When Pope Pius XI declared a saint in 1927 theres of the child jesus The mission’s patron saint was conceived by a monastic nun who lived until her death in a small convent in France.One of Canada’s indigenous peoples, contributed directly to the conversion of the Inuita,
an extreme mission
In 1912, two religious men traveled to Canada’s most remote areas and established a mission in the Inuit region. TookHe survived the extreme conditions of the Arctic, the first four years of isolation, without being accepted by the Inuit. On Pentecost Sunday 1915, Father Turquetil gave his first catechesis in the language of the Inuit, when he managed to summon them to a small meeting, which he attended out of curiosity.,
Spreading the gospel had become a task fraught with setbacks and hardships among Inuit society, as the nature of their travels in search of sport did not facilitate continued dealings with families and, moreover, the two Mackenzie were at that time by a tribe of Inuit. The religious were killed. , From Europe they were advised to close the mission,
two important letters
The mail came only once a year, and in 1916 a priest, Turquetil, received two important letters. In the first, his bishop confirmed that he was concerned about the mission’s permanence, but before considering its definitive completion, he gave him a year to see if it was worth living among the Inuit. The second letter came from an unknown person and inside was a pamphlet titled: “The Summary Life of Teresa of the Baby Jesus.”
Along with the brochure, inside the letter he added a small piece of earth collected from the grave of Teresa of Lyssex with a simple comment: “With this earth, she works wonders.” Father Turquetil was greatly impressed when he read the life of Teresa de Lixieux and thought that perhaps he could be her ally so that the word of God could take root among the Inuit. That night both religions prayed fervently to Teresa, although she was not yet canonized. The next day, as Turquetil was playing a melody in front of a small piano, some Inuit sat down to listen to music and the priest who accompanied them had the idea to spread some grains of land on the hair. Inuit without paying attention to them.
The Miracle of Therese of Lyssex
The next Sunday the unthinkable happened. As they did, they rang small church bells to call out those who wanted to come closer. Usually no one comes., A group came that day, and one of them acted as a spokesperson for the others with these words: “Although we knew you were telling us the truth, we didn’t want to listen.”
Father Turquetil prayed to Teresa about baptism to encourage her to convert. On the same day one of the Inuit, Tunis, confirmed that the three of them wanted to be baptized along with their wives and children.” AndFather Turquetil explained to him that he would have to acquire the Catechism first and that it would take some time. In order to stay close to the mission and be able to train, the three families decided not to travel in search of sport, as was their custom. Catchumenet began the next day for two hours per day.
As surprising as it may sound, after so many years of apparent indifference, three Inuit families came every day to train for the next 8 months. The first Inuit were baptized on July 2, 1917. St. Teresa of Lyssex was able to save that mission from closure.
the bishop charlebois He was so impressed by what had happened that he decided to send a detailed account of everything that happened to Rome. At the same time, he sent a petition signed by 226 missionary bishops around the world, requesting the grace to name Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus, the patron saint of all missions in the world. As we already know, in 1927, Pope Pius XI responded favorably to this request.
During the last two centuries there were many Catholic missionaries who were involved in polar expeditions and took advantage of their long stays in the country to sow the gospel among them all.