This is the Liturgy of the Hours for December 31. Your local date is .
Today is the memorial of Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and their Companions. These 17th century French missionaries traveled to the northeast part of the New World to share the Gospel. The Jesuit missionaries visited the Iroquois and Mohawk peoples living in the Huron area. St. John de Brebeuf evangelized amongst the peoples for three successful years before being captured by the Iroquois and tortured to death. St. Isaac Joques was captured; his hand mutilated, and he was killed by a tomahawk blow. These eight heroic martyrs are remembered as the North American Martyrs and they were canonized in 1930 by Pius XI. 
Written by Sarah Ciotti
 Gerald Champagne, “The Holy North American Martyrs” in Nos Gloires, www.magnificant.ca
 John Paul II, Homily, September 15, 1984.