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Now I know to always bring a sidekick for spinach checks.
So I just read, what is apparently old news, that Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha is being canonized this fall! Why didn't someone bring this to my attention? This is thrilling news.
Poor little Kateri has been languishing around with her one miracle for decades, or so I thought, patiently awaiting her second on her road to the golden wall of names behind the pearly gates.
Unbeknownst to me (like a lot of things, some of them green) Kateri actually does not have a first miracle. I'm sure this must not be the first time this has occurred during the canonization process for saints, but it is the first time I've heard of it. Pope John Paul II, who canonized more people than any Pope in history, waved off her first miracle like a plane that was about to miss the deck of an aircraft carrier.
Perhaps that wasn't a good analogy.
In any case, she didn't have any miracles going on when she made up way up the canonizing ladder to "Blessed".
Now she has a doozy of a miracle. I think it's worth two miracles.
In 2006, a 6 year old boy cut his lip during a basketball game. Overnight, his lip swelled and before you could figure out how to pronounce "Tekakwitha", he developed a flesh eating bacterium.
What is scarier than a flesh eating bacteria? Not much. Zombies, maybe, but they don't exist.
The horrible bacterium destroyed his lips, cheeks and forehead and the doctors said the little boy was not going to live. The parish priest asked the congregation to pray for the intercession of Kateri. He chose her because of her facial scars and because she was a Native American. The little boy is half Lummi Indian.
I say, "is" half Lummi because as the prayers poured in from around the world, a representative from the Society of the Blessed Kateri placed a Kateri medal on the boy's pillow. The infection stopped the next day and the little boy recovered.
Instantaneous and, a definitive miracle.
I think it's worth two miracles, not only was the boy cured, it throws open the doors of Heaven for all of us when we think of the patron saint of Native Americans. Fabulous!
I also think that St. Kateri will be a good patron saint for the near sighted. Kateri survived small pox which left her scarred and sight impaired. "Tekakwitha" means "she who bumps into things".