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Mary’s tears call us to God’s mercy, says Pope

SANKTUARIUM W LA SALETTE

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Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 09/19/21

Our Lady appeared in La Salette 175 years ago today, and she was in tears.

Pope Francis noted the feast of Our Lady of Salette after praying the midday Angelus on September 19. This year marks the 175th anniversary of the apparition, which occurred September 19, 1846.

The Pope said:

My thoughts go to those who are gathered in the Shrine of La Salette in France, on the 175th anniversary of the apparition of the Madonna who appeared in tears to two children.

Mary’s tears make us think of Jesus’ tears over Jerusalem and of his anguish in Gethsemane: they are a reflection of Christ’s suffering for our sins and an appeal that is always contemporary, to entrust ourselves to God’s mercy.

Why was she crying?

According to the accounts of the children, one of the primary reasons behind her sorrow was because of a lapse in the local observance of Sunday as a day of rest. 

Click the article below for her words to the children:

Those who can’t visit the shrine in France can make a pilgrimage in Enfield, New Hampshire.

  • Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Replicating the apparition of Our Lady of La Salette, in France, in 1846, this shrine was founded in 1951 in Enfield, New Hampshire. The site has a replica of the apparition at La Salette, a Rosary pond, the outdoor Stations of the Cross and a Calvary scene with Holy Stairs followed by a peace walk.
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