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Lily of the Mohawk

Posted by on Nov. 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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I'm a little late, but I have been busy with school and life.

So the Pope canonized the first Native American. My people, the Piscataway of Maryland (Eastern Woodlands)  were converted to Catholicism in 1642 by the Father Andrew White and the Jesuits that came over in the Ark and the Dove. It was through the Catholic Church that our history was well-documented and our traditions were allowed to continue here on the east coast (far the most part). St. Ignatius Catholic Church only felt it was fitting to have the Piscataway, who lived right here on the East Coast when the Europeans arrived, come and do a small tribute as they erected a statue on their grounds. It was a lovely ceremony.

As of late, I have heard a lot of conspiracy behind the act, but for me personally, I will take it for how I see act. It was a blessed day.

Our current chief, Billy (Proctor) Tayac

I'm fifth from the left!

by on Nov. 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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alwayskk
by on Nov. 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Pretty area. What's the conspiracy?

ikesmommy
by Silver Member on Nov. 5, 2012 at 10:36 AM


Quoting alwayskk:

Pretty area. What's the conspiracy?

A lot of natives feel that there is a hidden agenda. I will see if I can find the videos.

itsblissmas
by on Nov. 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM
_WC_Mama
by on Nov. 5, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Oh wow thanks for sharing the photos...I have always been extremely interested in Native Culture...

cjsix
by faith on Nov. 5, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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 It was wonderful when Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha became,

Saint Kateri Tekawitha! Her story is something people should know about.

cjsix
by faith on Nov. 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM

 Here's her story....

 Blessed_Kateri_by_Lisa_Brown

 

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Model Ecologist

Presented by the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center

 

"Kateri was a child of nature. Her sainthood will raise the minds and hearts of those who love nature and work in ecology."

                                                                            --Bishop Stanislaus Brzana, Bishop of Ogdensburg, N.Y.    

    BlessedKateri2

    Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) is the first Native North American saint and the patron of people who love nature, work in ecology, and preserve the natural and human environments.

    Tekakwitha's baptismal name is Catherine, which in the Iroquois languages is Kateri.  Tekakwitha's Iroquois name can be translated as, "One who places things in order."1 or “To put all into place.”2  Other translations include, "she pushes with her hands" and "who walks groping for her way" (because of her faulty eyesight).

    Tekakwitha was born at Ossernenon, which today is near Auriesville, New York, USA.  Tekakwitha's father was a Kanienkehaka (Kanien’kehá:ka or Mohawk) chief and her mother was a Catholic Algonquin. 

    At the age of four, smallpox attacked Tekakwitha's village, taking the lives of her parents and baby brother, and leaving Tekakwitha an orphan.  Although forever weakened, scarred, and partially blind, Tekakwitha survived. The brightness of the sun blinded her and she would feel her way around as she walked.  

    Tekakwitha was adopted by her two aunts and her uncle, also a Kanienkehaka chief.  After the smallpox outbreak subsided, Tekakwitha and her people abandoned their village and built a new settlement, called Caughnawaga, some five miles away on the north bank of the Mohawk River, which today is in Fonda, New York.

    In many ways, Tekakwitha's life was the same as all young Native American girls.  It entailed days filled with chores, spending happy times with other girls, communing with nature, and planning for her future.  

    Tekakwitha grew into a young woman with a sweet, shy personality.  She helped her aunts work in the fields where they tended to the corn, beans, and squash, and took care of the traditional longhouse in which they lived.   She went to the neighboring forest to pick the roots needed to prepare medicines and dye.  She collected firewood in the forest and water from a stream.  Despite her poor vision, she also became very skilled at beadwork. 

     Although Tekakwitha was not baptized as an infant, she had fond memories of her good and prayerful mother and of the stories of Catholic faith that her mother shared with her in childhood.  These remained indelibly impressed upon her mind and heart and were to give shape and direction to her life's destiny.  She often went to the woods alone to speak to God and listen to Him in her heart and in the voice of nature. 

    When Tekakwitha was eighteen, Father de Lamberville, a Jesuit missionary, came to Caughnawaga and established a chapel.  Her uncle disliked the "Blackrobe" and his strange new religion, but tolerated the missionary's presence.  Kateri vaguely remembered her mother's whispered prayers, and was fascinated by the new stories she heard about Jesus Christ.  She wanted to learn more about Him and to become a Christian. 

    Father de Lamberville persuaded her uncle to allow Tekakwitha to attend religious instructions.  The following Easter, twenty-year old Tekakwitha was baptized.  Radiant with joy, she was given the name of Kateri, which is Mohawk for Catherine.  

    Kateri's family did not accept her choice to embrace Christ.  After her baptism, Kateri became the village outcast.  Her family refused her food on Sundays because she wouldn't work.  Children would taunt her and throw stones.  She was threatened with torture or death if she did not renounce her religion. 

BlessedKateriOldestPortrait    Because of increasing hostility from her people and because she wanted to devote her life to working for God, in July of 1677, Kateri left her village and fled more than 200 miles (322 km) through woods, rivers, and swamps to the Catholic mission of St. Francis Xavier at Sault Saint-Louis, near Montreal.  Kateri's journey through the wilderness took more than two months.  Because of her determination in proving herself worthy of God and her undying faith she was allowed to receive her First Holy Communion on Christmas Day, 1677.

    Although not formally educated and unable to read and write, Kateri led a life of prayer and penitential practices.  She taught the young and helped those in the village who were poor or sick.  Kateri spoke words of kindness to everyone she encountered.  Her favorite devotion was to fashion crosses out of sticks and place them throughout the woods.  These crosses served  as stations that reminded her to spend a moment in prayer.

    Kateri's motto became, "Who can tell me what is most pleasing to God that I may do it?"  She spent much of her time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, kneeling in the cold chapel for hours.  When the winter hunting season took Kateri and many of the villagers away from the village, she made her own little chapel in the woods by carving a Cross on a tree and spent time in prayer there, kneeling in the snow.  Kateri loved the Rosary and carried it around her neck always.   

 

This painting is the one of the oldest portraits of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, by Father Claude Chauchetière, S.J. (circa 1696)

    Often people would ask, "Kateri, tell us a story."  Kateri remembered everything she was told about the life of Jesus and his followers.  People would listen for a long time.  They enjoyed being with her because they felt the presence of God.  One time a priest asked the people why they gathered around Kateri in church.  They told him that they felt close to God when Kateri prayed.  They said that her face changed when she was praying.  It became full of beauty and peace, as if she were looking at God's face.

Blessed Kateri    On March 25, 1679, Kateri made a vow of perpetual virginity, meaning that she would remain unmarried and totally devoted to Christ for the rest of her life.  Kateri hoped to start a convent for Native American sisters in Sault St. Louis but her spiritual director, Father Pierre Cholonec discouraged her.  Kateri's health, never good, was deteriorating rapidly due in part to the penances she inflicted on herself.  Father Cholonec encouraged Kateri to take better care of herself but she laughed and continued with her "acts of love."    

    The poor health which plagued her throughout her life led to her death in 1680 at the age of 24.  Her last words were, "Jesus, I love You."  Like the flower she was named for, the lily, her life was short and beautiful.  Moments after dying, her scarred and disfigured face miraculously cleared and was made beautiful by God.  This miracle was witnessed by two Jesuits and all the others able to fit into the room. 

    Kateri is known as "Lily of the Mohawks" or "Beautiful Flower Among True Men."  The Catholic Church declared Kateri venerable in 1943.  She was beatified in 1980 by Pope John Paul II.  Kateri was canonized on October 21, 2012, thus becoming the first Native North American saint.  Her feast is celebrated on July 14th in the United States.  Pope John Paul II designated Blessed Kateri as a patroness for World Youth Day 2002.

    Saint Kateri's tomb is found at St. Francis Xavier Mission in the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake, near Montreal, Quebec.  Saint Kateri is honored at the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda, New York and the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, New York. 

    Saint Kateri's name is pronounced kä'tu-rē.  Her Iroquois name, Tekakwitha, is often pronounced  tek"u-kwith'u. [Pronunciation key].  Her name Tekakwitha is occasionally spelled Tegakouita.  See and listen to various pronunciations of Tekakwitha's name at Merriam-Webster online.  The Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) pronunciation of her name is sometimes described as Gah-Dah-LEE Degh-Agh-WEEdtha.

This is the link to the page I copied the story from....

http://conservation.catholic.org/kateri.htm 

Here's a link to a news story about one of the miracles...http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49485707/ns/world_news-europe/

pamelax3
by on Nov. 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I think the native American culture is beautiful and interesting. Thank you for sharing

demonica29
by Silver Member on Nov. 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM

There is so much wrong with this, I have a hard time picking what to address.  "Thank you so much for driving our religion underground and replacing it with one that has no bearing on our history and traditions.  Oh, and thanks again for the pox infected blankets as well.  And hey, thanks so much for validating yourselves by making one of us a a martyr to your causes." 

Yeah, sorry, but I have lived among the western Indians, and if you are typical of the attitudes of eastern Indians, what an embarassment.

ikesmommy
by Silver Member on Nov. 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM


Quoting demonica29:

There is so much wrong with this, I have a hard time picking what to address.  "Thank you so much for driving our religion underground and replacing it with one that has no bearing on our history and traditions.  Oh, and thanks again for the pox infected blankets as well.  And hey, thanks so much for validating yourselves by making one of us a a martyr to your causes." 

Yeah, sorry, but I have lived among the western Indians, and if you are typical of the attitudes of eastern Indians, what an embarassment.

Living amongst and being are two different things. The Western and Eastern attitudes, experiences, cultures, and traditions are also very different. The Catholic Churches here in Maryland have been our greatest ally in recognition, history preservation, and getting our lands back and preserved. America has a dark history amongst all races and cultures, but when they try to make right and acknowledge it, it is welcome.

The embarassment, my dear, are those that can't move beyond it and see the brighter day.

demonica29
by Silver Member on Nov. 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Quoting ikesmommy:




Did you just lump America and the Catholic church as one entity?
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