"The world is immersed in evil ... a human hand is powerless to save it, the hand of God must manifest itself visibly, and, I tell
you, we shall see this divine hand with our bodily eyes." -Pius IX
"Wicked men are devoured by a thirst
for exercising their cruelty; but when they shall have reached the uttermost point of their barbarity, God himself shall extend his hand to stop them, and very soon after, a complete change shall
be effected in all surviving persons." -Sr. Mary of the Cross (Melanie Calvat), 1872
Today (Sept 19th) is the Feast Day of Our Lady of La Salette.
TCW is posting some important letters from Melanie Calvat
- the principle seer at the *apparition of the Most Blessed Virgin,
on the mountain of La Sallete, France on Sept 19th, 1846.
(Note: The following was published in 1874):
Words of Melanie, and
Portion of Some of her Letters.
Since her vision on the mountain of La Salette, Melanie has often been heard saying: "The great chastisements will come, because men will not be converted; yet it is only their conversion that can hinder these scourges. God will begin to strike men by inflicting lighter punishments in order to open their eyes; then he will
stop, or may repeat his former warnings to give place for repentance. But sinners will not avail themselves of these opportunities; he will, in consequence, send more severe castigations, anxious to move sinners to penance, but all in vain. Finally, the obduracy
of sinners shall draw upon their heads the greatest and most terrible calamities."
From a letter written by Sister Mary of the Cross (Melanie), dated June 16, 1872, we extract the following
"We are all guilty! Penance is not done, and sin increases daily. Those who should come forward to do good are retained by fear. Evil is great. A moderate punishment
serves only to irritate the spirits, because they view all things with human eyes. God could work a miracle to convert and change the aspect of the earth without chastisement. God will work a miracle; it will be a stroke of his mercy;
but after the wicked shall have inebriated themselves with blood, the scourge shall arrive.
"What countries shall be preserved from such calamities? Where shall we go for refuge? I, in my turn,
shall ask, What is the country that observes the commandments of God? What country is not influenced by human fear where the interest of the Church and the glory of God are at stake? (Ah, indeed! what country, what nation upon earth?) In behalf of my Superior
and myself, I have often asked myself where could we go for refuge, had we the means for the journey and for our subsistence, on condition that no person were to know it? But I renounce these useless thoughts. We are very guilty! In consequence of this, it
is necessary that a very great and terrible scourge should come to revive
our faith, and to restore to us our very reason, which we have almost entirely lost. Wicked men are devoured by a thirst for exercising their cruelty; but when they shall have reached the uttermost point of their barbarity, God himself shall extend
his hand to stop them, and very soon after, a complete change shall be effected in all surviving persons. Then they will sing the Te Deum Laudamus with the most lively gratitude and love. The Virgin Mary, our mother, shall be our liberatrix.
Peace shall reign, and the charity of Jesus Christ shall unite all hearts Alsace shall return to France.
Let us pray; let us pray. God does not wish to chastise us severely. He speaks to us
in so many, so many ways to make us return to him. How long shall we remain stubborn? Let us pray, let us pray; let us never cease praying and doing penance. Let us pray for our Holy Father the Pope, the only light for the faithful in these times of darkness. O yes, let us by all means pray much. Let us pray to the good, sweet, merciful Virgin Mary; for we stand
in great need of her powerful hands over our heads."
Lastly, Melanie has written to her brother, who lived in Paris, and to her married sister in Marseilles, to go away immediately from these two large and populous cities, because the catastrophe is imminent.
Present Mode of Life of Melanie.
Melanie wears the religious habit, so does likewise her faithful companion. She teaches five or six girls. She is under the immediate obedience of the Rt. Rev. Bishop of Castellamare di Stabia, a city
about eighteen miles distant from Naples. She has very frequent visions, and often she is in spiritual intercourse with *Palma Maria d Oria (whom she has never seen in an ordinary way). Through bilocation or other supernatural way, they speak together almost
every day, though living at a great distance one from the other. Palma Maria has been, during many years, confined to her poor room by extraordinary sufferings. This holy woman spoke, last year, a great deal about Melanie to a French priest, the Abbe Brandt,
and Melanie did the same to him about Palma Maria, of Oria. These are, indeed, marks of holiness.