Sunday, October 17, 2010

A special day~ 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.


  1. How lovely. "Have faith and believe." It's a peaceful state of mind and heart -- and it shows in your blog.

  2. you must always believe, i tell you that all the time :)

    beautiful monique...

  3. J'adore ton blog
    A tu un restaurant..dans quel pays??

  4. Bonjour Monique, c'est vrai que c'est un moment mémorable que la canonisation du frère André. J'ai fait au printemps une visite à l'oratoire avec ma famille, pour ma part c'était la deuxième fois que j'y allais. J'ai toujours la même sensation dans ces lieux, un sentiment de bien-être et de calme, on a l'impression d'être privilégié.

    Je te souhaite une belle journée.

  5. Faith is the substance of life. A precious treasure.
    Love and good thoughts from...

  6. Interestingly, there has also been a frenzy in Australia the last few days as they canonized their first saint.... maria Ellen Mackillop, I think.

  7. Brother Andre must have been a wonderful, person and role model. How wonderful to think that he was from Montreal and now he will live on as Saint Andre. Hopefully, one day you will get your medal~ Hope and faith :)

  8. What lovely images--and to think of the canonization of Brother Andre has to be very special to all Montreal as well as the rest of the world. Enjoy basking in the joy of such a special day.


  9. Touching Monique...and you rimages are beautiful and touching as well...calm,accepting, peaceful...soulful..

  10. What a special time ♥♥ Thanks for sharing.

  11. Just beautiful....hugs to you Monique!

  12. Beautiful post, Monique. It is full of serenity. ~ ~ Sarah

  13. So very interesting. I enjoyed reading about his extraordinary life after clicking on the link. Faith can truly move mountains!

  14. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts Monique.

  15. This is wonderful news... Saint André of Montreal, and particularly meaningful to you Monique, having grown up so close by.

    Yes, we all must have faith and believe. ((hugs)) Thank you for sharing this with us. xo

  16. It is not hard to tell that you have faith, thank you Monique. Your faith has helped me I know, through your encouragement this last year. Love to youxx