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The Feast of St. André Bessette

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. André Bessette, a dedicated brother whose life was characterized by an unfailing devotion to St. Joseph. May God grant all of us this same faith!

Sickness and weakness dogged André from birth. He was the eighth of 12 children born to a French Canadian couple near Montreal. Adopted at 12, when both parents had died, he became a farmhand. Various trades followed: shoemaker, baker, blacksmith—all failures. He was a factory worker in the United States during the boom times of the Civil War.

At 25, André applied for entrance into the Congregation of the Holy Cross. After a year’s novitiate, he was not admitted because of his weak health. But with an extension and the urging of Bishop Bourget, he was finally received. He was given the humble job of doorkeeper at Notre Dame College in Montreal, with additional duties as sacristan, laundry worker and messenger. “When I joined this community, the superiors showed me the door, and I remained 40 years,” he said.

When an epidemic broke out at a nearby college, André volunteered to nurse. Not one person died. The trickle of sick people to his door became a flood. His superiors were uneasy; diocesan authorities were suspicious; doctors called him a quack. “I do not cure,” he said again and again. “Saint Joseph cures.” In the end, he needed four secretaries to handle the 80,000 letters he received each year.

He was beatified in 1982 and canonized in 2010. At his canonization in October 2010, Pope Benedict XVI said that Saint Andre “lived the beatitude of the pure of heart.”



St. André Bessette, Pray for Us!

Lord our God,
friend of the lowly,
who gave your servant, St. André Bessette,
a great devotion to St. Joseph
and a special commitment to the poor and afflicted,
help us through his intercession
to follow his example of prayer and love
and so come to share with him in your glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 
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Three Humble, Holy Men

St. André Bessette was famed for his persistence, devotion, and utter humility, shown daily by his role as doorkeeper. His brothers in faith, Solanus Casey and Padre Pio, showed similar humility, as illustrated by Joel Schorn in his book God's Doorkeepers: Padre Pio, Solanus Casey & André Bessette.
 
To celebrate the feast of St. André Bessette, we are offering this book for just $4.99—a discount of $9! No discount code is necessary to take advantage of this special offer—simply click here to go to our online bookstore and purchase God's Doorkeepers at a reduced price! And, as always, if you add other titles so your cart subtotal is $25 or more, shipping is free!
 
This sale lasts through Sunday, January 8, so act soon to save!

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