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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
The youngest of thirteen children, Maria Francesca Cabrini was born in Italy in 1850. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1877 and came to America with six Sisters in 1889 to help Italian immigrants. Her congregation spread throughout the United States, Italy, Central and South America and England. She died in 1917 and was canonized in 1946, the first American citizen to be declared a saint! May she inspire us to work for justice for the immigrants today!
She said: "We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone."
We continue to read the Book of Wisdom in the daily liturgy. Today reminds us that the souls of the just are in the hands of God, and no torment shall touch them... They are at peace." Let us pray for all the faithful departed.