March 25, April 17, July 14 – Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha: Patron Saint of Environmentalists

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Patron Saint of Environmentalists

Extract from Blessed Kateri, Model Ecologist:  “Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) is honored as the patroness of ecology and the environment.  . . . Tekakwitha’s father was a Mohawk chief and her mother was a Catholic Algonquin.  At the age of four, smallpox attacked her village, taking the lives of her parents and baby brother, and leaving Tekakwitha an orphan.  Although forever weakened, scarred, and partially blind, Tekakwitha survived. The brightness of the sun blinded her and she would feel her way around as she walked.  Seeing her groping about, they named here Tekakwitha, which means “The One Who Walks Groping for Her Way.” Kateri led a life of prayer and penitential practices.  She taught the young and helped those in the village who were poor or sick.  Her favorite devotion was to fashion crosses out of sticks and place them throughout the woods.  These crosses served as stations that reminded her to spend a moment in prayer.  Kateri’s motto became, “Who can tell me what is most pleasing to God that I may do it?”  She spent much of her time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, kneeling in the cold chapel for hours.  Kateri loved the Rosary and carried it around her neck always.” See picture of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.  See also Kateri Tekakwitha (Multilingual)SANTA KATERI TEKAKWITHA Virgen (1656-1680) (Sp), Kateri (Catalina) Tekakwitha, Beata (It), Kaia’tanó:ron Kateri Tekakwitha 1656-1680 (Fr)Błogosławiona Kateri Tekakwitha (Po), Prayer and Novena in Honor of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. and videos: Kateri Tekakwitha, Kateri Tekakwith Part I and Kateri Tekakwitha Part II.

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Flood-related Landslides in China (August 18, 2010) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 30 – September 12, 2010.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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