August 31 - St. Raymond Nonnatus was born at Portella, Catalonia, Spain. He was delivered by caesarean operation when his mother died in childbirth. Hence his name non natus (not born). He joined the Mercedarians under St. Peter Nolasco at Barcelona. He succeeded Peter as chief ransomer and went to Algeria to ransom slaves.
‘Lily of the Mohawks’--In the 17th century, Kateri Tekakwitha was known as “Lily of the Mohawks,” a Catholic convert scarred by smallpox and ostracized by her tribe but unshaken in her faith. She is now known as St. Catherine Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.