Bishop of Roseau Gabriel Malzaire has used the occasion of the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette to call on Catholics and Christians in general to repent.
Speaking at the celebration of the feast at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Pointe Michel on Wednesday Bishop Malzaire stated that “the message of Our Lady of La Salette is conversion” and is asking everyone to turn away from their sins.
“If Our Lady was to appear to us right here in this shrine and visit Dominica, will she weep? As long as there remains disunity in the church, in our community and society Our Lady will weep. The sufferings of family life … the problems of family life are surrounded by sin as we lose our sense of purpose and who we are,” the Bishop said.
According to Bishop Malzaire, when our Lady of La Salette weeps she is saying Christians should head back to the cross. “I want us to take personal responsibility for this. I say to you that as long as our children continue to be abused, husbands and wives unfaithful, children disobedient and our country going astray, Our Lady will weep,” he said.
He went on to say that there is too much “dirty vices, incest and all” in the society. “Our country and world is becoming more anti religious … the churches are becoming empty. We say that we are a Christian society but we do show it? Do we lead by example? Our Lady will continue to weep,” he remarked.
He told the congregation if any correction is to be made in the Dominican society it has to begin in the homes, school, government and every faucet of life.
“So often in our life God takes second place. It all must begin in the home, school and all leadership roles that we hold in the society. We are all responsible for it, brothers and sisters. We have allowed our heart to grow cold and the world to take over us. We need to recapture our religious fervor or else we are doomed,” he stated.
The mass was attended by hundreds of pilgrims from all over Dominica including Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and some members of his cabinet.