Monday, December 19, 2011

Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, mosaic of Saint Isaac Jogues, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, and Saint René Goupil

Here is a photo of the mosaic of Saint Isaac Jogues, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, and Saint René Goupil, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Sts. Jogues and Goupil were early missionaries in New France (a region which included parts of Canada and much of what is now the central United States, including the Saint Louis area) and are two of the North American Jesuit Martyrs.

Blessed Kateri — or Catherine — was a virgin belonging to the Mohawk tribe. Undergoing extreme mortification for her love for Christ, and suffering persecution from her people, she had the reputation for great holiness during her life and was a subject of veneration immediately upon her death.

I took this photo yesterday, and learned that Pope Benedict today approved the cause of canonization of Bl. Kateri, and so may soon be known as Saint Kateri. Among other causes moved forward were 64 martyrs of the Spanish Civil War.

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