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On Saturday, September 19, 1846, a “Beautiful Lady” appeared to two children from the town of Corps near the city of Grenoble in the French Alps. Their names were Maximum Girard, eleven years old, and Melanie Calmat, almost fifteen. They were watching their herds on the slope of Mont Plateau, not far from the village of La Salette. In a little hollow they suddenly noticed a globe of fire, “as though the sun had fallen on that spot.” within the dazzling light, they gradually perceived a woman seated on a stone, her elbows resting on her knees and her face buried in her hands. The Beautiful Lady rose and said to the children” Come here my children; do not be afraid, I am here to tell you great news. She took a few steps towards them, Maximum and Melanie, reassured, ran down and stood very close to her. The Beautiful Lady wept all the time she spoke, She was tall, and everything about her radiated light. She wore a long dress, and an apron around her waist, a shawl crossed over her breast and tied behind her back and a close fitting bonnet. Along the hem of her shawl, she wore a broad flat chain and from a smaller chain around her neck hung a crucifix. Beneath the arms of the cross there were, to the left of the figure of Christ, a hammer, and to the right, pincers.
The radiance of the entire apparition seemed to emanate from this crucifix. Light also shone like a brilliant crown upon the Beautiful Lady’s head. She wore garlands of roses on her head, around the edge of her shawl and around her feet. She spoke with the children about keeping Sunday holy and not using her son’s name in vain. The Beautiful Lady asked the children, Do you say your prayers well, my children? “Hardly ever, Madam.” The two shepherds answered casually. “Ah, my children, you should say them well at night and in the morning, even if you say only an Our Father and a Hail Mary when you can’t do better. When you can do better, say more.”
Then she moved forward, stepped over a stream and without turning back she gave the injunction” Very well, my children make this known to all my people. She climbed the steep path out of the hollow and rose into the air as the children caught up to her. She looked up at the sky, then down to the earth. Facing southeast, “she melted into light.” the light itself then disappeared.
La Salette, France
Site of the Apparition of Mary