Mother Cabrini

How a statue haunted me for more than 20 years

Barbara Cleary
Catholic Way Home

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St. Frances Xavier (Mother) Cabrini (Courtesy of anastpaul.wordpress.com)

It seems the Lord never gives up even when I shy away from, put off, or just plain avoid his nudges to do something worthwhile.

Take, for example, this piece on Mother Cabrini. At least 20 years ago (likely more) we hosted in our home a group of people from our church to meet and listen to the late John Vennari, then editor and publisher of Catholic Family News. Among the guests was an older woman who had never been to our house, and as there were many people there I had not the opportunity to engage her in long conversation.

About a week later I was surprised to receive a small package in the mail from her. It contained a thank you note for her lovely time spent at our house and kind words concerning how welcome I made her and the other guests feel in the time spent at our home.

It also contained a small statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini.

Try as I might I never really made the connection to our nation’s first American citizen saint and our gathering, but the small statue holds a special place among all the statues, pictures, and religious relics we display in our home. It also has been a source of irritation because I could never get away from the feeling that I was supposed to do something with it or do something in connection with…

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Barbara Cleary
Catholic Way Home

Catholic wife/mom/Nan to four grandchildren. Writing about my faith, and life in a chaotic multigenerational home while trying to see the humor in it all.