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Black Robes & BuckskinA Selection from the Jesuit Relations$
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Catharine Randall

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232628

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823232628.001.0001

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Spiritu, Corde: Practice, Heart, Soul, and Worship

Spiritu, Corde: Practice, Heart, Soul, and Worship

(p.159) Spiritu, Corde: Practice, Heart, Soul, and Worship
Black Robes & Buckskin

Catharine Randall

Fordham University Press

By 1642, the Jesuits had four residences (at Quebec, Notre-Dame des Anges, St. Joseph, and Trois-Rivières) and were administering the sacraments on a regular, daily basis to the natives in the area. However, despite this success, the Jesuit impulse was always to harvest more souls and, in some frustration, Father Vimont wrote to the Superior that “the door to Christ will remain forever closed” to nations above Quebec, if more creative and fruitful ways were not found of evangelizing the nomadic, often hostile tribes. This chapter presents a relation that attests to Jesuit successes but also to the ongoing nature of their struggle to save souls. The unrelenting opposition they faced was a characteristic of the Jesuit mission in French Canada.

Keywords:   Relations, Jesuit missionaries, natives, French Canada, saving souls

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