Saint Among Savages: The Life of Saint Isaac Jogues

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Overview

I go, but I shall never come back again. These were Isaac Jogues' words on the eve of embarking for a second missionary attempt in America. Shortly afterward, a skull-splitting Mohawk tomahawk made him a martyr.Fresh from the elegant life of Renaissance France, Jesuit priest Isaac Jogues landed in the savage wilderness of America in 1636. He came fervent in his priestly zeal to devote his life to Christianizing and civilizing the Indian nations that stalked the trackless forests&#151savages he was prepared to love, sight unseen, for the love of God. He lived among the Hurons enduring hunger, thirst, disease, and humiliation at their hands.A vast canvas unrolls in this suspenseful and swift-moving story of heroic sacrifice in the earliest days of New York and Canada. Against a background of bloody wars between great Indian nations and between the savages and the first European settlers in America passes the magnificent figure of the Jesuit, Isaac Jogues, intrepid pioneer, adventurer, victim of horrific cruelties, and saint. This is a story of violent action and great sacrifice that testifies to the faith and heroism of Isaac Jogues and his fellow martyr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898709131
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 1,438,678
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
I From Cradle to Cloister 9
II The Portals of New France 34
III In the Huron Cabins 61
IV Under the Shadow of Death 88
V Powers of the Other World 114
VI Driving Ever Westward 140
VII Ambushed by the Mohawks 171
VIII Along the Trail of Torture 201
IX Bowed beneath the Tomahawk 231
X Through Months of Slavery 262
XI Escape through the Dutch 293
XII Christmas Day and Old France 321
XIII Peace along the Saint Lawrence 349
XIV Ambassador to the Mohawks 376
XV The Happy Night of the Martyrs 406
Epilogue: How the Trails Converged 436
Bibliography 449
Writings of Isaac Jogues 453
Index 455
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