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Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a fabbity fab fab weekend because I am! I got a very special greeting from upstate NY yesterday, sent by the lovely and intrepid bacchuslives. He went to the National Shrine of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, one of our newer saints, for the sole purpose of retrieving a keychain and a relic, just for me!

Brother Dominick took mighty bacchuslives to the "icy artisan spring" where the saint was most likely baptized. Pretty cool! I hope that someday I will be able to visit this location myself. The pamphlet accompanying the keychain makes it seem like a very interesting and peaceful place. You can learn more here: http://www.katerishrine.com/index.html

I remember watching St. Kateri's Canonization Mass on EWTN in October 2012. She was a Mohawk chief's daughter who was treated not so nicely by the other Mohawks once she converted to Catholicism. She moved to Quebec where she died young, as only the very good tend to do. St. Kateri is considered a co-patroness of animals along with St. Francis. I wish she had been a saint when I was making my confirmation; I might have taken her name.

Anywhoo, in the picture, you can see a portion of the pamphlet and my third degree relic of St. Kateri affixed to a prayer card with a prayer on the back. This will be treasured and stored in the location where I keep my prayer card collection near my keychains. Many of these cards and relics in my collection date back to my grandparents! Very special!

The keychain has a picture of Kateri on one side and a painting of Jesus as a child, circa 12 CE or thereabouts I am guessing, on the other. It is meant to be used as a portable rosary. Awesome! As you can see, my OC Dash Wednesday is very pleased with to pose with a keychain that resembles her cutie mark.

bacchuslives clearly demonstrates the determination that all Smoo Crew members should aspire for when questing for keychains. Burn the following quote into your minds so that it may inspire you to greatness:

"You will have a third degree relic keychain from one of the newest saints if I have to make it myself from the components!"---- bacchuslives

Thankfully, bacchuslives was able to purchase this ready made keychain so no saintly body parts were hurt in the making of this KOTD post. I applaud the dedication though. Bless your light!

Thank you, bacchuslives, thank you, a thousand times thank you for this unique and incredible addition to my collection!

Make a note of this:
National Shrines are a great
Place to get keychains.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 22nd, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
You are too kind. There is another shrine just miles away on the other side of the river for three Jesuits martyred by Mohawks in 1646. They were canonized around 1930. I'll check it out for key chains before the summer is over... I think it's called our lady of martyrs shrine.
Jun. 30th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
Can't believe I didn't respond to this sooner. But yes, you are so lucky there are so many fun and interesting shrines where you are.
Jul. 1st, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, who would have thought, 2 catholic shrines in the wilds of upstate NY... What madness is next?

I'll see about picking a few key chains up from the local and semi-local tourist attractions. I'm hoping that the Farmer's Museum has a key chain to commemorate the Cardiff Giant, who resides there...
Jul. 1st, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: shrines...
Oops, Forgot to log in...
Jun. 22nd, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
What a great weekend! :)
Jun. 23rd, 2014 08:32 am (UTC)
Kateri is one of my favorite saints!
Jun. 24th, 2014 09:02 am (UTC)
That is a beautiful keychain of one of your new saints :)
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