Today is the Required Memorial for Kateri Teckakwitha, the Lily Of the Mohawks. Kateri (Catherine) had a very hard and short life (she died at 24). Her parents died from small pox (she was disfigured and partially blind from the small pox). She was given to an uncle from a tribe that was anti Jesuit missionaries. So, when she expressed interest in becoming Christian, she was persecuted and abused (physically and emotionally). She ran away; was baptized and received the Eucharist. She was a consecrated virgin. We can learn much from the short life of Kateri, especially about dealing with persecution and adversity.