|You can't cheat, Death. But you can't cheat Death, either.|
|Blessed Jean-Martin: picture of piety|
In 1784, he was broken down from work and stints in prison, so he went back to France to recuperate. He got a second wind and was evangelizing in Alsace and Lorraine when the French Revolution launched its anti-Church campaign. As you probably know, lots of priests and nuns lost their heads over the Loyalty Oath, but Blessed Jean-Martin (and the Sisters of Divine Providence working with him) wound up in exile instead.
|Saint Augustine Chao taking it to Blessed Jean-Martin Moye|
Back to our regularly scheduled beatus. Jean Martin kept up the work in Trier for two years. Then the French troops followed him there on their conquest of all Europe. They weren't coming for him, but the typhoid they brought with them was. He was working in a hospital, caring for typhoid victims when he contracted the disease and died.
I don't have any reason to believe that Blessed Jean-Martin was rushing toward martyrdom. If he had been, he wouldn't have taken the exile in Trier instead of the guillotine. But he wasn't doing much to dodge it either. It's impressive that he lived to be sixty-two, given the number of times he and Death waved to each other in the marketplace.