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Light and Joy

September - November 2015

In Less than a month, we will gather in the beautiful church of our Shrine to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette.  Just one month ago I had the wonderful opportunity to spend the entire month of July at the Holy Mountain at La Salette, France, before taking my perpetual vow.  Looking back at that experience, shared with other La Salette Missionaries and Sisters coming from Angola, Madagascar, India, Brazil, Philippines, Poland, Myanmar and USA, two words stand out:  light and joy.


The light of La Salette that surrounded Our Lady, Maximin and Melanie recalls the light of Jesus' Transfiguration and, ultimately, the light of the empty tomb at Easter, i.e. the light of the risen Jesus.  With this, it also recalls joy:  the joy of gathering together with other La Salette Missionaries and Sisters to spend time in prayer, fraternal sharing and conviviality; and the joy of living our common commitment to the message of Our Lady of La Salette, even if in many different cultural backgrounds.


Light and joy:  they gathered around the Apparition site and Shrine where, during the month of July, we all had the blessing of being able to pray, meditate, and deepen our fidelity to Jesus Christ and to the people of God through the compassionate love and tenderness of Mary, the "Beautiful Lady" of La Salette.


Whoever you are, if you are reading this Newsletter, it is probably because your life, like mine, has been touched by the presence and words of our Beautiful Lady.  As such, while approaching, once again, to the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette, let us turn to God and ask Him, together, as one big family, for the grace of witnessing both the light and the joy of the euanghelion (Good News) of Jesus Christ, and for the grace to live out the message the Beautiful Lady delivered to two poor and ordinary young shepherds, and for the grace of being a new "Maximin" and new "Melanie" for a world in need of Reconciliation.
                                                         - Fr. Flavio

 
 Lent 2015
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