St Kateri was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 and Patron Saint of North Americas New Evangelization. Learn about St Kateri Tekakwithas brave confession of the Catholic faith in the face of persecution, her fervent prayers and intense penances.
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was a heroic virgin, convert, and penitent; her natural virtue shined forth from her childhood, predisposing her to accept the light of the Gospel. Saint Kateri’s fidelity to grace revealed itself particularly in the virtue of penance.
That virtue [penance], as far as we are concerned, is the greatest possible assurance of perseverance in the way of perfection – because it is, when one really looks it, one of the purest forms of love. ~Bl. Columba Marmion; Christ, the Life of the Soul; Bk. 2 Ch. 4
It is unfortunate that as Saint Kateri Tekakwitha is being canonized this month so few know of her life, so we are happy to present this short Catholic audiobook of her. It is equally sad that because there is so much ignorance about her, many people try to distort the life and beliefs of this Mohawk Saint to suit their own purposes.
For this audiobook we have used as our primary source The Life and Times of Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks, 1656-1680. Written in 1891 by Ellen H Wallworth. Alleluia Audio Books has heavily edited the work down, reorganized certain ideas, and made our own commentary and contributions to it; the transcript will be available after all the chapters have been recorded.
You can listen to each chapter by clicking the links below.
- Introduction : The Brutal Martyrdom of Isaac Jogues, The Brutal Martyrdom of the Roman Martyrs, The worship of false Gods and the Light of Christianity
- Tekakwitha as a young child : Her Family and Her people, her Mothers Christianity, the death of her parents and her living with her new family. Tekakwitha a model youth.
- Tekakwitha first encounter with Christianity and early resistance to marriage, her patience and natural virtues. Her suffering at the hands of her family for not entering into a marriage.
- Tekakwitha encounter with Father de Lamberville when she was 18. Her fervent conversion and her early baptism.
- Kateri’s Holiness of Life and Persecution by her Village. Kateris fortitude when threatened with death.
- Her escape with Hot Ashes; arrival at the Iroquois colony, and introduction to the Priests there. A spiritual friend, Anastasia, and her growth in holiness.
- Saint Kateri’s devotions, First Holy Communion, love of her people and her good works.
- Saint Kateri endures unjust accusations against her.
- Kateri meets some nuns in Montreal, plans to start her own convert, but is unable to pursue her plan but is allowed to take vow of virginity.
- Saint Kateri’s brutal penances and the penances of the other Indians.
- Saint Kateri’s illness and holy death and apparitions of her after her death.