North American Martyrs

These 8 Jesuits were the first saints to give their lives for the Greater Glory of God in the New World. They're also the patron saints of my alma mater, U of D Jesuit High School & Academy, where I attended from seventh through twelfth grade.

The deacon who offered a reflection during a holy hour tonight observed that these men were no different from you or me. One was a lay helper who wanted to serve. Two were trying to help those in need in a moment of hardship. The others wanted to share their faith. They lived at a time when the people to whom they were reaching out were opposed to their beliefs and often hostile to the message and values they were trying to share. So---they were no different than you or me. Let us show such dedication to Christ ~

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