How do we win hearts and minds? How do we evangelize? Is it with sword and whip or with compassion and empathy?
John approached it with a combination of spirituality and practicality.
John's success with the Huron people echoes in the success of the many Jesuits who made their way to North America to spread the Gospel.
His death (and theirs) also echoes the end of many of those who did.
But his death was not loss, because as Paul states: "[But] whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ. More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection and [the] sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead." (Philippians 3:7-11)
Honor to the North American Martyrs! Pray for us!