lundi 23 janvier 2012

Canada / USA: St. Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for the Mohawks!

A life marked by colonial genocide of the Indian tribes.

         Kateri Tekakwitha was born in 1756 in Ossernenon (actual Autiesville in the State of New York) on the banks of the Mohawk River.
         According to the Jesuits, at the age of four, she survived a smallpox epidemic, a disease introduced by Europeans, who leaves her orphaned and blind.
         His village was burned by French settlers and American allies. She survives in a new village of the Mohawks, on the other side of Mohawk River, near where she was baptized at the age of 20 years.
         Despised and ostracized, she fled to the country now called Canada. Sick, she treats others and lead an ascetic life. According to legend, when he died in Canada in 24 years, the scars of smallpox disappeared from his face.

Finally the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

         The Vatican announced in December 2011, the upcoming canonization of this young girl, 256 years after his death.
         Mark Steed, 71, the Franciscan friar who takes care of the site devoted to the future saint to Fonda (northeast U.S.), believes it is high time that American Indians are well recognized. He worked for 30 years.
         "When a people is repressed, any star in the sky is a plus,"
he repeated.
         For many Indians, especially the Mohawks and other Iroquois tribes living along the U.S. border the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha should have been done long ago.
         But the Vatican had a key reason to wait: a miracle certified to pass the beatification to canonization.

When the primary anti-clericalism get involved!

         The farmer Tom Porter, 67, who lives with his family in the Iroquois tradition believes that Kateri has indirectly contributed to the destruction of his people. "She was manipulated,"
says he believes it was converted by force.
         "There was a lot of poverty. The Europeans had destroyed everything, people would starve, if they wanted help, they become Christians, "
he adds.
         He still makes not differentiate between the spread of Christianity and cruelty to submit implementation Indians.
         Brother Mark Steed acknowledges that "terrible sins"
have marked the history of the region, but since coming to Fonda, a year ago, he did everything to restore confidence with the Indian population.
         In the wooden chapel dedicated to Kateri, Indian blanket covering the altar. Snowshoes and deer skins hanging from the rafters, Indian sweetgrass, tobacco and sage, are dried.
         And in the central window of the little chapel, shines the image of the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, whose statue wooden throne in a field. It even displays the number plates of cars.
         Upon his arrival, he established contact with Tom Porter, with whom he maintained friendly relations even if they do not always agree. "He's a friend. Yet when I was young, we could not find someone who hated priests and nuns more than me. "

Finally the long awaited miracle arrived!

         Mohawks tell his supporters have seen dozens of miracles: healing the sick, the levitation of a man above the ground, or his appearance dressed in deer skins.
         Until 2006, when a young Indian of 11 years to heal a flesh-eating bacteria in Seattle, USA. His parents had asked the intercession of Blessed Kateri in their prayers.
         The miracle has been certified by the Vatican only in December 2011 by a decree of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI.
         No date has been announced for his canonization, but his jubilant supporters: "It will be a celebration of great magnitude,"
wrote the little newspaper space dedicated to Kateri, the Tekakwitha News.
         This canonization be enough to stop the anti-clericalism that accompanies the primary nation-building materials?

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