January 6 is the feast day of St. Brother André Bessette, once dubbed “The Miracle Man of Montreal”. Brother André was a simple, humble, frail, uneducated man who worked for many years as doorman for the Congregation of the Holy Cross in Montreal. He had a very strong devotion to St. Joseph and often used the oil from the lamp burning in front of his statue to invoke his aid to heal people. Brother André died in 1937. A million people attended his funeral.
As doorman, Brother André met a lot of people. He got to know them personally and prayed for each of them, often well into the night. On average he spent only two hours a night sleeping. Many people experienced healings due to his prayers offered through the intercession of St. Joseph. My grandmother was one of them. At the age of 4 she was cured of deafness when her parents took her to see him. So, of course he holds a special place in my heart.
EWTN has produced a one-hour show about Brother André. It airs in the US and Canada Tuesday, January 12 at 1:30 am and Saturday, January 16 at 9:00 pm. May God be praised in St. Brother André Bessette.
St. Joseph and St. Brother André, pray for us.