Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marie-Madeleine) - 1879 - Miracle of the Ice Bridge
...But in the mid-nineteenth century there was apathy and slackness in Cap de la Madeleine. When Father Desilets went to church, on Ascension Day 1867, his congregation consisted of a solitary pig in the Lady Chapel, chewing a rosary! The priest subsequently preached vehemently on the subject of 'The Pig and the Rosary' to shame his parishioners, and very quickly the congregation increased.
An even larger church was now required, for which the stone had to be brought in winter from a quarry on the far side of the St. Lawrence River. Normally this would have been easily accomplished by using sledges over the ice, but the winter of 1879 was mild and the river did not freeze. Building was brought to a standstill.
Father Desilets prayed to Our Lady for a bridge of ice. Although the winter was almost gone - it was mid-March - a tremendous storm blew packed ice from the banks into the middle of the river where it formed a bridge.
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