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By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine, Sept. 19, 2023
John M. Grondelski (Ph.D., Fordham) is a former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. All views expressed herein are his own.
Our Lady appeared but once at La Salette but her message had a strong moral content, even if it might perhaps not register as such to moderns.
September 19, 2023, marks the 177th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady to two French children on an Alpine mountain near La Salette in southeastern France. In contrast to other, better-known Marian apparitions of the last two centuries, Our Lady appeared but once at La Salette. That said, her message had a strong moral content, even if it might perhaps not register as such to moderns.
Before addressing the specifics of Our Lady’s message, we should note its broader context. When the children approached what they saw as an orb of light, they encountered a “beautiful lady” who was crying. Nevertheless, she invited the children with one of God’s fundamental messages: “Do not be afraid!” …
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