As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and grow still inside. Focus on your breathing, and let go of any distracting thoughts. Let your mind become present to God. Take three slow, deep breaths. Feel God’s loving gaze upon you.
When Mother Frances Cabrini first came to New York from Italy, she could not yet speak English. But that did not matter. People could tell that her heart was full of love. Frances and the other sisters who came with her helped many people. They built schools, hospitals, and orphanages. They often were without money or lodging, but somehow God provided.
Have you ever moved to a new city or a different state? Did you, or would you, feel lost and alone until you got settled and made new friends? Imagine what it is like for the thousands of immigrants each year who make their way to other countries, hoping to find a better future in a new land. It was to people such as these that Mother Frances Cabrini came.
How do I treat people who do not speak my language?
How do my words and deeds show the love in my heart?
St. Frances Cabrini, help me to show compassion to immigrants who come to our country today.