7th / Seventh Day / dedicated to Saint René Goupil, S.J.
Martyred September 29th, 1642.
René Goupil entered the Jesuit Order but had to leave because of ill health. He studied medicine and then offered his services to the Jesuit Missions in Canada. If he could not work directly in the apostolate, he could help those who did.
He arrived in Canada in 1640 and served French colonists and native converts in whom he saw Our Lord in His suffering members and whom he treated with patience and charity.
On his way to Huron country with Isaac Jogues in 1642, they were captured by the Iroquois, tortured and taken to the Mohawk country. The virtue of René Goupil revealed itself in those crucial moments of his life.
In an act of sublime resignation, he exclaimed, “May God be blessed. May His will be done. I accept this cross. I desire it. I embrace it with all my heart.” On the journey to Mohawk country he begged Isaac Jogues to receive his vows.
A month later he was martyred for making the sign of the cross on a little Indian child. He was martyred at Auriesville, N.Y. at the age of thirty-five, on September 29, 1642.
Prayer to Saint René Goupil
Saint René Goupil, whose zeal for the Cross of Christ merited the crown of martyrdom, give me the courage always to glory in the Cross and never to be ashamed of it. Help me to understand, what seems so hard to my ungenerous soul, that the more willingly I carry my cross the lighter it becomes; so that, following your example, I may in patience and long-suffering carry my burdens bravely to the end. Amen.
Holy Martyrs and patrons, protect this land which you have blessed by the shedding of your blood. Renew in these days our Catholic faith which you helped to establish in this new land. Bring all our fellow citizens to a knowledge and love of the truth. Make us zealous in the profession of our faith so that we may continue and perfect the work which you have begun with so much labour and suffering. Pray for our homes, our schools, our missions, for vocations, for the conversion of sinners, the return of those who have wandered from the fold, and the perseverance of all the Faithful. And foster a deeper and increasing unity among all Christians. Amen.
O God, who in your special Providence deigned to choose blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your holy Mother, grant, we beseech you, that we may deserve to have him as our intercessor in heaven whom we venerate on earth as our protector; You who live and reign world without end. Amen.
Glorious Queen of Martyrs, to whom the early missionaries of this country were so devoted and from whom they received so many favours, graciously listen to my petition. Ask your Divine Son to remember all they did for his glory. Remind him that they preached the Gospel and made his holy name known to thousands who had never heard of him, and for him had their aposolic labours crowned by shedding their blood. Exercise your motherly influence as you did at Cana, and implore him to grant me what I ask in this novena, if it be according to his holy will. Amen.
O God, who by the preaching and the blood of your blessed Martyrs, John and Isaac and their companions, consecrated the first fruits of the faith in the vast regions of North America, graciously grant that by their intercession the flourishing harvest of Christians may be everywhere and always increased. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, who inflamed the hearts of your blessed Martyrs with an admirable zeal for the salvation of souls, grant me, I beseech you, my petitions and all the requests recommended here today, (here name your request) so that the favours obtained through their intercession may make manifest before all the power and the glory of your name. 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.