Fr. Rene Butler MS -Sixteenth Sunday -...
Interesting Possibilities(Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Wisdom 12:13-19; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43)Today’s readings are a veritable treasure trove of La Salette connections.In Wisdom: God has care of all; he has not condemned unjustly; he is master... Czytaj więcej
PPP - Week 2
Our PPP assembly this past week experienced a full agenda of insightful and productive presentations as well as taking part in touring the neighboring communities of La Salette - some of which are of great significance to the message of The Beautiful Lady of La... Czytaj więcej
PPP 2017 - Week 1
PPP 2017 - Week 1             This past Sunday, our Congregation began our largest PPP assembly ever! Close to 70 attendees, translators and facilitators have come to the Holy Mountain from nine provinces and... Czytaj więcej
Fr. Rene Butler MS - Dominion - Thirteenth Sunday
Dominion(Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 2 Kings 4:8-16; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 10: 37-42)Did you notice how many times St. Paul refers to death in our second reading? I count about ten. He also mentions sin, twice. His point, however, is to talk about life, which... Czytaj więcej
Fr. Rene Butler MS - Rain for These Roots  -...
Rain for These Roots(Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Isaiah 55:10-11; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23)A parable is a comparison. It can be a short saying, or it can be, as in today’s Gospel, fairly long and detailed.Jesus compares those who hear his word to... Czytaj więcej
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Interesting Possibilities
(Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Wisdom 12:13-19; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43)
Today’s readings are a veritable treasure trove of La Salette connections.
In Wisdom: God has care of all; he has not condemned unjustly; he is master of might, but judges with clemency; he has given his children the possibility of repentance.
Mary asked the children, “Do you say your prayers well?” They did not; but they had never been to catechism and had not learned to pray properly. Paul writes to the Romans, “We do not know how to pray as we ought.” The Spirit, therefore, takes over, as it were, and God reads what is in our hearts.

The Gospel speaks not only of seeds—a recurring image in the parables that we find also in the Message of La Salette—but of God’s patience with us. There comes, however, a time of harvest; patience then comes to an end. Our Lady speaks not only of ruined harvests past and future, but of the arm of her Son. Jesus also uses a frightful image: the weeds will be cast into the fire. But this is followed by a wonderful image: “Then shall the righteous shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father,” while the Beautiful Lady evokes a vision of heaps of wheat and self-sown potatoes.

The parables of the mustard seed and the measure of yeast have nothing fearsome about them. The seed and yeast just take their natural course to grow and expand. This is what is the Kingdom of heaven is like.
Jesus came to lead his people into that Kingdom, “an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace” (Preface for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe).
The Blessed Virgin came to La Salette to lead her people back into that Kingdom. They had not followed the natural course of faith; that seed, instead of growing, had withered; that yeast had somehow lost its power to permeate their lives.
But all is not lost. “The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness.” The unrighteous can be restored to righteousness. It is almost as though the weeds can be transformed to wheat, impossible in nature, but eminently possible by grace.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 08:04

PPP - Week 2

Our PPP assembly this past week experienced a full agenda of insightful and productive presentations as well as taking part in touring the neighboring communities of La Salette - some of which are of great significance to the message of The Beautiful Lady of La Salette.  As we began our second week of our PPP this past Sunday, our PPP participants and facilitators ventured out together after Mass to tour the community of Corps and visit the homes of the families of Maximin and Melanie.  We also went out to the rural community of Coin, the place in which our Blessed Mother reminds Maximin where he had seen spoiled wheat, and gathered together as a La Salette family within the small chapel there dedicated to the message of La Salette.  Our PPP assembly was surprised with an unexpected stop and visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Laos.  We enjoyed learning of our Blessed Mother’s apparitions to this site and we were able to spend some contemplative time there before heading for our next visit.  We ended our day with a wounderful visit to our SNDS community of Gap, where we were graciously received and shown true La Salette hospitality.

            As our week continued with structured prayer, contemplation and lecture time, our PPP assembly was fortunate to have been able to receive priceless insight and direction from Sr. Elizabeth Guiboux - Superior General of the Sisters of La Salette, Sr. Estelle Razafinjatouo - Assistant Superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette, and Fr. Louis of the community of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette of France.  On Monday and Tuesday,Sr. Elizabeth took great care in providing our PPP assembly with a moving presentation on the Evangelical Councils of poverty, chastity and obedience.  These two days were directed in an atmosphere of personal and silent reflection.  Wednesday and Thursday brought forth continued study and reflection for our group as Sr. Estelle presented a fantastic presentation on community life.  Sr. Estelle, in a spirit of religious life, inspired our group to contemplate on the presented material in community rather than in solitude.  Our group, divided into language groups, were able to contemplate and study in Lectio Divina, focusing on scripture specific to the charism of reconciliation and how we, as community, each understand our charism within our community.

Fr. Louis closed our week of study and reflection with a very moving presentation on the sacramental gifts of God.  Sacramental gifts of God, as Fr. Louis explained, “bring us, as La Salette’s, into relationship with God through our consecrated life and reflects within our identity as religious women and men.”  Through the sacrament gifts of God, we become sacramental people for Christ.

            Each of our provinces and regions represented in our PPP of 2017 have also taken part in the planning and delivery of our daily liturgies.  Each of our ten provinces and regions represented this year interact with each other and share in some part of each daily liturgy.  This has been a great opportunity for all of our participants to experience the cultural riches of each of our communities.  Friday, July 14th, the PPP assembly will celebrate the “Feast of France.”  This day is a celebration for France and all the world, as this day marks a tremendous change in the country of France as it entered into a revolution that brought forth a republic for all the people.  This feast on Friday evening is expected to be filled with great celebration.  Our Brazilian community has taken charge i planning and facilitating our event, in light of the day being the Feast of St. Junina of Brazil.

              Our coming week is expected to bring great reflections, insights, presentations and prayer.  We will definitely keep everyone up to date with all of the happenings here at our PPP.  As well continue our journey this month in our preparation for our perpetual profession, we humbly ask that you please keep all of our us and the volunteers in your prayers during this month of our PPP assembly.

Manuel Crespo, ms

Published in INFO (EN)
Saturday, 08 July 2017 16:29

PPP 2017 - Week 1

PPP 2017 - Week 1

            This past Sunday, our Congregation began our largest PPP assembly ever! Close to 70 attendees, translators and facilitators have come to the Holy Mountain from nine provinces and regions including Angola, Brazil, France, Italy, Madagascar, Myanmar, Philippines, Poland and the United States.  This year’s PPP assembly is also the first time our congregation is uniting together with our sisters of La Salette to experience what will be a tremendous month of spiritual renewal as our women and men prepare to profess their perpetual vows.

            The first week of our PPP was an amazing opportunity for all of our participants to come together from all over the world and unite as a La Salette family.  Participants were encouraged to tell their stories.  Each sister and brother shared their individual vocation story with one another.  In doing so, many participants enjoyed the challenge of listening and understanding each other's story in unfamiliar languages.  This challenge became was far from being a barrier - this challenge was an opportunity to really work on getting to know one another in genuine sincerity.  This first week of our PPP also included a presentation on the spirituality of the Holy Mountain by Fr. Joe Bachand and a presentation on understanding the apparition of Our Lady of La Salette through biblical text by Fr. Celeste and Fr. Anthony Skalba.

            All of our PPP participants have quickly bonded and are enjoying in each other's brotherhood and sisterhood as all continue to learn more about each other - one’s customs, cultures, traditions and commonalities.  Some of our participants have commented that it feels as if they have been together much longer than simply one week.  The coming three weeks plus will continue to provide great insights and experiences for each participant as they continue in their spiritual journey in preparation for their perpetual vows.  This coming week, the PPP assembly will be making a visit to Coin, as well as visiting the homes of Maximin and Melanie in Corps and the SNDS community in Gap.  Please keep all of our participants and volunteers in your prayers during this month of our PPP assembly.

Manuel Crespo MS

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