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St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith
St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith
Posted by Jaymie on October 15, 2012 09:38 Article Rating

When the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome ring on October 21, they will announce the canonization of seven new saints. These first saints declared during the Year of Faith include the very first North American Indian, Kateri Tekakwitha. Here at Pauline Kids, we’re celebrating the event with the release of our newest Encounter the Saints book, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith.

One of the most wonderful things about our Catholic faith is that people from nations and cultures around the world have found God—and their spiritual home—in the Church. But that really isn’t anything new. From the moment of the Great Commission, the disciples of Jesus Christ have brought the Gospel everywhere and anywhere to everyone and anyone who would listen.

But if you think about it, our faith has required heroic courage both from those who have spread it, and from those who have received it. Missionaries like the Apostle Paul traveled great distances, faced numerous obstacles, and suffered persecution. Similarly, converts to Christianity, like Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, embraced the faith at great personal cost.

We know that Native Americans—or First Nations—are fascinating to kids. Chiefs like Joseph of the Nez Perce, warriors like Geronimo of the Apache, and other historical figures like the Shoshone guide Sacajawea or the Powhatan Pocahontas understandably capture their imaginations. That’s one reason why we worked so hard to respond to this canonization with a new children’s biography.

But there are other, deeper reasons. While the life of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha gives us a glimpse of life in a seventeenth century Mohawk village, it offers something far more valuable. Kateri’s story is a powerful example of a young person living her Catholic faith in a culture that openly opposed it—even among family members who were hostile to it. Kateri Tekakwitha shows us how to choose a life of faith when that choice isn’t popular. There are plenty of interesting people who happened to be Indians. But Kateri Tekakwitha is the first the Church has given to us as a model of Christian holiness.

Wonderful things can happen when faith and culture interact! We’re excited to introduce kids to a saint who not only brings them into the longhouse, but back to the baptismal font where the faith they share with her began.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith, ideal for ages 9-12

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