The move by these French
priests was spearheaded by an observation
made by Samuel Champlain as he traveled the
breadth of the St. Lawrence River, which
then broadened out to Lake Ontario. He
noticed as he sailed past all the Indian
villages, there were so many children of God
who knew nothing about Our Lord Jesus, our
Savior. He wrote, in his journal, how sad it
was that most of these people would live
their entire lives never having heard the
name of Jesus and would die without the
grace of having known Him or being a part of
His Church through Baptism.
When this word came back
to the Church of France, an avalanche of
fervor swept across the country. But it was
the newly-formed army of Ignatius Loyola,
the Company of Jesus, the Jesuits,
who took it as a call
to spiritual arms. The French contingency of
accepted the challenge put to them. They
embraced St. Paul’s
plea to the Christians of another time, the
early days of the Church, as a call to arms.
They used his words as their battle cry.
"For everyone who calls on the name of
the Lord will be saved.
But how can they call on
Him in whom they have not believed?
And how can they believe
in Him whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear
without someone to preach?
And how can people preach
unless they are sent?"
They came over to New
France, as Canada was called at that time.
They came with hearts burning to spread the
word of God to the Indians and to die as
Martyrs for Evangelization to the New World.
By the thousands they came. They set up
missions, worked in the wilderness, learned
the language and customs of the Indians and
gently, very gently taught them about Jesus.
Their progress ranged from slow to full
stop. But they persevered! They had many
obstacles to overcome, many of which were
caused by their own people. Before the
Blackrobes ever got to Canada and upper New
York State, they were preceded by trappers
and fur traders who cared little or nothing
for the people who lived on the lands, the
natives of our country. They represented
nothing but a way to satisfy their greed.
These were followed by
the Military, whose only purpose was to
obtain and maintain control and keep the
Indians in their grip. Neither group would
have won any popularity contests among the
Indians. What they did manage to accomplish
was to create an atmosphere of suspicion and
distrust for any white men. The Blackrobes
became victims because of the iniquities
their countrymen and others
inflicted upon the natives of America.
Add to that the Indians’
own culture, which was so completely
different from the French settlers. Both the
French and the Indians focused on the things
which separated them, rather than try to
find a common denominator- those qualities
which could unite them. The Iroquois, who
were the strongest of the Indian tribes,
hated the Hurons, who traded with the
French; therefore, the Iroquois hated the
French. They were friendly with the Dutch
and the British who were at odds and
sometimes at war with the French. That could
account for a great deal of the hostility
between the Iroquois and the French.
But the real victims had to be the
Blackrobes, the Jesuit Evangelists. They
were blamed for everything. If the Iroquois
attacked the Hurons, it was the fault of the
Blackrobes. If the Hurons suffered drought,
it was the fault of the Blackrobes. If the
crops failed, it was
because of the black magic of the Blackrobes.
If illness were to take its toll on the
Indian population, because of strains of
bacteria, brought into the continent by the
French, Dutch and British, it became
strangely enough the fault of the Blackrobes.
To this day, there are those in Canada who
blame the Jesuits for the rampant disease to
which the Indian population was subjected,
and because of which they died in great
But what was the
justification to blame the Jesuits? They
were no more responsible for
spreading the viruses than any other
foreigner who emigrated to the country.
However, they were the most vulnerable. They
were the easiest to attack and the least
able to defend themselves. There came a time
in 1649, after the torturous execution of
John de Brebuf, Gabriel Lalemant, and others
in Huronia, when the wholesale slaughter of
the Blackrobes became too much for the
Superiors in Quebec to accept, and so they
closed down the missions, burned to the
ground Saint Marie of the Hurons, the
settlement which they had built as a
headquarters for the missionaries, and left
to go back to Quebec. The mission venture to
Huronia was a failure. The wilderness
reclaimed the lands in which the Blackrobes
had labored and died, their blood left as
fertilizer for the growth of the new
missions, the fruit of the Martyrs.
In Ossernenon, which is modern-day
Auriesville, New York, the
the North American Martyrs
martyred in 1642, tomahawked for making the
Sign of the Cross on a young
forehead. At that same place, St. Isaac
Jogues and St. Jean
Lalande, a lay
were martyred also.
The Missionaries left and the cause seemed
lost. But on that soil, in that place, the
Lord was to plant the seeds of
Evangelization into the blood-soaked earth,
which would grow into what would be the
first Native American
Lily of the Mohawks, the Mystic of
Wilderness. And when she is canonized,
finally brought into the Communion of
Saints, she will be the first Native
American, first fruit
of the North American Martyrs.
Kateri is born - the
Seed Bears Fruit The Lord moves in great sweeping motions when He wants to accomplish
something. The fruit of the Martyrs had to be a strong focus of the Lord
from before the death of the Martyrs.
In Trois-Rivieres, today a part of
French Canada, in the province of Quebec, a young Indian Maiden of the
Algonquin tribe was raised under the mantle of the French Jesuits.
was baptized in Trois-Rivieres and lived with French settlers for a
When the Jesuits pulled their missions back to Quebec in 1649, as
a result of violent raids by the Iroquois and the outrageous executions
of the Blackrobe missionaries, the Algonquins were left on their own and
came under the domination of the Iroquois.
Kateri’s mother was taken
prisoner and brought down the Mohawk river with the rest of the Indian
She landed in Ossernenon, a beautiful Mohawk village in what
is today, Auriesville, in upstate New York.
**Classic ** Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
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first fruits of the Martyrs.
where Kateri went, lived and died. Meet Fr. Jacques Bruyere,
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