St Isaac Jogues

from New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia…

He was takenprisoner on 3 August, 1642, and after being cruelly tortured was carried to the Indian village ofOssernenon, now Auriesville, on the Mohawk, about forty miles above the present city of Albany. There he remained for thirteen months in slavery, suffering apparently beyond the power of naturalendurance. The Dutch Calvinists at Fort Orange (Albany) made constant efforts to free him, and at last, when he was about to be burnt to death, induced him to take refuge in a sailing vessel which carried him to New Amsterdam (New York). His description of the colony as it was at that time has since been incorporated in the Documentary History of the State. From New York he was sent; in mid-winter, across the ocean on a lugger of only fifty tons burden and after a voyage of two months, landed Christmas morning, 1643, on the coast of Brittany, in a state of absolute destitution. Thence he found his way to the nearest college of the Society. He was received with great honour at the court of the Queen Regent, the mother of Louis XIV, and was allowed by Pope Urban VII the very exceptional privilege of celebrating Mass, which the mutilated condition of his hands had madecanonically impossible; several of his fingers having been eaten or burned off. He was called amartyr of Christ by the pontiff. No similar concession, up to that, is known to have been granted.

In early spring of 1644 he returned to Canada, and in 1646 was sent to negotiate peace with theIroquois. He followed the same route over which he had been carried as a captive. It was on this occasion that he gave the name of Lake of the Blessed Sacrament to the body of water called by theIndians Horicon, now known as Lake George. He reached Ossernenon on 5 June, after a three weeks’journey from the St. Lawrence. He was well received by his former captors and the treaty of peace was made. He started for Quebec on 16 June and arrived there 3 July. He immediately asked to be sent back to the Iroquois as a missionary, but only after much hesitation his superiors acceded to his request. On 27 September he began his third and last journey to the Mohawk. In the interim sickness had broken out in the tribe and a blight had fallen on the crops. This double calamity was ascribed to Jogues whom the Indians always regarded as a sorcerer. They were determined to wreak vengenceon him for the spell he had cast on the place, and warriors were sent out to capture him. The news of this change of sentiment spread rapidly, and though fully aware of the danger Jogues continued on his way to Ossernenon, though all the Hurons and others who were with him fled except Lalande. TheIroquois met him near Lake George, stripped him naked, slashed him with their knives, beat him and then led him to the village. On 18 October, 1646, when entering a cabin he was struck with a tomahawk and afterwards decapitated. The head was fixed on the Palisades and the body thrown into the Mohawk.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01678341854029479678 Old Bob

    Thanks, Father!In the summers of 1955 and 1956 I spent ten days at the Catholic Youth Center camp on Big Sandy Lake in northern Minnesota. The three groups of tents were called Goupil, Jogues, and Brebeuf; I think other buildings were named after the other four martyrs.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14531024393615051496 veritas

    Courage and faith like this are so awe inspiring. St Isaac Jogues, pray for us.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17691145638703824456 kkollwitz

    Blackrobe.


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