Feast Day: July 14th
Patron of: Ecology, Nature, Those who have lost parents,
People ridiculed for their piety.
North America, 1656 - 1680
The first Native American saint, Kateri Tekakwitha, is pictured here in a rugged woodland - just the place to find our patroness of ecology and nature! This pretty portrait includes two symbols often associated with Kateri: lilies, for her title as the Lily of the Mohawks, in reference to her vow of perpetual virginity, and the little turtle, in homage to Kateri's origins in the Turtle Clan.
Growing up wasn't easy for Kateri. Her parents died in a smallpox epidemic when she was little, and then as a teen Kateri chose a lifestyle that angered most of her tribe: she loved Jesus and wanted to know Him better! Kateri's faith grew, but so did her tribes' cruelty towards her. Finally, seeking the joy of a Christ-centered community, Kateri journeyed 200 miles to a Christian Native American village. When Kateri died there just three years later, friends said her face became aglow with the peace and love of Christ, and that her disfiguring smallpox scars miraculously disappeared!
The Saint Kateri Prayer Pillowcase shares a thoughtful prayer beside the inspiring picture. When we feel a lack of determination or devotion a prayer for this intrepid young saint's intercession can help us rekindle our faith.