St. Isaac Jogues (Missionary to the North American pagans, 1642): “Indeed, under the influence of that terrific hate of the savages, I suffered beyond telling from the cold, from the contempt of the basest of them, from the furious ill temper of the women… Great hunger, also, I had to endure. Since nearly all the venison, and on the hunt they eat scarcely anything else, was offered in sacrifice to the demons, I spent many days without eating… I suffered greatly from the cold, in the midst of the deep snows, with nothing to wear but a short and threadbare cloak… Though they had plenty of deerskins, many of which they were not using, they would give me none. Sometimes, on an extremely bitter night, shivering from the cold, I would take one of the skins secretly; as soon as they discovered it, they would rise up and take it away from me. That shows how terribly much they hated me… My skin was split open with the cold, all over my body, and caused me intense pain.” (Saint Among Savages, pp. 267-268)
St. Francis Xavier (1545): “When all are baptized I order the temples of their false gods to be destroyed and all the idols to be broken in pieces. I can give you no idea of the joy I feel in seeing this done, witnessing the destruction of the idols by the people who lately adored them…When I have done all this in one place, I pass to another… In this way I go all around the country, bringing the natives into the fold of Jesus Christ, and the joy I feel in this is far too great to be expressed…”
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