Saint Kateri Tekakwitha's story is brought to life in this comic book rendition of the first Native American saint. Young readers ages 4-8 will be fascinated by Saint Kateri's physical journey of survival and inspired by her spiritual journey to Christ. Saint Kateri was born "Ioragode" in 1656 to a Mohawk chief and his Christian Algonquin wife. The family lived peacefully in their village. Ioragode's mother taught her about God, her words planting seeds of hope in her daughter's heart. When the deadly European disease of smallpox swept through the village, Ioragode's mother, father, and baby brother perished from the illness. Only Ioragode survived, so her uncle and two aunts took care of her. They renamed her Tekakwitha. Tekakwitha felt a burning desire to become closer to God and soon befriended one of the priests in the village, Fr. de Lamberville. When she expressed her desire to be baptized, he advised and taught her. Tekakwitha adopted the name Kateri. Kateri met challenges in her village, but she found strength in God to continue doing his work, despite the gossip and criticism she met. Her kindness and humble, working spirit changed the hearts of many in her village. When she fell terribly ill at the age of 24, all the members of her village were saddened. On the Wednesday before Easter of that year, she went to be with the Lord. Saint Kateri, with her forgiving heart and gentle spirit, continues to be a guide and inspiration for children all over the world.
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