Excerpts from The Pastoral Letter of Mgr de Bruillard, Bishop
of Grenoble, on the Fifth Anniversary of the La Salette Apparition
September 19, 1851 -"We judge that the Apparition
of the Blessed Virgin to the two cowherds on the 19th of September,
1846, on a mountain of the chain of Alps, situated in the parish
of LaSalette, in the archpresbytery of Corps, bears within Itself
all the characteristics of truth, and that the faithful have grounds
for believing it Indubitable and certain." (art. 1).
"Hence, in order to bear our warmest gratitude to God and to
the glorious Virgin Mary, we authorise the devotion to Our Lady
of La Salette. We allow the clergy to preach on this great Event
and to draw the practical and moral consequences arising from it."
"We expressly forbid the faithful and the clergy of our diocese
ever to speak or write against the Event which we proclaim this
day and which, henceforth, demands the respect of all." (art.
"We entreat you, our dear brethren, for the sake of your heavenly
and even earthly interests, seriously to examine yourselves, to
do penance for your sins, and particularly for those committed against
the second and third commandments of God.) We entreat you, our dearly
beloved brethren: make yourselves docile to the voice of Mary who
calls you to penance, and who, on behalf of Her Son, threatens you
with spiritual and temporal ills if, remaining insensitive to Her
maternal warnings, you harden your hearts."