What is a martyr Cloë?
A martyr is a person who is killed because someone did not like the fact that they believed in Jesus and God and the Holy Spirit. Remember Tallulah that a few days ago the Church celebrated the feast of Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions? They were also martyrs.
(Go to the Happy Saints Website to see more Saints.)
Gee Cloë that is very mean of those people.
It certainly is Tallulah. We are lucky that in Canada we can go to church everyday with our master and no one will try and stop us. Unfortunately there are still many places in the world where that is not possible. In fact, this past Sunday in Pakistan there were many people killed as they left church.
Wow. We have to pray for these people and their families.
We do indeed Cloë and we also have to pray for the people who did this terrible thing so that they might one day know God and know that God is love and peace.
So back to the Canadian Martyrs. They were 8 Jesuit missionaries who had come to North America 400 years ago, before we were called Canada and the United States. They wanted to share their knowledge of God with the First Nations people. Many of them accepted what they had to say and many even became Catholics. But there were others who did not like this and those people eventually killed these 8 missionaries.
- St. Jean de Brébeuf
- St. Noël Chabanel
- St. Antoine Daniel
- St. Charles Garnier
- St. René Goupil
- St. Isaac Jogues
- St. Jean de Lalande
- St. Gabriel Lalemant
Today, you can visit a giant shrine to the Martyrs in Midland, Ontario.
If you go to their website you can learn more about the story of the Canadian Martyrs, you can go on a virtual tour, and you can even see some of the documents that the Jesuits created 400 years ago!
(These are pages from Louis André's dictionary of the Algonquin language.)
So when you go to Mass this Sunday, say a prayer of thanks to the Canadian Martyrs that you are able to do this with no fear.
Cloë and Tallulah