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Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (Mother Cabrini), Virgin

November 13


Saint of the Day — Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini



Information: St. Francis Xavier CabriniFeast Day: November 13

Born: July 15, 1850, Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

Died: December 22, 1917, Chicago

Canonized: July 7, 1946 by Pope Pius XII

Major Shrine: Chapel of Mother Cabrini High School, New York City

Patron of: immigrants, hospital administrators


CATHOLIC ALMANACTuesday, November 13

Liturgical Color: White

Today the Church honors St. Frances Xavier
Cabrini. She was the foundress of the
Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, arriving
in the United States in 1889, to work with


Catholic Culture

Ordinary Time: November 13th

Memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin (USA)


November 13, 2018 (Readings on USCCB website)


Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Almighty and merciful God, graciously keep from us all adversity, so that, unhindered in mind and body alike, we may pursue in freedom of heart the things that are yours. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


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Today the dioceses in the United States celebrate the memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin, born in Lombardy, Italy, one of thirteen children. She came to America as a missionary, founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for poor children in schools and hospitals. She is the first American citizen to be canonized. December 22 is her feast day in the Extraordinary Rite.

Today is the feast of St. Agostina Petrantoni canonized by St. Pope John Paul II on April 18, 1999. Her feast is on the Italian Liturgical Calendar.

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Didacus, a humble Franciscan lay brother and the recipient of exceptional graces. He received such light from God that he spoke of heavenly things in a manner almost divine; certain miracles, but especially his obedience, charity and fervor of his prayer, caused him to be considered a saint wherever he went. He was born in Andalusia, was sent as a missionary to the Canary Isles, spent some time in Rome and returned to die in Spain.


St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
This saint, the first United States citizen to be canonized, was born in Italy of parents who were farmers. She was the thirteenth child, born when her mother was fifty-two years old. The missionary spirit was awakened in her as a little girl when her father read stories of the missions to his children. She received a good education, and at eighteen was awarded the normal school certificate.

For a while she helped the pastor teach catechism and visited the sick and the poor. She also taught school in a nearby town, and for six years supervised an orphanage assisted by a group of young women. The bishop of Lodi heard of this group and asked Frances to establish a missionary institute to work in his diocese. Frances did so, calling the community the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. An academy for girls was opened and new houses quickly sprang up.

One day Bishop Scalabrini, founder of the Missionaries of Emigration, described to Mother Cabrini the wretched economical and spiritual conditions of the many Italian immigrants in the United States, and she was deeply moved. An audience with Pope Leo XIII changed her plans to go to the missions of the East. “Not to the East, but to the West,” the Pope said to her. “Go to the United States.” Mother Cabrini no longer hesitated. She landed in New York in 1889, established an orphanage, and then set out on a lifework that comprised the alleviation of every human need. For the children she erected schools, kindergartens, clinics, orphanages, and foundling homes, and numbers of hospitals for the needy sick. At her death over five thousand children were receiving care in her charitable institutions, and at the same time her community had grown to five hundred members in seventy houses in North and South America, France, Spain, and England.

The saint, frail and diminutive of stature, showed such energy and enterprise that everyone marveled. She crossed the Atlantic twenty-five times to visit the various houses and institutions. In 1909 she adopted the United States as her country and became a citizen. After thirty-seven years of unflagging labor and heroic charity she died alone in a chair in Columbus Hospital at Chicago, Illinois, while making dolls for orphans in preparation for a Christmas party. Cardinal Mundelein of Chicago officiated at her funeral and in 1938 also presided at her beatification by Pius XI. She was canonized by Pius XII in 1946. She lies buried under the altar of the chapel of Mother Cabrini High School in New York City. — A Saint A Day, Berchmans Bittle, O.F.M.Cap.

Patron: hospital administrators; immigrants; orphans.

Symbols: ship; heart; book.

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St. Didacus
Didacus (or Diego, Jacob) was born in the town of San Nicolas, Andalusia. From early youth he showed a love for solitude. At Arrizafa, near Cordova, he became a Franciscan brother and was outstanding in humility and obedience. He had little formal education, yet through divine enlightenment in no way lacked wisdom. As a missionary he visited the Canary Islands and was appointed first superior of the new foundation there. In 1450 Pope Nicholas V confided to his care the sick in the celebrated convent of Ara Caeli. With his tongue he often cleansed the wounds of the sick. He miraculously healed many with oil from the lamp which burned before a picture of the Blessed Virgin or with the sign of the Cross.

During a stay at the friary at Alcala in 1463, Didacus felt the approach of his last hour. Wrapped in discarded rags, with eyes fixed immovably upon a crucifix, he died while fervently praying the words of the hymn Dulce lignum, dulces clavos, O sweet wood, O sweet nails that held so sweet a burden! For a long time his body remained incorrupt. — The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

Patron: diocese of San Diego, California; Franciscan laity; Franciscan lay brothers.

Symbols: Bread and roses in a tunic; cross held by an angel.

Things to Do:


  • Meditate on the fact that in order to walk the Christian path you must always be counter-cultural, for the world follows the broad, level and easy roads, and resolve to bear patiently the next time someone misunderstands you or even ridicules you because you do not conform to this world (pray for that person); Pray for the virtue of humility which we must have if we are to reach our “enemies”.

St. Stanislaus Kostka
The son of a Polish senator, St. Stanislaus was first privately educated at the family castle. He later attended the Jesuit college in Vienna, where he set a holy example for all. While at the college, Stanislaus suffered from a serious illness. St. Barbara and two angels appeared to him and he seemed to be given Holy Communion in the vision (either by St. Barbara or by the angels). Also, Our Lady visited him and told him that he would recover and become a Jesuit. The Jesuit provincial in Vienna was too afraid of making Stanislaus’s father angry to admit Stanislaus to the Order, so the saint walked to Augsburg and then Dillingen, a total of 350 miles, and there appealed to St. Peter Canisius, the Jesuit provincial of Upper Germany. St. Peter Canisius took him in, and after three weeks, sent Stanislaus to Rome to see St. Francis Borgia, who was general of the Jesuits. In Rome, Stanislaus became a Jesuit at the age of 17, much to the dissatisfaction of his father. His devotion to the Eucharist was apparent to all, since he went into ecstasy after receiving Communion. St. Stanislaus became ill again and died only nine months into his novitiate.

Patron: Poland; young students.

Things to Do:


  • Learn more about St. Stanislaus Kostka here
  • Read more about St. Stanislaus Kostka and find additional prayers here.
  • At St. Stanislaus Kostka Polish Catholic Parish read about the Patron Saint of Holy Disobedience.


St. Agostina Livia Pietrantoni
The life of Saint Agostina is an example of the virtue of silence that is found in one’s duties, charity, of quietness in one’s approach rather than the absence of speech.

Sister Agostina died a violent death, at the hands of one of the patients in the hospital where she labored for God. When she was beatified this was noted, but it was her peaceful way of helping the poor who were sick that is most remembered. She is not a Martyr in the usual sense, because she was not killed for her Faith.

She was one of ten children – the second born – in a family of moderate means and rich in the practice of the Faith, including the daily Rosary. She attended school as best as she could but had to be absent frequently in order to help her mother because her father was very ill, almost crippled with arthritis. She was learned and bright and was nicknamed “the professor”. At the age of seven she had to work to help the family’s income. Not only did she tend the cattle and help with her younger brothers and sisters, she made shoes, worked on olive harvests and for four years salved away helping to build a road for little pay, all with a cheerful disposition, without complaint. Livia was modest, retiring, very quiet, but popular and often asked for advice. The budding Saint was pretty and had suitors who had no hope. One of the young men, who attempted to propose to her was met with Livia’s enthusiasm for Jesus. She took out a holy card with His image and said: “Here is the One I will marry.”

In 1866 she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida, the Rome convent. There she found that the hardest task was that all she did for Jesus was too little in her estimation; there was never anything she would refuse her Spouse. She took the name of Sister Agostina and was assigned to the Hospital of Santo Spirito, which had become far too secularized over the years. Crucifixes had been removed from the wards; one of the rules imposed on the sisters was the ban on mentioning so much as the name of God to their patients!

This did not deter her because she did not need words to tell others about God; her actions were so imbued with the love of God and neighbor that her patients grasped everything she was teaching them.

She had as yet to make her final profession, having come down with tuberculosis, she received Viaticum and then recovered. It was then that she requested to work with tubercular patients since she was already infected. This ward held a number of unruly men, some of them convicts. They blasphemed and sputtered vulgarities. She never failed to be patient and cheerful. Her consolation and inspiration during this time was Our Lady. She had a great devotion to the Mother of God, her favorite prayer was the Rosary. In her charming, silent way, she would write letters to the Saint Virgin and place them behind a picture by way of a mailbox. One of these contained the following: “Most Holy Lady, convert that wretched man whose obstinate heart I am not able to change and I promise to do two or three extra night duties in your honor.”

Sister Agostina, given the chance, chose work over rest. The night before she died, she said: “We will lie down for such a long time after death that it is worthwhile to keep standing while we are alive. Let us work now; one day we will rest.”

In September of 1893 Sister Agostino professed her final vows and went back to the same ward to nurse. One of the men who had been sent from a prison, a Giuseppe Romanelli, had a mother and sister who visited him. Our Saint was very kind to them. He was so troublesome in the ward that he was sent away; thereafter he wrote threatening notes. On November 13, 1894, Sister Agostino and another patient were going down the stairs of the ward, only to find themselves face to face with this four times condemned man. Romanelli wielded a knife and stabbed her several times. The patient hollered for help, but by the time it came St. Agostina was on the floor dying and saying, “Blessed Mother, help me.” She was taken to a bed, no longer able to speak. Her superior asked her if she forgave the murderer, who had escaped. She nodded, Yes. She was smiling. A few moments later she had died. Two days later her funeral was held, the same day that her killer was arrested. He was sentenced for life although the Saint’s family asked for mercy. He repented, received the Last Sacraments, then died in prison a year later.

The process for Sister’s cause begun in 1936, the first decree was in 1945 and she was beatified in 1972 and canonized in 1998.

Excerpted from Modern Saints by Ann Ball

Patron: Abuse victims, martyrs, people in poverty, people ridiculed for their piety

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The Word Among Us

Meditation: Titus 2:1-8, 11-14

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin (Memorial)

Live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age. (Titus 2:12)


Titus is known as a “pastoral” letter. Consider it a sort of “owner’s manual” for second-generation Christians. These believers had not physically seen Jesus and likely had never met the original twelve apostles. Rather than expounding on doctrine, this letter, along with First and Second Timothy, taught Christians how to live in a way that reflected their faith in Jesus.

Today’s first reading calls believers to “live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age” (Titus 2:12, emphasis added). Well, that was then. But what about now? What does it look like for us to live this way? Let’s see.

To live temperately means to be moderate and balanced, not prone to extremes. Of course this can apply to how we approach our appetites for food and drink, and we should seek moderation in these areas. But today, temperance also includes being judicious about our screen time. And because we live in a materialistic culture, we need to look at our purchases, being careful not to get caught up in a cycle of buying things we don’t need.

To live justly means to be righteous—morally upright and obedient to God’s commands. Living justly also involves loving our neighbor as the Good Samaritan did (Luke 10:29-37). Today the complexities of work and family life can absorb us to the point where we don’t notice the people around us who are in need. But living justly means looking beyond our own concerns to care for those who are suffering.

A devout person is committed to God. He seeks to please the Lord in all he says and does. Many today feel too busy to carve out time for God. But a devout person makes attending Sunday Mass and having a regular prayer time a priority. A devout person knows that’s one of the best ways to strengthen their relationship with the Lord.

We all want to live out our faith. We just have to be aware of the unique temptations that we face in the age we live in. The truth is, every age presents its own set of challenges. But with our eyes open and focused on the Lord, we can live holy lives even today.

“Lord, help me to live in a way that points people to you.”


Psalm 37:3-4, 18, 23, 27, 29
Luke 17:7-10


Daily Gospel CommentarySaint Augustine (354-430)
Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church

Sermon for the ordination of a bishop, 3, 9 ; Guelferbytanus no. 32, PLS 2, 637Being a servant

The bishop at your head is your servant… Therefore may the Lord grant us, with the help of your prayers, to be and to remain all you would want us to be until the end…; may he help us to fulfill what he has commanded. But whoever we may be, do not place your trust in us. I permit myself to say this to you as bishop: what I want is to rejoice in you, not to be inflated with pride… I am speaking now to the People of God in the name of Christ; I am speaking in God’s Church; I am speaking as God’s poor servant: do not put your trust in us; do not put your trust in men. Are we good? We are servants. Are we evil? We remain servants. But the good, the faithful servants are the true servants.

What is our service? Pay attention to this: if you are hungry and do not wish to be ungrateful, take note of the cellar from which we draw our provisions; but as for the plate in which what you are so eager to eat is served – that is of no consequence to you. “In a large household there are vessels not only of gold and silver but also of clay” (cf. 2Tm 2:20). [Is your bishop like] a silver plate, a gold plate, a clay plate? You, just look and see if that plate holds any bread and who that bread comes from and who gives it out to be served to you. Note of whom I am speaking, who it is who gives the bread served out to you. It is he who is the bread: “I am the living bread come down from heaven” (Jn 6:51). It is Christ we are serving you, then, in the place of Christ…, that he might reach even to you, that he may be the judge of our ministry.


Marriage = One Man and One Woman Until Death Do Us Part

Daily Marriage Tip for November 13, 2018:

Winning an argument is not about proving you’re right. It’s not YOUR problem or MY problem. It’s OUR problem. Sometimes the marriage can win if you lose.


Regnum Christi

November 13, 2018 – The “Right” of Gratitude

Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

Father Edward Hopkins, LC

Luke 17:7-10

Jesus said to the apostles: “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”


Introductory Prayer: Jesus, I believe in you, my Lord and my Creator! You have given me everything, and you owe me nothing. You have forgiven me everything when I owed you more than I could ever pay. I trust in your forgiveness and love, Lord.

Petition: Jesus, help me to be grateful to you.


  1. Proud Attitudes: How often are we offended by how others treat us, by a lack of gratitude, respect or appreciation? However justified the reactions of our sensitivity, what lies at the root of our complaints is pride. Looking out from my own broken creaturely condition, I can’t help but see myself for more than I am and expect more respect from everyone – including God. Yet, before God I am but a poor, tiny and dependent creature. From him I receive all that I am and need. How can I demand anything from him? Even worse, how can I complain when I recognize that I am an ungrateful sinner who has denied the rights and love of my Creator?


  1. The Fundamental Relationship: Our culture has become one of “entitlement.” We view ourselves as having rights – “just” expectations –, and we expect that much is owed to us. Thus, we see children demanding what they want, spouses expecting their preferences to be respected, and the belief that government must provide us with everything. God gets thrown into the fray as well, so that he, too, must deliver according to our attitude of spoiled children. What we forget is that we have received everything from God and we owe him everything. Jesus’ image of the slave and master is not just a metaphor. Although his free and generous gift of redemption raises us up to the level of children and friends, he owes us nothing. Our fundamental relationship with God must be that of a grateful creature with a loving creator. We must start there.


  1. Humble Attitudes: Far from asking us to act as “worthless slaves,” Jesus wants to free us from the pride that enslaves. The virtues of service, gratitude, honor and obedience may not be popular today, but they forever reflect the heart of a child of God. Jesus embraced all these virtues and the attitudes of humility that they require. My first duty in life is to serve and obey God. My duty of gratitude can never be exhausted, for he gives me so many gifts – life, faith, family, etc. –, and he leads me to a love that is self-giving rather than demanding my rights before God and others.


Conversation with Christ: Dear Lord Jesus, help me to embrace my condition as creature with humble simplicity. Open my mind and heart to the many endless expressions of your generous love. Teach me a gratitude that thinks more of you than of me.


Resolution: I will pray for the grace to show gratitude to God in my daily activities, striving to make these acts of gratitude occur.


Homily of the Day

In this Gospel reading, the Lord teaches us the important attitude of humility – to render humble service as a way of life. It is a great temptation for us, well-meaning Christians, to become proud once we experience success in our business, work, career, even in our parish ministry. The praise we receive from people for a work well done gets into our head and we feel an exaggerated self-importance and over-confidence. It is more evident when we are blessed with financial success or promotion where we experience power over our subordinates and the self-sufficiency that goes with financial security. It makes us feel like little “masters” lording it over our fellowmen. We look down on people and show arrogance in our conduct. We attribute our success to our personal effort and we forget totally the Master who is the Source of everything.

Before we fall into that pit, the Lord admonishes us to think of ourselves as “unworthy servants” and warns us not to have a bloated ego in times of success but to remain His humble servants. He is the real Master. On our part, we should seek the last seat, do our duties with dedication so as to give Him greater glory. One day we will be surprised that He who sees our secret thoughts and intentions will say: ” My friend, move up higher.” When the Lord affirms and rewards us, we can never be proud but remain humble and thankful for showing us His mercy and generosity. And, even if he calls us His friends, He remains our real Master.


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“Tell the older men that they must be temperate, serious-minded, and self-controlled; likewise sound in the faith, loving, and steadfast.” �Titus 2:2
“Tell the young men to keep themselves completely under control.” �Titus 2:6

In the USA, we often expect our parishes and pastors to provide for the religious education of our children. We expect our pastors to provide the sacraments and to reach out especially to the elderly and the sick. These expectations are good, but they are different than the early Church’s expectations for ministry.

St. Paul expected St. Titus, the pastor of the church of Crete, to focus his ministry on old men and young men so as to call these men to holiness (Ti 2:2, 6). Paul expected that holy men would make their marriages and families holy. In this way, the Church would have credibility. Many would listen to the Gospel and become Christians, thus making disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19).

In today’s Church, there is something wrong. Symptoms of our problem are:

  • our children leaving the Church,
  • our inability to stop millions of children from being aborted,
  • the breakdown of Catholic marriages, and
  • the refusal of many young people to accept vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.

Considering the casualties the Church is suffering in our culture of death, we should “stand beside the earliest roads, ask the pathways of old which is the way to good, and walk it” (Jer 6:16). This means focusing on the ministry to men.

Prayer: Father, may men lead their families in prayer, and in every place “offer prayers with blameless hands held aloft” (1 Tm 2:8).
Promise: “Take delight in the Lord, and He will grant you your heart’s requests.” —Ps 37:4
Praise: St. Frances became the first American to be canonized.


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