Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 19, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The readings for today are so appropriate for this Memorial
Feast of St. John de Brebeuf and St. Isaac Jogues and their
companions. This writer has the humble priviledge of living
in the Mohawk Valley in New York State, near the Shrine of
Auriesville. The shrine is on the site of their martyrdom and
serves as a memorial to their faith. We feel so blessed to
have this shrine so near! We speak of the blood of martyrs
which ran through the Valley via the Mohawk River.
These priests and their companions lived the words of
this scripture, using their bodies to serve God and their
fellow men and women, even at the risk and later cost of
their lives. After one session of torture the priests had left
the site and returned to France. Once they recovered, they
realized that their desire to convert the natives was stronger
than their fear, so they returned to the site, only to face torture
and martyrdom. While some people choose to use their bodies
as a weapon of wickedness, these priests and their companions
served as witnesses of the sacredness of our bodies!
"Blood of the North American Martyrs, wash us."
Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)
Lives of the saints:
Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Jean de Brebeuf, St Isaac Jogues, priests, martyrs
and their companions, martyrs
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