Thursday, April 08, 2010

St. Katherine Drexel

One of my favorie saints is St. Kaherine Drexel. She's a perfect example of what Jesus meant when He said that no man is a prophet in his own town. A friend of mine once told me that one of her grandmother's friends knew St. Katherine and didn't like her. What didn't she like? Well, according to the old biddy the saint was cheap... her shoe laces were often frayed. The old woman insisted that with St.Katherine's money she could've bought new ones every day instead of using them until they broke. St. Katherine built with her own money over 60 schools and churches for black and Indian Catholics. She built a college for black kids and courageously faced down the klan. She was a mighty woman for God and yet, some sour old gossip back at her old town found something catty to say.


Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Ha, seems that her catty thing to say reflected favourably on the saint in more equanimous minds!

Lots of money. Spends so much on charities that she neglects getting new shoelaces!

Hmmm ... sounds like one reason to at least consider canonisation.

Or is she canonised already?

Hmmmm ... not so, perhaps.

"She was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 2000"

In other words by antipope Wojtyla. Wonder if Pope Michael will confirm her? One great saint worthy of - on my view - real Popes canonising her. Like with Blessed Maximilian Kolbe or Blessed or Servant of God (but I usually call them saints anyway) Sor Eusebia Palomino Yenes.

Can you believe Wojtyla found a catty thing to say in the sermon?

Wait, he seems only to have beatified her.

Here is the catty thing.

"Eusebia Palomino Yenes was born on 15 December 1899 in Cantalpino, Spain, one of four children to Agustin Palomino and Juana Yenes. Her father worked as a seasonal farmhand, and during winter months when there was no work, he was forced to travel to nearby villages to beg for food, with the little Eusebia at his side. Overjoyed to be in her father's company, she was too young to understand his humiliation in asking for 'a loaf of bread, for the love of God'."

Eusebia Palomino Yenes (1899-1935)

Obviously, if people were kind and if they knew why Agustin was begging, which they certainly did, there is no reason why it should have been overly humiliating.

However, he took pride in showing his children at their best while begging, no frayed laces on his children.

Seems Christianity has a way of turning the obvious upside down. A millionaire heiress frayed laces, a daughter of a beggar, best clothes and well kempt.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

One more thing, the quote is not from his sermon!

I owe him that one. His sermon only stated:

6. The Lord says to Peter in a decisive and penetrating way: "Follow me". Sr Eusebia Palomino, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, also heard God's call one day and answered by way of an intense spirituality and a profound humility in daily life. As a good Salesian, she was enlivened by love for the Eucharist and for the Blessed Virgin. Loving and serving were important for her; the rest did not matter, faithful to the Salesian maxim: "da mihi animas, caetera tolle".

With the radicalness and constancy of her choices, Sr Eusebia Palomino Yenes traced out an attractive and demanding path of holiness for us all, especially for the young people of our time.

Which is true. However, if you click link in her name, you get to above.

Both sermon and biography omit the two occasions when she by praying acted as an un-ordained exorcist. Both times, the convent of the Daughters of Mary was being plagued by a poltergeist, and both times her prayers had fixed it before a priest could arrive and do a proper exorcism.

This I have from a tract on her life which I found in León (the city name means "Legionem" = the Legion of the Roman Army, if that means anything in your family) when a Russian woman was giving me a city tour.

This was on the way back from my pilgrimage to St James.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Getting back to St Katharine Drexel (if I am allowed not to quibble about whom she got canonised by), you may already know she was indirectly patron saint of Lloyd Alexander, since he grew up on Drexel Hill.