Monday, 23 July 2007

"Find a place for God in your life"

Until last night, I don't think I'd ever heard of Our Lady of La Salette. Now, her shrine is in the news because of the tragic death yesterday of 26 Polish pilgrims in a coach crash when they were on their way home from a visit to the shrine.

Pope John Paul II wrote about La Salette on 6th May 1996:

La Salette is a message of hope - a hope sustained by the intercession of her who is the Mother of all peoples... The arm of Mary's Son will not weigh upon, will not condemn, the people who walk humbly in the pathway of the Lord. Christ will take the outstretched hand into his own and lead to new life the sinner reconciled by the grace of the Cross...

At La Salette, Mary clearly spoke of the constancy of her prayer for the world: she will never abandon the people created in the image and likeness of God, those to whom it has been given to become children of God. May she lead to her Son all the nations of the earth".
In the parish of La Salette before the apparition, Mass attendance was down and people were neglecting the sacraments, failing to keep Sunday holy and taking the Lord's name in vain. The message of Our Lady of La Salette was, in brief, "Find a place for God in your life, otherwise things will get out of hand". The greatest miracle of La Salette was spiritual - after the apparition, people attended Mass faithfully, confessed regularly and returned to a pious and devotional life.

The world remains in need of conversion today. Blasphemous books such as The Da Vinci Code and the works of Philip Pullman top the bestseller lists. Shopping centres and leisure complexes have better attendance on Sundays than churches. We hear the Lord's name used as a common profanity all around us. We have as much need as ever to pray the Memorare of Our Lady of La Salette:

Remember, Our Lady of La Salette,
true mother of Sorrows,
the tears you shed for us on Calvary.
Remember also the care you have taken
to keep us faithful to Christ, your Son.
Having done so much for your children,
you will not now abandon us.
Comforted by this consoling thought,
we come to you pleading,
despite our infidelities and ingratitude.
Virgin of Reconciliation,
do not reject our prayers,
but intercede for us,
obtain for us the grace to love Jesus above all else.
May we console you by living a holy life
and so come to share the eternal life
Christ gained by His cross.

We should also remember the victims of the coach crash:

Eternal rest grant unto them, oh Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

1 comment:

diana said...

How sad. I will pray for them.

I will also try to sacrifice more for those who have no time for God, that they will let Him in just a bit.