• The Lord Is Within

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    The Lord Is Within

    "You, Lord, were within me, while I was outside. It was there that I
    sought you. I rushed headlong upon these things of beauty that you had

    You were with me, but I was not with you. They kept me far from you,
    those fair things which, if they were not in you, would not exist at
    --St. Augustine--Confessions 10, 27

    Prayer: Let me know you, my Father, let me know you as I too am known.
    Enter my soul, you who are its strength, and make it what you want, so
    that you may have and possess it without stain or wrinkle.
    --St. Augustine--Confessions 10, 1

    14 July – Saint Kateri ‘Catherine’ Tekakwitha

     Virgin laywoman, Penitent, Ascetic – known as Lily of the Mohawks –
    born in 1656 in the Mohawk village of Osserneon (Auriesville), modern
    New York, USA and died on 17 April 1680 at Caughnawaga, Canada of
    natural causes. Patronages – ecologists, ecology, environment, environmentalism, environmentalists, loss of parents, people in exile,
    people ridiculed for their piety, Native Americans, Igorots, Cordilleras,Thomasites, Northern Luzon,[citation needed] Diocese of
    Bangued, Vicariate of Tabuk, Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe, Diocese of
    Baguio, Marikina City, Cainta, Rizal, Antipolo City, Philippines.

    Kateri contracted smallpox in an epidemic; her family died and her
    face was scarred.  She converted to Roman Catholicism at age 20, when
    she was renamed Kateri Catherine, baptised in honour of Saint
    Catherine of Siena. Refusing to marry, she left her village and moved
    for the remaining five years of her life to the Jesuit mission village
    of Kahnawake, south of Montreal in New France, now Canada.

    Kateri took a vow of perpetual virginity. Upon her death at the age of
    24, witnesses said that minutes later her scars vanished and her face
    appeared radiant and beautiful. Known for her virtue of chastity and mortification of the flesh, as well as being shunned by some of her
    tribe for her religious conversion to Catholicism, she is the fourth
    Native American to be venerated in the Roman Catholic Church and the
    first to be Canonised.

    Under the pontificate of St Pope John Paul II, she was Beatified in
    1980 and Canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter’s Basilica on
    21 October 2012. Many miracles and supernatural events are attributed
    to her intercession.

    This wonderful crown of new blesseds, God’s bountiful gift to His
    Church, is completed by the sweet, frail yet strong figure of a young
    woman who died when she was only twenty-four years old –  Kateri
    Tekakwitha, the “Lily of the Mohawks”, the Iroquois maiden, who in
    17th century North America was the first to renew the marvels of
    sanctity of St Scholastica, Saint Gertrude, Saint Catherine of Siena,
    Saint Angela Merici and Saint Rose of Lima, preceding, along the path
    of Love, her great spiritual sister, Therese of Child Jesus.

    She spent her short life partly in what is now the State of New York
    and partly in Canada. She was a kind, gentle and hardworking person,
    spending her time working, praying, and meditating. At the age of 20
    she received Baptism.  Even when following her tribe in the hunting
    seasons, she continued her devotions, before a rough cross carved by
    herself in the forest. When her family urged her to marry, she replied
    very serenely and calmly that she had Jesus as her only spouse. This
    decision, in view of the social conditions of women in the Indian
    Tribes at the time, exposed Kateri to the risk of living as outcast
    and in poverty. It was a bold, unusual and prophetic gesture – on 25
    March, 1679, at the age of twenty-three, with the consent of her
    spiritual director, Kateri took a vow of perpetual virginity – as far
    as we know the first time that this was done among the North American

    The last months of her life were an ever clearer manifestation of her
    solid faith, straight-forward humility, calm resignation and radiant
    joy, even in the midst of terrible sufferings. Her last words, simple
    and sublime, whispered at the moment of her death, sum up, like a
    noble hymn, a life of purest charity – “Jesus, I love you….”.

    The Church has declared to the world that Kateri Tekakwitha is a
    saint, that she lived a life on earth of exemplary holiness and that
    she is now a member in heaven of the Communion of Saints who
    continually intercede with the merciful Father on our behalf.
    During the Canonisation ceremony on 21 October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI
    said in his homily – “Kateri impresses us by the action of grace in
    her life in spite of the absence of external help and by the courage
    of her vocation, so unusual in her culture. In her, faith and culture
    enrich each other! May her example help us to live where we are,
    loving Jesus without denying who we are. Saint Kateri, Protectress of
    Canada and the first native American saint, we Entrust to you the
    renewal of the faith in the first nations and in all of North America!
    May God bless the first nations!”


    Bible Quote
    He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in that
    which is greater: and he that is unjust in that which is little, is
    unjust also in that which is greater.  (Luke 16:10)

    Saint Quote:
    The Martyrs desired death, not to fly labor, but to attain their end.
    And why did they not fear death, from which man naturally so shrinks?
    Because they had vanquished the natural love of their own bodies, by
    Divine and supernatural love ... How can man regret to lose that which
    he despises? Nay, rather he desires to give his life for God, who is
    his life, and to shed his blood for love of the Blood that was shed
    for him.
    --St. Catherine of Siena

    Prepare to meet the Lord

    We must strive to enter the house of our hearts, open the windows, and
    notice what is seemly and what unseemly in that house. We must brush
    away the cobwebs, sweep the floors, clear out the dust and dirt, strew
    the clean floors with freshly-gathered rushes, fragrant herbs, and sweet-smelling flowers, and paper the walls in bright colors. Then we
    must put on festive clothes, prepare a banquet, and rejoice on our way
    to meet the Lord with hymns of gladness. If we have been engaged in
    servile occupation outside ourselves, that is, engrossed in sin, we
    must return to our hearts, as the prophet teaches when he says:
    Sinners, return to your hearts.
    The spiritual senses are the windows of this house. Through them
    divine knowledge shines upon us and illuminates the innermost recesses
    of our minds. We must take care to open these windows by constant
    mental awareness, to brush away the cobwebs by humbling our pride, to
    keep the floors swept by confessing our sins, to strew them with
    rushes by doing penance, to paper the walls by training ourselves in
    virtue, to wear splendid clothes by performing good works, to prepare
    food by reading and meditating upon holy scripture, and to sing psalms
    by giving constant praise to God. That is the sort of care we must
    take to prepare to meet the Lord, so as to deserve the coming among us
    of him who lives and reigns as God for ever and ever. Amen.
    --Hugh of Saint Victor

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