Wednesday, October 18, 2006

North American Martyrs SJ

Tomorrow is the feast of Saint Isaac Jogues and John de Brebeuf, priests and martyrs and their companions, martyrs.

These Jesuit missionaries labored intensely for the conversion to the faith of native North Americans, even at the cost of their lives:

St. Jean de Brebeuf
St. Noel Chabanel
St. Anthony Daniel
St. Charles Garnier
St. Isaac Joques
St. Gabriel Lalemant

They were also joined by lay cooperators:

St. Rene Goupil
St. Jean de la Lande

May the example of courage and dedication of these martyrs inspire us to give our selves unreservedly to the flock and to follow Christ our Lord faithfully, even unto death.

All ye holy martyrs, pray for us!