Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850 – 1917)
United States She was born in Lombardy, the youngest of thirteen children. Because of her frail health she was refused admission to two convents. She devoted herself to teaching, and founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, whose aim is to spread devotion to the Heart of Jesus by spiritual and corporal works of mercy, running homes for the old and the sick, orphanages, and schools. In 1889 the Pope sent her to New York, where she founded an orphanage. In all she founded 67 institutions across the United States, South America and Europe. She died of malaria at Chicago in 1917.
She extended a friendly and helping hand especiallyFrom a homily at the Canonization of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
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.
by Pope Pius XII
DARK CLOUDS OVER A CLOSED WORLD
AN ABSENCE OF HUMAN DIGNITY ON THE BORDERS
37. Certain populist political regimes, as well as certain liberal economic approaches, maintain that an influx of migrants is to be prevented at all costs. Arguments are also made for the propriety of limiting aid to poor countries, so that they can hit rock bottom and find themselves forced to take austerity measures. One fails to realize that behind such statements, abstract and hard to support, great numbers of lives are at stake. Many migrants have fled from war, persecution and natural catastrophes. Others, rightly, “are seeking opportunities for themselves and their families. They dream of a better future and they want to create the conditions for achieving it”.
How do some of us fail to “realize that we are just like those behind (Facebook Posts, Tweets and other) such statements, …(whose)… lives are at stake”???
some comfortables who walk in fear close their eyes to the reality that we are just like immigrants who “‘are seeking opportunities for themselves and their families'”, or inmates whose, “‘Morale and spirits behind the walls are low’“, as we go on eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building…
some progressives who walk in fear are just like immigrants who, “‘dream of a better future'” or the president elect who, “‘thanked His Holiness for extending blessings and congratulations and noted his appreciation for His Holiness’s leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation and the common bonds of humanity around the world’“, but close our eyes to the same pope’s statements on abortion as we go on eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building and consulting with “certain liberal economic approaches”…
some magaists walk in fear, who close their eyes after eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building and consulting with populist economic experts, “maintain that an influx of migrants is to be prevented at all costs”; are just like our bishop, who after consulting with two physicians, wrote a letter declaring a diocesan priest a “certified non-alcoholic”, only to have that same priest admit that he was an alcoholic, after putting some “number(s) of lives “at stake” for months…
Some Catholics walk in truth and open their eyes, just like St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, to the reality that, “Many migrants have fled from war, persecution and natural catastrophes”, and therefore they also work to “keep alive a sense of attention and fraternity toward the most marginalized and disadvantaged,” as they go on eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building!!!