Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs

Portrait of Saint Isaac Jogues exemplifying martyrdom with his mutilated hands

Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf and six other martyred missionaries, all Jesuit priests or laymen associated with them, were canonized by the Catholic Church in 1930;[1] they are known as the Canadian Martyrs, or the North American Martyrs. A shrine was built in their honor at Auriesville, New York, at a site formerly believed to be that of the Mohawk village. Their feast day is celebrated on 19 October in the General Roman Calendar, and on 26 September in Canada.

Jesus, my Lord and Saviour, what can I give you in return for all the favours you have first conferred on me?

The spiritual diaries of St John de Brébeuf




The end of historical consciousness

13. As a result, there is a growing loss of the sense of history, which leads to even further breakup. A kind of “deconstructionism”, whereby human freedom claims to create everything starting from zero, is making headway in today’s culture. The one thing it leaves in its wake is the drive to limitless consumption and expressions of empty individualism. Concern about this led me to offer the young some advice. “If someone tells young people to ignore their history, to reject the experiences of their elders, to look down on the past and to look forward to a future that he himself holds out, doesn’t it then become easy to draw them along so that they only do what he tells them? He needs the young to be shallow, uprooted and distrustful, so that they can trust only in his promises and act according to his plans. That is how various ideologies operate: they destroy (or deconstruct) all differences so that they can reign unopposed. To do so, however, they need young people who have no use for history, who spurn the spiritual and human riches inherited from past generations, and are ignorant of everything that came before them”.[10]

I believe this commandment is still in force. “Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor!” (Seventh Commandment of the Decalogue)

Bishop Patrick J. Zurek, A Reflection on Christian Life
Farmers harvest rice at a field in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Oct. 16, 2020, World Food Day. Pope Francis addressed the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization on World Food Day. (CNS photo/Navesh Chitrakar, Reuters)

Pope repeats call to divert funds from military to fighting hunger

“Faced with this reality, we cannot remain insensitive or paralyzed. We are all responsible.”

Pope Francis

maga-catholics live in fear that what matters, “Protecting Our Suburbs and Preserving the American Dream for All Americans”, “will be demanded”!

socialist-catholics live in fear that what matters, “the heart and, yes, the soul of America,” “will be demanded”!

Catholics live in LOVE, for LOVE knowing that what matters, a complete dependence on GOD, never “will be demanded”, but only sought by LOVE!

Today’s Scriptures

…and this is not from you; it is the gift of God;

it is not from works, so no one may boast.

EPH 2:8-9

R. (3b) The Lord made us, we belong to him.

Know that the LORD is God;

he made us, his we are;

PS 100:3

“Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself

but is not rich in what matters to God.”

LK 12:21

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