Last month my family went on vacation in New York and while there we took a pilgrimage to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs. I wrote an article about this trip for the latest issue of OSV Newsweekly:
My family descended into the ravine, following the footsteps of one martyr-saint who had searched there for the bones of another. As we traced the downhill path alongside a small stream, we read the words of St. Isaac Jogues describing his search for the body of his Jesuit companion, René.
Killed at the hands of the Iroquois Indians, St. René Goupil would become the first canonized martyr of the United States. We were passing over the holiest ground in our country, we realized, in this out-of-the-way valley in New York.
If you are able to get a copy of the print version of this issue, be sure to check out the photographs which accompanied my article – they were taken by my daughter Lucy!