A little something "artistic" about Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini since her memorial is celebrated on November 13.
"Mother Cabrini", born in Italy, is still remembered fondly today for first coming to the aid of struggling Italian immigrants beginning in 1889 and it wasn't too long before her mission expanded.
In her lifetime she made 23 trans-Atlantic crossings (soliciting for funds and support) and established 67 institutions: schools, hospitals and orphanages and was the first naturalized American citizen to be canonized on July 7, 1946.
The Portrayal of a Saint
While photographs of Mother Cabrini exist and the below statue looks to be a good enough likeness, an artist is not bound by the need to try to depict a saint as he or she physically looked while on earth (or in an elderly state if they lived to a ripe old age) but instead as a person unbound by the effects of the fall, enjoying the Beatific Vision in heaven.
"The last years of her life were spent in Chicago. Her health, always fragile, eventually failed as she contracted malaria. As she sat in her wicker chair at Columbus Hospital, the disease claimed her life as she prepared Christmas candy treats for the local immigrant children. Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini passed away on December 22, 1917, at the age of 67." link.
Below is one mid-20th century, hand-carved statue of St. Mother Cabrini that I have the opportunity to view as often as I attend Holy Mass at one particular church and above you see Mother Cabrini's photograph.
Can you see the resemblance? The sculpturer must have been familiar with this photograph. Don't you think so?
What is she telling us?
Standing before this image, you get a sense of the person and dignity of Mother Cabrini. Quotes attributed to this saint:
"Did a Magdalene, a Paul, a Constantine, an Augustine become mountains of ice after their conversion? Quite the contrary. We should never have had these prodigies of conversion and marvelous holiness if they had not changed the flames of human passion into volcanoes of immense love of God."
"The impressions of childhood are never obliterated."
"The world is poisoned with erroneous theories, and needs to be taught sane doctrines, but it is difficult to straighten what has become crooked."
"I will go anywhere and do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus to those who do not know Him or have forgotten Him."
"If you are in danger, if your hearts are confused, turn to Mary; she is our comfort, our help; turn towards her and you will be saved."
St Elizabeth Anne Seton
While St. Elizabeth Anne Seton traveled a different road to sainthood, her life is complimentary to that of St. Mother Cabrini's. Seton was the first citizen born in the United States to be given the title of “Saint.”
St Elizabeth Anne Seton founded a religious community, schools, orphanages and hospitals. As well, The Daughters and Sisters of Charity, "played a prominent role during the Civil War, caring for wounded on both sides and providing compassion in an otherwise violent and painful time." more
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