Francis Xavier Cabrini

God our Father,
you called Frances Xavier Cabrini from Italy
to serve the immigrants of America.

By her example teach us concern for the stranger,
the sick, and the frustrated.
By her prayers help us to see Christ
in all the men and women we meet.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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Reckoning

You have checked the nations, destroyed the wicked;
you have wiped out their name for ever and ever.
The nations have fallen in the pit which they made,
their feet caught in the snare they laid. Psalm 9

The natural and man-made disasters that have become a daily occurrence ought to be a time of reflection and conversion for those who are still kicking.

Happy Birthday Mary

FruitFather of mercy,
give your people help and strength from heaven.
The birth of the Virgin Mary’s Son
was the dawn of our salvation
May this celebration of her birthday
bring us closes to lasting peace.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Gift to the Blessed Mother: To be in the state of grace, to be good souls (soil), so that His words (seed of eternal life) can bring numerous fruits. While we have to accept pain along the way—hope exists, offering a piece of heaven for ourselves and those around us.