Thursday, July 25, 2002

Description of the death of St. John Brebeuf

From a Homily of Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J.:

Br├ębeuf's death, as described by witnesses, was not likely to be lost to history even without a shrine. His flesh was apparently stripped from the bone, his skin blistered by boiling water in derision of the baptisms he had conducted among the Huron, his body burned by pitch and resin-drenched bark and heated stones, his lips cut off when he would not stop praying and, finally, his heart ripped from his chest during his final conscious moments.