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The Value of Offering Suffering

“I am not my own. I have given myself to Jesus. He must be my only love.” St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Today is the beautiful feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, who was also known as the “Lily of the Mohawks.” St. Kateri believed in the value of offered suffering. She practiced severe fasting and also added undesirable tastes to her foods. She would also do things like lie on a mat of thorns.

Our society and our world can learn a lot from St. Kateri. Our society has become an overindulgent, materialistic and faithless one.

By fasting, we can offer up our sacrifices.  We can fast for others.  We can fast from foods we love.  We can take fasting to the next level and on non-fasting days, have less sugar and less salt on our foods.

Our sacrifices have meaning; our suffering has meaning.  St. Kateri knew the value of redemptive suffering and practiced it.

Today let us pray and fast for all those who are suffering. Let us pray and fast for all the community prayer intentions.

Holy Mary, pray for us!  Holy Spirit, teach us to pray!  St. Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us!

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