Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear; let not your courage fail. (Isaiah 7:4)
Because of the way they are depicted in Scripture, Jewish kings are often identified with certain qualities, good or bad. David, who in his youth defeated the Philistines in a key battle, is remembered for his courage and accomplishments, Solomon for his wisdom, Ahab for doing evil in the sight of God, Herod the Great for ruthless tyranny, and Ahaz, in today’s reading as elsewhere, for being weak and indecisive and for failing to trust in God.
Remain tranquil, do not give in to fear, have courage. Good advice in any moment, but especially in a time of difficulty such as we are presently undergoing when many are overcome with fear, robbing them of peace and of the ability to manage daily challenges.
The Church in North America celebrates today the feast of a young native woman, Kateri Tekakwitha, who was born nine years after the deaths of the fabled Jesuit martyrs. When she was four, her parents and younger brother perished in a smallpox epidemic that left her disfigured and partially blind. Kateri’s baptism at age 19 made her an object of scorn among her own people and remaining family. Eventually, she moved to a distant Christian settlement where she lived a quiet life of prayer, asceticism, and charity until her death at 23. Through it all, Kateri remained a model of confidence in Christ.
Saint Kateri is known as the Princess of the Eucharist for her deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. She said, “I am not my own. I have given myself to Jesus. He alone must be my only love.” Remember in prayer today a time when the Eucharist helped you to stay resolute and peaceful.
Let us pray:
Lord, I will willingly abandon this miserable body to hunger and suffering provided that my soul may have its ordinary nourishment. (Prayer of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha)
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