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Kateri Tekawitha

Religion
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Monikka Sarino

on 17 December 2012

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Transcript of Kateri Tekawitha

Introduction Who do you think Jesus was for this person? What were some of the biggest challenges to that person's faithfulness? How does this person's faith challenge you? Why did you choose this person? How do you think that believing in Jesus affected what she did? Believing in Jesus affected what Kateri did because she became an outcast to her village. Many of them would threaten to kill or torture her for believing in God. Since she is Native, they believe everything revolves around nature. Kateri was very close with nature, but she used it to communicate to God instead. The threats became too hostile that she left. This decision changed her life because others looked up to her as a wonderful woman, instead of throwing rocks at her. Kateri Tekakwitha was the first Aboriginal saint in North America. She was born in Ossernenon; which is located near New York today. To Kateri, I believe that Jesus was her mother. Although her mother passed away when Kateri was four, the moments they spent together were very precious. Her mother shared stories and prayers about Jesus. The stories had Kateri fascinated even at a young age. Because of her mother, Kateri became in touch with nature; which is what she used to communicate with God. She devoted herself completely to him in everything she did. Kateri Tekakwitha Kateri's biggest challenge was her health. Her poor health restricted her from doing everything she wanted. Because of the smallpox attack, her face was scarred, she was partially blinded, and her body weakened. Also, the sun blinded her, so she had to feel her way around areas. Nevertheless, she continued her work. She taught the young, and shared her stories about God. Kateri's faith has challenged me to live life through prayer. Because of her constant communication with God, he looked after her. Even though her body was weakening every day, she lived life to the fullest by helping others and encouraging them to live with God. She never gave up; even after she lost her family and became badly injured. She used what her mother taught her as strength to live the life she wanted. I chose Kateri Tekakwitha because she was the first Aboriginal to become a saint. From what I learned, most tribes disliked the fact that Europeans tried to assimilate everyone to becoming Catholics. But, she followed what she believed was right and lived the way she wanted to, instead of following everyone else. Despite the fact that her body was deteriorating quickly, she still helped out everyone around her. And because of her selfless acts, she lived a good life filled with people who looked up to her. Other Information Kateri Tekakwitha is known as "Lily of the Mohawks" or "Beautiful Flower Among True Men" People of Faith At the age of four, her village was attacked with smallpox. This killed both her parents, and her brother; she was left an orphan. Kateri barely survived; she was scarred, weakened, and partially blind. Her aunt and uncle adopted her after the incident. Kateri lived the life of a typical young girl. She worked the fields with her aunt, and took care of the longhouse they lived in. Often times, she would visit the forest; she talks and listens to God through her surroundings. The stories that her mother shared with her remained. They have been imbedded in her mind and heart. Because of this, Kateri became close to God. When Kateri met Father de Lamberville, he convinced her uncle to let Kateri take part in religious instructions. Her uncle didn't like the idea, but he tolerated the missionary's presence. Kateri became very fascinated with the stories about Jesus. So, she decided to get baptized and become a Christian. Kateri became an outcast. Her family refused to give her food on Sundays because she didn't work. Children threw rocks and made fun of her. she was repeatedly threatened to death or torture if she wouldn't give up her religion. Because of the increasing harm, she fled to Montreal to fully devote her life to God. Although, Kateri did not know how to formally read or write, she continued to live her life through prayer. She taught and helped others that were in need of her assistance. When winter season came, her village was kicked out. She continued her faith by building her own chapel in the woods. Many times, others would ask Kateri to tell them stories. They said that when Kateri spoke, everyone felt the presence of God with them. It was beautiful, and peaceful. On March 25, 1679 she made a vow of perpetual virginity; this meant that she would remain unmarried and devote herself completely to God. Kateri's health kept getting worse. She was advised to rest, but she ignored them and continued her "acts of love." Her poor health led to her death at the age of 24; a year after she made her vow. Moments after she died, her face became clear of scars, and was made beautiful by God. Her life was considered to be short, and beautiful. She was canonized on October 21, 2012 Her last words were "Jesus, I love you." "I am no longer my own. I have given myself entirely to Jesus"
~ Saint Kateri Tekakwitha By Monikka
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