Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: The Lily at the Foot of the Cross


In a few weeks on October 21, 2012, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will be canonized. What will the world say when she is canonized? If current articles on her are any indication, she is “known for” teaching children and caring for the sick, and that she had a streak of feminism in her [2]. You might also here some pagans still trying to claim her for their own like in this piece by the New York Times:

“‘At a time when natives are still treated like third-class citizens, it’s very impressive that the Vatican and the Catholic Church is finally recognizing her,’ said Pat Whyland, 67, a Mohawk from Syracuse, who offered a prayer to Kateri, as well as to the water, wind and sun, at the start of a small powwow held at her shrine in Fonda in early July. ‘Not everyone knows about her,’ she added, ‘but once you become familiar with her, you become very attached to her and her story.’”[3]

Obviously Ms. Pat Whyland does not know her story or else she would not be worshiping the elements of the earth. She would follow her example and convert to Christianity even during persecutions by pagan earth worshipers.

“I don’t look at it like she gave up her native beliefs,” he said as he got a Mohawk Bear Clan tattoo in a tent at the powwow. “She added to her faith.” said Toby Whyland-Rich, 39 [3].

In case you did not know Ms. Whyland, the most solemn rituals of the Mohawks involved slowly burning humans alive to please their war god, Aireskoi, before they went into battle.[4]

Unfortunately, even in the Catholic Church there isn’t much better reverence for Saint Kateri. Some people seem only to be happy about her canonization because she was an American Indian, not because of her sanctity. Not to mention the endless “sacred” artwork of her that makes her look like a watered down version of Disney’s Pocahontas.

The only known portrait of St Kateri, doesn’t look much like the stereotype does it?

So the world would have you believe that our beloved Kateri Takakwitha was a semi-pagan feminist who liked helping children and sick people and kinda looked like Pocahontas. While it does not accurately describe our saint it does accurately describe a lot of modern celebrities, minus the Pocahontas bit.

They are hiding the sanctity of Saint Kateri because they hate the fact that she left the darkness of paganism, heroically endured a persecution, and applied brutal penance and mortification to her body; in other words, she embraced the Cross of Jesus Christ, the Cross which stands against the world.

On our “about us” page we mention that this is one of the things that drives us here at Alleluia Audio Books, that we are here to fight the ignorance about our Saints. We do not want St. Kateri Tekakwitha to be remembered as some nature loving hippy like St Francis of Assisi is made out to be, but as the brutal penitent who despised the world and gave up everything to follow Jesus Christ. Saint Kateri despised paganism and prayed for the conversion of her people, she had nothing in common with feminists as her obedience and docility to the direction of her priests reveals, and she did not look like Pocahontas.

Please listen to the Audio Book we have put together; Please help defend the sanctity of this true spouse of Jesus Christ.

Sources

[1] “Eleven-year-old Boy’s Survival of Flesh-eating Bacteria Declared a Miracle by Pope as American Indian Woman Credited with Saving Him Is Approved for Sainthood.” Mail Online. N.p., 21 Dec. 2011. Web. 29 Sept. 2012. <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2076891/Jake-Finkbonners-survival-flesh-eating-bacteria-declared-miracle-pope.html>.

[2]CROWLEY, CATHLEEN F. “Kateri Gets Miracle She Needed.” Times Union. N.p., 19 Dec. 2011. Web. 29 Sept. 2012. <http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Kateri-gets-miracle-she-needed-2412929.php>.

[3] Ottoman, Sharron. “Complex Emotions over First American Indian Saint” New York Times 24, July, 2012. Web. 29 Sept. 2012.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/25/nyregion/complex-emotions-as-kateri-tekakwitha-is-named-a-saint.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0>

[4]Walworth, Ellen H. The Life and times of Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks, 1656-1680. Buffalo: P. Paul, 1891. Print.

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3 Responses to Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: The Lily at the Foot of the Cross

  1. Dana Cash says:

    Thank you for a succinct summary of what has been bothering me for a very long time concerning Blessed Kateri. To be fair to Pocahontas too, the political correctness minions rarely remember that she was eleven years old when she begged for John Smith to be spared and was never motivated by romantic sentiments, but a genuine curiosity and concern for his welfare. The only known portrait of Pocahantas looks more like a comparable one of Queen Elizabeth 1, complete with wire neck ruff. This makes the confusion about Blessed Kateri even deeper, since we have first misrepresented and beclouded secular history; how can we ever hope to clear up sacred history? (by doing what you are doing. May God bless you and your family for this!!!)

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  3. Kass says:

    I am trying to buy a Cd with the novana to St. Kateri Tekakwitha on it & paper booklet with the novana.. I truly appreciate your help

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