Frances Xavier Cabrini became a citizen United States citizen in 1909 and she was the first US citizen to be canonized. Frances worked in an orphanage in Italy and wanted to be a missionary in China but her plans were redirected to work with thousands of Italian immigrants in New York.  Even though she was met with obstacles and disappointment at starting an orphanage, it did not stop her and she established not only an orphanage but founded 67 institutions dedicated to caring for the poor, the abandoned, sick and uneducated.  Seeing a need among immigrants who were losing their faith she also organized classes and schools.  Mother Cabrini’s compassion and dedication is astounding!  At her canonization in 1946 Pius XII said, “Although her constitution was very frail, her spirit was endowed with such singular strength that, knowing the will of God in her regard, she permitted nothing to impede her from accomplishing what seemed beyond the strength of a woman.”

A real person of real strength who became a saint.  She was guided by the will of God and depended on her strength through Him and through Him nothing is impossible …May we all be inspired by such strength of faith to guide us in wonderful works!

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