St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
The Feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini is November 13!
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (originally Maria Francesca) was the 13th child of an Italian farming family. She grew up in a busy house surrounded by family, gardens, and animals. In the evenings, her father would read the children stories about missionaries and their courageous journeys abroad to share the faith. Maria loved to pretend she was an abbess and her dolls were nuns that she sent to far-off lands as missionaries. Eventually, her pretend play became a reality! Maria became a nun and changed her name to Frances Xavier, though she was commonly called Mother Cabrini. She was elected abbess of her convent, became a missionary to America, and built over 70 hospitals, schools, and orphanages around the world.
The story of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini shows us the importance of imagination and big dreams! When we keep our ideas and thoughts (even the make-believe ones!) ordered toward God, he can use those dreams to build his kingdom! Whether it is in a far-away land or right here in our communities, we ask God to help us find our own mission work.
Time to Celebrate!
Good news! A festive feast doesn’t need to be fussy! Here are a few easy ways to celebrate the Feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini:
- CFC Pros: Display your Feast Day Art print from last year’s crate.
- Dream up a way to improve your community. St. Frances Xavier was committed to serving orphans, immigrants, and the sick through improving education, communities, and healthcare. Help your little saints brainstorm ways you can serve your community.
- Enjoy some make-believe play with your children. Marvel in the big imaginations God inspired in your little saints, and say a prayer for the wonderful ways he will call them to use them!
- Make an Italian family feast! St. Frances Xavier was part of a big Italian family who enjoyed big Italian dinners. Whip up your favorite pasta or Italian-inspired dish, gather your family around a table, and share your big dreams and ideas with one another.
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