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breathtaking view of the Mohawk river valley from the front of the
Shrine of the North American Martyrs at Auriesville New York gives
the visitor cause to stop and remember that one day, long ago, our
martyrs “ran the gauntlet” up that hill from the riverfront to
the hilltop on which he now stands. Modern day Pilgrims who have for
almost 20 years now made the yearly Pilgrimage for Restoration on
foot, either from the Shrine of Kateri Tekawitha at Fonda New York
only seven miles away, or the three-day Pilgrimage from the Lake of
the Blessed Sacrament (Lake George) 72 miles away, can attest to the
energy it takes to climb that hill after their long hike—and that
is without running any gauntlet of blood-thirsty Mohawks!
shrine is one of the glories of the Catholic church in North America
and all who can visit it are encouraged to do so, at least once in
their lives. The editor can attest to the deep spiritual peace that
is present on that hallowed ground. The famous Ravine where St. René
Goupil’s relics were lost (and presumably are still part of the
landscape there) is hauntingly beautiful and a place where many
graces have been bestowed and received.
This is the story
of that Shrine and of the heroes who made it a place of heavenly
peace and grace—The Land of Crosses!