Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

Painting by Father Chauchetière between 1682-1693

Today is the feast day of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks. She is the first Native American to be named Blessed; Popoe John Paul II beatified her in June of 1980. As a young girl, she suffered the hostility of her tribe because of her faith. She had great devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist and to Christ crucified. You can read more about this saintly young woman here.
She died at the young age of 24.

The Communion of Saints is one of the treasures of our Catholic faith; may Bl. Kateri be a model for all young people to live chastley no matter what those around them may say.

1 comment:

HeartfeltHeartLook said...

Father covered some of this at Mass this morning. It's astounding because of the time she lived in. Amazing faith! Thanks.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.