Wednesday, April 09, 2008
I bought this statue of the Sacred Heart from a little Catholic shop on Rue du Petit-Champlain in Quebec City a few years ago. Beautiful, isn't it? It is hand made by the nuns who run the shop; in fact, they make all the statues with their own hands, and sell them in one of the busiest, oldest and most picturesque shopping districts in all of North America.
I was quite taken by a beautiful statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and planned on ordering it from the shop once I got back home. I tucked away the contact information and only came across it tonight while searching for something else.
I still remember the nun who sold me this statue; she was dressed in a light blue and white habit, reminiscent of the colours of the Blessed Virgin, and before handing my purchase over to me, she blessed the statue, making the sign of the cross over it just the way a priest would, while whispering a silent prayer. I thought that was really odd, so as soon as I got back home, I had my parish priest bless it.
Fast forward to tonight. I found their 2006 calendar, complete with incredibly beautiful sacred scenes that says they are all original paintings of their own members. The order's name is The Apostles of Infinite Love, and I Goggled them to find out more about them. Something had struck me as odd about them, and sure enough, my search shows that they are a cult based out of Quebec, with a fake priest and brainwashed followers. The leader of their little group is Jean- Gaston Tremblay, who is well into his seventies, and who thinks he is the real pope.
I guess I won't be ordering that statue of the Blessed Virgin after all. I don't want to help fund their little ministry.