Today..in Rome..our Brother André will be canonized~
I am quite moved by this and watching people travel to Rome for this event has left me humbled..
Just a little while ago..we had taken a little trip to Lourdes,here in QC..because I had wanted a little sacred medal of him..but it was the first weekend in October and the shop associated w/ this pilgrimage site closes end of September..Nevertheless there was peaceful beauty to be found~
And many many many people were there~
It is lovely~ it is a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes).
If you look at the rocks.. it is said that :"The mountain is also home to an unusual, natural rock garden known as the "champs de patates", so named because of the local legend that it was once a potato field, turned to stone by God because the farmer worked on Sunday."
Is it because I grew up visiting the Oratory? The magic of that place as a child? Even now as an adult? Of hearing of Brother Andre all my life?And visiting Rome in 2008 and seeing and witnessing the glory of it all?
Or seeing the touching testimonial of a young Mtl man w/ sarcoma traveling there in the hope of being cured?
Whatever the reason..I am so grateful I believe.