Tuesday, January 7, 2014

St. André Bessette, ora pro nobis!

Saint Joseph can be seen as the saint of everyday life, to whom one turns for help with both minor worries and at life-defining moments. Saint Brother André had boundless trust in Saint Joseph, his friend and guide. His dream was to build on Mount Royal a chapel dedicated to Saint Joseph — an oratory for prayer to him. Crowds soon flocked to the place. Following Brother André’s recommendation, the great saint is invoked here because, according to him, “He lets no one fall by the wayside.” Traditionally, one confides to the care of Saint Joseph issues related to family, work, health, death and material needs. Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, founded in 1904, is the largest shrine in the world dedicated to him.
via St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal

I find it odd that the US celebrates his feast on Epiphany but in Canada it is celebrated the day after Epiphany.  But it is amazing that upon entering heaven(died Jan 6), he would first see the great Christmas feast of the Epiphany(actually an older feast than Christmas itself) featuring St. Joseph, the son of David, witness the Gentile kings glorifying the True God.  Something to be pondered...

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