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The Secrets of La Salette

At La Salette, France, in September of 1846, the Virgin Mary appeared to two children, Maximin Giraud and Melanie Mathieu, and gave them an explanation of future world events. This was kept secret for a time, then later it was allowed to be revealed to all through publication.

The secrets given to the two children are very different. Some parts of the secrets are given in a veiled manner, so that one cannot understand without faith nor without some time, effort and thought. The arrogant will not be able to understand or to believe, for Holy Scripture says, God “teaches the humble his way.” (Psalms 25:9).

The secret given to Maximin Giraud - There are several different versions of the secret of Maximin. Some versions have only seven parts, other versions have ten parts. Maximin himself never released an authorized version of his secret. All ten parts are given here.

The secret given to Melanie Mathieu - Melanie’s secret is much longer and more detailed than Maximin’s secret. Melanie’s secret consists of 33 paragraphs. These were not numbered in her original publication of the secret; I have numbered them for the sake of clarity.

The Virgin Mary gave Melanie her secret in French. There are a number of different translations of Melanie’s secret. The translation give here is a new translation. I have based this new translation on a copy of the original manuscript of the 1904 edition of Le Secret De Melanie, handwritten (in French) by Abbé Combe, Curé of Diou (Allier), published in Lyons, France. He obtained from Melanie a copy of her secret 'entirely written by her hand' and which conformed to the text of the secret originally printed in 1879, at Lecce, Italy (Le Secret De Melanie, p.7).

This 1904 manuscript corrected several typographical errors made by the publisher of that first edition, which was published in 1879 with the Imprimatur of Monseigneur Zola, Bishop of Lecce. Melanie had added her own comments within several of the paragraphs of the secret given to her by the Virgin Mary (paragraphs 12, 16, 23, and 27). The important correction made in the 1904 edition was to clearly distinguish Melanie’s comments from the words of the Virgin Mary. In this new translation, Melanie’s comments are also kept distinct from the secret itself by being placed in italics.

This entire text of these secrets was translated by Ronald L. Conte Jr. for his book, The Bible and the Future of the World, first edition published in 1998. The translation, notes, and commentary are copyright 1998. All rights reserved.

For my commentary and interpretation of these secrets, see my Kindle eBook: The Secrets of La Salette and the End Times



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