I feel offended by this. Almost disgusted.
After everything that the Native American people have gone through, and still are, the church has decided to make a saint of Kateri Tekakwitha. In my
mind, this is just one more extra slap in the face for the Native American people after centuries of fighting. The church seems determined to continue
to recruit new members into its grasp.
This is about the destruction of beliefs and practices of an ancient culture in order to replace it with a relatively new 'religious faith'.
It's almost a shame that such a young woman, who died at the age of 24, was 'converted' by this group so long ago.
It would appear that the real reason as to why she is now being made a saint is due to the increased sale of prayer cards.. how that connects is
anyones guess, but we know the church will do all that it can to bring in the cash.
The prayer cards are selling like hot cakes at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, set amid the beautiful wooded hills of what was
once Mohawk land.
notice 'what once was Mohawk land'... sacred land according to the Friar
"It's a place of peace and healing," says Friar Mark Steed, who is in charge of the site, known as the National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine, in
the village of Fonda.
"This is where she lived. It's the land where the Mohawk people lived. It's a sacred place," he says.
Don't you just love that.. I thought that sacred sites would not have been lived on by Native Americans. I thought those areas were used for special
occasions..not to live on..
So the modern church needs to stop abusing the site and get off it if it is, infact, sacred to the Mohawks.
He rubs salt into the wound by saying
"Being on this land is like being in a church."
As for the girl, she was, apparently the only one to convert to this new religion. Doubt remains as to wether any others did.
Personally I highly doubt they would have.. seeing as the report goes on to say how she had to leave her tribe and live alone.
"It was a kind of diplomatic alliance in many ways."
If some did convert, was it a move to save themselves from slaughter by the US cavalry? Declare their Christian connection and get out of jail
Sounds like they may have had very little choice..
This is a very good point and I am glad to see this bit written into the report. I had not previously seen this before starting this thread.
But some Mohawks in Kahnawake today are ambivalent about their ancestor, says Boucher. Many people don't identify with her story of life as a
virgin -it's a culture where motherhood and caring for children is seen as central to a woman's role - and some associate her with the bitterness of
colonisation, loss of land, and Mohawk tradition.
Many seem to be going back to their ancient tribal roots.. which, IMO, can only be a good thing..
He says he wants to avoid a "circus" developing around the shrine, and to keep it as a simple place of prayer - one that is also true the
saint's Mohawk roots.
Which she shunned when she converted..
And as luck would have it, a painting of her may just end up in the Vatican.. another collectible for the church to value and put a massive price on
in years to come..
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