Blessed are the peacemakers, said our Lord Jesus Christ, for they will be called children of God. Seemed pretty straightforward to me. I like peace. Peace is good. Simple.
Then, over the last couple weeks or so, a few things I experienced built up to disturb my peace. Images on my magic rectangle. Good friends in the toughest times. And the need to protect a learning community that calls itself family. All of a sudden, I saw violence all around me, crazy and senseless, and I wondered, How can I possibly make peace out of all this? What can one person do in the face of violence, fear and suffering?
If a person could make peace, I guess, that person would certainly be a lucky dog. Is that what you meant Jesus? That humanity was such a stranger to peace that it was Vegas-odds against bringing it into the world?
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.
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