As Mother Cabrini’s feast day, celebrated on November 13th of each year, quickly approaches, it poses the question: How can we celebrate Mother Cabrini, and actualize her teachings in our everyday lives? As the patron saint of immigrants, Mother Cabrini inspires us to open our hearts to everyone, especially those who are on the margins of society. Taking these teaching and applying them to our own lives doesn’t always mean being on the front lines helping immigrants as they arrive to the United States, but it is finding other ways to help that are just as, if not more, significant.
Donating to charities who work closely with immigrants, including the Cabrini Mission Foundation, is a great way to ensure you are providing much-needed assistance to the individuals working directly with immigrants, but monetary contributions aren’t the only way to give back. You can make a difference by:
- Sharing a friendly face
- Engaging in meaningful conversation
- Inviting our new neighbors into our communities
These are all significant ways to help families who may be experiencing a hard time adjusting to their new home.
We, as laity of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, hope to continue in this spirit, and act on the principles Mother Cabrini instilled in our Sisters and our identities.