Thursday, August 13, 2009

Saint of the Mohawks

The National Post reports the saint of the Mohawks, Kateri Tekakwitha, is "on the verge" of canonization -- thanks to some mysterious recent miracle attributed to her intervention.

Which gives me a change to note Allan Greer's Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits, a study that makes "history from hagiography," as one reviewer noted with relief. The book was published by Oxford University Press three years ago to rather less notice than I had expected, perhaps -- although the reviews are pretty terrific.

Greer suggests that Tekakwitha may be the most famous Canadian who ever lived. The Jesuits wrote scores of hagiographies of her which were published in every place and every language in which they did mission work among "pagan" nations.
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