A Heavy Cross
Saint Kateri endures an unjust accusations against her.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was accused of being a blasphemer and using the power of the devils by the Pharisees. Could a person think of a worst insult to Christ?
Saint Kateri faced her own trial, despite having a repulsion to marriage even from before her baptism she was accused by another Indian of making mischief between her and her husband, and worst of all both her instructress and the Priest seemed to not believe her when she said she had not.
It is a trial common among the saints of God. The Imitation of Christ explains why God allows it and why it is so important to sanctity.
It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradiction, to be
misjudged by men even though we do well and mean well. These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory. When to all outward appearances men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God Who sees our hearts. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men. Thomas A Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, The Value of Adversity.
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