Monday, October 19, 2009

Saints Isaac Jogues and John de Brebeuf and Companions

Between the years 1642 and 1649 eight members of the Society of Jesus were killed in North America after fearful torture by members of the Huron and Iroquois tribes. These mn had worked har to bring the natives of that region true faith. Saint Isaac Jogues died o October 18, 1646 and St. John de Brebeuf on March 16, 1649

"We are, perhaps, on the point of shedding our blood and scarificing our lives in the service of our good master Jesus Christ. It seems that he in his goodness consents to accept this sacrifice from me for the expiation of my great and innumerable sins, and in this hour to crown any past services as well as the sincere, ardent desires of all of our Fathers here...we will try, as long as God sustains us , to endure it patiently for his service...for it is only for his sake that we desire to live and to die. It is only he who can give us the grace to accomplish this". Saint John de Brebeuf (courtesy of the Magnificat)

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