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A Center for Reconciliation
410 NH Route 4A - PO Box 420
Enfield, NH 03748
Office hours, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.,
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NATIVITY SETS EXHIBIT
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updated February 23, 2015 (Reflection,
reflection on Sunday readings
Note: To understand these reflections, two things would be helpful:
at the readings for the Sunday indicated (for example, using the
following web site:
http://www.usccb.org/bible and clicking on the
in the calendar);
2) being familiar with the story and
message of Our Lady of La Salette (click
here to open a pdf page).
reflections are in calendar order, the most recent appearing
(Genesis 22:1-18; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10)
Second Sunday of Lent, Year B
Last week I mentioned that the Genesis reading about the
rainbow is used also in the Mass of Our Lady of La Salette. This
week there is a similar coincidence.
At the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in France, the
stained-glass window over the entrance to the Basilica depicts
the Transfiguration of Jesus, which is the subject of today’s
What is the connection? Well, both involve a blinding
brightness. But there is much more.
Jesus appears with Moses and Elijah, representing the Law
and the Prophets. He is the fulfillment of both. Mary at La
Salette, speaking in a typically prophetic style, recalls us to
our duties of worship and prayer, of honoring the Lord’s Day and
respecting the Lord’s name.
In the Transfiguration, the voice from heaven says, “This is
my beloved Son. Listen to him.” That is ultimately what the
Beautiful Lady came to say. She asked nothing for herself, but
asked her people to turn back to her Son. “Listen,” in the
Bible, as often in other languages, can mean “obey” or, in the
context of the Beautiful Lady’s message, “submit.”
Abraham, our father in faith, is a perfect model of
submission. Some assume that in his heart he must surely have
questioned or even rebelled against God’s command that he
sacrifice his son. In this text, however, there is no hint of
any such attitude. The Scripture does state that this was a
test, so we may be justified in thinking Abraham experienced it
as such, but that is all.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” writes St. Paul.
La Salette is a reminder that God is for us indeed, and that he
asks of us the submission of faith exemplified by Abraham.
Someone once described the La Salette Missionaries as “a
group of religious men living together among the people of God,
in order to bring the people of God together.” Yes, our goal in
bringing Mary’s message to the world is to gather people to her
Son, the Son of God, so that all of us, and our world, too,
through the submission of faith, may be “transfigured” in his
March 8, 2015: Commandments 3 & 2
(Exodus 20:1-17; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John
Third Sunday of Lent, Year B
today’s first reading we hear the Ten Commandments. Each of them
is essential, non-negotiable.
Two of them receive special attention at La Salette.
Speaking in God’s name, the Beautiful Lady paraphrases the Third
Commandment: “I have given you six days to work, the seventh I
have kept for myself, and no one will give it to me.” And later
she notes that “only a few elderly women go to Mass.”
Evoking the Second Commandment, she also
complains—twice!—that when people swear, they “throw in my Son’s
This is not to say that these two commandments are more
important than the others. Still, they are foundational, and
rest in turn on the First Commandment: “I am the Lord your God;
you shall have no strange gods before me.” If these three, which
concern our obligations to God himself, are not observed
faithfully, what guarantee is there that the other seven,
concerning our neighbor, will be kept?
In fact, in the Book of Leviticus, God, in promulgating
various laws, adds, over 30 times, the statement: “I am the
Lord,” by way of emphasis.
Examples include Lev. 19:12, “You shall not swear falsely by
my name, thus profaning the name of your God. I am the Lord;”
and 19:30, “Keep my Sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary. I am
Reverencing the Lord’s sanctuary is the issue in today’s
Gospel, in which Jesus casts out the money changers and sellers.
His astonishingly aggressive behavior is a clear indication of
the vital importance of the temple, God’s dwelling place among
his people or, more accurately, the focus and reminder of his
presence among them.
For Christians, Jesus himself is that “temple,” God dwelling
in our midst, wherever even just two or three are gathered in
his name (see Matt. 18:20).
How much more so when a whole community gathers to worship
on the Lord’s day! What better way is there to reverence the
Lord’s sanctuary and to honor his name?
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Very Rev. Fr. Silvano Marisa,
M.S., the Superior General of the Missionaries of Our Lady
of La Salette, and three members of the General Council: Fr.
Adilson Schio, M.S., Fr. Henryk Przeździecki, M.S. and
Fr. Efren Musngi, M.S. are currently conducting a formal
visit of all the La Salette communities and works in North
America. The purpose of the visit is to offer
fraternal support to us in our works and ministries, as well as
to our La Salette laity. Please pray that we may all be renewed
in the process.
Fr. Justino Maquina Makunde, M.S. (Angola), who died in a
car accident on February 9, at the age of 34.
Fr. Joseph Ross,
M.S. (Enfield, New Hampshire), 86, has virtually no sight in
his right eye, and his left eye is now becoming a cause of
Rhéaume, M.S., Director of the La Salette Community here in
Enfield, had a long and complex cancer operation in two parts,
on February 11 and 12. His recovery continues well, and the
nurses had him on his feet very briefly on February 24.
Fr. Arthur Lueckenotto, M.S.
(Madagascar) is very ill and suffering from cardiac
complications. 79 years old, he has returned to the US for
Fr. Stephen Krisanda, M.S. (Orlando, Florida) fell ill while
visiting his family in Pennsylvania. He has been diagnosed with
a cancerous tumor of the bladder. He continues to undergo
Jean Demers, a member of the Enfield
La Salette Associates and a very active member in St. Helena
parish in Enfield. She has gone from strength to strength, but
is not ready to be removed from our prayer list just yet.
Patricia Tamagini, long-time friend of La Salette
(especially of the late Fr. Leo Maxfield, M.S.) continues
her fight against cancer. She asks her friends to pray
particularly to Fr. Max for her.
our Sunday devotions in the summer, the prayer
intentions left at the feet of the statue of Our Weeping Mother
in the Shrine Chapel are read aloud during the recitation of the
Rosary. Year round, after remaining a week
or two in the Shrine Chapel,
the intentions are brought across the street to the La Salette Community Chapel in the
"North House," where they are kept for many weeks. Our La Salette Associates will often take them as
well, in order to pray for them at home.
We are faithful in praying for all our pilgrims, visitors, friends and
benefactors, and invite you to join us in
doing the same.
Our Lady of La Salette Chapel
The Shrine Chapel has a character
that fits the setting. Its rustic simplicity mirrors the simple
and quiet beauty of the surrounding countryside and Lake
Wagon wheel lighting reminds all pilgrims that the life
journey they are on is slow and steady and that God is calling
The old wooden pews provide just enough comfort to
prevent our minds from wandering but not
enough to distract us from the journey.
Gift Shop ~ 603-632-4301
Manager - Brother David Carignan, MS
La Salette Gift Shop offers a
variety of religious articles of varying prices to accommodate
all of life's special occasions that you would want to honor
with the depth of the sacred: statues, crucifixes, rosaries,
religious jewelry, Nativity figures and more. We carry a wide
selection of books and music as well.
The La Salette Cross
The children to whom Mary appeared
at La Salette, France, on September 19, 1846, described the
crucifix on Mary's breast as more radiant than anything else in
A hammer hung on one side and pincers on the other.
Although Mary did not explain the significance of these
implements, it is thought that the hammer represents sin, which
nailed Jesus to the Cross. Just as the pincers removed the
nails, penance and prayer help us reconcile the world to God.
Around the world, the La Salette Cross has become the
characteristic symbol of Mary's message to be reconciled to God.
The Cafeteria has a
fully equipped kitchen. Food service is available during the
Christmas Light season and for our programs.
The Cafeteria & Program Center is largely used for day
retreat groups and hosts a variety of civic groups. These
groups need to contact us far enough in advance to secure its
use. A donation is requested.
La Salette Shrine is located on the shores of Lake
Mascoma, on Route 4A in Enfield, New Hampshire.
The Shakers (see "The Miracle of Enfield" below) called
this patch of heaven "Chosen Vale." Mascoma's blue waters mirror
the birch, pine, and maple that populate the surrounding hills
and mountains and give this valley a unique beauty the year
'round. It is no surprise that the spirit jumps into prayer once
Last Supper Reconciliation Chapel
A small A-frame chapel is located on the edge of our
property. Besides the Nativity Exhibit, it contains a beautiful wood carving of the Last
Supper. It is used especially during the Christmas lights
season, for children (and others) to write a Birthday Card to
On the hill is located the Pavilion. The Pavilion which
seats approximately 80 is used as a place for prayer services,
music and relaxation.
The Miracle of Enfield: A Vale Chosen by God Himself
It’s 1782 and many of the folks in
Mascoma Valley have become involved in Protestant religious
revival. Since the Nineteenth Century is just around the
corner, many wonder if the Lord might not choose this time for
his Second Coming. And if he does come, what might he expect to
find among his followers?
At the invitation of one of the townspeople, two
brothers come to the valley to address the faithful on the
Shaker religious beliefs. Their celibate community claims that
Mother Ann—their foundress—is the feminine counterpart of Christ
and that both men and women must now work diligently to build a
perfect earth if they are to be acceptable for a perfect
heaven. A number of the townspeople like what they hear and
before long, a community is born.
The Shakers call Mascoma Valley, “Chosen Vale” and they
find God’s presence here in a special way. Over the years,
their example attracts new believers and by the mid-century over
350 members share their lifestyle in Enfield, N.H. Numerous
buildings spring up and the Great Stone Dwelling House (1837)
effectively becomes the largest Shaker dwelling house ever
built. Even to this day, this magnificent building stands as a
tribute to lives dedicated to God.
The Shaker industriousness knows no boundaries and seeks
perfection in all things. Their farm skills lead to the
development of our modern seed industry; to patent medicines;
and to new forestry techniques. They weave indestructible
sweaters, create beautiful and simple furniture, and set to
paper a whole repertory of music to praise God and his creation.
Times change, however, and with new times come changes in
values and lifestyles. As the Twentieth Century draws near, the
Shakers become aware of a dwindling membership. They begin to
speak the unspeakable—some of their settlements will have to be
closed. Might this be a sign of the Lord’s Second Coming? The
Shakers are finally faced with closing their Chosen Vale
community in 1923. For four years, the property sits idle.
In 1927, at the invitation of a parish priest in Lebanon,
N.H. Father Zotique Chouinard, M.S., a La Salette Missionary
contacts Elder Bruce in Canterbury and begins negotiations for
acquisition of the property. In early December of that year,
the Shakers sell Chosen Vale for $25,000 — the sum Father
Chouinard was authorized to spend.
The Enfield property now enters a second phase not unlike
the period of the Shakers: young men are to be trained for the
celibate religious life and for the Catholic priesthood. In
August 1928, the Sisters of Saint Martha arrive to attend to the
cooking and household tasks once carried out by the Shaker
For forty years the use of this property continues to
evolve, but manages to maintain the prayerful commitment of a
celibate life dedicated to God along with a quest for
practicality and a respect for roots. The beautiful and stately
Mary Keane Memorial Chapel is added in 1930 thanks to the
generosity of an eminent benefactress.
In 1974 the seminary closes its doors as a result of
soaring costs and a change in lifestyles, which results in
reduced numbers of vocations at the high school level. Chosen
Vale enters yet another phase. The scenic shores of Mascoma
begin to attract families seeking a sacred place in which to
rest and be recreated. Some even sell their homes to be near
the La Salette Missionaries in their search for God’s will
In the heart of this great valley home there lies a place of
special value and sacredness: The Shaker and La Salette
Cemeteries. These sacred grounds bear witness not to death, but
to life, to life lived out fully in the service of God. Here
lie in peace such heroes as Moses Johnson who built a number of
Shaker Meeting Houses; Caleb Dyer who built many of the great
edifices in this Chosen Vale and who brought the Shaker
Community to its apex; Rev Zotique Chouinard, M.S. who saw the
dream of a LaSalette Community come to life at great personal
expense to himself and to the early fathers and brothers; Miss
Mary Keane who returned to God the hundredfold of gifts with
which he had blessed her; and so many others who were able to
find here a special presence of God and who proclaim to all that
this valley is special, that this is God’s Chosen Vale.
La Salette continues to be a special gift from God. The
community which flowed from the apparition of Our Lady at La
Salette France in 1846 has grown to encompass mission areas all
over the world. The Enfield community sprang from a residence
and mother Province in Hartford, Connecticut. From Enfield has
come a whole new religious Province in the Philippine Islands.
The movement goes on. Where the future and God will lead cannot
be foretold. Who would have dreamed back in 1782 that today
this Chosen Vale would serve families in a special way? Who
would have thought in 1846 when the Shakers were erecting a
Sacred Stone that two weeks later Our Lady would appear at La
Salette and re-echo the message that “from this ground a spring
would flow that would bring healings from afar?” Who would have
dreamed in 1927 that Miss Keane would make possible in 1930 a
Church that none could even imagine?
Many refer to our on-going story as The Miracle of
Enfield. Why doubt it? Nothing short of a miracle could have
brought us to where we are today. The signs of God never cease
to amaze us as we live each sunrise and sunset under his
watchful eye. As St. Paul would say: If God is for us, who can
be against us?
Praised be Jesus Christ, now and
Now and forever, praised be Jesus Christ!