God’s promise to Abraham will be fulfilled
The Huron Indians needed Abraham’s God. Women were considered mules. The Hurons were inveterate gamblers staking everything: wives, canoes, and clothing. If sick, these members of the Iroquois nation sought out the medicine man who would shake a turtle’s shell yelling at the demon thought to possess the inflicted.
At the beginning of the 17th century, God raised up Isaac Jogues who thought martyrdom in Ethiopia was his destiny. His spiritual advisor responded, “Not so, my child, You will die in Canada.”
The priests understood Paul’s words, “We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.” (2 Cor 4:7). Like Paul, they were “experiencing the infinite power of heaven and earth (cf. Matthew 28:18-20) in a surprising way. When the Indians were afflicted and driven to despair, and nearly struck down, the priests cared for them resulting 240 baptisms. Jogues wrote, “All the labors of a million persons, would they not be worthwhile if they gained one single soul for Jesus Christ?”
The priests were living martyrs.
When the Mohawk party defeated the Huron Indians many were burned at the stake. As Huron Indians faced death, Jogues baptized 70. Soon the prophecy about Jogues’ martyrdom was fulfilled. After a Mohawk council meeting (cf. Luke 12:8-12), the priest confessed, “`but I do not fear death or torture. I do not know why you would kill me. I come here to confirm the peace and show you the way to Heaven, and you treat me like a dog… Then a brave struck him with a hatchet and then hacked off his head.”
Recommend source: John A. O’Brien. Saints Of The American Wilderness: The Brave Lives And Holy Deaths Of The Eight North American Martyrs