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The poor are your brothers and sisters in Christ. You must never be content to leave them just the crumbs from the feast. You must take of your substance and not just of your abundance, in order to help them. And you must treat them like guests at your family table. – Blessed John Paul II (Homily at Yankee Stadium, New York, 1979).
Commit yourselves without getting exhausted because of the difficulties that you will naturally meet. When they tell you “no,” just keep going as if they said “yes.” Continue to hit the nail on the head so that eventually it will just go through. Our trust must remain strong, and even increase, despite the difficulties because this is the way of the saints. ‘If you would have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could move mountains’ (Mt 21: 21-22). Continue to move forward, laugh over the difficulties and you will have even greater energy! – Mother Cabrini (Letter form NY June 30, 1899)
My dear daughters, be detached from all things and all persons and also from yourselves, from your desires and inclinations, and then you will enjoy true peace…the soul full of earthly ties and attachments is always narrow, small-minded, understands little, is often cowardly and depressed and is never able to throw herself into the immensity of Divine Service…I want you all to have wings so you can fly and rest in the peace of a soul who is all for God. – Mother Cabrini (Travels, Apr. 20, 1890, Le Harve-NY)
Be careful that no one is afflicted by extremes of joy or sadness because such moods are unworthy of religious. Moods belong to those of the world who have not tried to detach themselves from certain impediments: excessive guilt, the senses that are not under control, the need to be thought well of and restless, disturbing fantasies. – Mother Cabrini (Letter, March 10, 1891)
How many times you feel yourselves sad, troubled, depressed, agitated and you don’t know the cause. Enter into yourself and look at your feelings, your tendencies, your inner movements and you will discover that you have begun to separate yourself a little from Jesus, the Fountain of Life, loving yourself and creatures more than him. – Mother Cabrini (Feb, 1892 – Granada, Nicaragua)
Daughters, we all make mistakes, but now let us begin to go ahead on the journey with courage and energy to please our Jesus and console his Heart. – Mother Cabrini (Nov 7, 1893, Genoa)
Jesus, strengthen my weak and unstable will, so that it can energetically desire what youw ant and know how to reject what is not pleasing to you. – Mother Cabrini (Travels, Sept 17, 1894)
She is animated in her undertakings, firm and constant in doing good, doesn’t get pulled to left or right. Praise doesn’t puff her up, humiliations don’t pull her down, contradictions don’t make her collapse, storms don’t cause her to drown…She arrives at discernment, sound judgment, a vision of what is her duty and the task before her, without paying attention to human respect. – Mother Cabrini (May, 1910)
Mother (Cabrini) thinks it will be much easier to do good for the souls of our immigrants when their material needs have been provided for, so she will do everything possible to establish a school, orphanage, nursery, etc. – Annuls of the Sisters
Mother Cabrini’s Message to her Sisters Today: The humble religious is similar to a bouquet of spikenard, which although the smallest, most obscure and lowliest of flowers is also the most fragrant. – Mother Cabrini (Spiritual Diary)
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