Uncover the "sunshine" of a Mohawk-Algonquin girl who experiences loss, ostracism, and religious persecution, yet courageously holds on to her faith. This book on Saint Kateri Tekakwitha captures the burning desire of Kateri Tekakwitha to become a Catholic amidst the difficult circumstances of her time: colonialism-induced disease and preexisting tribal tensions intensified by the arrival of Christian missionaries. When Kateri is only a few years old, smallpox sweeps through her village, killing her Mohawk father and Algonquin mother, who is a secretly practicing Catholic. From this point on, Kateri longs for her mother's Catholic faith but her Mohawk uncle with whom she is sent to live despises the Christians. With the arrival of the Jesuit missionaries, Kateri's longing to become a Catholic intensifies while her uncle becomes more enraged. Desiring to be both a loyal daughter figure and a child of God, Kateri continues to fulfill her household responsibilities and receives the sacrament of baptism despite her uncle's disapproval. With this initiation, she becomes the target of harsh bullying. But she does not let these hardships deter her faith in God. She courageously escapes from her village to live a Christian life at Mission du Sault. In this biography, adapted from a book by Lillian Fisher, children will learn that courage coupled with a faith conviction can help them overcome being shunned and bullied.
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