John de Brebeuf rejoiced when the Indians poured boiling water over his
head because he could suffer for Christ. The Jesuits never faltered
when it came to suffering but considered it a pleasure because they
could suffer for Christ.
Love For One's Enemy
The Jesuits manifested a love of one's enemies. The Jesuit Martyrs died because they loved the Indians, they knew that in order to save them from paganism they would have to die for them.
All died horrible deaths.
Some like Rene and Jogues were tomahawked. Others like Gabrielle Lalemont were killed by boiling water burning their heads and damaging their brains. While others like Noel Chabanel died all alone on a cold winter night.
Through their deaths the Indians realized that the Jesuits must have loved them to come all they way from their pleasant France to die the deaths that awaited them there in the New World.
Love For God
The Jesuits proved that they loved God. The Jesuits would do anything that was pleasing to God. In fact, as it was then the Jesuit motto was, all for the greater glory of God.
Saint Isaac Jogues once said that his only consolation was dying for God.
“But fear no difficulties,” their superior told them, “since it is your only consolation to see yourself crucified with the Son of God.”
The Jesuits loved God so much that they died telling others about Him.
Conclusion To The Jesuit Martyrs Of North America Audio-Book Summary
The Jesuit Martyrs of North America, is the true story of willingness to suffer for love of one’s enemies and for God. The Jesuits proved to possess the love of suffering when Isaac Jogues lost his fingers at the hands of the Indians. The Jesuits knew that in order to save the Indian’s souls they would have to die for them. The Jesuits loved God so much that they died telling others about Him.
Although this is a very disturbing book about how Christianity came to our nation, reading about how much the martyrs suffered for the sake of their enemies, allows the reader to clearly see how the North American Martyrs loved suffering, their enemies, and above all, how they loved God.
Ad maiorem Dei gloriam!