July 12 - Tuesday, we honor St. Kateri Tekakwitha, part of the Mohawk nation, that converted to Catholicism. For following Jesus, she suffered horribly from her own tribe until she died in 1680 just north of NY State. She was only 24 yrs old but left a mark of faith. That witness begs us to treat Native Americans better than we have since we arrived in their land. They are twice as likely to be hospitalized and die of Covid than whites. Their legacy of poverty and despair should scandalize us and bring us to the Gospel values that attracted her.

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