Seven Quick Takes: Saints, Apparitions, and Miracles
1. The saint of the day for July 14 is a special young woman whom I have admired for some time — St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint. Known as the “Lily of the Mohawks” and the “Geneviève of New France,” Kateri was born near the town of Auriesville, New York, in the year 1656, the daughter of a Mohawk chief and an Algonquin Christian. She was four-years-old when her parents and younger brother died of smallpox. The disease also attacked Kateri, scarring her face and damaging her eyesight. Due to her poor vision, Kateri was named “Tekakwitha”, which means “she who bumps into things”. Read more.
2. Saturday, July 15, July is the memorial of St. Bonaventure, O.F.M., who is known as “Seraphic Doctor” because of his burning love for God and his great zeal to do God’s work.
Born Giovanni (John) di Fidanza, he was an Italian medieval Franciscan, a scholastic theologian, and a philosopher. He was appointed as Cardinal and Bishop of Albano by Pope Gregory X.
St. Bonaventure was born in the small town of Bagnoregio, Tuscany, Italy in 1221 and received the baptismal name of John. An event that occurred when he was a boy profoundly influenced his life. He had a serious illness and not even his father, who was a physician, believed that he would survive. His mother prayed for the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi, who had been canonized a short time earlier. And John was cured. Read more.
3. July 13 was the one hundredth anniversary of the third apparition at Fatima. This apparition at Fatima is considered one of the most important apparitions because it was then that Our Lady disclosed the essential meaning of her Fatima message. It was at this time that she imparted many grave warnings, but also instilled hope that her Immaculate Heart would triumph. It was also at this point in time that Our Lady revealed three secrets to the shepherd children. Read more.
4. To learn more about Fatima, check out my new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed The World.
5. Let’s all pray for a miracle for this baby, who is always on my mind and in my daily prayers.
6. Eager to get away? Take a retreat? But, no you can’t! Read this for some ideas.
Have a blessed weekend!
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