She was born to a Mohawk Father and a Christian Algonquin Mother in 1656. Her mother gave her a sense of the living God … and her greatest wish was to know and please God.
Today’s Gospel reminds us of the persecution Christians all over the world suffer because of their belief in God. Saint Kateri escaped her own village because of her beliefs longing to live a life of grace, daily Mass and prayer.
In St. Kateri, faith and culture enriched each other. Does someone you know from another culture find it difficult to love Jesus without denying who they are? How can you and your family welcome and support them?
May St. Kateri’s example of faith, and the courage of her vocation, inspire all of us today!
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!