Life, love, death
That’s it, fall is already well established. Due to the closing of the museums, I invite you in this blog to discover our heritage in a completely different way. Let’s get outside the walls of the Oratory and discover a place out of the ordinary in the great outdoors.
The leaves are slowly falling and the temperature is getting colder. Many begin the fall season, associated with death, with sadness. Fear of the finality of life and of the deceased is universal and manifests itself in different ways from one culture to another. For the Catholic Church, the Feast of the Dead is an occasion to celebrate the memory of those we have loved.1.
With this in mind, I would like to highlight the lives and journeys of three artists who have left their mark on the Oratory: Joseph Guardo, Louis Parent and Sylvia Daoust. All three rest a few steps away from the Shrine, at the Notre-Dame des Neiges Cemetery in Montreal. Founded in 1853, the cemetery offers nearly 140 hectares where art and nature come together.
Far from being a gloomy place, the cemetery is the ideal place to recharge one’s batteries in times of uncertainty. The luxuriant flora and the tranquility of these spaces allow for rest and meditation. By looking at the past, we can fix ourselves in the present and perceive the future with serenity and confidence, as Brother André did.