Wednesday, 29 November 2023 13:29

THE END OF A FRUITFUL LIFE - Chapter 4 - Father Louis-Marie Parent, O.M.I.

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The end of a fruitful life

- A legacy to be shared today, the spirituality of the five attitudes:

Throughout his whole life, Father Parent sought God’s will as the guide to his apostolate. Since the Holy Spirit had inspired him with the spirituality of the five attitudes, he adopted these attitudes as the rule of his personal life and made of them an instrument of evangelization. He announced this message as good news for a peaceful life in the footsteps of Jesus with the expectation that this good news would be passed on by the witnessing of those who live it. 

- A great detachment: join a community of his fellow Oblates at the Queen of Apostles Residence at Cap-de-la-Madeleine:

With the impending sale of the campus of The Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate on the boulevard bearing his name, Father Parent left to join a community of his fellow Oblates at the Queen of Apostles Residence at Cap-de-la-Madeleine. Even though the Oblates who made up his secretarial staff remained at his service, the move proved to be a trying time for him. He had been living with the Oblates at the head office for more than fifty years and he had always been at the heart of the activities there. He had not been involved in the administration for thirty-five years yet he followed daily events, was interested in everyone and always marvelled at the action of the Holy Spirit in the apostolate of one and all. He often said that the femininity of Oblates had taught him tenderness.

- Easing towards the House of the Father, May 17, 2009 :

When Father Parent reached the nineties, his health declined to the point where he could no longer write but he never stopped being an apostle. As often as he could, he would walk on the grounds of the Shrine to recite his rosary. He chatted with the children, the pilgrims and the regular visitors to Shrine.  He made friends who accompanied him in the recitation of the rosary. Later, when he could go no further than the veranda of the residence, his faithful friends would go and sit with him there.

As time went on his failing health required nursing care not provided at the Queen of Apostles Residence. His superior met with him to announce that he would have to move again. “My superior gave me an obedience,” he said. From Cap-de-la-Madeleine, he went to the Residence of Our Lady in Richelieu, Quebec.

He suffered from a fractured hip and, on May 17, 2009, passed away a few months before his ninety-ninth birthday. His funeral was celebrated at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Cape. He was buried close to this mother, in the Oblate lot in the Sainte-Madeleine Cemetery at Cap-de-la-Madeleine. It was a moving event which revealed the extent of his influence among all classes of society – among countless people who considered him their spiritual father.


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