Lily of the Mohawks

I didn’t choose saint Kateri, Saint Kateri chose me. And I sincerely believe that.

Before really coming back to the faith I was for some reason interested in the Aboriginal and Metis culture, I felt like I was one of them even though deep down I knew I wasn’t. My culture is French Canadian… (sounds pretty boring).

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At the end of my first year of university I joined something called ReconciliACTION which was basically a group that was trying to learn about how we could reconcile with the First Nations. I learned a lot that year even though I could not devote much time to it. Through this program I got to take another program called Returning to Spirit and this is something that really boosted my faith.

It talked about how we live in a cycle, we choose is we want to live in a positive or a negative cycle. We have to deal with things from our past because otherwise it is going to affect our present and future. We have to learn from the past, live in the moment and strive for a better future.I really fell in love with the Aboriginal and Metis culture. Somewhere deep down I knew I would work with these people because I loved them before I even met them.

At the end of the my second year of university we had a trip planned to go visit many different reserves in BC. I was pumped!! until I looked at my schedule. I couldn’t go because I had summer classes and they were exactly at the same time as the trip. This was a big bummer for me. And it actually affected me in a deeper way. You  know when you think you’re doing God’s will and then all of sudden He’s like Nope you’re not doing that yet.

So I prayed about it and I just left it in His hands, God if it’s not the time I will wait (but don’t let me wait too long). After university I joined the Catholic Outreach team and here we we so blessed to be able to work with Aboriginials, these trips were for me! We went over ice

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This was taken at one of the communities, both team leaders and two sisters.

roads to get there in a van that wasn’t exactly the best. We spent 3 weeks in a few communities. I really loved the people and thought God I know you’re calling me here but what do you want me to do? 

 

A few months later we went to a fly-in community and this is when I learned that there was a different Archdiocese in the North. I saw a picture of a new Archbishop and thought I could never do what he does because it requires a lot of traveling. St Theresa Point is a very active Catholic community, everything revolves a round the Church. The people were very welcoming but the thing that touched me the most was our farewell. We had Sunday mass and after mass the way they thank us was by giving each and everyone of us on team a hug.
The people literally lined up to give us hugs. The tears kept running down my cheeks.
God why did you put me in this situation? I want to stay here forever but I can’t because I know you want me to finish my year on the Catholic Outreach Team. Can you promise me I will be coming back here? I didn’t hear an answer to that prayer but I asked many times to go back. Not 10923297_428828823943500_1869720460092064964_nnow Céline, give it time, be patient. UGH!!! 

I was getting frustrated but something was telling me to give it time. That’s when I went
to Haiti. I was there for a 8 months. During this time God confirmed with me that He wanted me to work with the youth. My desire to work with the Aboriginal and Métis was still there but it was starting to get hidden by my desire to work with the youth.

Then one day out of no where my brother sends me an email and it really changed my life. It was a job opening, Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas. This was PERFECT!!!! Everything in God’s time. He sure did provide.

12274539_1904967583063102_4447843487639107384_nAs I applied I started asking Saint Kateri to pray for me but as I started doing that I just felt an instant connection with her. I know she has been praying for me. Now I feel at home in the north with my people.

My dearest Lily of the Mohawks pray for us.

 

My Catholic Living ❤

14 thoughts on “Lily of the Mohawks

  1. That is very admirable of you to help with the native peoples. What concerns me is that the Bible reads that we are not to pray to fellow creatures. See the Book of Revelation:

    “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy,” (Rev. 19:10).

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      1. The scripture is in my last comment. “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy,” (Rev. 19:10).

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      2. There’s so much I can say about that. First I know you already know this but I’ll mention it anyway, we catholics don’t pray to creatures only to God but through other people. It’s like if I asked you to pray for me and you prayed to God for me, it’s the exact same thing. Also in scripture it also says that we have angels praying for us AND not only do those in heaven pray with us, they also pray for us.
        In the book of Revelation, John sees that “the twenty-four elders (the leaders of the people of God in heaven) fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Rev. 5:8).
        Thus the saints in heaven offer to God the prayers of the saints on earth.

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      3. I have to say you seem confused. In your article you pray to Lily of the Mohawks. She died in 1860 and was a created being, thus a creature. You seem to have the standard responses that most Roman Catholics present me.

        ” It’s like if I asked you to pray for me and you prayed to God for me, it’s the exact same thing.” No it is not the same thing. I am alive.

        Just because those in heaven can hear the prayers of those on Earth does not mean that is okay to pray to saints. If they can hear the prayers of people, it is because God grants that to them. Think about it. Can those in heaven hear the prayers uttered without speech? Can they read minds? It is only God who knows all things, and only God can grant anyone to hear or know what the prayers are of those who pray in silence. Let’s not give the saints superhuman powers similar to omniscience.

        Rev 5-8… Can the prayers be authored by those who are already in heaven? It doesn’t say. There are different interpretations on exactly who the saints are because their identity can’t be precisely demonstrated; after all, Revelation is a highly symbolic book. Therefore, if it cannot be demonstrated conclusively who they are, then it cannot be demonstrated conclusively whose prayers they are either. Nevertheless, verse 9 says “they sang a new song.” Who is the “they”? It would have to be either the the four living creatures and/or the 24 elders (DOUAY RHEIMS) since “prayers of the saints” don’t sing; “creatures” and “elders” do the singing.

        I have to ask, “why can you not pray directly to Jesus? With do you need a dead persons help?

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      4. We are explicitly told by John that the incense they offer to God are the prayers of the saints. Prayers are not physical things and cannot be physically offered to God. Thus the saints in heaven are offering our prayers to God mentally. In other words, they are interceding.

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      5. “And yes, we can pray directly to Jesus and many of us do. But two people for one thing is better than one…..”? Where do you find that in scripture?

        “We are explicitly told by John that the incense they offer to God are the prayers of the saints.” So I don’t get it…I understand that they are the prayers of the saints in heaven, that does not mean YOU pray to the saints!

        “Thus the saints in heaven are offering our prayers to God mentally. In other words, they are interceding.” It does not say that in scripture. See this is where the Roman Catholic Church adds to the scripture. Something the Magesterium does on a regular basis. Read Revelation 22:18
        18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book;

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      6. If it weren’t true why would you ask your friends to pray for you? Why would you go to a service? 1 Timothy 2:1-4 tells us clearly that we have so pray for others.
        What would the saints have to pray for in Heaven? They are already saved! This means that the prayers are clearly for you and I. And like I said before, we don’t pray to the saints, we ask the saints to pray of us.

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      7. I personally do not ask others to pray for me. I also don’t despise it, however I know the dead are not praying for me nor do I pray to them. The Catholic Church puts Mary as high or Higher than Jesus! Mary was a sinner just like us and she knew she needed a Savior in Jesus Christ! For example from your catechism:

        According to Roman Catholicism, Mary is “the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, hereafter referred to as “CCC” 721), the “Queen over all things” (CCC 966), our “Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix” (CCC 969), who is “full of grace” (CCC 722), the “Mother of God and our mother” (CCC 2677), the “new Eve” (CCC 726), and the “seat of wisdom” (CCC 721). She had no original sin (CCC 508), and never committed sin (CCC 493). She is second only to her Son” (Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, par. 66) and sits “on the right hand of the majesty on high” (Pope Pius X, Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum, 14). In fact, “no man goeth to Christ but by His Mother” (Pope Leo 13th, Octobri Mense). It was Mary who “crushed the poisonous head of the most cruel serpent and brought salvation to the world” (Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus). It is she who “delivers our souls from death” (CCC 966), and “continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation” (CCC 969). “Mary, by her spiritual entering into the sacrifice of her divine son for men, made atonement for the sins of man,” (Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma4, Ott, page 213). Therefore, we can “entrust all our cares and petitions to her” (CCC 2677), “give ourselves over to her now” (CCC 2677), “pray to her” (CCC 2679), and have devotion to her (CCC 971). She was “taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven” (CCC 974). When speaking of the Church, “we can find no better way to conclude than by looking to Mary,” (CCC 972). In her, the church is holy (CCC 867). “Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity” (CCC 967). Finally, in paradise the church gathers “around Jesus and Mary” (CCC 1053).

        However the bible reads:

        “Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that in us you might learn not to exceed what is written, in order that no one of you might become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.” (1 Cor. 4:6).

        Has the Roman Catholic Church exceeded the scope of scripture with its teaching about Mary? Absolutely, yes!

        I was a Roman Catholic and have had my eyes opened by Jesus Christ, not a dead saint. Please study the history of the RCC is all I ask. I am not here to attack you, I am here to give you the true Gospel….not the RCC Gospel.

        The Gospel is the good news that we have forgiveness of sins through Jesus. Specifically, the gospel is defined by Paul in 1 Cor. 15:1-4, “Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

        God Bless!

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      8. Who is the person that knows us best? It’s our mother because ideally we spent a lot of time with her growing up, she knows a deeper part of who we are. If we want to know the secrets of a person we go to their mother. Mother Mary is the same with Jesus, she carried Him until birth and stayed with Him. She could even command him ( Turning water into wine and the wedding feast). We have great respect for her but we don’t worship her. Now you’re probably think what about all those status we have of her right? Having status doesn’t mean worship. It’s like carrying a family photo in my wallet, it’s a reminder of where I came from and who I’m loved by.
        Remember when Jesus was on the cross and He said to John “Here is your mother.” and from that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
        John was a living example of how we should respect our God and our God’s mother. Mary was the first tabernacle, she was the first and the only to carry Christ in the flesh (until we could receive Him in the Eucharist).
        Also if you want to point the finger towards us for adding things to the bible (which we don’t) I could also talk about the many books missing from your bible. Things like divorce, abortion, contraception many of these things are encouraged by most Christian denominations. And just to finish, I want to ask you, who started your denomination?

        I’m not here to attack either just here to share the true knowledge of the Catholic Church as : “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” ― Fulton J. Sheen

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      9. Mary was a blessed woman, however the RCC is heretical in it’s thinking that Mary is the “Queen of Heaven” and the full list of what I have presented you. Mary was the Mother of Jesus, not the Mother of God! Jesus has two natures; He is fully man and fully God.The Protestant Church rejects the apocrypha as being inspired, as do the Jews. Did the Church fathers recognized the Apocrypha as being Scripture? Roman Catholics strongly appeal to Church history, but we don’t find a unanimous consensus on the Apocrypha. Jerome (340-420), who translated the Latin Vulgate which is used by the RC church, rejected the Apocrypha since he believed that the Jews recognized and established the proper canon of the Old Testament. Remember, the Christian Church built upon that recognition. Also, Josephus the famous Jewish historian of the First Century never mentioned the Apocrypha as being part of the canon either. In addition, “Early church fathers like Origen, Cyril of Jerusalem, Athanasius, and the great Roman Catholic translator Jerome spoke out against the Apocrypha.” So, we should not conclude that the Church fathers unanimously affirmed the Apocrypha. They didn’t.

        I am a Christian that believes the following:

        Jesus is both God and man (John 1:1,14; 8:24; Col. 2:9; 1 John 4:1-4).
        Jesus rose from the dead physically (John 2:19-21; 1 Cor. 15:14).
        Salvation is by grace through faith (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 3:1-2).
        The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Gal. 1:8-9).
        There is only one God (Exodus 20:3; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8).
        God exists as a Trinity of persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (See Trinity).
        Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary (nature of incarnation).

        I do not believe in works salvation as the RCC does as it unbiblical. I believe that anyone who follows and believes the RCC Doctrines they are Hell bound! The founder of the Christian Church is Jesus Christ.

        Are you really prepared to say that Mary is not worshipped? Have you seen the RC Parades in South and Central America? They parade the streets with statues of Mary…no Jesus to be seen! Sorry even Mary knew she needed a Savior. She is dead awaiting judgement as we all will.

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      10. The best way to explain it is to compare Heaven to the Commonwealth. We live in a time when the Queen of England is the highest in the Commonwealth. There is no king. She wears the commonwealth trousers. She is it. She is the focus. We grew up singing “God save the Queen.” So it is natural that our contemporary understanding of the word Queen would be someone in highest authority. But what happens to the queen when there is a king? Then who has the authority? In commonwealth law, when there is a king, the queen has absolutely no authority whatsoever except the quiet whisper in the king’s ear to influence a decision. (Jn 2:3)

        JESUS IS KING. He is it. Now if Mary is Queen, it means that she has no authority whatsoever over his decisions except a whisper in his ear (Jn 2:3). So I don’t believe that calling Mary the Queen diminishes the King’s (Jesus’) authority in the least. In fact it reinforces it. What respectable King does not have a Queen? Revelation 11:12 says:
        A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne..
        Jesus only had one Mother and this passage is talking about the woman that gave birth to the Saviour. She has a Crown. The passage also clearly shows Mary as an active participant in the war against the devil. The Passage presents Jesus on his rightful throne.
        Also, In the Old Testament the Queen was often not the wife of the King, but the mother.
        Yes I’m ready to defend this. Mary isn’t worshipped and if she is then these people aren’t catholics. We have a deep love for her but that love transmits to loving God. No I’m not saying that she is God, I’m saying that she transmits this love to God for us.
        And if you don’t see Jesus at these parade you’re completely missing the point because where two or three are gathered in His names there He is in our midst.
        Also I just want to quickly mention something, tradition existed before the bible existed.

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      11. Having others praying for us thus is a good thing, not something to be despised or set aside. Of course, we should pray directly to Christ with every pressing need we have (cf. John 14:13–14). That’s something the Catholic Church strongly encourages. In fact, the prayers of the Mass, the central act of Catholic worship, are directed to God and Jesus, not the saints. But this does not mean that we should not also ask our fellow Christians, including those in heaven, to pray with us.

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