Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Soul power

Then Jesus declared, "I am the Bread of life.  
He who comes to me will never go hungry, 
and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. - John 6:35

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 Brother André had a particular love for the Eucharist
and encouraged people to go to Communion frequently:

“If you ate only one meal a week
would you survive?
It is the same for your soul.
Nourish it with the Blessed Sacrament.”

St. André Bessette
Canada ~ 1845-1937
Holy Cross Brother, porter
Miracle Man of Montreal
Great devotion to Eucharist and St Joseph
Feast Day - January 6


"I am only a man, just like you," time after time Br André Bessette reminded petitioners who came to him.  Known as a miracle worker of healing during his lifetime, this humble lay brother insisted on giving all the credit to God, the faith of those healed, and the intercession of St Joseph.  Quietly, he said, 'I will pray for you.'  Time after time, healing came. 

...."He spent his whole life speaking of others to God, and of God to others," said a friend of Br André. "It is difficult to say at what point in his life work began and ended, and at what point prayer started and ended: the two seemed to flow so naturally one into the other."

St. André Bessette, pray for us!

When Alfred (later to be Brother André) Bessette came to the Holy Cross Brothers in 1870, he carried with him a note from his pastor saying,"I am sending you a saint." By his death, he was receiving 80,000 letters each year from the sick who sought his prayers and healing.  He died in 1937, at age 91.  A million people filed before his coffin.

“It is with the smallest brushes that the artist paints
the most exquisitely beautiful pictures,” said St. André Bessette.

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