13. An interesting scene in French history.... Anne of Austria, Queen Regent after the death of Louis XIII, received Jogues and was moved to tears as he related his ordeal.
Fully aware of the imminent danger, but yearning for his Indian converts, Jogues embarked for New France in the Spring of 1644 for his second mission.
|14. On Christmas Day, 1643, Jogues landed on his native soil, thanked God for his return, joyfully attended Mass and received the Eucharist for the first time in over a year. The Jesuits, knowing of Jogues' great courage, granted him special permission to resume his priestly duties despite his missing fingers.|