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November 13, 2020

St. Stanislaus Kostka, SJ, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Lk 17: 26-37

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed all of them —it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 

On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it. I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left.” 

Then they asked him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

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.

When Plan A doesn’t work out

I’m cheating with this reflection (Shh! Don’t tell the editor). I’m instructed to reflect on one of the Mass readings, but I’m instead focusing on St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, whose feast is today. How could I not? She lives in my backyard, sort of, her shrine (and bodily remains) a mere 40-minute walk from my apartment door. I take comfort from her story. She had a plan A for her life (to go to China), but the pope suggested (imposed?) a plan B (go to the USA). She went. She blossomed: She founded more than five dozen schools, hospitals, orphanages, or social service centers. Like her, most of us start out with a plan A in life and end up having to switch to plans B, C, or D. We never land that ideal job, for example; a loved one dies; relationships don’t work out; our health turns bad. When Plan A doesn’t work out, our choice is to stew resentfully, or to trust that God can help us make something good out of Plan B or C. Indeed, maybe Plan B is God’s first and best plan for my life? Who knows? So, do it like Mother Cabrini: make the most of the opportunities that unfold for you, whatever those may be.

—Chris Lowney, a Fordham University graduate and one-time Jesuit seminarian, currently vice chairs the board of one of America's largest hospital systems, CommonSpirit Health.

Prayer

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, woman of God, disciple of Christ, you offered the people you met the gifts of life and love by responding to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs in practical and creative ways.

Inspired by your confidence in God and your compassion, love and sense of justice, we ask you to accompany us as we work to respond to the urgent needs of our sisters and brothers fleeing their home countries in search of refuge and peace.

Teach us. Pray for us. Amen

—Modern Prayer to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Prayer

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, woman of God, disciple of Christ, you offered the people you met the gifts of life and love by responding to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs in practical and creative ways.

Inspired by your confidence in God and your compassion, love and sense of justice, we ask you to accompany us as we work to respond to the urgent needs of our sisters and brothers fleeing their home countries in search of refuge and peace.

Teach us. Pray for us. Amen

—Modern Prayer to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini


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November 13, 2020

St. Stanislaus Kostka, SJ, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Lk 17: 26-37

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed all of them —it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 

On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it. I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left.” 

Then they asked him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

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.

When Plan A doesn’t work out

I’m cheating with this reflection (Shh! Don’t tell the editor). I’m instructed to reflect on one of the Mass readings, but I’m instead focusing on St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, whose feast is today. How could I not? She lives in my backyard, sort of, her shrine (and bodily remains) a mere 40-minute walk from my apartment door. I take comfort from her story. She had a plan A for her life (to go to China), but the pope suggested (imposed?) a plan B (go to the USA). She went. She blossomed: She founded more than five dozen schools, hospitals, orphanages, or social service centers. Like her, most of us start out with a plan A in life and end up having to switch to plans B, C, or D. We never land that ideal job, for example; a loved one dies; relationships don’t work out; our health turns bad. When Plan A doesn’t work out, our choice is to stew resentfully, or to trust that God can help us make something good out of Plan B or C. Indeed, maybe Plan B is God’s first and best plan for my life? Who knows? So, do it like Mother Cabrini: make the most of the opportunities that unfold for you, whatever those may be.

—Chris Lowney, a Fordham University graduate and one-time Jesuit seminarian, currently vice chairs the board of one of America's largest hospital systems, CommonSpirit Health.

Prayer

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, woman of God, disciple of Christ, you offered the people you met the gifts of life and love by responding to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs in practical and creative ways.

Inspired by your confidence in God and your compassion, love and sense of justice, we ask you to accompany us as we work to respond to the urgent needs of our sisters and brothers fleeing their home countries in search of refuge and peace.

Teach us. Pray for us. Amen

—Modern Prayer to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Prayer

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, woman of God, disciple of Christ, you offered the people you met the gifts of life and love by responding to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs in practical and creative ways.

Inspired by your confidence in God and your compassion, love and sense of justice, we ask you to accompany us as we work to respond to the urgent needs of our sisters and brothers fleeing their home countries in search of refuge and peace.

Teach us. Pray for us. Amen

—Modern Prayer to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini


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