JesuitRelations - *Note to 1301 readers: the syllabus...

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***Note to 1301 readers: the syllabus indicates that you would be reading from the writings of Father Isaac Jogue. I decided, instead, to feature excerpts from other missionaries. –MN From the Jesuit Relations (17 th and 18 th Century) Vol VII. Chapter 3 OF THE GENERAL STATE OF CHRISTIANITY IN THESE COUNTRIES. ….At the outset, we gave special care to the children and to elderly sick persons  who were near death; these we did not allow to die without Baptism, or at least without  instruction to those who most needed it, our Fathers freely entering all the cabins for this  purpose. This is a boon and an advantage which cannot be estimated; and those whom it  almost cost their lives several times, as may be seen in the Relation of last year, are so  satisfied with this victory that they would expose a thousand more lives, if they had them,  to maintain it. In the general and individual instructions, as also in our journeys or missions, we  occasionally gain a few souls, although for the present there are usually only mockeries  and threats, —which will be, I hope, the seed that shall produce, in its own time, the fruit  of the Gospel, and the general subjection of these people to the faith.  [Page 11] We have sometimes wondered whether we could hope for the conversion of this  country without the shedding of blood; the principle received, it seems, in the Church of  [28] God, that the blood of Martyrs is the seed of Christians, made me at one time  conclude that this was not to be expected, — yea, that it was not even to be desired;  considering the glory that redounds to God from the constancy of the Martyrs, with  whose blood all the rest of the earth has been so lately drenched, it would be a sort of  curse if this quarter of the world should not participate in the happiness of having  contributed to the splendor of this glory. But I confess, —now that I am here, and see what is taking place, namely, the  combats, battles, attacks, and the general assaults against all Nature, which the Gospel  laborers suffer here every day, and at the same time their patience, their courage, and  their continual assiduity in pursuing their object, —that I begin to wonder whether any  other martyrdom than this is necessary for the results that we aim at; and I do not doubt  that many persons could be found who would prefer to receive at once a hatchet blow  upon the head, than to spend their years enduring the life that one must every day lead 
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here, working for the conversion of these barbarians. [29] If you go to visit them in their cabins, —and you must go there oftener than 
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JesuitRelations - *Note to 1301 readers: the syllabus...

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