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Virgin Most Merciful

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas, CSsR
Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan

The person who is merciful - full of mercy - meets all other people
recognising that there is a common humanity that we share, that none of us has greater value or worth than others. It recognizes all others as equals, brothers and sisters in a common humanity. Mercy is indeed a religious term. Jesus spoke of it and expressed it often in his ministry. Pope Francis walks in venerable footsteps.

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Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas, CSsR
Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan

A picture is worth a thousand words. I'm sure you've heard that saying
before. So, what is the story behind this icon? According to the legend,
one day when Jesus was still a young boy growing up in Nazareth, the
archangels Michael and Gabriel appeared to him, carrying these frightful instruments of torture and death. The innocent boy, frightened by such a sight and wondering what it might mean, ran straightway into his mother's arms. He ran so fast, in fact, that he broke the strap of one of his sandals . you will notice that it is dangling from his foot.

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