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Our Lady of La Salette

Where:  La Salette,France


When: 19 September 1846



On September 19th 1846, two children Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat witnessed an apparition of our lady in La Salette , France. She wore a crucifix suspended from her neck by a necklace. She was wearing a pearl studded white robe and an apron covered with gold. While other apparitions report our lady showing no emotion, at La Salette , she was weeping with her hands in her head. She wanted people to keep the lord's day holy. The Virgin gave a secret to each of them and then walked up a hill and vanished.


Maximin Giraud's Secret :


The virgin warned of consequences that come if people did not start praying.  The Virgin told him:


"If my people continue, what I will say to you will arrive earlier, if it changes a little, it will be a little later. France has corrupted the universe, one day it will be punished. The faith will die out in France: three quarters of France will not practice religion anymore, or almost no more, the other part will practice it without really practicing it. Then, after [that], nations will convert, the faith will be rekindled everywhere.

A great country in the north of Europe, now Protestant, will be converted; by the support of this country all the other nations of the world will be converted. Before all that arrives, great disorders will arrive, in the Church, and everywhere. Then, after [that], our Holy Father the Pope will be persecuted. His successor will be a pontiff that nobody expects.

Then, after [that], a great peace will come, but it will not last a long time. A monster will come to disturb it. All that I tell you here will arrive in the other century, at the latest in the year two thousand."


Melanie Calvat's Secret:  


Melanie Calvat wrote several versions of her secret:

  • 1858: Calvat wrote to the Pope in 1858. As she was in Darlington at the time, it would have been forwarded through the English College in Rome. No copy has ever been located.

  • 1860-1870-1873: The extended text of 1858 was reproduced in Marseille in 1860 on request of the superiors of Mélanie Calvat] A copy of the reproduction of 1860 was made in Castellammare in 1870 and was published on 30 April 1873 by Félicien Bliard, a French priest. This publication contained the approval of the archbishop of Naples, Sisto Cardinal Sforza.

  • 1879: Calvat published a pamphlet about the apparitions. At this point anti-clerical views become apparent, which could have been influenced by her difficulties with the religious authorities. She was not permitted to pronounce religious vows in the diocese of Grenoble. In this version Calvat also states that the Holy Virgin gave her the rule of a new religious order. Her predictions for 1859, 1864, and 1865 were first published in the 1879 version.


"Melanie, what I am going to tell you now will not always be secret. You will be allowed to publish it in 1858. ... Woe to the priests and to persons consecrated to God, who by their infidelities and their bad life are crucifying anew my Son!The leaders, the guides of the people of God have neglected prayer and penance, ... 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 which will follow one after another for more than thirty-five years.


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. (This part appealed to Bloy's views on redemptive suffering.) May the Vicar of my Son, the sovereign Pontiff Pius IX, no longer leave Rome after the year 1859; but may he be firm and generous, may he fight with the weapons of faith and love; I will be with him.


May he be wary of Napoleon; 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 to raise himself up, will fall on the sword which he wanted to use in order to force the peoples to raise him up.


Italy will be punished for her ambition in wanting to shake off the yoke of the Lord of Lords; also she will be delivered over to war. ...In the year 1864, Lucifer with a great number of demons will be unleashed from hell; they will abolish the faith little by little." 

Maximin Giraud:


Born: 26 August 1835

Died: 1 March 1875


Melanie Calvat:

Born: 7 November 1831

Died:  15 December 1904