November 13, 2012

Feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (USA) and St. Stanislaus Kostka, S.J.

Titus 2: 1-8, 11-14

But as for you, teach what is consistent with sound doctrine. Tell the older men to be temperate, serious, prudent, and sound in faith, in love, and in endurance. Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.

Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)

Through the Gate of Eternal Life

A few weeks ago, I visited Ellis Island. Only in the past 20 years has it been restored and converted into a museum where one can learn about the voyage to America, and even search for one’s forbears. The museum hosted an exhibit about the history of women religious in America. It is a reminder of how essential nuns and sisters have been to the growth and endurance of the Catholic faith in this country.

They have taught our children, healed our sick, and cared for our widows and orphans. They have built schools and hospitals and churches with scant resources against the opposition of both nature and culture. They have evangelized peoples who had never heard the Word as well as peoples grown forgetful in the hearing. They have taken us under their love and protection everywhere—from the cold and barren frontier lands of yore to the equally cold and barren streets of our cities today.

Mother Cabrini, born in Italy, was the first American citizen to be canonized. Love for her fellow Italians brought her to this country to minister to them. In the process, she and her sisters gave themselves to serving not only Italian immigrants, but any and all peoples throughout the Americas. The heart of the matter for these women was Jesus.

Wherever they went, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart remained, first and foremost, citizens of the City of God. Our ancestors came through the gates of Ellis Island with various hopes and dreams; Mother Cabrini’s one hope and dream was to usher them through the gates of eternal life. Let us pray that many women of our own age will follow her example.

—Sam Conedera, S.J.

Prayer for Generosity

Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.
Amen.

—St. Ignatius Loyola


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November 13, 2012

Feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (USA) and St. Stanislaus Kostka, S.J.

Titus 2: 1-8, 11-14

But as for you, teach what is consistent with sound doctrine. Tell the older men to be temperate, serious, prudent, and sound in faith, in love, and in endurance. Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.

Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)

Through the Gate of Eternal Life

A few weeks ago, I visited Ellis Island. Only in the past 20 years has it been restored and converted into a museum where one can learn about the voyage to America, and even search for one’s forbears. The museum hosted an exhibit about the history of women religious in America. It is a reminder of how essential nuns and sisters have been to the growth and endurance of the Catholic faith in this country.

They have taught our children, healed our sick, and cared for our widows and orphans. They have built schools and hospitals and churches with scant resources against the opposition of both nature and culture. They have evangelized peoples who had never heard the Word as well as peoples grown forgetful in the hearing. They have taken us under their love and protection everywhere—from the cold and barren frontier lands of yore to the equally cold and barren streets of our cities today.

Mother Cabrini, born in Italy, was the first American citizen to be canonized. Love for her fellow Italians brought her to this country to minister to them. In the process, she and her sisters gave themselves to serving not only Italian immigrants, but any and all peoples throughout the Americas. The heart of the matter for these women was Jesus.

Wherever they went, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart remained, first and foremost, citizens of the City of God. Our ancestors came through the gates of Ellis Island with various hopes and dreams; Mother Cabrini’s one hope and dream was to usher them through the gates of eternal life. Let us pray that many women of our own age will follow her example.

—Sam Conedera, S.J.

Prayer for Generosity

Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.
Amen.

—St. Ignatius Loyola


Please share the Good Word with your friends!