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St. Kateri soon?

August 13, 2009

Today Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, at the America blog, pointed out an article on a Canadian news site indicating that the canonization cause of Kateri Tekakwitha may be heading into the home stretch.  The article, “Mohawk woman could be declared saint by Vatican,” opens:

More than 320 years after her death, a Mohawk woman is on the cusp of canonization as the Vatican reviews newly collected evidence of a miracle that could place her among the saints.

Just what the recent miracle is that’s been attributed to the intercession or divine intervention of Kateri Tekakwitha, known as the Lily of the Mohawks, remains a closely guarded secret.

Evidence of the miracle — which took two years to compile — was sent to Rome last month in a diplomatic pouch through the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C., said Monsignor Paul Lenz, the church official who was charged with finding a miracle that could qualify Kateri for sainthood.

The matter now rests with the Vatican’s Secretariat for Beatification and Canonization, which will issue a recommendation to the Pope, who will make a final decision on Kateri’s beatification, said Lenz.

Fr. Martin’s comment is excellent:

Kateri is astonishing.  (A good summary of her life is at the Catholic Encyclopedia.)  What must it have meant for her to become a Christian in the midst of a culture that often considered the Christian missionaries not simply a threat, not simply “sorcerers,” but the bringers of death and disease?  And unlike her French Jesuit friends, Kateri did not grow up in a thoroughly Christian culture, and so she had no warm childhood memories of happy times in a local parish church upon which to draw in difficult times, nor did she have a deep knowledge of Scripture, tradition and the lives of the saints to support her in the midst of persecution, as did Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, Jean de Brebeuf and the others.  Her heroism was just as great as that of the Jesuit martyrs.

Sundry Things

July 14, 2009

kateriI’ve been spending much time over the past week poring over Caritas in Veritate, and some related material, thinking, reading, reflecting, researching, praying, writing.  My arrangement with Pauline Books and Media gives me four weeks to turn in a manuscript for Your Guide to Caritas in Veritate: Charity in Truth (so that they’re able to publish it in as timely a manner as possible).  So my head has been in that encyclical, and my butt’s been in my desk chair.  If I’m not here as much over the next few weeks, that’s why.  Also, at the same time, we’re moving.  Oy-vay, what timing.

Mark Shea noticed a comment I posted over at his place (one of my favorite spots to stop in for a daily look) and included it in a post of its own yesterday.  Nice to get a nod like that.

In the meantime, I’m also glad that Mark drew my attention today to a Ross Douthat column called “The Audacity of the Pope” that went up at the New York Times site two days ago.  It’s better than just about all of the stuff I’ve seen on CiV in the Catholic media (yeah, in the NYT!).   A clip:

But Catholics are obliged to take seriously the underlying provocation of the papal message — namely, that our present political alignments are not the only ones imaginable, and that truth may not be served by perfect ideological conformity.

So should all people of good will. For liberals and conservatives alike, “Caritas in Veritate” is an invitation to think anew about their alliances and litmus tests.

Please do check out the whole thing.

Today is the feast of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, important for all Americans, but especially cool here in central New York, where the National Shrine of Kateri Tekakwitha is located.  We visited four years ago.  It was about 110 degrees and our whole crew was hot and irritable.  Memorable.  Still, happy day, all.