It was a domestic enemy, giving him incomparably more trouble than he had [p. The cure of his soul was followed by a bodily ailment, which  reduced him to a sad plight. Thereupon the Demon seized his opportunity, and assailed him so vigorously during the height of his illness that, had not the Father chanced to arrive when he was struggling with the malign spirit, there was danger of his yielding.
He resisted, then, all these attacks; while, to render his victory more notable, he had a fire lighted near him, and, in the presence of many Savages who were kneeling around him, caused to be thrown into it all the Diabolical implements he had used in his jugglery. Then the Demon assailed the patient still more vigorously; and, as if determined to take possession of his body, caused a swelling of his stomach, and the most extraordinary contortions of his limbs.
These attacks increased in intensity, the longer those implements of hell burned. The Devil was compelled to yield to the force of these prayers, and on the morrow the sick man found himself entirely cured; he also succeeded in converting, by his exhortations, a relative of his who, having followed his example in his infidelity, followed it also in his repentance. The second noteworthy circumstance has to do with a Papinachois family, converted some time ago to Christianity, and composed of five persons only. While they were foraging in the woods, they were fallen upon unawares by ten Iroquois.
The husband [p. The mother, with a babe at her breast, fell a victim to those vultures.
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This capture, insignificant although it was, still caused them to celebrate their victory for two days, while the poor captive was obliged, according to their barbarous custom, to sing with them for their entertainment. After these first rejoicings hunger scattered them, compelling them to separate in all directions, in order the more easily to subsist by hunting. Our captive, who found herself very tightly bound, was inconsolable over her misfortune and that of her child, whom she saw crying in the arms of another Savage, -- when lo! Thence it was easy for her to go by land to the spot where they had left their Canoe, in which she immediately embarked, joining her husband and relatives soon after.
The Father to whom she gave this whole account had difficulty in consoling her over the loss of that innocent babe, left alone in the Iroquois' hands, although he told her that, if they killed it, they would procure it a life of eternal happiness, as it had been baptized; and if they spared its life, there was hope of recovering it from the hands of those Barbarians, since the King's arms had forced them to come  and ask us for peace, which had been concluded since the time of her capture.
Ce sont de nouuelles Missions, qui s'ouurent de tous [p. Fiat fiat. THE military expeditions made, during the past year, into the country of the Anniehronnon Iroquois left such terror behind them that those Barbarians came this Summer to present us a most earnest petition for peace; and even brought some of their families to serve as hostages, and be answerable for their countrymen's good faith.
They declared, among other things, that all their desires were to have some of  our Fathers with them, to cement the peace, and to enable them to follow the example of those of their number who had received instruction during a year's detention at Quebec, where eighteen of them had been given holy Baptism. Monsieur de Tracy, on seeing these barbarians thus humiliated at his feet, declared to them that, although it was in his power to bring them to utter ruin, -- as they could well believe from the late destruction of their Villages, -- yet he would have the goodness to spare their land, and even grant them the Fathers whom they demanded, in order that nothing might be wanting to confirm the peace.
The three above-named Fathers, after receiving the blessing of Monsieur the Bishop of Petraea, who ever burns with extraordinary zeal for the Iroquois' salvation, set out from Quebec last July with the Anniehronnon and Onneiochronnon Ambassadors.
Upon reaching fort sainte Anne, at the mouth of Lake Champelain, they learned that a band of fifty or sixty Mahingans -- Savages whom we call the Loups -- were in ambush on the Lake for the purpose of attacking these Ambassadors of the Iroquois, with whom they were at war. They lingered thus for more than a month at this last fort, to allow the enemy time to disperse; but this delay was of no avail, and they were forced to expose themselves to a manifest danger, entering in this manner upon that Mission, alike perilous and arduous.
We have yet learned nothing of what has occurred there; but, if God bless these undertakings, we shall see a new birth of the Huron and Iroquois Churches which we so long cultivated,  and we shall need only to go and reap the fruits of the labors which we have expended upon the instruction of those poor barbarians.
We raise our [p. That is the only allurement I hold out to Apostolic souls, -- that they come to this end of the world to spend their sweat and their blood for the salvation of so many souls, bereft of all human succor from the creation of the world; souls for whom, nevertheless, Jesus Christ shed his  blood and gave his life, as well as for the Greeks and Romans.
We have this year received a considerable reinforcement of select persons, whose occupations would have been of no mean order in France; but who find in Canada -- in a life hidden amid woods, rocks, and snow; in hunger, fatigue, and complete physical exhaustion -- more consolation in one day than they have tasted in all their lives before.
It is a sweet joy, in a fortunate destitution of nearly all things, to penetrate the sense of these words of the Apostle: Mortui estis, et vita vestra abscondita est cum Christo in Deo , -- "You lead a dying life, in this life which is, with Jesus Christ, hidden in God. Thus one would, without leaving France, become a Missionary in the heart of a barbarous country, for transforming it into a christian land. Fiat, fiat.
THIS narrative bears the name of "wonders," and not of "miracles," in order not to transgress in the least the mandates of the Holy Church, which forbids us to designate such unusual occurrences by the name of miracles until it shall have passed judgment upon them. As God has always made special choice of some Churches where, by the intercession of the blessed Virgin, the Angels, and the Saints, he opens wide the bosom of his tender mercies, and performs many miracles which he does not commonly perform elsewhere, it seems thus to have been his will to choose in  our time the Church of sainte Anne du petit Cap, in order to make of it a kindly asylum and an assured refuge for the Christians of this new world; and he seems to have placed in the hands of that saint a store of grace and blessings which she bestows freely upon those who devoutly invoke her aid in that place.
It is not my purpose to relate all of them here, but only  some of the more important ones, in order to satisfy the piety of those who desired this from me. I do it the more willingly, and shall relate them with the more certainty, since I was an eye-witness of these occurrences, or very well informed concerning them.
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In the year , Marie Ester Ramage, aged 45 years, wife of Elie Godin [ 6 ] of the Parish of sainte Anne du petit Cap, -- after being for eighteen months all bent so that she could by no means straighten herself again, and was obliged to drag herself around as she could with her cane, -- hopeless of ever recovering her health by human remedies, remembered that her husband had told her that in his  presence Louis Guymond, of the same Parish, had been suddenly cured of a severe pain in the loins, by laying, in a spirit of devotion, three of the foundation-stones of saint Anne's Church, the building of which had been begun.
Thereupon she invoked the Saint's assistance, praying her to work a miracle in her as she had done in that man. At that very time, -- forgetting her cane, which disappeared, -- she found herself quite erect on her feet, walking as easily as she had ever done.
Quite astounded by so sudden a change, she began to return thanks to saint [p. This miracle helped greatly to confirm in the faith all that family, which had long  lived in the pretended reformed religion. By this means he recovered his health; and remaining since then completely cured of his disease, he continues yearly, with his parents, to render his  thanksgivings to saint Anne on the day of her Festival, in her Church at petit Cap.
In the year , Margueritte Bire, wife of Mathurin Roy, a resident of Quebec, having broken a leg, -- the bones of which were fractured in four places, and could not be reunited, -- was left a cripple for eight months without being able to walk a step, and with no hope of doing so in the future, such being the opinion of the Surgeons. She was thus constrained to have recourse to God, doing so with confidence, through the intercession of saint Anne.
To that end she began a novena, made a general confession, and, -- having taken a vow to visit yearly a [p. There, being present at Mass, she felt herself strengthened at the moment of the Elevation; and then, when the time came to go to holy Communion, she laid aside her crutches and walked to the Altar. When the people desired to support her, she said: "I shall go very well alone; the good Saint has strengthened me and wrought a miracle in me, thanks be to God. For eight months I had not walked so far.
Elie Godin, fifty years of age, of the Parish of sainte Anne, being ill of the dropsy  in an advanced stage, for which the usual remedies could afford him no relief, thought he would prepare for death, and had me called to give him the holy Viaticum. Then I told him to have recourse to the blessed Virgin and to saint Anne; and after preparing him to die, I went away to the Church to say holy Mass for him. Upon my returning thence to give him communion, he said to me with a serene countenance: "Monsieur, I am cured; permit me to rise.
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While you were at Church, as I was saying my Rosary, I fell into a sweet sleep, in which I saw two venerable Ladies, who approached me. One of them held in her hand a box, which she opened, and in which I saw a road, very long and very narrow,  leading to Heaven. At that sight I felt my heart [p. Jean Adam, 23 years of age, of Brinon l'Archevesque, a small town in the Diocese of Sens, on the 24th of March, , suddenly felt as if he had been struck in each eye by a bodkin, after which he saw only very slightly, and became in a few days wholly blind.
He remained in that condition until the month of June, when he made a vow to say his Rosary nine times in honor of saint Anne, and to go  to visit her Church at petit Cap. A like vow also he made to Our Lady of Lorette in Italy, after which he was conducted to saint Anne's.
There, while the Priest recited the Gospel of that saint over him after Mass, he saw three times very distinctly, but with a vision only temporary and instantaneous, yet sufficient for him to distinguish easily the color of the ornaments, which he had never seen; and he felt inspired with a strong hope that on the third day thereafter, which was the last of his novena, he would recover his sight entirely. He made open declaration of all this, and the result was as he had predicted; for on the third day, while Mass was being said for him in the College Church of the Reverend Fathers of the Society of Jesus at Quebec, he felt  as if some one had again sharply struck his eyes, which shed some drops of water; and then, at the Elevation, he saw the sacred Host in the Priest's [p.
He has since enjoyed better eyesight than before that occurrence. In the year , on the 29th of June, Jean Pradere, aged 22 years, of the city and Archbishopric of Toulouse, a soldier in the Regiment of Carignan, -- being afflicted with two infirmities, one of which was mortal, and the other incurable, -- had an extraordinary feeling throughout one night; and heard a voice which said to him that, if it pleased God to give him his health, it would be a very good thing for him to devote himself for the rest of his life  to the service of the patients in the Hospital where he then was.
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He readily consented to this, and was left with a firm hope of recovery, despite an aposteme in his stomach that caused him to hiccough in a manner ominous of a prompt and sure death. Indeed, he was given Extreme unction, in the belief that he would die soon. Nevertheless, God delivered him in a short time from this first danger; but for the second he was told there were no human remedies and he must have recourse to God, who alone could cure him.
For he had, six months before, lost the use of, and all sensation in, one leg, so that he felt neither the blows he struck it, nor cuts which he  made in it when dressing it himself, any more than if it had been dead. Seeing himself in that condition, without losing any of his trust he determined to go to saint Anne's at petit Cap, six leagues from Quebec, and there perform a novena, and recover his hoped for health by the intercession of that glorious Saint.
Accordingly he began his novena and his prayers, suffering great spiritual temptations and pains during [p. Thereupon he sank, as it were, into a  sweet sleep; upon awaking therefrom, he felt extremely comfortable, and discovered a perspiration on his leg, bathing it and exhaling an odor so sweet that he had never smelt anything like it.
Immediately afterward, he saw his leg entirely free from moisture, and as completely restored as if it had never been affected. Rendering thanks to God and to saint Anne for the boon he had just received through the latter's intercession, he laid aside his crutches, and now walks as easily as ever -- to the astonishment of those who knew his disease, and who deemed it as difficult to cure him as to revive a dead man. But both are easy for God, to whom nothing is impossible.
I can say that many persons, on dedicating themselves to saint Anne, have been miraculously succored, -- some escaping death when their Canoe was overturned upon them, others being wrecked in Shallops, in both cases finding themselves confronted by imminent peril of death. Still others have been cured of divers diseases, in which human remedies were powerless. Women with child have experienced extraordinary succor in dangerous deliveries; and children afflicted with grievous ruptures have been cured.
Many find in that place relief in [p. But what seems to me most noteworthy among all these favors is the very efficient grace that God has given, through this saint's intercession, to many sinners for their conversion to a better life. Having for five or six years discharged the vicarial functions in that Church, I have known many whom this good fortune befell; but, as such favors pass between God and the soul in the secrecy of the breast, they will only be made known in eternity.
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Such happy beginnings make us hope that God will, through saint Anne's intercession, crown with a thousand blessings, on this sacred spot, all this new country. May it please his goodness not to let our sins arrest their course. Nostre Seigneur soit la recompense eternelle de toutes vos charitez.