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October 19, 2021

Sts. John de Brebeuf, SJ, Isaac Jogues, SJ, and companions

2 Cor 4: 7-15 

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. 

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke” —we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Do not lose heart

We are most familiar with two of this group of Jesuit martyrs whose feast we celebrate today: St Isaac Jogues and St. John de Brebeuf. Both showed tremendous courage in the face of brutal martyrdoms. As strong as these men were, they were clay jars shattered by a violent death. One of their companions, Noel Chabanel, was a different kind of clay jar. He struggled as a missionary, unable even to learn the language. Some of the natives would harass him with things like putting a human hand in the stew they served him. The story about him in our high school literature book called him a “magnificent failure.” There are some who would say that phrase could apply to the whole Huron Mission. The dream of a strong Christian nation never happened. But they had faith that the God who raised Jesus would raise them and all of us. They did not lose heart, and neither should we.

—Fr. Joe Folzenlogen, SJ, is a priest of the Midwest Province residing at Colombiere Jesuit Health Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

 

 

Prayer

God, St. Mother Teresa reminded us that you do not call us to be successful but to be faithful. Inspire us by the staunch faith of these martyrs we celebrate today, and help us follow their example.

—Fr. Joe Folzenlogen, SJ


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October 19, 2021

Sts. John de Brebeuf, SJ, Isaac Jogues, SJ, and companions

2 Cor 4: 7-15 

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. 

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke” —we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Do not lose heart

We are most familiar with two of this group of Jesuit martyrs whose feast we celebrate today: St Isaac Jogues and St. John de Brebeuf. Both showed tremendous courage in the face of brutal martyrdoms. As strong as these men were, they were clay jars shattered by a violent death. One of their companions, Noel Chabanel, was a different kind of clay jar. He struggled as a missionary, unable even to learn the language. Some of the natives would harass him with things like putting a human hand in the stew they served him. The story about him in our high school literature book called him a “magnificent failure.” There are some who would say that phrase could apply to the whole Huron Mission. The dream of a strong Christian nation never happened. But they had faith that the God who raised Jesus would raise them and all of us. They did not lose heart, and neither should we.

—Fr. Joe Folzenlogen, SJ, is a priest of the Midwest Province residing at Colombiere Jesuit Health Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

 

 

Prayer

God, St. Mother Teresa reminded us that you do not call us to be successful but to be faithful. Inspire us by the staunch faith of these martyrs we celebrate today, and help us follow their example.

—Fr. Joe Folzenlogen, SJ


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