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The Apparitions of Mary at La Salette.

Apparitions of The Blessed Virgin to Maximin and Melanie at La Salette.

It was the19th September, eve of the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The two young shepherds, Melanie Calvat Mathieu, almost fifteen, and Pierre Maximin Giraud, eleven, had taken their cows to a water ravine. Earlier they had spent time building a 'paradise,' a little house built with rocks. It was mid afternoon, about three o'clock when the children decided to go back to fetch the cows. As they were making their way to the ravine, Melanie saw a globe of light; it shone and lit up the valley.
Suddenly the globe opened and a beautiful lady appeared, they saw that She was sitting
on the 'paradise' they had built. Both children later stated that the Lady looked to be in "inconsolable grief," Her head was in Her hands and Her elbows on Her knees. She stood and walked towards them, She called to them saying "Come, My children, do not be afraid: I am here to proclaim great news to you.� "Great" in the context of being extremely significant. The children described the Blessed Virgin's appearance as "divinely beautiful." Maximum could only see Her forehead and chin, the rest was too dazzling for him. Melanie beheld the entire face.
The Blessed Virgin wore a headdress that was a "shining diadem of rays," with a crown of roses. She had a white shawl over Her shoulders and which was crossed at Her waist, it was bordered with roses. She wore "a dress of light," it was pure white with specks of gold.
On Her chest was a crucifix, with hammer and nails, which stayed in place without anything to attach them. These depict the instruments that tortured Our Lord and are often shown in pictures or representations of Our Lady of Dolours (sorrows). The crucifix was supported by two chains. One of the chains was of a gold braid. She also wore a golden yellow apron and white shoes with a gold buckle and a cluster of roses and Her hands were crossed one over the other in Her sleeves. Her ears were hidden, as was Her hair, beneath the headdress.
The Blessed Virgin's message and the warnings are pastoral, they are also very formal and they are serious. Both children were moved by the tears that flowed from Her eyes. Melanie said that she understood better still the whole mystery of La Salette as she saw the tears which flowed from the eyes of the Blessed Virgin. The Blessed Virgin spoke to the children, alerting them to how mankind will feel the Wrath of God:

"If My people are not willing to submit themselves, I am forced to let go of
My Son's arm. It is so heavy and weighs Me down so much that I can no longer
hold it. For all this time I have suffered for you! If I do not wish My Son to
abandon you, I must take it upon Myself to pray for this continually. And the rest
of you think little of this! In vain will you pray, in vain will you act, you will never
be able to make up for the trouble I have taken for you all."

The Blessed Virgin, our Mother, our great advocate with God, is revealing the great loving influence She has with Her Son, Our Lord. The imagery presented for us has great impact! The Old Testament 'prophetic' feel in the approach and speech, in the dress, and the manner of speaking is deliberate; it is calling the attention of Her children to the Commandments of God at this crucial time in the history of mankind and in a very profound way.
The Blessed Virgin continued speaking to the children; She draws specific attention to the Second and Third Commandments:

"I gave you six days to work, I kept the seventh for Myself and no one wishes to
grant Me that one day. This is what weighs down the arm of My Son so much.
Those who drive carts cannot swear without adding My Son's name. These are the
two things which weigh down the arm of My Son so much."

"If the harvest is spoiled, it is only because of you others. I made you see this last
year with the potatoes; you took little account of this. It was quite the opposite
when you found bad potatoes; you swore oaths, and you included the name of My Son.
They will continue to go bad; at Christmas there will be none left."

The Blessed Virgin continues in Her prophetic, Her very direct terms and with the great authority given to Her by God. She warns against taking the Lord's name in vain; the second Commandment, and about Sunday, the Lord's day; the day of rest; the third commandment. Working on a Sunday and encouraging others to do so when that work is not necessary in a strict sense is wrong. Sunday is vital for thought and reflection on how we are living our lives; this is always vital; it should be a complete day of rest. The Blessed Virgin warns of the punishments ahead. She predicts the further great famine and reveals to the people how they will have to do penance.

"If you have corn, you must not sow it. The beasts will eat all that you sow. All
that grows will fall to dust when you thresh it. A great famine will come. Before
the famine comes, children under the age of seven will begin to tremble and will
die in the arms of those who hold them. The others will do penance through hunger.
The nuts will go bad, the grapes will become rotten."

The Blessed Virgin continued to speak but whilst Melanie could see Her lips move, she could not hear, Maximin could hear; he received his secret. Then Maximin could not hear whilst Melanie received her secret. Melanie also received the rule for a Religious Order. The Blessed Virgin continued with a great consolation and promise:

"If they are converted, the stones and rocks will change into heaps of wheat, and
potatoes will be found sown in the earth."

These are very serious messages from the Blessed Virgin, our Mother, at this most crucial time. The significance of conversion is very clearly shown, as is the significance of seeking to put God, from whom all good things come, and from whom chastisements come, first in our lives; She is seeking to galvanize people in their Faith. She continues by reminding the children of the personal imperative of maintaining a dialogue with heaven:

"Do you say your prayers properly, My children?" To this the children replied:
"No, Madame, not so much." - "Ah! my children, you must say them morning and
evening. When you can do no more, say a Pater and an Ave Maria; and when you
have the time to do better, you will say more."

"Only a few old women go to Mass; in the summer, the rest work all day Sunday
and in the winter, when they do not know what to do, they only go to Mass to make
fun of religion. During Lent, they go to the butchers like hungry dogs!"

The Blessed Virgin then asked the children:

"Have you ever seen spoilt wheat, My children?" They both answered: "Oh!no
Madame." Then, She said to Maximin: "But you, My child, you must have seen
some once near Coin, with your father: "Come and see how my wheat has gone bad!'
You both went to see. Your father took two or three ears in his hand, rubbed them, and
they fell to dust. Then, on your way back, when you were no more than half an hour
away from Corps, your father gave you a piece of bread and said: 'Take it, eat"

Maximin's father, Germain Giraud, who had never told anyone about the wheat, converted back to the faith soon after hearing this and following the cure of his asthma which took place immediately after his drinking from the spring water of La Salette. The Blessed Virgin ended Her words by giving the shepherds a mission, as follows:

"And so, My children, you will pass this on to all My people."

As She crossed the stream of the Sezia, and without looking back at the children She again said:

"And so, My children, you will pass this on to all my people."

She walked across the plateau, Her feet gliding over the grass, the children were running after Her. As they caught up with Her, and as they stood beside Her, She stayed, just for a moment, suspended in the air. She then rose between them.

The Secrets of La Salette: Maximin's Secret and Melanie's Secret (Both Texts.)


Maximin's Secret:

Three fourths of France will lose the Faith, and the fourth part, which will retain it, will
practice it lukewarmly.

Peace will be given to the world only when men will be converted.

A protestant nation from the north of Europe will convert to the Faith and, by means of this
nation, the other nations will return to the Faith.

The Pope who will come after this one will not be Roman.

And when men will convert, God will restore peace to the world.

Afterwards this peace will be disturbed by the monster.

And the monster will arrive at the end of the nineteenth century or at the latest at
the commencement of the twentieth.

In this time the anti-Christ will be born of Hebraic descent, a false Virgin, who will have
communication with the ancient serpent, with the master of impurity and putrefaction. His
father will be a Bishop. He will perform false miracles and subsist only on vitiating faith.
He will have his brethren, who will be children of evil but not incarnate devils like himself.
Soon they will be at the head of armies, supported by the legions of hell.

Up, ye children of light, and fight! For behold, the ages of ages, the end, the extremity is at
hand! The Church passes into darkness. The world will be in a state of consternation,
perplexity and confusion.

On Henoch and Elias: 'They will suddenly appear on earth full of the spirit of God, when the
Church becomes darkened and the world in terrible agony. They will convert those of good
will and comfort the oppressed Christians. With the help of the Holy Spirit, they will have
great success against the heresies of the anti-Christ. But in the end they will be delivered unto

See also, Maximin's Secret and The Prophesy of St John Vianney:

Melanie's Secret:

First the longer (fuller) version of her secret, sent to Pope Pius IX in 1858 and published with the Imprimatur of Bishop Zola of Leece in 1879

1. "Melanie, what I am going to tell you now will not always be secret. You may make it public
in 1858."

2. "The priests, ministers of My Son, the priests, by their wicked lives, by their irreverences and
their impiety in celebrating the holy mysteries, by love of money, love of honour and of
pleasures, the priests have become cesspools of impurity. Yes, the priests are asking for
vengeance, and vengeance is suspended over their heads. Woe to the priests and to persons
consecrated to God, who by their infidelities and their bad lives are crucifying anew My Son!
The sins of persons consecrated to God cry out towards Heaven and call for vengeance, and
see how vengeance is at their door, for there is no one left to beg mercy and forgiveness for
the people; there are no longer generous souls, there is no longer anyone worthy to offer the
Victim without blemish to the Eternal on behalf of the world."

3."God is going to strike in a manner without example."

4."Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God is going to exhaust His wrath, and no one will be
able to take himself away from so many afflictions combined."

5."The leaders, the guides of the people have neglected prayer and penance, and the demon has
obscured their intelligence; they have become these wandering stars that the old devil will
drag along with his tail to make them perish. God will permit the old serpent to place divisions
among rulers, in all societies and in all families; physical and moral pains will be suffered.
God will abandon men to themselves, and will send chastisements that will follow one after
another for more than thirty five years."

6."Society is on the eve of the most terrible scourges and of the greatest events; one must expect
to be ruled with an iron rod and to drink the chalice of the Wrath of God."

7."May the Vicar of My Son, the sovereign Pontiff Pius IX, never leave Rome after the year
1859; but may he be steadfast and noble, may he fight with the weapons of faith and love;
I will be with him."

8. "May he be wary of Napolean; his heart is double, and when he will want to be at the same
time Pope and Emperor, soon God will withdraw from him: he is this eagle who, wanting
always wanting to rise higher, will fall on the sword he wanted to use in order to force the
people to raise him up."

9. "Italy will be punished for her ambition in wanting to shake off the yoke of the Lord of Lords.
And she will be left to fight a war; blood will flow on all sides; the Churches will be locked up
or desecrated; the priests, the religious will be hunted; they will be made to die, and to die a
cruel death, several will abandon the Faith, and the number of priests and religious who will
separate themselves from the true religion will be great; Among these persons there will even
be Bishops."
10."May the Pope guard himself against the performers of miracles, for the time
has come when the most astonishing wonders will take place on the earth and in the air."

11."In the year 1864, Lucifer with a great number of demons will be unleashed from hell; they
will abolish the Faith little by little and even in persons consecrated to God; they will blind
them in such a way that barring a particular grace these persons will take on the spirit of
these bad angels: several religious houses will lose the Faith entirely and will lose many

12."Evil books will be abundant on earth, and the spirits of darkness will spread everywhere a
universal slackening in all that concerns the service of God; they will have a very great power
over nature: there will be churches to serve these spirits. Some persons will be transported
from one place to another by these bad spirits and even some priests, because they will not
be guiding themselves by the good spirit of the Gospel, which is a spirit of humility, charity
and zeal for the glory of God. The dead and the just will be made to revive.[That is to say
that these dead will take the appearance of just souls who had lived on earth, in order to lead
men further astray: these so called resurrected dead, who will be nothing other than the demon
under these appearances, will preach another Gospel contrary to the one of the true Christ
Jesus, denying the existence of heaven, or they may also be the souls of the dammed. All these
souls will appear as if united to their bodies.] There will be in all places extraordinary
wonders, because the true Faith is dying out and because false light enlightens the world. Woe
to the Princes of the Church who will not be occupied except to pile riches upon riches, to
safeguard their authority and to dominate with pride."

[In a letter to Abbe Combe, the editor of the 1904 edition of "Le Secret De Melanie," Melanie
states that she made the comment (in brackets above concerning the dead and the just
'reviving;' "the demons under these appearances")"according to the vision I had in the moment
that the very Blessed Virgin was speaking of the resurrection of the dead."[Le Secret De
Melanie, p. 29-30]

13."The Vicar of My Son will have much to suffer, because for a time the Church will be
delivered over to great persecutions: this will be the time of darkness; the Church will have a
frightful crisis."

14."As the holy Faith is forgotten, every individual will want to be guided by himself and
to be superior to his peers. Civil and ecclesiastical powers will be abolished, all order and all
justice will be trampled underfoot; one will only see homicides, hatred, jealousy, lying and
discord, without love for country, or for family."

15."The holy Father will suffer very much. I will be with him until the end to receive his

16."The wicked will make an attempt several times on his life without power to do harm to his
days, but neither he, nor his successor [ who will not reign long,] will see the triumph of the
Church of God."

17."All the civil governments will have one and the same plan, which will be to abolish, and to
make disappear all religious principle, in order to make way for materialism, atheism,
spiritualism and all kinds of vices."

18."In the year 1865, there will be desecration of holy places. In convents, the flowers of the
Church will be decayed and the demon will make himself as the king of hearts. May those
who are at the head of religious communities keep themselves on guard for persons whom
they receive, because the demon will use all of his malice in order to introduce into religious
orders persons devoted to sin, for disorders and the love of carnal pleasures will be spread by
all the earth."

19."France, Italy, Spain and England will be in war. Blood will flow in the streets; Frenchmen
will fight Frenchmen, Italian with Italian; subsequently there will be a general war which
will be appalling. For a time, God will be no longer be mindful of France or Italy, because
the Gospel of Jesus Christ is no longer known. The wicked will deploy all their malice; they
will kill themselves, they will massacre themselves mutually even in the houses."

20."At the first stroke of His lightening sword, the mountains and all nature will
tremble with terror, for the disorders and the crimes of men pierce the vault of the
heavens. Paris will be burned and Marseilles engulfed; several great cities will be shaken and
engulfed by earthquakes: it will be believed that all is lost: only homicides will be seen, only
the noise of weapons and blasphemies will be heard. The just will suffer much; their prayers,
their penances and their tears will climb even up to heaven and all the people of God will ask
for forgiveness and mercy, and will ask for My help and intercession. Then Jesus Christ by
an act of His Justice and of His Mercy for the just, will command His angels that all His
enemies be put to death. All at once the persecutors of the Church of Jesus Christ and all men
devoted to sin will perish, and the earth will become like a desert. Then peace, the
reconciliation of God with men will be made; Jesus Christ will be served, adored and
glorified; charity will flower everywhere. The new kings will be the right arm of the holy
Church, which will be strong, humble, pious, poor, zealous and imitator of the virtues of Jesus
Christ. The Gospel will be preached everywhere and men will make great progress in the
Faith, because there will be unity among the workers of Jesus Christ and because men will
live in the fear of God."

21."This peace among men will be short lived; twenty five years of plentiful harvests will make
them forget that the sins of men are the cause of all the pains which come upon the earth."

22."A forerunner of the anti-Christ with his troops from several nations will fight against the
Christ, the only Saviour of the world; he will spill much blood, and will want to annihilate the
worship of God in order to make himself be looked upon as a god."

23."The earth will be struck with all kinds of calamities[in addition to plague and famine
which will be widespread; there will be wars until the last war, which will then be made by
the ten kings of the anti-Christ, which kings will have all one same design and will be the
only ones who will rule the world. Before these arrive, there will be a type of false peace in
the world; one will think only about amusing oneself; the wicked will deliver themselves
over to all kinds of sin, but the children of the holy Church, the children of the Faith,
My true imitators, will grow in the love of God and in the virtues which are dear to Me.
Happy the humble souls guided by the Holy Spirit! I will fight with them until they
arrive at the fullness of years."

24."Nature is asking for vengeance for men, and she shudders with terror in waiting for that
which must come upon the earth soiled with crimes."

25."Tremble, earth and you who make profession of serving Jesus Christ and who on the inside
you adore yourselves, tremble; for God is going to deliver you over to His enemy, because the
holy places are in a state of corruption; many houses are no longer houses of God, but the
pastures of Asmodeus and his sort."

26."It will be during this time that the anti-Christ will be born of a Hebrew religious, of a false
virgin who will have communications with the old serpent, the master of impurity; his father
will be a Bishop; at birth, he will vomit blasphemies, he will have teeth; in a word, he will be
the devil incarnate; he will let out frightening cries, he will perform wonders, he will nourish
himself only on impurities. He will have brothers who, although they will not be like him
devils incarnate, will be children of evil; at the age of twelve, they will make themselves
noticed by their brilliant victories which they will win; soon, they will each be at the head of
armies, assisted by the legions of hell."

27."The seasons will be altered, the earth will produce only bad fruits, the stars will lose their
regular movements, the moon will reflect only a faint reddish glow. Water and fire will give
to the globe of the earth, convulsive movements and terrible earthquakes which will swallow
up mountains and cities"[etc].'

[Abbe Combe, editor of the1904 edition, writes: I have from Melanie that this etc. is not
made part of the text. The Blessed Virgin showed her other cataclysms without naming
them and without pronouncing the word etc.'(Le Secret de Melanie, p.57)]

28."Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the anti-Christ."

29."The demons of the air with the anti-Christ will perform great wonders on the earth and in
the air, and men will corrupt themselves more and more. God will have care of His faithful
servants and men of good will; the Gospel will be preached everywhere, all peoples and all
nations will have knowledge of the truth!"

30."I address a pressing appeal to the earth: I call upon the true disciples of God living and
reigning in the heavens; I call upon the true imitators of Christ made man, the only and true
Saviour of men; I call upon My children, My true devotees, those whom I carry so to speak in
My arms, those who have lived by My spirit; finally I call upon the Apostles of the last times,
the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in a contempt for the world and for
themselves, in poverty and in humility, in contempt and in silence, in prayer and in
mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering and unknown to the world. It is
time that they go out and come to enlighten the earth. Go, and show yourselves as My dear
children; I am with you and in you, provided your Faith be the light which enlightens you in
these days of woe. May your zeal render you like the starving for the glory and honor of Jesus
Christ. Fight, children of light, you the small number who can see; for behold the time of
times, the end of ends."

31."The Church will be in eclipse, the world will be in consternation. But behold Enoch and
Ellie filled with the Spirit of God; they will preach with the strength of God and men of
good will, will believe in God, and many souls will be consoled; they will make great progress
by the virtue of the Holy Spirit and will condemn the diabolical errors of the anti-Christ."

[Abbe' Combe, writes 'I have from Melanie that the Church will be eclipsed in this sense,
that 1: one will not know which is true pope; 2: for a time: the Holy Sacrifice will cease to
be offered in the churches, and also in houses: so there will be no more public worship.
But she saw that yet the Holy sacrifice would not cease: it would be offered in caves, in
tunnels in barns and in alcoves.']

* Possibly, or probably, Melanie meant "for a time" and in some places, "the Holy Sacrifice......"

32."Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! There will be bloody wars and famines; pestilences
and contagious diseases; there will be rains of a dreadful hail of animals, thunders which
will shake cities, earthquakes which will engulf countries; voices will be heard in the air,
men will beat their head against the walls, they will call upon death, and on another side
death will be their torture; blood will flow on all sides. Who will be able to overcome, if
God does not shorten the time of the ordeal? By the blood, the tears and the prayers of the
just, God will let Himself be swayed, Enoch and Elie will be put to death; pagan Rome will
disappear. Fire from Heaven will fall and will consume three cities; all the universe will be
struck with terror, and many will let themselves be misled because they have not adored the
true Christ living among them. It is time; the sun darkens; faith alone shall live."

33."Now is the time; the abyss opens. Behold the king of kings of darkness. Behold the beast
with his subjects, calling himself the saviour of the world. He will rise proudly into the air
to go to Heaven; he will be smothered by the breath of the Holy Archangel, Saint
Michael. He will fall, and the earth, which for three days will be in continual evolutions,
will open its fiery bowels; he will be plunged for ever with all his own into the eternal
chasms of hell. Then water and fire will purify the earth and will consume all the works
of the pride of men, and all will be renewed: God will be served and glorified." 1

* comment of Angela Searles

Melanie's (clearly) shortened version, written on 6th July 1851 is as follows:


"secret which the Blessed Virgin gave me on the Mountain of La Salette on
19th September,1846"


"Melanie, I will say something to you which you will not say to anybody:

The time of God's wrath has arrived!"

"If, when you say to the people what I have said to you so far, and what I will still ask you
to say, if, after that, they do not convert, (if they do not do penance, and they do not cease
working on a Sunday, and if they continue to blaspheme the Holy Name of God), in a word,
if the face of the earth does not change, God will be avenged against the people ungrateful
and slave of the demon."

"My Son will make His power manifest! Paris, this city soiled by all kinds of crime, will
perish infallibly. Marseilles will be destroyed in a little time. When these things arrive,
the disorder will be complete on the earth, the world will be given up to its impious

"The pope will be persecuted from all sides, they will shoot at him, they will want to put
him to death, but no one will be able to do it, the Vicar of God will triumph again this time."

"The priests and the Sisters, and the true servants of my Son will be persecuted, and several
will die for the faith of Jesus-Christ."

"A famine will reign at the same time."

"After all these will have arrived, many will recognize the hand of God on them, they will
convert, and do penance for their sins."

"A great king will go up on the throne, and will reign a few years. Religion will re-flourish
and spread all over the world, and there will be a great abundance, the world, glad not to be
lacking, will fall again in its disorders, will give up God, and will be prone to its criminal

"[Among]God's ministers, and the spouses of Jesus-Christ, there will be some who will go
astray, and that will be the most terrible."

"Lastly, hell will reign on earth. It will be then that the anti-Christ will be born of a Sister,
but woe to her! Many will believe in him, because he will claim to have come from heaven,
woe to those who will believe in him!"

"That time is not far away, twice 50 years will not go by."

"My child, you will not say what I have just said to you. (You will not say it to anybody,
you will not say if you must say it one day, you will not say what that it concerns), finally
you will say nothing anymore until I tell you to say it!

"I pray to Our Holy Father the Pope to give me his holy blessing."

Melanie Mathieu, Shepherdess of La Salette,
Grenoble, July 6th, 1851.

J.M.J +

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