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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

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by Amy Welborn
by Amy Welborn
Mother Cabrini, as she’s commonly called, spent her whole life traveling. She hardly ever stopped, and travel was a lot harder in her day than it is in ours. There wasn’t much in Mother Cabrini’s early life to point to such a busy grown-up life. She was born in Italy and had ten brothers and sisters. Her parents were farmers, and their farmland wasn’t too far from a river called the Po. Little Frances could look down into the valley and watch the river make its way to the sea.
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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

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Although she was born in Italy, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized. She was sent to the United States by Pope Leo XIII and spent the rest of her life working with the Italian immigrants, particularly in New York City and Chicago.

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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Today's Saint of the Day is the first US citizen canonized by the Catholic Church and the patron saint of immigrants. Let's meet St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, better known as Mother Cabrini.


In 1889, an Italian Catholic nun named Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini sought the permission of Pope Leo XIII to go to China as a missionary. “Not to the East, but to the West,” he replied, urging her to travel to the United States and serve the impoverished Italian immigrants in New York City. So began Mother Cabrini’s prolific ministry to the poor, sick, abandoned, and uneducated throughout the United States and around the world. As the Catholic Church today celebrates the feast of the founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Talking Saints hosts Laurie and Pete unpack the life of this faithful and courageous woman, the first American citizen to be canonized, and still much-loved in New York.


Welcome to the Mission Kids podcast! In addition to stories from the Bible, we will be looking at stories of the saints, as well as church history. Today we will learn the story of Mother Cabrini. Our memory verse for the week is Proverbs 31:8 Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Help people who are in trouble.

Saint of the Day

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

November 13

TODAY

Saint of the Day

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

November 13

TODAY

A humble woman who lived a virtuous life

A homily by Pope Pius XII (July 7, 1946)
Inspired by the grace of God, we join the saints in honouring the holy virgin Frances Xavier Cabrini. She was a humble woman who became outstanding not because she was famous, or rich or powerful, but because she lived a virtuous life. From the tender years of her youth, she kept her innocence as white as a lily and preserved it carefully with the thorns of penitence; as the years progressed, she was moved by a certain instinct and a supernatural zeal to dedicate her whole life to the service and greater glory of God. She welcomed delinquent youths into safe homes and taught them to live upright and holy lives. She consoled those who were in prison and recalled to them the hope of eternal life. She encouraged prisoners to reform themselves and to live honest lives. She comforted the sick and the infirm in the hospitals and diligently cared for them. She extended a friendly and helping hand especially to immigrants and offered them necessary shelter and relief, for having left their homeland behind, they were wandering about in a foreign land with no place to turn for help. Because of their condition she saw that they were in danger of deserting the practice of Christian virtues and their Catholic faith. Where did she acquire all that strength and the inexhaustible energy by which she was able to perform so many good works and to surmount so many difficulties involving material things, travel and men? Undoubtedly she accomplished all this through the faith which was always so vibrant and alive in her heart; through the divine love which burned within her; and, finally, through constant prayer by which she was so closely united with God from whom she humbly asked and obtained whatever her human weakness could not obtain. In the face of the endless cares and anxieties of life, she never let anything turn her aside from striving and aiming to please God and to work for his glory for which nothing, aided by God’s grace, seemed too laborious, or difficult, or beyond human strength.

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