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Published On: Mon, Jul 22nd, 2013

Martyrs – St. Jean Brebeauf

Martyrs – St. Jean Brebeauf

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“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Mathew 10:28)

Brébeuf was born 25th March 1593 in Condé-sur-Vire, Normandy, France. He joined the Society of Jesus in 1617 at the age of 24 and spent two years under the direction of Lancelot Marin. Between 1619 and 1621 he was a teacher at the college of Rouen but was almost expelled from the Society because he contracted tuberculosis in 1620—an illness which prevented both studying and teaching for the traditional periods. His record as a student was not particularly distinguished, but at this age he was already beginning to show an aptitude for languages. Later he would become a language teacher to missionaries and French traders. Brébeuf finally achieved his priesthood at Pontoise in 1622.

[gn_pullquote align=”left”]The Iroquois stripped him and tied him to a post, burned him, cut off his lip because he kept preaching to the other captive Christian convert.[/gn_pullquote]

After three years as Steward at the College of Rouen, Brébeuf was chosen by the Provincial of France, Father Pierre Coton, to embark on the missions to New France, and in June 1625 Brébeuf arrived in Quebec with Fathers Charles Lalemant and Énemond Massé, alongside the lay brothers Francois Charton and Gilbert Burel. For about five months Brébeuf lived with a tribe of Montagnais, but would later be assigned to the Hurons with Father Anne Nouee in 1626. It was with the Hurons that Brebeuf would do the most work as a missionary to the Native peoples of North America.

At first he made slow headway but then found the work very rewarding from about 1633 until his death. At their request of the Hurons, he began to live among them, sometimes on his own and sometimes with a fellow Jesuit, preaching and catechising them in their own language. The main obstacles he met were deep superstition, physical violence and even cannibalism. But another serious factor was that Brebeuf and his fellow missionaries, however committed they were, belonged to a much resented, conquering people. Nevertheless, Brebeuf set up schools and in one year baptised over 200 catechumens. On one occasion he was condemned to die but spoke so eloquently about the afterlife that the execution was not carried out.

[gn_pullquote align=”right”]Jesuits preached that “the more one suffers on earth, the happier he is in Heaven.[/gn_pullquote]

In 1649 the Iroquois, who were bitter enemies of the Hurons, attacked the village where Brebeuf and his companion Gabriel Lalemant were. Five Jesuits, named Antoine Daniel, Lalement, Charles Garnier, Noel Charbanel, and Brébeuf, were killed in this conflict, which was seen as proof that the mission was blessed by God and would be successful. Throughout the torture, Brébeuf was much more concerned for the fate of the others and the captive Native converts than for himself. The Iroquois stripped him and tied him to a post, burned him, cut off his lip because he kept preaching to the other captive Christian converts, ripped out his fingernails, put a heated rod down his throat, put a collar of hot hatchets around his neck, cut off and ate strips of his flesh, scalped him, drank his blood, and ripped his heart out and ate it. His blood was drunk in hopes of absorbing Brébeuf’s courage in enduring such pain. The Iroquois mocked the missionaries and Christianity by imitating baptism through the pouring of boiling water over Brébeuf’s head. They claimed that they were hurting him so that he would be happier in Heaven, as Jesuits preached that “the more one suffers on earth, the happier he is in Heaven”

Abad of Jesus Christ,

  Stulo Robinson.S.

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