READING OF THE DAY: 14 JULY, 2014

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“Hear the word of the LORD, princes of Sodom! Listen to the instruction of our God, people of Gomorrah! 

What care I for the number of your sacrifices? says the LORD. I have had enough of whole-burnt rams and fat of fatlings;

In the blood of calves, lambs and goats I find no pleasure. 

When you come in to visit me, who asks these things of you? 

Trample my courts no more!

Bring no more worthless offerings; your incense is loathsome to me.

New moon and sabbath, calling of assemblies, octaves with wickedness: these I cannot bear. 

Your new moons and festivals I detest; they weigh me down, I tire of the load. 

When you spread out your hands, I close my eyes to you; Though you pray the more, I will not listen.

Your hands are full of blood! 

Wash yourselves clean!

Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good.

Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow. ” -Isaiah 1:10-17.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 14 JULY, 2014

 

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

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(1656-1680)

Kateri Tekakwitha, known as the Lily of the Mohawk, was born in 1656 of a captive Algonquin mother and an Iroquois chieftain.

Her mother was a Christian but dared not baptize Kateri or her younger brother.

When an epidemic of smallpox broke out in 1660, the little girl lost her mother and brother, perhaps also her father at that time; she herself nearly succumbed to the malady.

Her uncle, who adopted her, later wanted her to marry a young Iroquois her own age, but she refused, having already experienced the horror of the Iroquois brutalities.

When in 1675 Father Jacques de Lamberville, Jesuit missionary, discovered on the banks of the Mohawk River this beautiful lily, he transplanted her to the mission of St. Francis Xavier near Montreal, which had been founded a few years before.

She received her first Communion there on Christmas day of 1676.

In 1679, on the feast of the Annunciation, with the authorization of one of the Fathers at the mission, Kateri privately pronounced a vow of perpetual chastity and consecrated herself to the Blessed Virgin.

From that time on, she and her rosary were inseparable.

Her health had never been strong, and her penances contributed to weakening it further.

It was during Holy Week of 1680 that this young Indian maiden quietly expired, invoking the names of Jesus and Mary. Miracles and favors were attributed to her soon after her death.

In 1943, Pope Pius XII admitted the cause of beatification, approving the decree on the heroism of her virtues. Saint Kateri had appeared to some Polish prisoners during World War II, telling them she was named a patron of their country and brought about their release.

They described to the Jesuits of their own country, the young Indian girl whom they had all seen in their vision, and learned who she was — Kateri, Lily of the Mohawk, the Canadian Indian girl who had attained sanctity very young and died at the age of 24 years.

She was beatified as Catherine Tekakwitha on June 22, 1980, by Pope John Paul II

On February 18, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI decreed that Tekakwitha be canonized.

She was canonized on October 21, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI

(SOURCE: Nos Gloires de l’Église du Canada, by Brother G. Champagne, E.C.)