We know that we are all connected.
We know that each of us as individuals is in relationship with everyone else, that what we do has an impact on others, that there is no such thing as a person who exists on their own.
The reality is that these relationships, which are an inevitable part of human life, can be healthy and life-giving, or they can be unhealthy and destructive.
Having fully accepted the Christian faith, even to the point of leaving her family and people, Kateri lived in a small community called Sault Mission. Today, let’s think about what the life of St. Kateri Tekakwitha means to us? How can we understand the tensions she faced, and especially, the conflict between her and her people? And how can this person who lived three centuries ago be a part of our lives today?
What we last learned about St. Kateri Tekakwitha was that she grew up in a time of upheaval and tragedy, displaced by disease and war. Today we hear about her character and her struggles as a girl growing up.
Today we begin to look at our patron saint, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, to learn more about what wisdom her life and her example have to offer us, as well as to understand the power of her prayers and protection.
Try to imagine this young woman as she lived her life in her own family and community. Imagine her thoughts and feelings, her daily routine and the defining moments.
A buddy of mine called me up the other day, and he has a question. He's been meeting for Bible study for a while, and this past week a story of King David pops up. Here's my friend's observation: David's a jerk. Specifically, there's this moment when David knows God will take his child because he sinned a double-whammy: adultery with Bathsheba, and then the murder of her husband Uriah. So David goes before God and pleads and weeps for his son, repenting of his sins. We find his repentance in Psalm 51: create a new heart in me. But when his child dies, David picks himself up, cleans his face, and gets back to business as usual. His home team is all, like, Dave you grieved while your child lived and now he's dead you're fine. David's response: what's the point of praying now that my son is dead? David seems to see prayer in terms of what he gets out of it. For God's chosen king, the ancestor of Jesus and general hero of Judaism, this kind of attitude is rather unimpressive, isn't it?
It's worth our time to reflect on what this story teaches us about prayer. Here's what I said.
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