Feast day: July 14th

“I will love you in heaven.” 

I sit and imagine someone in heaven looking down on me and loving me. That someone is St. Kateri Tekakwitha and I believe that she is being true to her quote above because she chose me this year to guide and to love in a special way. 

On the feast of the Epiphany (Jan 6) each year at My Saint My Hero we draw a saint card from a hat to be our patron for the coming year. We have come to learn that although we choose the card, it’s really the saint who is choosing us from heaven above. This year I pulled St. Kateri Tekakwitha. I knew very little about Kateri, and honestly I was a little envious of those around me pulling out the cards of Mother Teresa or JPII to be their guide. But I found a place for her card on my desk and every day I glance at her and wonder what she is teaching me or how she is interceding for me in ways I may never know about. 

St. Kateri

I was so excited this week when I received an email to learn more about her from one of my most trusted spiritual mentors, Fr. John Bartunek. He creates amazing online retreats and I’d love if you’d participate in this retreat with me tomorrow on the feast of St. Kateri.  You can sign up and then click right on the new Retreat Guide at https://rcspirituality.org/a-virgins-courage-a-retreat-guide-on-st-kateri-tekakwitha/. We need to encourage each other to watch and talk about great examples such as Kateri (maybe switching the ‘girls night out’ conversation from the latest happenings on The Bachelor). 

You may not have picked a patron saint this year but I’d love to share Kateri with you. Let’s learn from her perseverance and determination in faith and prayer. Let’s share what we have learned from her example and stay connected in prayer. Reply in the comment section below and I’ll send you a  My Saint My Hero “wearable blessing” so that we can have a tangible reminder of our connection in prayer and a tangible reminder that we have a saint in heaven that is looking down from heaven and sending us love. 

Praying with you (and St. Kateri) now…. very sincerely, Christine 

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