<i>Spiritu, Corde:</i> Practice, Heart, Soul, and Worship

Catharine Randall

in Black Robes & Buckskin

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232628
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240449 | DOI:
Spiritu, Corde: Practice, Heart, Soul, and Worship

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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

Chapter.  9222 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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