Sunday 10 October 2021

Saint Andre Bessette Miracles in Montreal - Patricia Edward Jablonski and Barbara Kiwak - Encounter the Saints Series Book 27

Saint Andre Bessette
Miracles in Montreal
Encounter the Saints Series Book 27
Patricia Edward Jablonski
Barbara Kiwak (Illustrator)
Pauline Books and Media
ISBN 9780819871220
eISBN 9781306806671

My children and I love this series. We have read many of the books more than once. And this one holds a special place in our hearts. We have not been to the shrine in Montreal but we did receive oil from the shine that we used on my son’s spine before major surgery, and it went way better than expected. 

This is an amazing series is! Between my three children and I we have now read nearly all of the books in this series. Either by myself, or with one or more child. My youngest 2 children ages 13, 10, still both love these books. My son wants to have the complete set in his room, so he keeps asking to buy his own set, because he loves these books so much. We have read many of them together and reread some of our favourites. We have also picked up copies of our favourites for the kids school library. A few years ago we read many books in the series, and have returned to it again recently. With each book we read we appreciate this series more. And we also hope there will be even more books in the future. And eventually eBooks of all of the volumes. As one has been released since we started reading them. But now back to this specific book on Saint Andre Bessette. 

The description of this volume is:

“An ordinary Brother of Holy Cross, Saint André Bessette spent most of his life answering the door for his religious community. Through his extraordinary devotion to Saint Joseph and his prayers for those in need, thousands of people were miraculously healed and helped. Inspired by God to build the Oratory of Saint Joseph, Brother André Bessette is beloved in his native Canada and beyond. Saint André Bessette was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in October 2010.”

There are several different editions of this book, paperbacks and eBooks of various formats but the eBook editions was rereleased in 2019 under a different ISBN and ASIN. The various editions have been published between 2010 and 2019. But not matter which you lay your hands on I am certain you will be blessed by reading of the book. And impressed again by the story of simple faith that changed the lives of many

The chapters in this volume are:

1. Smiles and Tears
2. Changes
3. Home at Last
4. An Act of Daring
5. A Shrine is Born
6. The Miracles Begin
7. Trouble
8. Saint Joseph Gets His Wish
9. A Dream Takes Shape
10. Bigger and Better
11. The Blind Shall See
12. More Miracles
13. Speedy Recoveries
14. Needed: One Roof
15. The Final Journey
16. Still at Work

Living only a about 600Km from Montreal we are far more familiar with this saint than some of the other ones we have read about. But it was wonderful to read about this man, his faith, and the continued witness. His devotion to Saint Joseph and how God always provided when he lead this man. First in his religious life. Second in gaining the land. Then a small chapel, and finally in the oratory. My children always love the prayer at the end of the book as well as the glossary. We read it from beginning to end. The prayer in this volume is:

“Saint Brother André, you had a life full of miracles. How much good you did for others! You show me that faith, kindness, and humility come from loving God, and that simple trust is more important than possessions, accomplishments, or special talents. Your special love for Saint Joseph teaches me that making friends with the saints can help me be closer to God.

Saint Brother André, you never gave up on the dream God gave you. No matter what happened, you kept praying and working for what God wanted. Show me how to trust God as you always did. I believe that he has a plan for me, just as he had a plan for you. It’s not always easy for me to do what God asks, but that is what I want to do. Help me to spend my life loving God and other people just as you did, in whatever vocation I’m called to.

Please pray for me, Saint André Bessette. Amen.”

The prayer in this volume is the same one as in the companion volume, The Saints Pray for Us, which has prays for the first 30 saints and blessed covered in the series. This book is a wonderful read. Learning about Andre’s family life. Academic struggles. And even finding his place as the porter. A very inspiring read.

This is one of the two books in the series that is written by Patricia Edward Jablonski, and she cowrote 4 others. It is the one of the seven illustrated by Barbara Kiwak. This book follows the format of the series in that there are 5 illustrations sprinkled throughout the book. They appear to be pencil drawings or sketches. My children were fascinated by the sketches and went over them a few times. 

I loved this book, and all three children and I love this series! We have now read over 30 of the books in the Encounter the Saints Series from Pauline Books and Media. And everyone has been worth the read. An excellent read in a wonderful series!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!

Encounter the Saints Series from Pauline Books and Media:
Blessed James Alberione Media Apostle
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Journey to the Summit
Journeys with Mary Apparitions of Our Lady
Saint André Bessette Miracles in Montreal
Saint Anthony of Padua Fire and Light
Saint Bakhita of Sudan Forever Free
Saint Bernadette Soubirous And Our Lady of Lourdes
Saint Catherine Labouré And Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Saint Clare of Assisi A Light for the World
Saint Damien of Molokai Hero of Hawaii
Saint Edith Stein Blessed by the Cross

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Daughter of America
Saint Faustina Kowalska Messenger of Mercy
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Cecchina's Dream
Saint Francis of Assisi Gentle Revolutionary
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla The Gift of Life
Saint Ignatius of Loyola For the Greater Glory of God
Saint Isaac Jogues With Burning Heart
Saint Joan of Arc God's Soldier
Saint John Bosco Champion for the Young
Saint John Neumann Missionary to Immigrants
Saint John Paul II Be Not Afraid
Saint John Vianney A Priest for All People
Saint Juan Diego And Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith
Saint Katharine Drexel The Total Gift
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque And the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Saint Martin de Porres Humble Healer
Saint Maximilian Kolbe Mary's Knight
Saint Paul The Thirteenth Apostle
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Rich in Love
Saint Teresa of Avila Joyful in the Lord
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Missionary of Charity
Saint Teresa of Kalkota Missionary of Charity

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