Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Feast of St. Isaac Jogues, St. Jean de Brebeuf and the North American Martyrs

My confidence is placed in God who does not need our help for accomplishing his designs. Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to him, and not to spoil his work by our shortcomings.
– St. Isaac Jogues

St. Isaac Jogues (January 10, 1607 – October 18, 1646) was a Jesuit priest, missionary, and martyr who traveled and worked among the native populations in North America. In 1646, Jogues was martyred by the Mohawks near present day Auriesville, New York. Jogues, St. Jean de Brébeuf and six other martyred missionaries, all Jesuits or laymen associated with them, were canonized in 1930, and are known as "The North American Martyrs" or "St. Isaac Jogues and Companions."

These great saints were tortured tremendously. St Isaac even escaped and returned to France to recover, but after recovering, returned to serve the Mohawks in the Americas!

They can inspired to accept the same difficulties most of us face each day, as well as the bigger crosses we carry. They teach us to not give up and to hold nothing back.

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