I mention her because of her feast day today, because of the award in her honor that is given in Catholic Scouting for girls, and most of all because her cause has been approved and she will be canonized as a saint in October of this year, adding to the number of American Saints that we can be inspired by. I do a little item in our bulletin each week that looks at the saints whose feasts are celebrated in the coming days. I call it "Companions on the Journey", for that is indeed what they are.
The Collect proper for the days says:
O God, who desired the Virgin Kateri Tekakwitha
to flower among Native Americans
in a life of innocence,
grant, through her intercession,
that when all are gathered into your Church
from every nation, tribe and tongue,
they may magnify you
in a single canticle of praise.
Soon to be Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us!