Posted: February 20, 2012 by Ty in Spirituality

All I can say is it is about time that the spirit-filled lives of our aboriginal kin are being recognized.

National Post | Life

By Joseph Brean

Leonard Cohen’s 1966 experimental novel Beautiful Losers begins with the anthropologist narrator asking a series of questions about history’s weak grip on real life.

“Catherine Tekakwitha, who are you? Are you (1656-1680)? Is that enough? Are you the Iroquois Virgin? Are you the Lily of the Shores of the Mohawk River? Can I love you in my own way?”

Like the best questions, these resist easy answers, but will continue to fascinate now that Pope Benedict XVI has announced that Catherine Tekakwitha, known as Kateri, who died in Kahnawake aged 24 after a pain-filled life of devotional asceticism and care for the sick and elderly of New France, will be elevated to full sainthood in the Catholic Church.

She will become the first North American aboriginal saint in a ceremony on Oct. 21, the Vatican announced this weekend.

“This will be a great day for Canadian Catholics…

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