On September 19, 1846, Our Blessed Lady appeared to two French children in the Alps of southeastern France. She appeared as seated on a rock, her face buried in her hands, and weeping. She called the children to herself and told them that she was the Mother of Our Lord, and was weeping because so many people offended her divine Son. In particular, she pointed out how many nominal Catholics do not observe the Lord’s Day by attending Mass and making Sunday a day of rest and of devotion to God. That apparition took place above a village called LaSalette, hence we speak of Our Lady of LaSalette.
Our Jewish brothers and sisters have a beautiful saying, which may come from Scripture itself; it says, “Keep the Sabbath, and the Sabbath will keep you.” Those who observe the third commandment as they should by setting aside one day in the week for the worship of God and human rest and recreation can expect to feel the results of that offering of their time to God in terms of their spiritual progress and success. Those who do not observe the Sabbath—Saturday in the case of the Jews and Sunday in the case of us Christians—cannot expect to receive the blessing of God upon us. Shortly before he died, Pope John Paul II proclaimed a Year of the Eucharist. Typically and ordinarily, the Catholic’s contact with Our Divine Lord in the Eucharist takes place at Sunday Mass. And we know that right now, statistics show that less than 50% of those who call themselves Catholics attend Mass every Sunday. How sad! They are depriving themselves of this loving union with Jesus in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar; they are rendering themselves unworthy to receive the Bread of Heaven, and they are endangering their souls. Our Lady may well continue to weep because her divine Son in the magnificent gift of the Eucharist is being ignored, offended, and neglected by so many who should be deeply devoted to him in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Let us be sure, my dear friends, that we are devoted to our Lord in the Eucharist with fitting gratitude and fervor, and that our whole lives will be a love-affair with the Lord in the gift of the Blessed Sacrament. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This Message was composed some years ago.