Of prayer and meditation

The scene outside Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal on Wednesday, Dec. 10, as people await the funeral of Montreal Canadiens great Jean Béliveau. (Photo: Jillian Page)
The scene outside Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal on Wednesday, Dec. 10, as people await the funeral of Montreal Canadiens great Jean Béliveau. (Photo: Jillian Page)

Not that I am religious, but I am spiritual and I do pray.

The church — Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral — where Jean Béliveau’s funeral was held today is where I often go to pray. I’ve been praying and meditating there regularly since 2008, when I went through one of the most trying times of my life.

The church has several life-size historical paintings by French artist Georges Delfosse, including one that struck a chord in me. It’s of Marguerite Bourgeoys teaching her Amerindian pupils in 1694. I find myself drawn to that painting whenever I go there, as if I knew her somehow . . .

A cropped jpeg — see below — of the painting serves as my screen saver and desktop wallpaper at work.

Marguerite Bourgeoys teaches her students.
Marguerite Bourgeoys teaches her students.

How about you? Do you have a special place for prayer and meditation?

— Jillian

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