Saint André of Montréal
Saint Andre Bessette, ora pro nobis. With two of my recently-added blogging colleagues posting about him, I thought I'd better learn a thing or two about him, and from whom better to learn than them? "I wanted to contact The Western Confucian and tell him that Brother André Bessette was made a saint on October 17th," writes the discerning Pak Kongwŏn, going on to say, "He was nothing special: just a doorman," whose "holiness has elevated him to the litany of saints" — What to do?
"I recall older relations telling me, when I was a small boy, about how when members of my family would always visit Frère André when they visited Montréal," writes Matthew Palardy, praying that "the magnificent shrine built by this small, humble porter in honour of St. Joseph still stands on the mountain, along with the cross, brilliantly illumined at night, to remind us of the glorious heritage and, we can hope, destiny of the city of Montréal and the province of Québec" — Saint André Bessette.