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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

Our family loves this story of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, first native American to be declared a Blessed.  You can read about her in several places.   One of our favorite ways to learn about the saints is with Glory Stories.   The Glory Story of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha is one of our treasures.  Some day we would LOVE to visit the Shrine of North American Martyrs , located at the birth place of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in Auriesville, New York.  You can see a video of the Holy Father's visit to this place of peace.  How sad that American children don't get exposed to this great female Native American hero in their history books, even though she escaped to Canada!  
For a fun activity, make Corn Bread!
 ~This was our version of Blessed Kateri Corn Bread, using an arrow-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the pieces~
We picked this snack to make since Native Americans introduced us to the art of grinding cornmeal, leading to the birth of cornbread (one of the earliest American foods).  This fun website has lots of recipes and history.  
Note: The cookie cutter technique only works if you know that your recipe isn't too crumbly...Ours was a little tricky using a boxed mix.  If you want to play it safe, stick with the muffins!
See my post at Catholic Cuisine for more details!
 This is the oldest portrait of Kateri Tekakwitha, painted by Father Chauchetiere between 1682-1693.  Read more here.
Since we live in California, we've added this Blessed Kateri parish to our field trip list for the next time we are near Los Angeles!
0 Jesus, who gave Kateri to the Indians as an example of purity, teach all men to love purity, and to console your immaculate Mother Mary through the lily, Kateri Tekakwitha, and your Holy Cross, Amen.


  1. Hello! I love your blog and Kateri is my Confirmation Saint! I have a tip for the boxed corn breaed. Add an extra egg and a little sugar and it should hold really well. This is how we ussually make ours anyway ;)

  2. Hi Tiffany
    This is very nice. I haven't heard about Kateri since I was a child in school. There was a story about her in one of our Literature Books, I forget which grade. A Convent School education had lots of advantages and Catholic content was certainly one! Thanks, Tiffany, and God bless you.

  3. Nice to meet you Alicia and Cathy! God Bless;-)

  4. I love your blog! This is the first time I've seen it; I just clicked over here from Catholic Icing. I see you have a great tip already for the cornbread. I have another but I may just combine the two. I use the Jiffy mix (best cornbread mix ever!) and add 1/4c. flour per mix for high altitude (we are at 5300 ft.) and either yogurt mixed with water or buttermilk for the liquid. Thanks for the great Blessed Kateri post.

  5. Thanks for the great cornbread tips everyone!

  6. she's a lovely "saint" to celebrate. btw, I gave you an award today. Stop on by.


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