A week with Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
Since her early childhood in Italy, Mother Frances wanted to be a missionary in China. But she listened to Pope Leo XIII urging call, "Not to the East, but to the West!" - and found herself in New York City to assist the thousands of immigrants living there.
Despite several obstacles and difficulties, this commited woman founded over 60 institutions dedicated to the poor, the outcast, the sick. She worked endlessly, until her death from illness, in one of the hospitals she established in Chicago.
Today, as millions deal with the issues of having little or no medical care, as many places in the world are closing their doors and hearts to the immigrants, may Mother Cabrini inspire us to become citizen-servants of our countries.
During this week, starting on Nov.13, her feast day, you'll receive:
- A verse from the Scriptures.
- A short paragraph about St. Frances' life.
- A quote for meditation.
- A prayer.
Picture: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in a stained-glass window at the saint's shrine chapel in the Washington Heights section of New York City (CNS / Gregory A. Shemitz).
Give to my heart, O Lord
Give to my heart, O Lord, Compassion and understanding. Give to my hands kindness and gentleness. Give to my ears the ability to listen. Give to my lips words of comfort. Give me, O Lord, Strength for this selfless service. And enable me to give hope To those I am called to serve. Amen.
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