Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

First Scripture Reading
Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9
Gospel Reading
Luke 18:1-8

Opening Prayer

Loving God, growing up in an Italian immigrant culture, Mother Cabrini was one of my childhood heroes. Through her, you look out for your children, especially those struggling in strange, new lands. Our society today seems to be less open to immigrants, Lord. Open our hearts. I love to read and reflect on Your Wisdom – She seems to be Your best side, Holy God! She is awesome, gentle, and permeates everything. She is like Your fingerprints all over, touching, soothing, and stretching. I love the way “she passes into holy souls from age to age; she produces friends of God and prophets.” She does establish Your presence and reign within us, in gentle, overwhelming ways. Sometimes, I look for You elsewhere, Lord. Help me to believe that Your reign is already within. Quiet me to sit still with You and listen.. As Jesus faced rejection, misunderstanding, and suffering, keep me faithful in the dark times of confusion when I feel like a struggling immigrant in a strange land.

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