Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith
This story captures the burning desire of Kateri Tekakwitha to become a Catholic amidst the difficult circumstances of her time: disease and tribal tensions intensified by the arrival of explorers.
When Kateri was only a few years old, smallpox sweeps through her village, killing her Mohawk father and Algonquin mother, who was a secretly practicing Catholic. From this point on, Kateri longed for her mother's Catholic faith but her Mohawk uncle with whom she was sent to live despised the Christians. With the arrival of the Jesuit missionaries, Kateri's longing to become a Catholic intensified while her uncle became more enraged.
Desiring to be both a loyal daughter figure and a child of God, Kateri continued to fulfill her household responsibilities and received the sacrament of baptism despite her uncle's disapproval. With this initiation, she became the target of harsh bullying. But she did not let these hardships deter her faith in God. She courageously escaped from her village to live a Christian life at Mission du Sault.
In this biography, adapted from a book by Lillian Fisher, children will learn that courage coupled with a faith conviction can help them overcome being shunned and bullied.Ages 8 – 12
135 pp, soft cover, 4.5" x 7"