There is a valley
Isaac loved looking out over that valley. Even more, he loved the people there. But it was a never-ending pain in his heart that so many of them did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Indeed, there were some men whose hatred of Christ was terrifying. These men kidnapped Isaac and tortured him, going so far as to bite and burn off some of his fingers. His comrade Rene was killed before his eyes.
Isaac himself was held captive for over a year and was just about to be killed when he was finally rescued.
Isaac made his way home, where he was acclaimed as a living martyr for Christ.
But Isaac could not forget the people of the valley. Disregarding all warnings, he returned there less than three years later.
He was stripped naked, beaten, slashed, and finally killed in October 1646.
Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, and other members of the Society of Jesus who came to be known as the North American Martyrs were canonized in 1930 and are celebrated on this day.
(Adapted from an earlier post)