Patron Saint of Immigrants
But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ,
rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed,
you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
~1 Peter 4:13
Let us then be glad when an unexpected cross presents itself, and we are afflicted with pain. These are the choice fruits of the mystic vine, destined to bear inestimable merits for our souls. We you have to suffer, do not go about sighing like those who don't know its value! Lift up your eyes and smile sweetly on what you suffer, which is like a field turning golden for the harvest. She who knows how to reap in this field will receive the reward. With gentle sweetness always unite your suffering with that of Jesus. Then your travail, suffered for Jesus and his divine Heart, will become as many droplets immersed in the immense ocean of his Passion.
~St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Feast day November 13
Dear Mother Cabrini, help us to suffer sweetly for Jesus' sake. Amen.