Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, woman of virtue

In the homily at her canonization Pope Pius XII said, “Frances Xavier Cabrini was a humble woman who became outstanding not because she was famous, or rich, or powerful, but because she lived a virtuous life.” These words are an inspiration and exhortation to us. In our following of Jesus our love is proved not so much by extraordinary acts of heroism as it is in ordinary acts of virtue. Living with virtue means that we must rid ourselves of all sorts of bitterness, jealousy, and selfishness. This way we can focus, as did Saint Frances, on the poor and marginalized. May our virtue and works of mercy prepare us for communion with the Trinity and all of the angels and saints!

From Holy Mass today:

God our Father, you called Frances Xavier Cabrini from Italy to serve the immigrants of America. By her example teach us concern for the stranger, the sick, and the frustrated. By her prayers help us to see Christ in all the men and women we meet. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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