only resource left to Him to bring us back
(7) Those who were born to go to Heaven
(8) Note added in June 2022: The text of the Secret in French is now available through the booklet published by Mélanie in 1881

Restructured for ease of reading on June 30, 2009 • Text of the Secret: Exact conformity with the official English translation of message was assured on January 20, 2011 • Moved Relevant Notes to a separate document on June 22, 2022

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