Mother Frances X. Cabrini was, without a doubt one of the great navigators of her time, always sailing between one wave and another, in search of refugees in order to show them the way to a better land: the Kingdom of God.
As a child, Mother Cabrini was already dreaming of traveling to distant places, missionary lands beyond the seas to minister to the immigrants, the marginalized, the poor and the desperate.
Despite much hostility, Francesca strove to follow her difficult and noble ideal: to extend the Kingdom of God to be God’s co-worker in the wonderful work of the salvation of souls. This great dream led her, over the course of years, to undertake numerous journeys around the world, driven by the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for all those abandoned people and immigrants – who through circumstances known and unknown had wandered far from Him.
Mother Cabrini herself was amazed at how the Heart of Jesus worked through her since she considered herself “a poor instrument in His hands” and said, “the Heart of Jesus goes so fast and does so many things that I can barely keep up with Him.” This gives a glimpse of her intimate relationship with Jesus which led her, guided her, motivated her and gave success to her undertakings.
From the moment of the approval of the Institute of the Missionary Sisters on March 12, 1888, the missionary and apostolic activity of Mother Cabrini assumed a dizzying rhythm that never ceased. Jesus strengthened her to cross the ocean many times in order to announce to everyone, in words and deeds, how great is His love for every human being.
Her charity knew no limits. Whenever she saw a person in need, she stopped and approached the person with love and tenderness.
The work of Mother Cabrini is nearing 150 years of history. Her life and work are not static, but dynamic and constantly expanding through the spiritual, apostolic and missionary actions of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and their lay collaborators.
~ excerpts from Frances Cabrini, Remembering the Journey