Patience is waiting or enduring without complaining .
Saint of the Month: Saint Isaac Jogues(1607-1646)
Feast Day: October 19th
Issac Jogues was a member of the Society of Jesus,the Jesuits, and the first priest to go to present day New York. He and his companions traveled from France to North America to bring the Gospel to the Native Americans. Isaac knew and believed that Jesus died for all people and took to heart His words, "Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20).
Once he arrived in North America, he had to learn to speak the language of the Mohawks and since they did not use the same alphabet, it took a long time to be able to speak with them about Jesus. Since he knew he was doing what God sent him to do, he persevered patiently, and many people converted. In 1642, Isaac and some of his fellow Jesuits were captured by a war party of Mohawks who took them to their village were they were tortured. Isaac Jogues lost two fingers on his right hand. He survived this and lived as a slave among the Mohawks while trying to teach them about Christianity. He returned to France for a while and then came back to New France to continue his work. The Mohawks experienced a medical epidemic and a crop failure. They believed Isaac and the other missionaries were evil magic practitioners, so they attacked and killed him with a tomahawk and threw his body into the Mohawk River.
Through all of this, Saint Isaac Jogues suffered without complaining, not growing angry with God or the people he evangelized. His patient endurance won him the martyr's crown-and life in heaven with Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Saint Isaac Jogues, you patiently taught the peoples of North America about Jesus, never giving up, even under persecution. Help me to be patient like you, even in small things, for the sake of Jesus' love for me. Amen. Saint Isaac Jogues, pray for us.