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Our Lady of La Salette
Location: La Salette-Fallavaux, France
Date: September 19, 1846
Witnesses: Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud
Type: Marian apparition
Holy See Approval: Pope Pius IX and Pope Leo XIII
Shrine: Sanctuary of Our Lady of La Salette, La Salette, France
Patronages: La Salette-Fallavaux, France and Silang, Cavite, Philippines
Our Lady of La Salette (French: Notre-Dame de La Salette) is a Marian apparition reported by two children, Maximin Giraud and Mélanie Calvat to have occurred at La Salette-Fallavaux, France, in 1846.
At first Our Lady of La Salette’s message appears rather disheartening, if not despairing. Mary speaks of much suffering and tribulation to come because of lack of respect for the Sabbath, for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and because of taking her Son's name in vain.
Our Lady’s urgent severity is rightly spoken. From 1846 up to the present day, we have lived in a world consumed by work and productivity, oftentimes with little regard for the sacredness of Sunday. We live in a world where the name of God is thrown about callously or even mockingly, and only one in a thousand bat an eye at this.
Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus used the parables of the servants (Mt. 24: 45-51) and other parables to show that those who live in spiritual mediocrity or carelessness on earth will be held strictly accountable for their actions.
On September 19, 1851, Pope Pius IX formally approved the public devotion and prayers to Our Lady of La Salette, referring to its messages of apparition as "secrets." On August 24, 1852, Pope Pius IX once again mentioned the construction of the altar to La Salette. The same papal bull granted the foundation of the Association of Our Lady of La Salette, formalized on September 7, 1852.
On August 21, 1879, Pope Leo XIII formally granted a canonical coronation to the Virgin Mary's image at the Basilica of Our Lady of La Salette. A Russian style tiara was granted to the image, instead of the solar-type tiara used in its traditional depictions of Our Lady during her apparitions.
There is also a sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of La Salette in Oliveira de Azeméis, in Portugal; a shrine in Enfield, New Hampshire, and Attleboro, Massachusetts in the United States, both known for their Christmas lights, and a Chapel in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, in México.