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“Everything spoke of God and His presence…”

“Brother André Bessette, originally from Quebec in Canada and a religious of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, experienced suffering and poverty starting very young. This led him to pay recourse to God in prayer and an intense interior life. As porter of the College of Notre Dame in Montreal, he showed limitless charity and made every effort to relieve the sufferings of those who went to entrust themselves to him.

2123269.bin.jpgThough a man of little education, he nevertheless understood where to find the essential of his faith. For him, to believe meant to freely submit himself out of love to the divine will. Abiding everything in the mystery of Jesus, he lived the beatitude of the pure hearts, of personal uprightness. This simplicity has enabled many to see God.


He was responsible for building the Oratory of St. Joseph in Mont Royal, where he would stay as a faithful guardian until his death in 1937.

‘Do not try to have your struggles taken away,’ he said, ‘rather ask for the grace to carry them well.’ For him, everything spoke of God and his presence. May we, following him, seek God with simplicity to find him always present in the midst of our lives!”

— Pope Benedict, October 17, 2010, homily at the canonization mass.

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J D Pottorff

posted October 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

I have a sensitive question that I hope can be answered. I am assuming that the canonization mass was for Andre Bessette, and if so is it safe to assume that at Bessette’s csnonization by Pope Benedict that Bessette was immediately released from purgatory and into heaven?

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted October 18, 2010 at 10:18 am

JD …
Interesting question! The fact is, the church has no way of knowing who is or is not in purgatory — or in hell, for that matter.
But the canonization formally acknowledges that the person being honored is officially a saint — and is, in fact, already in heaven, interceding for us on our behalf.
Dcn. G.

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