Tune into KINI 96.1FM every day at 7:30AM, 9AM, 4PM, and 7:30PM to hear a new reflection on Kateri’s life, leading up to her canonization! Here are the themes for each day.
Friday, October 12: All things are possible for God. (Mk 10:27) – Kateri’s early life; adversity; loss of family; disease; not growing bitter but growing more loving through suffering. Her youth; her miracles; difficulty of canonization process. Prayer for increase in faith, hope, and love.
Saturday, October 13: Come, follow me. (Mk 10:21) – Kateri’s choice to be a disciple, follower of Jesus. (Helpful to read Mark 10:17-31) All that she gave up: family, husband, esteem, wealth. The rewards of discipleship: family in heaven. Church as family, tradition, rediscovery of tradition. First being last, last first. Honor Kateri now receives. Prayer for freedom to follow Jesus.
Sunday, October 14: He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matt 3:11) – Kateri’s baptism. Meeting missionaries. Prayers for her mother, heavenly family. Kateri’s zeal & role of the Holy Spirit. Life on fire. Impact despite her short years. Context of passage and importance of baptism. Importance of living out baptism every day of life. Prayer for youth.
Monday, October 15: Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. (John 6:56) – Kateri’s first communion, her strong desire for and faith in the Eucharist. Origins of the Eucharist. Catholic belief in the real presence. Centrality of Eucharist in daily life. Importance of Eucharist for eternal life. Prayer for greater devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
Tuesday, October 16: He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (Lk 7:48) – Kateri’s experience of confession, tears. Freedom from burden of sins and beauty of God’s mercy. Sacrament of Reconciliation. Stories of forgiveness of sins in Bible. Need to be forgiving of others, letting go of grudges, words of our Father. Prayer for the conversion of sinners.
Wednesday, October 17: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matt 5:8) – Kateri’s virginity and charity. The Beatitudes: description of Jesus, of his followers, of Kateri, call to us of how to live our lives. Other Beatitudes expressed in Kateri’s life. Chastity. Single-mindedness, living for God alone. Prayer for purity of heart.
Thursday, October 18: Blesses are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt 5:10) – Opposition to Kateri’s Catholic faith from relatives and those around her. Way she dealt with suffering. Adversity and persecution part of Christian life. Importance of the martyrs, need to stand up strong for faith despite opposition. Experience of crucifixion. Kateri’s suffering bringing her closer to God, right attitude toward suffering. Prayer for courage to stay strong in our faith.
Friday, October 19: “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” (Mk 5:41) – Healing in Kateri’s life. Her miracles. Healing in Jesus’ ministry. Stories of healing from Gospel. Christian life becoming who God wants us to be, becoming whole. (Glory of God is man fully alive. Irenaues.) Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Prayer for those who need healing.
Saturday, October 20: Behold, I make all things new. (Rev 21:5) – Change in Kateri’s face after death. Resurrection of dead as central to Christian belief. Resurrected bodies. Certainly that Kateri is in heaven and that she can intercede for us. Prayer that Kateri’s prayers will guide us to eternal life.
Every reflection is followed by the Novena Prayer to Blessed Kateri, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 3 Glory Be’s.
Novena Prayer to Blessed Kateri:
O Blessed Kateri, favored child and Lily of the Mohawks, we come to seek your intercession in our present need.
(Mention needs in silence.)
We admire the virtues which adorned your soul: love of God and neighbor, humility, obedience, patience, purity, and the spirit of sacrifice. Help us imitate your example in our life. Through the goodness and mercy of God, Who has blessed you with so many graces which led you to the true faith and to eternal life, pray to God for us and help us.
Obtain for us an increase in faith, hope, and love and the freedom to follow Jesus as you did. We pray especially for our youth, that they may follow your example of purity and faithfulness; we pray for the sick, the suffering, and all those in need of healing; and we pray for the conversion of sinners, that your prayers may open even hardened hearts to the mercy of God. We pray for ourselves and our Church, that we may live out the promises of our baptism every day of our lives; that we may hunger for Holy Communion and receive our Lord’s Body and Blood with the same reverence you showed; that our hearts may remain pure and our faith strong, no matter what obstacles we face, and that your prayers will guide us to heaven.