From 2018-02-12 to 2018-02-28

From 2018-02-01 to 2018-02-13

Delia Childhood

And the poor mother quietly breathed her last, leaving her bereft husband Alexis with seven young orphans. Little Délia was only two and half years old.

As the bitter autumn wind sweeps the birds away from their nest, the Tétreault home was soon emptied of its young. Mr. Tétreault saw his home shattered forever. He understood that, without the support of his wife, he would be unable, on his farm, to provide for the needs of his loved ones. Therefore a major decision had to be made. He did what so many French Canadians of those days did who saw no other way out but to migrate to the United States. He too left, bringing along a few of his children and entrusting the others to close relatives. Délia went to her new home of adoption, with her uncle Alix and her aunt Julie.

All children like to rummage about and to hide in the most amazing places. It is their escape from the orderly and regulated world of adults.. Délia also had her hiding places. Her greatest delight was to hide in the attic of her home. She spent hours and hours reading old annals of the Holy Childhood and of the Propagation of the Faith stored away in boxes. Sometimes, she got really excited about the actions of the missionaries and was filled with admiration for the men and women religious who had this privilege of sowing the seed of the Good News in those foreign lands.

Nourished by those images of missions and missionaries, little Délia had a dream one night which was definitely a premonition. Listen to her : “I was kneeling near my bed, and all of a sudden I saw a field of ripe wheat stretching as far as the eye could see. At a given moment, all those ears of wheat were changed into heads of children. At the same time, I understood that they represented the souls of pagan children.” Did the sight of a fertile field yielding its fruit at harvest time give her a preview of the happy times when her sisters would reap in joy after having had to sow in tears?

Aunt Julie spared no effort to give her daughter a solid Christian and human upbringing. Thus, in order to preserve the family spirit, she would invite Délia’s brothers and her sister Victoire during the holidays. When the time came for Délia to go to school, her aunt entrusted her to the Sisters of the Presentation who had a convent in Marieville.

This is how Délia spent the years of her early childhood. She grew up in an atmosphere of peace, serenity, love and harmony.

Excerpts of the book: Délia - l’audace des frontières inconnues
Author: Yvon Langlois

From 2018-01-30 to 2018-02-14

Delia Birthday February 4th

I visualize anew that special day in the heart of God, the birth day of the Foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, the Venerable Délia Tétreault. I see the Lord discussing with his Mother on the most appropriate place for her to be born.

First of all, it was essential and fitting that the one who was later to become an ardent apostle of the Mother of the Lord be born in a town dedicated to the Mother of God. The Lord and his Mother agreed on what that place would be. Besides, must have remarked the Blessed Virgin, Marieville is located a short distance from Montreal, the city once named Ville-Marie in her honour.

That whole day of February 4, 1865, snow fell on Marieville in soft, quiet flakes. Light and fluffy, it wrapped the entire countryside in an immaculate coat that glittered like a million twinkling stars in the last rays of the dying sun.

It was in this atmosphere reminiscent of a bed of lilies that Célina Ponton, the wife of Alexis Tétreault, gave birth that evening to her twins, a robust little boy, Roch, apparently as sturdy as his name, and a frail little girl who seemed rather on her way to a premature death.

Exhausted by this difficult childbirth, the mother nevertheless remained perfectly clear-minded. There was already talk of the Baptism in the next room. In those days, infants were baptized without delay. Uncle Jean Alix, the husband of the mother’s sister Julie, was considered the most obvious choice as the godfather of the strong little boy. Being financially comfortable, he could eventually take charge of him if something unfortunate happened…

The Lord’s plans are necessarily realized by means of human beings and in the eyes of the latter, they sometimes appear disconcerting. Thus, the mother deemed it proper to intervene and manifested her intention to have uncle Alix stand for the little girl as her godfather, for she felt that she would need it more. Everyone bowed to the wishes of the dying woman, not wanting to contradict her.