Wednesday, October 19, 2016


'Tis the Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf & Isaac Jogues, Priests, & Companions, Martyrs, S.J. (died 1642-1649), martyred by Iroquois, particularly by Mohawks: Martyr-link Juliett Bravo & Wikipedia-link Juliett Bravo; Martyr-link India Juliett & Wikipedia-link India Juliett; & Martyrs-link ūnus, Martyrs-link duo, & Wikipedia-link Martyrs.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Isaac Jogues & his companions were the first martyrs of the North American continent officially recognized by the Church. John de Brébeuf was a French Jesuit who came to Canada at the age of thirty-two & labored there for twenty-four years. He was tortured & killed. [John's] letters & journals tell how he & his companions were led from village to village, how they were beaten, tortured, & forced to watch as their Huron converts were mangled & killed.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
St. Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649) was a French-born Jesuits missionary & martyr of New France who arrived in America in 1625 to evangelize Native Americans. He lived among the Huron for over fifteen years under difficult & challenging circumstances. In 1648, the Iroquois launched a war of extermination against the Huron, their traditional enemies. Refusing to flee when their Huron village was attached, Brébeuf & his assistant, Gabriel Lalemant, were captured the following year & tortured with seven other missionaries who are collectively called the North American Martyrs.
'Tis also the feast of Saint Frithuswith, Abbess, O.S.B. (circa 650-730, A.K.A. Frideswide): Saint-link ūna, Saint-link duae, & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter three, verses two thru twelve;
The Book of Isaiah, chapter twelve, verses two, three, four(b,c,d), five, & six;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twelve, verses thirty-nine thru forty-eight;

or, for the North American Martyrs:
The Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapter four, verses seven thru fifteen;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-six, verse five;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-eight, verses sixteen thru twenty.

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