Ham. The Miracle Man of Montreal [SIGNED] 1922

Ham. The Miracle Man of Montreal [SIGNED] 1922

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Ham, George H. The Miracle Man of Montreal [SIGNED]; With a glowing tribute to the Miracle Man by S. Morgan Powell. Toronto: The Musson Book Company Limited, 1922. Third Edition. [7849]

Inscribed & signed on the ffep by the author, Montreal, Oct. 9, 1923.

Green hardback, 5 x 7 1/2 inches, frontispiece, (viii.), 68 clean pp., center hinge weak, rest tight, illustrated. Includes the b/w dust jacket, spotted with some edge-tears, now in a clear wrapper. Very good in fair dust-jacket. Hardcover.

This book began as an article in Maclean's Magazine. The many requests for additional information about the Miracle Man inspired this book.

Saint André of Montreal, Alfred Bessette, C.S.C. (1845-1937), b. Saint-Grégoire d’Iberville, Quebec; d. Mount Royal, Montreal. A sickly and frail child, he was orphaned at age 12, and for the next 13 years wandered as a laborer in extreme poverty. He went with other French-Canadian emigrants to Massachusetts about 1863, and for four years worked in textile mills. He returned to Quebec in 1867 and was encouraged by his childhood parish priest to enter the religious life. His frail health and lack of education were impediments that he overcame, and, while remaining sickly his entire life, he ministered to the sick people of Montreal. He was assigned to serve as porter, or doorman, at a Holy Cross sponsored boarding school called College Notre Dame.  "Talking about his early duties at the school, he used to say: 'When I entered the community, my superiors showed me the door, and I remained there for 40 years without leaving.'"

His prayers for the healing of the sick proved to be effective for many, and whilst he denied being a man who could work miracles, and always gave full credit for healings to God, he became known as "The Miracle Man of Montreal." Brother André was beatified by Pope John Paul II in May, 1982 and canonized Oct., 2010, by Pope Benedict XVI.