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Tuesday November 21st 2017
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Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
Feast Day: November 13
The first American saint was an immigrant from Italy, who suffered fear of water, and yet traveled more than thirty times across the Atlantic Ocean. She was born two-months premature, and was so frail that when she applied to enter a convent, the sisters turned her down because they felt she was not healthy enough for their kind of life. Yet, she never let her difficulties defeat her, and through prayer and work God graced her with great achievements.
Frances Xavier Cabrini was born as Francesca Cabrini in Italy in 1850, the youngest of 13 children. After being refused admission to the religious orders, she went home to help in her parents’ farm. A terrible small pox epidemic took the lives of her parents and almost took hers. Somehow, miraculously she did not suffer disfigurement from the disease.
She took her vows in 1877, and in 1880 founded the order of Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Her desire was to be a missionary in China, but Pope Leo XIII told her “Not to the East but to the West.” She obeyed, mindful of the need of the millions of Italian immigrants in America, and with seven of her sisters traveled to the United States.
In thirty-five years, Frances Xavier Cabrini founded sixty-seven institutions dedicated to serve the sick and the poor in many cities in the United States, including New York, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, Denver, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. She died at the age of 67. Pope Pius XII canonized her in 1946.
Prayer: Lord, help us follow the example of Saint Frances Cabrini to not give up because of our frailties, and to pray for strength to do Your work.
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