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Thursday, July 25, 2013

~ Celebrating your Saint ~

This month we celebrated Butterfly's Confirmation saint....

Butterfly's patron saint

Flower of the Algonguins
Lily of the Mohawks

Here in the United States we recently celebrated her feast day, which is July 14th.

In Canada, St. Kateri's feast day is celebrated on the 17th of April...I guess we will just have to celebrate twice!  :o) 

I spotted this tapestry of her image while walking in Rome...I was so excited and bought it for my girl.  I framed it to keep it dust free...
Butterfly chose to hang it above her bed.  It's lovely.

Tapestry portrait of St. Kateri from Rome, Italy

Here is an oil painting of St. Kateri which was painted by Fr. Chaucheti√®re. 

One of the oldest portraits of St. Kateri from

Like Jesus, St. Kateri suffered much.

She was orphaned, disfigured and partially blinded by smallpox...and she was treated cruelly, and made an outcast in her village.  She was ostracized by her own people, neighbors & children...

When she converted to Catholicism, she was shunned and endured great ridicule.  Stones were thrown at her as she walked to daily Mass.

Through all this hostility, she remained with a charitable heart.  She is described as having virtues of piety, industry, purity, and fortitude.

Little Lamb made a special cake to help celebrate Butterfly's patron saint.

You can see the rest, HERE.

I always bring out the *guardian angel* candle holder for special feast days & anniversaries:  Baptism, First Holy Communion and (now) Confirmation.   Even if I don't have time to create a special dessert (like the one above) or even a special meal to commemorate the day, the candle alone sets the occasion and we are reminded to give thanks...and to pray.

Celebrating your child's saint, (or your saint), can be that simple...

O God, who, among the many marvels of Your Grace in the New World, did cause to blossom on the banks of the Mohawk and of the St. Lawrence, the pure and tender Lily.  Kateri Tekakwitha, grant we beseech You, the favor we beg through the intercession that this young lover of Jesus and of His Cross may soon be counted among the saints of Holy Mother Church, and that our hearts may be enkindled with a stronger desire to imitate her innocence and faith.  Through the same Christ Our Lord.  Amen

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  1. Thank you for this post. I had not heard of Saint Kateri.

    Best wishes to you and your family.

    God bless.

    1. She's a 'contemporary' saint; Pope Pius XII declared her "Venerable" in 1943; she was then beatified by Pope John Paul II and canonized on 10/21/2012 by Pope Benedict XVI.
      She herself lived from 1656 - 1680 (she died during Holy Week).

      This is about a miracle attributed to St. Kateri:
      On December 19, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI approved the second miracle needed for Kateri's canonization. The authorized miracle dates from 2006, when a young boy in Washington state survived a severe flesh-eating bacterium. Doctors had been unable to stop the progress of the disease by surgery and advised his parents he was likely to die. The boy received the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick from a Catholic priest. As the boy is half Lummi Indian, the parents said they prayed through Tekakwitha for divine intercession, as did their family and friends, and an extended network contacted through their son's classmates. A Catholic nun, Sister Kateri Mitchell visited the boy's bedside and placed a relic of Tekakwitha, a bone fragment, against his body and prayed together with his parents. The next day, the infection stopped its progression.

      St. Kateri, Ora pro nobis!

      Have a blessed day!

    2. Thank you so much Hand-Maid for taking the trouble to write about St Kateri. I really appreciate your kindness.

      I did not know about this Saint and have learnt something new today.

      God bless you and your family.

    3. She is fairly new to me, too, Victor. I started to pay closer attention to her life after my daughter chose her as her patron saint. It was my daughter who educated me; and now I have a new friend and intercessor in this Saint Kateri...

      God's grace to you and your family!

  2. Such beautiful virtues Saint Kateri lived by, and how she must have suffered!

  3. Absolutely a testament to humility and fortitude and faith.


  4. Hello Valerie,
    I am visiting from Tiffany's {Family at the Foot of the Cross}. Your thoughts are lovely and St. Kateri is a favorite of my family too! Your *guardian angel* candle holder is beautiful. May I ask where you purchased it? Just lovely! Many blessings to you all :-)

    1. Hello Ann-Marie,
      I'm so glad you stopped by...
      I purchased the candle holder many years ago through PartyLite. It is called the 'Angel of Light' and made of bisque porcelain. Hope that helps.

      God's grace to your days...


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