Those who had charge of her hated the Christian missionaries and Kateri was persecuted because she refused to give up her Christian way of life. “I want to be a Christian, even though I should die for it,” she said. Her foster parents deprived her of all food on Sunday because she would not work in the fields on that day. Beatings, continual criticism, sarcasm, and mockery were her constant lot. They tried to force marriage on her but she was inspired to remain a virgin and after she became a Christian she took a vow of virginity.
In time, Kateri made her way to Caughnawaga, a community of Christians. There she led a life of intense Christian virtue until her death in 1680 at the age of 24. Her renown for heroic sanctity soon spread and many miracles have been worked through her intercession.
Kateri Tekakwitha followed the generation of Saints John de Brebeauf, Isaac Jogues, and Companions, thus bearing out the ancient Christian saying that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians”
Challenge for the week!
Ask for St. Kateri Tekakwitha's intercession for a specific need in your life.
Jesus, Mary, I love you.
(the last words spoken by St. Kateri)