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Friend of the Suffering, Apostle of Saint Joseph
Author: Jean-Guy Dubuc
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: January 1, 2010
More than seventy years after his death, Brother André Bessette, C.S.C., remains beloved for his mercy to the sick, for his devotion to St. Joseph, and for his role in the construction of the majestic Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal, which continues to be visited by millions of pilgrims each year.
Pope John Paul II lauded Brother André Bessette of Montreal as a "man of prayer and friend of the poor." This book tells the extraordinary story of this unassuming man who, showing exceptional courage and indefatigable faith, led a life dedicated to the relief of human suffering, and its timely publication coincides with Brother André's canonization in Rome.
"For [Brother André], everything spoke of God and His presence."
"Doorman at the Notre Dame College in Montreal, he showed boundless charity and did everything possible to soothe the despair of those who confided in him. With little instruction, he nevertheless understood what was essential to his faith. For him, to believe meant to submit freely and lovingly to Divine Will. Everything existed through the mystery of Jesus, he lived the beatitude of the pure of heart, that of personal rectitude. It is thanks to this simplicity, he showed many God.... For him, everything spoke of God and His presence. May we, following his example, search for God with simplicity to discover Him always present in the core of our lives!"
Pope Benedict XVI (in his canonization homily)
"An extraordinarily simple, humble man."
"A friendly, readable style akin to a warm conversation telling the intriguing life of an extraordinarily simple, humble man. At the same time, it situates Brother André’s life within the rich historical, cultural, and theological context that formed his compassionate and mystical spirituality. Blessed Brother André is experienced as a man of his particular time and place, the characteristic quality of beatification."
Rev. Hugh Cleary, C.S.C.
Superior General, Congregation of Holy Cross
"Jean-Guy Dubuc’s wonderfully accessible and insightful introduction to Brother André’s life and his life’s work provides its reader with a rich appreciation of this holy man’s deep faith and extraordinary compassion."
Rev. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C.
Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
"Warm-hearted and inspiring."
"A warm-hearted and inspiring picture of this Canadian Holy Cross brother who was regarded in his lifetime as a miracle worker, a loyal friend of Saint Joseph, and an agent of Christ’s love and compassion to thousands of sick and suffering. Today, he is recognized by the Catholic Church as Blessed, the final step on the way to canonization, an honor for which this book clearly makes a persuasive case."
Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C.
President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
"One of them."
"Throughout her history the Catholic Church has always produced some altogether special men and women whose spiritual passion made them so different from their society that they appeared a little strange, walking their own marvelous way. Brother André was certainly one of them."
Gregory Baum, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies
The Miracle Man of Montreal
God's Doorman: Brother André Bessette
Other books in The Holy Cross Series:
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