Thursday, March 3, 2011

St Katherine Drexel's Radical Conversion

 I once read that every conversion story is a love letter to God. One of the most radical and beautiful of those is of St Katherine Drexel whose feast we celebrate today. St Katherine came from a family of considerable wealth, but with her conversion saw how that material wealth was truly passing away. She started the religious order of the Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament along with numerous other foundations including Xavier University in New Orleans.
Fr. Robert Barron has a wonderful post on this saint in which he highlights an excerpt from the letter St Katherine wrote to Bishop O'Connor in 1884. The letter gives some insight to this saints radical conversion and her subsequent dedication to her life in Christ. Don't miss Fr. Barron's post on his Word On Fire blog.
May St katherine's radical conversion inspire us to deeper conversion in our own lives.
St Katherine Drexel, pray for us!


Victor S E Moubarak said...

Great introduction to another Saint I did not know about.

Thanx Karinann.

God bless.

Karinann said...

You are welcome Victor. While I knew a little about St Katherine Drexel, I did not realize she had such a profound conversion. Fr. Barron's post helped me to learn a little more about her.

Colleen said...

Thanks for this post. She is my parish's patron saint! We had a Feast Day celebration all weekend. Hugs and blessings!

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.