5th / Fifth Day / dedicated to Saint Charles Garnier, S.J.
Martyred December 7th, 1649.
Charles Garnier, a Parisian, a Jesuit, and a priest, was attracted to the arduous Missions of Canada. He came to Huronia at the age of thirty-one and for thirteen years, laboured among the Hurons and Petuns.
Once driven from the Petun nation as a sorcerer, he later returned to find a rewarding outlet for his zeal. On December 7th, 1649 he was a victim of the Iroquois massacre of the village of Etharita, thirty miles from Ste. Marie.
He refused to escape but exercised his charity to the end. Even when mortally wounded, he tried to assist a Huron who had also received his death wound. A blow of an Iroquois tomahawk sent his pure soul on its flight to God.
Saint Charles Garnier was always a person of innocence and purity with a strong devotion to Our Lady whom he acknowledged looked after him as a youth and to whom he owed his vocation to the Society of Jesus.
Gentle, innocent, fearless, he succeeded in winning many souls to God both at St. Joseph’s Mission and among the Petuns. Replete with every gift of nature and grace, converts were won to the faith and moved to devotion at the mere sight of his angelic face and all who came in contact with him took away a deep impression of his virtue.
This interior perfection of soul was, as in the case of all holy men, sustained by a life of rigid penance – a foretaste of the Martyrdom which was soon to be his reward.
Prayer to Saint Charles Garnier
Saint Charles Garnier, help me to be generous in the service of God. I fear pain, I shun mortification, I lack generosity. Your example is before me; your spotless purity, your rigorous penances, your devotion to Our Lady, all impress me. I now ask your intercession whereby my resolutions may be strengthened. Inspire in me a love of purity and zeal. Give me courage to do something for my soul, so that in the end I may share your bliss in Paradise. Amen.
St. Jean de Brébeuf, pray for us.
St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us.
St. Antoine Daniel, pray for us.
St. Charles Garnier, pray for us.
St. Noël Chabanel, pray for us.
St. René Goupil, pray for us.
St. Jean de Lalande, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.