St. Katherine Drexel: Pray for us!

Yesterday was the feast of St. Katherine Drexel, the second American-born saint. I’m a bit behind on the blog here, as you can tell.

She’s the founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People.

The photo to the right is of a statue in the Shrine in DC. I remember seeing it in January.

Just now reading my Saint a Day email from Catholic.org…

She had always been interested in the plight of the Indians, having been appalled by reading Helen Hunt Jackson’s A Century of Dishonor. While on a European tour, she met Pope Leo XIII and asked him to send more missionaries to Wyoming for her friend Bishop James O’Connor. The pope replied, “Why don’t you become a missionary?” His answer shocked her into considering new possibilities.

So often the idea of a vocation is far from one’s mind. And so often we ask for solutions that we, ourselves, can contribute to.

I’ve heard of priests who, approached by some parishioner wanting a new group of ministry in the parish, will always say something like this: “Excellent! I think that’s a great idea. Thanks for agreeing to take that up!”

St. Katherine realized a need and responded to it herself.

Great woman. One account comes from 1922, when in Texas the KKK were planning to tar and feather the pastor of a parish there if he didn’t close down the school founded by St. Katherine that was part of the parish. The pastor of course refused. The sisters all got together and prayed. What do you know, but the next day, a tornado hit the headquarters of the KKK.

The KKK never bothered St. Katherine or her sisters again.

She would always ask when people complained about injustices: “Did you pray for the people responsible?” Most often the answer was no.

St. Katherine shows us the perfect balance between prayer and works.

St. Katherine Drexel: Pray for us!

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  1. She is one of my favorites too! Thanks for sharing that story. I always liked that one whenever I have read it. It makes me kind of laugh a little bit…

    Teresa

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