[When St. Rene Goupil, St. Isaac Jogues and companions were captured by the Iroquois in NY on a missionary journey in 1642]: “The executioners chose Rene Goupil as the next victim. They sawed off the thumb of his right hand with an oyster shell. So much blood spurted out that they feared he would die [they wanted to torture him more or trade him]… Then they turned to Couture… They pricked him with awls and pointed stakes, carved off shreds of his flesh, burned him with firebrands and glowing irons, until he fell lifeless under their cruelties… One of them discovered [later] that two of Couture’s fingers had been left intact… Towering with rage… he began to saw off the index finger of his right hand with the ragged edge of a shell. He pressed down with all his might on the flesh and tore it, but he could not sever the tendons… Frenzied, he gripped the finger and twisted it until he tore it out, dragging with it a tendon as long as the palm.” (Saint Among Savages, pp. 219,221)
2 Cor. 4:3: “And if our gospel be also hid, it is hid to them that are lost, in whom the god of this world [that is, Satan] hath blinded the minds of unbelievers, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine unto them.”
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