July 14, 2014
(St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin)
Jesus said, “Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
Same old question, beloved. What are we willing to lose in order to gain (eternal) life? St. Kateri, the first native American saint in the Catholic Church gave up much! She was a beautiful example of sacrifice for the sake of Jesus. For you see, Kateri lost her parents and brother to smallpox in New York in the mid 1600’s. And in that epidemic, she herself was scarred for the rest of her short life.
Her mom, a faithful Catholic served as Kateri’s model. And when the opportunity came a second time in Kateri’s short life, she herself was baptized a Catholic at 19 years old. But the community in which she lived and her family did not accept her faith and after persecution and eventual death threats, Kateri fled to Canada where she lived only a short time longer (she died at 24 years of age). St. Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized a saint by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012.
Sometimes life throws situations at us that we may not always like. And when that situation involves a choice between our Faith in Jesus and creature comforts, we just might ask ourselves which we would choose. Do we choose Jesus?
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