Monday, July 19, 2010

Kateri Tekakwitha

This past week we celebrated the feast day of Kateri Tekakwitha. She was a Mohawk Algonquin woman who was an early convert to Christianity. She took a not easy path choosing an unpopular way to live her life. It is never an easy thing to choose the hard way. There have been times when I have had to choose a more difficult path. The joy in making that choice is not having to do it all alone. Some years back nearly forty of our sisters joined in a retreat at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site. Some of us in that group committed ourselves to an act of civil disobedience by calling into question the morality of ongoing nuclear weapons testing. We were arrested for that decision. The difficult path however was not done alone and was done in solidarity with all of the Dominican sisters. Community life can deepen our commitment to walk as Jesus did. Let us thank God for individuals as Kateri who invite us to live our commitment to the Gospel.
Sr. K.C. Young, OP
Seattle, WA

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