Reflections from the Shrine ...
From The Desk Of The Director
Rev. John P. Sullivan, M.S.
September 21, 2018
What a great Triduum (Feast of Our Lady of La Salette). We had three great days of celebrations and devotions. We would like to thank everybody who assisted and made the Triduum such a success. Hopefully everybody saw the article in the Valley News “Front Page” The blessing and dedication of the new granite steps was a special event for our community.
We also hope that everybody was able to come, pray and celebrate. The Shrine grounds will continue to be open to anybody wishing to visit, walk and pray on the grounds. The store will still be available as well.
This weekend signifies the end to this years Shrine season. After this weekend we will be going back to having Mass only on Saturday evening. There will be no more weekday Masses celebrated here in the Chapel. We the religious community will still have private morning Mass at the North House. With that being said, we will post all of the Mass intentions for the week in the bulletin because we will continue to offer up the Mass intentions at our Masses at the North House. Anybody wishing to have a Mass said for their intentions need only fill out the form available at the rear of the Chapel and turn into one of the Shrine staff. We will then make sure it is listed and Mass said per your wishes and instructions. If you would like to participate in the Mass being offered for your intention, the Mass begins at 8:30 am , in the North House, which is the residence for the La Salette religious community. It is a small chapel so we ask that you call ahead if your would like to attend the Mass. (603 632-7087) Thank you for your understanding. You are most welcomed to pray and celebrate Mass with us.
Now we will start our planning and preparing for the Christmas “Festival of Light” programs. We are still compiling our list of volunteers to help us this year. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Anybody willing to help and volunteer, if you have not already done so, there is a form in the back of the shrine. Please fill out and hand in to a member of the Shrine staff. We thank everybody who has already volunteered. We greatly appreciate your help.
We will also begin our financial sponsorship campaign. We will have night sponsorship forms, major sponsors, and light display sponsor opportunities available for those who would like to help. This too we are grateful for all of the support we receive.
Wisdom from Above
(25th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Wisdom 2:12-20; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37)
St. James writes: “The wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity.” How aptly this description applies to the message of Our Lady of La Salette.
It is pure, coming from a heart full of unalloyed love and at the same time speaking the truth “without inconstancy or insincerity.”
It is peaceable and gentle: “Come closer, my children, don’t be afraid”—and compliant: “Don't you understand, my children? Let me find another way to say it.”
It is full of mercy, not only in the words spoken and the tenderness shown to the children, but in the very fact of Mary’s coming to us. When in 1851 the Bishop of Grenoble decided to erect a Shrine at La Salette and to found the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, he intended that both would be “a perpetual remembrance, of Mary's merciful apparition."
And history has shown that it is full of good fruits, sometimes in the spectacular form of miraculous healings, more often in the privacy of the confessional. The shrine attracts pilgrims and volunteers from around the world. The La Salette Laity movement has seen ample growth in recent decades.
Note also the wisdom saying of Jesus to his disciples, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Here we see yet another quality that we can attribute also to the Beautiful Lady.
The Queen of Heaven came to us in all simplicity, not to impose her authority but to serve her people by drawing them to be their best Christian selves and become once again a people of faith and fidelity.
A few weeks ago we read the words of Moses, encouraging the people to observe the law carefully, “for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations, who will hear of all these statutes and say, ‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’” Mary at La Salette desires that her people be truly wise in the ways of God.
The more time we spend with her, the more we are enabled to absorb and live her wisdom from above.
Very Rev. Rene’ Butler, M.S.