Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 25, 2004)
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The daughter of a Algonquin mom and an Iroquois father, Catherine/Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) has develop into identified over the centuries as a Catholic convert so holy that, shortly upon her loss of life, she grew to become the thing of a cult. at the present time she is respected as a customer saint by means of local american citizens and the patroness of ecology and the surroundings via Catholics extra commonly, the 1st local North American proposed for sainthood. Tekakwitha was once born at a time of cataclysmic swap, as local americans of the northeast skilled the results of eu touch and colonization. A convert to Catholicism within the 1670s, she launched into a bodily and mentally grueling software of self-denial, aiming to catch the religious energy of the newbies from around the sea. Her tale intersects with that of Claude Chauchetière, a French Jesuit of mystical traits who got here to the USA hoping to rescue savages from sin and paganism. however it used to be Claude himself who wanted support to stand down his personal melancholy. He grew to become confident that Tekakwitha used to be a real saint and that conviction gave intending to his existence. even though she lived until eventually simply 24, Tekakwitha's serious penances and vibrant visions have been so reported that Chauchetière wrote an elegiac hagiography presently after her dying. With this richly crafted research, Allan Greer has written a twin biography of Tekakwitha and Chauchetière, unpacking their cultures in local the US and in France. He examines the missionary and conversion actions of the Jesuits in Canada, and explains the Indian non secular practices that interweave with converts' Catholic practices. He additionally relates how Tekakwitha's legend unfold throughout the hagiographies and to parts of the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Mexico within the centuries in view that her demise. The booklet additionally explores problems with physique and soul, ailment and therapeutic, sexuality and celibacy, as printed within the lives of a guy and a lady, from profoundly assorted worlds, who met centuries in the past within the distant Mohawk village of Kahnawake.