Come, follow me
Mother Cabrini took the name Xavier when she became a religious on October 15, 1874. Her dream since childhood was to become a missionary like the great Francis Xavier. On December 3, 1900, aboard a ship from Genoa to Buenos Aires, she wrote the following to the Missionary Sisters:
“Saint Francis Xavier — what a beautiful day! It seems to me that we could not celebrate it in a better way than in the midst of the waves of an ocean toward which that ardent soul, that indefatigable apostle, long sighed. In the short span of a few years he knew how to bring countless souls into the Catholic Church.
“I will not say anything to you about the life of out dear protector because you know it better than I. I want only to ask you, oh daughters, how did Xavier become that great saint, able to accomplish so much? It was only because he always remembered those words Jesus Christ used to invite those fortunate souls who were His apostles to follow Him.
“Those words you know: Sequere me [Mt 9:9; follow Me] and copy my example. He addressed these wonderful, very important words also to us, who have been fortunate to have heeded them, giving ourselves with fullness of heart to our God… Like Saint Francis Xavier, let us always imagine Christ before us, His sweet dignity, serene patience, tranquil, loving demeanor, the inalterable calmness of that divine model. Let us see how He works, walks, talks, and teaches. Let us consider the perfection with which He accomplishes every act, and strive to imitate Him as faithfully as possible.”
May we all strive to follow Christ as faithfully as St. Francis Xavier and St. Frances Cabrini.
From To the Ends of the Earth: The Missionary Travels of Frances Cabrini