Servant of Slaves. Witness to the Poor. Declared Servant of God by Pope Benedict XVI on March 27, 2010.
Henriette Delille, a free woman of color, lived in New Orleans in the early 19th century. She affirmed the God-given dignity of persons of African descent during the era of slavery. With immense love and courage, she confronted the dehumanizing conditions that the Black population, slave and free, endured.
Descended of an enslaved African woman and white slave owner, Henriette was born into the precarious class of Creoles or free Blacks of mixed heritage. They lived resourcefully by purchasing property, working as entrepreneurs, and finding ways to creatively secure financial resources. For many women in this situation, such avenues included concubinage. Rejecting that option, Henriette promoted sacramental marriage.
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Saturday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19
Responsorial: Psalm 74: 1b-2,3-5, 6-7, 20-21
Gospel: Matthew 8: 5-17