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Ste. Anne de Beaupre-place for miracles or pilgrims?

  I’ve been thinking about the difference between a journey and a pilgrimage. We are all on a journey. (The French root, jour, means “day.”) Every day of our lives is a journey, which we can undertake well or badly. ` But a pilgrimage is different from a journey in that it’s a journey with […]

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St. Jean le Baptiste–“a veree important feast”

  “You must come to mass this Sunday,” said the little curé, who barely came to my shoulder. “It is a veree important day.” That Sunday happened to be the feast day of St. John the Baptist, as any good Catholic should know, but then, almost every day is some saint’s feast, and personally, I […]

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Quebec City, old and new, high and low

  I was on the city bus and didn’t know where to get off. Then I happened to glimpse the Porte St. Jean, down a side street. It was unmistakable. I had tried to read about Quebec City in advance, you know, to plan, to chart a course, to prepare like a good tourist, but […]

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Bienvenue a Quebec

  “You know, they speak French in Quebec,” a saucy gas station attendant had said, noting my confusion at his merci beaucoup. Well, for one thing, we were still in Ontario, and for another, I was trying to recall the French equivalent of “you’re welcome.” (Bonus points for anyone who remembers the word without looking […]

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