This blog will be born slowly. The topic will have a common thread of religion, consistent as best I can understand with the doctrine of my Church, but with a focus of my own. Hence it will include humor, politics, sociology, and theology from what I hope is a good blend of amateur and educated perspectives espousing what are called social justice and common good. This first page was triggered by Church events.

Yesterday, 18 Dec 11,  a day which in certain circles will live in fame, the Vatican announced a second miracle had been attributed to the the intercession of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, who died at age 24 while serving in the role of nurse at an Indian village with a Jesuit presence in Canada near what is now New York and Vermont.

http://www.news.va/en/news/decrees-of-the-congregation-for-the-causes-of-sa-2

She was of mixed Iroquoian and Algonquian ancestry, with an Iroquoian father (Mohawk) and an Algonquian (W. Abenaki) mother. It is fortunate her father was prominent, for technically the Mohawk were matrilineal thinkers, and the Abenaki patrilineal thinkers, which could have left her with no real membership in either tribe. Of course, in those days Indian folks were not quite so sticky about such things as the BIA has taught them to be today. A great deal of her history can be found through two websites, one Catholic formal, the other a personal one, namely

http://www.blackandindianmission.org/kateri-tekakwitha/ which is part of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

and

http://www.kateritekakwitha.org/kateri/index1.html which is the work of Norm Léveillée of Three Rivers.


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