Super Saints – St Francis Xavier Cabrini

Super Saints – St Francis Xavier Cabrini


[music] PENNY: WE WANT TO DEDICATE THIS PROGRAM TO ANOTHER SAINT, A LIVING SAINT, OF ITALIAN DESCENT. AND AS BOB WAS WRITING ABOUT MOTHER CABRINI, ALL HE KEPT WANTING TO TYPE WAS MOTHER ANGELICA. SO WE DEDICATE THIS PROGRAM TO YOU, MOTHER ANGELICA. GOD BLESS YOU AND BLESS YOU FOR ALL YOU ARE DOING FOR ALL GOD’S CHILDREN ALL OVER THE WORLD. SHE STARTED REALLY HER MISSIONARY WORK IN THE UNITED STATES AS YOU DID AND SHE WENT TO THE 4 CORNERS OF THE WORLD, WHEREVER GOD’S CHILDREN OF THE ITALIAN DISSENT WERE NEEDED. YOU ARE GOING OVER ALL OVER THE WORLD, WHEREVER ALL GOD’S CHILDREN NEED TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD. SO, THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU. BOB: FAMILY, WE WANT TO TAKE YOU BACK TO THE TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY TO ITALY AND THE UNITED STATES. IN ITALY TIMES WERE HARD AND THE LAND CRUEL AND UNYIELDING. SO, WHEN THE PEOPLE OF ITALY HEARD ABOUT THE PROMISE LAND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE OCEAN, THEY PACKED WITH LITTLE THEY HAD, LEFT THEIR BELOVED MOUNTAINS AND ROOTS TO BEGIN THEIR DREAM OF A BETTER LIFE IN THE NEW WORLD. NOT EVEN THE HOT SWELTERING HOLDS OF THE POOR STEAMERS COULD DAMPEN THEIR HOPES AND EXPECTATION. AS THEY SPOTTED THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, ALL THEIR SACRIFICES – LITTLE OR NO SANITATION, WEEKS OF BEING SEASICK FROM THE PITCHING AND HEAVING CAUSED BY THE TURBULENT WAVES, ROCKING THE SHIP, LITTLE FOOD AND LESS WATER, NO AIR, NO LIGHT, ENDLESS DAYS AND NIGHTS – ALL FADED BEFORE THEM. BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL STATUE OF LIBERTY WAS THE MAGNIFICENT SKYLINE OF THEIR NEW HOME, NEW YORK CITY. NOT EVEN BEING HERDED LIKE SO MUCH CATTLE TO ELLIS ISLAND DISCOURAGED THEM. THEY HAD HOPE. PENNY: AS AN AMERICAN WHOSE FAMILY CAME OVER ON THE BOAT, THIS IS A VERY EMOTIONAL TIME FOR ME. WHEN I LOOK AT – BOB: THEN I’LL DO ALL THE TALKING. PENNY: I LOOK AT THOSE WHO CAME OVER WITH SO MUCH HOPE AND THEY DIDN’T KNOW THE LANGUAGE, THEY WERE IN THE HOLES OF SHIP FOR DAYS UNDER THE WORST CONDITIONS, HOW FRIGHTENED THEY MAY HAVE BEEN AND HOW BRAVE THEY WERE. AND I AM GLAD TO SAY THAT I COME FROM THAT HERITAGE. BOB: BUT THEY SOON WERE DISCOVERED THAT THIS LAND OF FREE WAS NOT FREE FOR EVERYONE. EVERYONE WAS EQUAL BUT SOME WERE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS. THEY DID NOT KNOW THE LANGUAGE; THEREFORE, THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND AMERICANS AND AMERICANS DID NOT UNDERSTAND THEM. THIS WAS MISTAKEN FOR IGNORANCE AND THEY WERE TREATED AS SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS. THE DREAM BECAME A NIGHTMARE, WITH THE UNSCRUPULOUS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE INNOCENT UNABLE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES. ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS WORK IN SWEATSHOPS MAKING SLAVE WAGES AND LIVED UNDER SUBHUMAN CONDITIONS. IN TIMES OF CRISIS GOD RACES UP SUPER SAINTS. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE OCEAN GOD WAS RAISING UP A POWERFUL WOMAN IN THE CHURCH WHOM HE WOULD USE TO AID HER COUNTRYMEN STRUGGLING TO BELONG IN THIS NEW LAND OF HOPE. FAMILY, WE BEGAN OUR STORY OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CABRINI IN SANT’ ANGELO LODIGIANO IN ITALY IN THE LOMBARDIA OF ITALY. SHE WAS BORN HERE ON JULY 15, 1850 AND ON THE DAY SHE WAS BORN HER FATHER WAS IN THE COURTYARD TRYING TO SHEW AWAY ALL THESE DOVES, WHITE DOVES THAT FLOCKED ALL OVER THEIR BACKYARD. AND HE COULDN’T GET THEM TO LEAVE. HE COULDN’T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY WERE HERE. BUT LATER ON HE REALIZED THAT THE LORD HAD SENT THEM BECAUSE HE HAD A VERY SPECIAL DAUGHTER THAT WAS BORN ON THAT DAY. PENNY: NOW, THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN DOVES HERE; PIGEONS YES BUT DOVES NO. SO, RIGHT FOR THE VERY BEGINNING SHE WAS TO BRING PEACE TO PEOPLE WHO WERE JUST DEVASTATED, ALL HOPE TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM, A HELPLESS PEOPLE IN A LAND THAT HAD PROMISED THEM HOPE. SO, IT WAS VERY SYMBOLIC OF THE WORK THAT OUR MOTHER CABRINI WOULD DO. BOB: NOW FRANCES, OR SHE WAS CALLED CECCHINO. ITS->>PENNY: CECCHINA>>BOB: CECCHINA MEANS LITTLE CHATTERBOX. SHE WAS CALLED CECCHINA. SHE LIVED HERE MOST OF HER LIFE. HER SISTER ROSA TAUGHT HER EVERYTHING – YOU KNOW, ROSA WAS A SCHOOLTEACHER. SO BECAUSE OF THAT FRANCESCA WANTED TO BECOME A SCHOOLTEACHER AS WELL AND THIS HOW SHE BEGAN WHAT WAS TO BECOME A GREAT CAREER HELPING PEOPLE. PENNY: IT GAVE HER, HER FOUNDATION. SHE LEARNED TO LOVE CHILDREN VERY MUCH. SO SHE HAD A MOTHER’S HEART. HER SISTER ROSA GAVE HER THIS MOTHER’S HEART BECAUSE SHE WAS SUCH A STRONG INFLUENCE ON HER LIFE. BOB: NOW, SHE WANTED TO BE A NUN. AFTER SHE HAD RECEIVED FIRST HOLY COMMUNION, I THINK WHAT THE YEAR AFTER? PENNY: NO, AT 9 YEARS OLD, SHE WAS GIVEN SPECIAL DISPENSATION TO RECEIVE FIRST HOLY COMMUNION. BECAUSE YOU KNOW IN THOSE DAYS YOU HAD TO BE 12. BUT SHE WAS SO BRILLIANT, ROSA HAD PREPARED HER SO WELL SPIRITUALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY TO RECEIVE OUR LORD JESUS THAT SHE HAD SPECIAL DISPENSATION. SO, AT 9 SHE RECEIVED OUR LORD FOR THE FIRST TIME. BOB: TWO YEARS AFTER, AT AGE 11 SHE ASKED HER PARISH PRIEST IF SHE COULD TAKE A PERPETUAL VOW OF VIRGINITY, AND HE BEING A WISE MAN, ALLOWED HER TO TAKE A ONE YEAR VOW AND AT THE END OF THAT YEAR HE WOULD BE ALLOW HER TO RENEW IT FOR ANOTHER YEAR. BUT AT THE END OF THAT FIRST YEAR WHEN FRANCESCA RENEWED HER VOW, SHE RENEWED IT PERPETUALLY FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE. PENNY: FRANCESCA HAD A HUNGER TO GO TO CHINA AS A MISSIONARY, BUT HER PARENTS SENT HER TO A CONVENT SCHOOL WHERE SHE REMAINED TILL AT 18 SHE EARNED HER TEACHING CREDENTIALS AND BEGAN TEACHING. THE CHILDREN LOVED HER. WHEN SMALLPOX HIT THE VILLAGE, FRANCESCA AND HER SISTER WORKED DAY AND NIGHT HELPING THE VICTIMS OF EPIDEMIC. SHE CONTRACTED SMALLPOX, BUT WAS SPARED THE SCARS. WHEN SHE WAS RECOVERED, SHE WOULD WAS SENT TO ANOTHER SMALL VILLAGE TO TAKE THE PLACE OF A TEACHER WHO HAVE FALLEN ILL. IT WAS THERE SHE MET FATHER ANTONIO SERRATI, WHO BECAME A LIFELONG FRIEND AND ADVISOR. FATHER SERRATI WAS TRANSFERRED TO A SMALL VILLAGE OF CODOGNO, WHERE AN ORPHANAGE WAS BEING POORLY HANDLED. HE ASKED FRANCESCA BECOME A WORK IN THE ORPHANAGE. BOB: FRANCESCA WALKED INTO A SITUATION FILLED WITH INTRIGUES AND INFIGHTING. THE WOMAN WHO FINANCED THE ORPHANAGE MADE HERSELF THE HEAD OF IT AND WAS CAUSING PROBLEMS, THE REASON WHY FRANCESCA WAS ASKED TO COME IN THE FIRST PLACE. ON THE FEAST OF THE TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS, SEPT. 14,1877, SHE TOOK HER VOWS AS A RELIGIOUS AND WAS OFFICIALLY PUT IN CHARGE OF THE ORPHANAGE. THE WOMAN FORMERLY IN CHARGE CAME UNGLUED. FRANCESCA’S PROBLEMS MULTIPLIED. THE BISHOP FINELY CLOSED THE ORPHANAGE. THROUGH THE TRIALS SHE ENDURED IN THE ORPHANAGE, SHE GAINED THE STRENGTH SHE WOULD NEED TO WALK THROUGH OTHER TRIALS IN HER LIFE. AFTER THE BISHOP CLOSED THE ORPHANAGE, HE SAT FRANCESCA DOWN. AND SAID TO MOTHER, “YOU KNOW WE DON’T HAVE A COMMUNITY SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, “SO WHY DON’T YOU START YOUR OWN COMMUNITY?” PENNY: AND SO, SHE STARTED IN RIGHT HERE IN CODOGNO, THE FIRST MISSION. THERE WERE 6 OTHER SISTERS, THERE WERE 7 SISTERS ALTOGETHER, AND THEY STARTED THE MISSION OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS. BOB: NOW, HE SAID TO THEM, “GO AND LOOK FOR A HOUSE OR I HAVE THE HOUSE THAT MIGHT BE SUITABLE FOR YOU.” AND HE TOLD HER WHERE WAS. AND IT WAS TOO OPULENT FOR MOTHER. AND SHE SAID, “NO, WE HAVE AN IDEA WHERE WE WOULD LIKE TO GO.” AND SHE CAME TO THIS PLACE, THIS ABANDONED, FRANCISCAN CONVENT WHICH WAS IN TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE SHAPE. TERRIBLE SHAPES->>PENNY: IN NEED OF MUCH LOVE.>>BOB: TOOK A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF LOVE AND THE WORK ON THE PART OF THOSE 7 SISTERS TO PUT THIS IN ANY KIND OF SHAPE. BUT SHE WAS THE KIND OF PERSON WHO COULD DO IT, AND SHE DID IT. AND THIS BECAME THE MOTHER HOUSE OF THE COMMUNITY. AND FROM HERE EVERYTHING STEMMED UNTIL THE FINALLY WENT TO ROME. PENNY: YOU KNOW, EVEN THOUGH SHE FOUNDED A HOUSE EVERY YEAR (“OGNI ANNO NUOVA CASA?” ) THIS WAS ALWAYS HOME TO HER.>>BOB: THIS WAS HEADQUARTERS>>PENNY: SO, WHENEVER SHE WENT ANYWHERE, SHE WENT TO THE UNITED STATES, SHE CAME BACK, SHE STAYED HERE. THIS WAS HER HOME. BOB: SHE’D STOP OFF IN ROME BECAUSE THAT WAS WHERE THE ACTION WAS. BUT THEN SHE WOULD COME HERE BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE SHE LIVED. THIS IS WHERE SHE COULD BE COMFORTABLE WITH HER SISTERS. AND FINALLY, AFTER HAVING WORKED FOR A FEW YEARS AND THE BISHOP WOULD ASK HER TO START ORPHANAGE HERE, START A SCHOOL THERE AND SHE WOULD START IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA OF LOMBARDY, WHICH IS WHERE THIS IS. FINALLY, SHE FELT IT WAS TIME TO GO TO ROME AND GET OFFICIAL RECOGNITION FROM THE VATICAN, START A HOUSE IN ROME. THAT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO HER. AND SO, SHE WENT TO ROME AND A CARDINAL GREETED HER AND ANOTHER SISTER AND SAID, “WELL, WHERE’S YOUR MONEY?” AND SHE SAID, “WE HAVE NO MONEY.” “OKAY. YOU DON’T STAND A CHANCE. YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO GET ANYTHING HAPPENING HERE IN ROME UNLESS YOU’RE GOING TO FINANCE IT. BUT STAY HERE FOR A FEW WEEKS. I’M GOING ON A TRIP AND WHEN I COME BACK, WE’LL TALK AGAIN.” AND SO, THEY PRAYED FOR 2 WEEKS AND THE CARDINAL CAME BACK. AND APPARENTLY HE GOT THE EAR OF THE POPE AND HE SAID, NOT ONLY ARE YOU GOING TO OPEN ONE ORPHANAGE HERE IN ROME, YOU’RE GOING TO OPEN 2. SO, THEY OPENED – AND WHEN THEY WOULD OPEN AN ORPHANAGE, THEY WOULD OPEN THE HOUSE. SO THEY OPENED 2 HOUSES AND 2 ORPHANAGES IN ROME AND FROM THAT THE MOTHER HOUSE STARTED IN ROME, WHERE IT IS TILL TODAY.>>PENNY: WE ARE WITH THE SISTER CLEMENZA?>>BOB: SR. CLEMENZA PENNY: CLEMENZA, CLEMENT, I GUESS WE DID SAY IN ENGLISH. AND WE ASKED HER HOW MANY SISTERS THERE ARE. AND SHE REPLIED THE SISTERS ARE OLDER, MORE MATURE AND WE SAID “BETTER.” BUT THERE IS A NEED. THIS IS SUCH A WONDERFUL MISSION FOR YOUNG WOMEN. THE NEED IS STILL THERE. I BELIEVE THE NEED IS THERE EVEN MORE THAN WHEN SHE FIRST SET OUT TO HELP THE POOR IMMIGRANTS WHO HAD GONE TO THE UNITED STATES FROM ITALY. WE’VE BEEN TRAVELING A GREAT DEAL IN THIS COUNTRY AND ALL OVER THE WORLD, AND THERE IS SUCH A NEED FOR MISSIONARIES. BOB: FOR VOCATIONS, WE NEED VOCATIONS DESPERATELY. WE NEED GOOD VOCATIONS DESPERATELY. BUT IN ORDER TO GET VOCATIONS, WE BELIEVE WE NEED ROLE MODELS. AND THIS IS WHY WE ARE BRINGING YOU ROLE MODELS SUCH AS MOTHER CABRINI. YOU KNOW, SHE WAS ONE OF THOSE POWERFUL WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES IN NEW YORK AT THE TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY. AND WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE THAT, BUT WE’VE GOT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MOTHER CABRINI SO THAT WE CAN SHOW OUR YOUNG PEOPLE THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO FASHION YOUR LIFE AFTER, THIS LADY, NOT THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT YOU’RE DOING. PENNY: AND YOU KNOW, IF YOU’VE BEEN REFUSED AT ONE CONVENT OR ONE COMMUNITY, BE LIKE MOTHER CABRINI KEEP TRYING.>>BOB: AS ST. FRANCIS SAID…>>PENNY: AND IF YOU CAN’T GO IN THE FRONT DOOR, YOU GO IN THE BACK WINDOW. IF YOU HAVE A CALLING THEN PERSEVERE.>>BOB: PURSUE YOUR CALLING, THE LORD WILL MAKE IT -. HE MAY WANT YOU TO SUFFER IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR. HE MAY WANT THAT FOR YOU SO THAT YOU NEVER EVER TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. WE DON’T WANT ANYBODY TO TAKE ANYTHING THAT THE LORD HAS GIVEN US, ESPECIALLY IN OUR CHURCH, FOR GRANTED. PENNY: MOTHER CABRINI WAS A STRONG A WOMAN AND THE WOMAN WE’VE MET HERE TODAY ARE STRONG WOMEN. WE NEED YOU, STRONG WOMEN, TO HELP BRING OUR CHURCH GLORIOUSLY, TRIUMPHANTLY INTO THE THIRD MILLENNIUM. BOB: ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, IN THE UNITED STATES, ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS WERE BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY UNSCRUPULOUS EMPLOYERS AND LANDLORDS WHO SAW THEM NOT AS PEOPLE, BUT AS THOSE WHO COULD BE MISTREATED AND MISUSED BECAUSE THEY WERE TRYING TO MAKE A PLACE FOR THEMSELVES IN COMPETITION WITH THE VAST SEA OF OTHER IMMIGRANTS TRYING TO DO THE SAME. GOD RAISED UP A HERO FOR THESE IMMIGRANTS. BISHOP SCALABRINI, OF THE DIOCESE OF PIACENZA, ITALY. HE COMMITTED HIMSELF TO HELPING THE PLIGHT OF THOSE WHO HAD GONE OVERSEAS AND HOPED OF THE BETTER LIFE ONLY TO FIND THAT THEIR LIFE HAD BECOME OF LIVING HELL. HE FOUNDED IN ORDER OF MISSIONARIES, BUT THE NEED FAR EXCEEDED THE HELP. MOTHER CABRINI AND HER SISTERS WERE JUST WHAT WAS NEEDED TO HELP EASE THE EXPLOSIVE SITUATION MUSHROOMING ACROSS THE OCEAN. PENNY: THE BISHOP ASKED MOTHER CABRINI TO OPEN UP A CONVENT IN NEW YORK. BUT AS MUCH AS SHE SYMPATHIZES WITH HER COUNTRYMAN’S FLIGHT, HER EYES WERE ON THE FAR EAST. SHE REJECTED HIS PROPOSAL, GENTLY BUT FIRMLY, AND NEVER GAVE HIS PROPOSITION ANOTHER THOUGHT. HOWEVER, WHILE SHE FORGOT ABOUT IT, BISHOP SCALABRINI DID NOT. THE PROBLEM WAS ESCALATING AND SO WAS HIS URGENCY TO TURN IT AROUND. THE SAME TIME ARCHBISHOP CORRIGAN OF NEW YORK WAS FEELING PRESSURE FROM THE VATICAN TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF THE ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS. BOB: AN ITALIAN COUNTESS OFFERED ARCHBISHOP CORRIGAN A HOME AND FINANCING FOR AN ORPHANAGE FOR HOMELESS ITALIAN GIRLS. AT THE REQUESTS OF BISHOP SCALABRINI, HE INVITED MOTHER CABRINI AND HER COMMUNITY TO COME TO NEW YORK AND OPEN THE ORPHANAGE. RELUCTANT TO SAY YES, SHE TURNED TO THE HOLY FATHER. NOW THE POPE, AWARE OF THE PROBLEMS IN NEW YORK, HAD BEEN PRAYING SOMEONE WOULD STEP FORWARD TO ALLEVIATE THE SUFFERING OF HIS FLOCK IN THE NEW WORLD. PENNY: HIS HOLINESS LISTENED RESPECTIVELY TO MOTHER CABRINI AS SHE SHARED HOW SHE REALLY WANTED TO GO TO THE MISSIONS IN CHINA. OUR GREAT LEO XIII SMILED AS HE SAID, “YOU MUST NOT GO TO THE EAST, BUT TO THE WEST. “YOUR MISSION WILL BE IN AMERICA TO HELP THE ITALIANS AND TO MAKE YOUR COUNTRY LOVED.” TRUE TO HER VOW OF OBEDIENCE, SHE ACCEPTED THE HOLY FATHER’S MANDATE AS THE FINAL WORD AND NEVER MENTIONED THE ORIENT AGAIN. SHE LEFT FOR CODOGNO WHERE SHE PREPARED THE SISTERS TO CARRY ON WITHOUT HER FOR A WHILE. THEN SHE SET OUT ON WITH LETTERS OF IMPORTANT PERSONAGES IN THE VATICAN, ESPECIALLY THE ONE FROM HIS HOLINESS. BOB: COMING OVER IN THE HOLD OF THE SHIP, AND IT WAS A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO CAME OVER FROM ITALY TO THE UNITED STATES, BUT IT DID HAVE IN MOTHER CABRINI’S CASE, THERE WAS SOME HUMOR TO IT. IT WAS DARK HUMOR, MAYBE IRISH HUMOR. WHEN THEY CAME OVER, SHE HAD BEEN DEATHLY AFRAID OF GOING INTO THE WATER BECAUSE SHE HAD AN EXPERIENCE AS A CHILD WHERE SHE FELL INTO THE WATER AND FROM THAT TIME ON WAS VERY AFRAID OF THE WATER. WOMAN: SHE WOULD PICK THE WILD VIOLETS, MAKE PAPER BOATS AND SHE WOULD LEAN OVER THEM PUT THEM IN THE WATER. AND SHE THOUGHT AS AN INFANT, AS A CHILD, A TODDLER AND A LITTLE OLDER, THESE BOATS, THE VIOLETS WERE HER MISSIONARIES AND A LITTLE PAPER BOATS WERE GOING TO CHINA. WELL, IT WAS ONE DAY THAT SHE WAS LEANING OVER A LITTLE TOO FAR THAT SHE WAS CAST INTO – IT’S VERY RAPID MOVING STREAM. I’VE SEEN IT AND IT JUST GUSHES PAST AND SHE WAS ALMOST DROWNED AT THAT TIME. SO, SHE DEVELOPED MORE THAN JUST A FEAR OF WATER. SHE WAS TERRIFIED OF WATER AND YET CROSSED THE OCEAN 23 TIMES. ALMOST ANY CABRINIAN INSTITUTION THAT YOU WILL VISIT, YOU WILL SOMEWHERE SEE A MOTIF VIOLETS – WHETHER IT’S A VASE OF VIOLETS OR SOMETHING WITH A LITTLE VIOLET PAINTED ON. SO THE VIOLETS BECAME A SYMBOL ALSO OF HUMILITY, BECAUSE VIOLETS ARE TINY LITTLE FLOWERS THAT GROW JUST FREELY. AND I REMEMBER WHEN WE MADE OUR PROFESSION, WE HAVE A LITTLE CROWN I THINK OF ROSES, LILIES AND VIOLETS. AND SO VIOLET WAS JUST PICKED UP AS SOMETHING THAT SYMBOLIZED THE HUMILITY OF MOTHER CABRINI. AND SHE THOUGHT OF HER COMMUNITY – YOU ALLUDED TO A GARDEN BEFORE – AS JUST A LITTLE YOUNG PLANT IN THE GARDEN OF THE CHURCH, IN THE GARDEN OF THE LORD. AND SO, THE VIOLETS HAVE JUST STAYED WITH US THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. PENNY: I HAVE TO TELL YOU ALSO SOMETHING. YOU WERE SAYING THAT WHEN SHE ARRIVED, A SCALABRINI PRIEST BROUGHT THEM SOMEWHERE TO EAT. THEY ATE AND THEN SHE ASKED WHERE HER CONVENT WAS AND FOUND OUT THERE WAS NO CONVENT. AND SO, SHE AND HER SISTERS WITH THE SCALABRINI PRIEST WENT FROM BOARDING HOUSE TO BOARDING HOUSE TRYING TO FIND A PLACE THAT WOULD BE QUASI-SUITABLE AND THEY COULD AFFORD. AND THE ONE THAT THEY LANDED IN SEEMED ALL RIGHT, UNTIL THE OTHER MEMBERS WHO WERE GOING TO OCCUPY, WHO ALREADY OCCUPIED THEIR BEDROOMS, STAYED HIDDEN UNTIL THE LIGHTS WENT OUT. BOB: LITTLE BROTHER ANTS AND BROTHER MOUSE. PENNY: AND THEN THEY SCURRIED OUT. AND SO, HERE YOU JUST ENVISION THESE SISTERS ARE SLEEPING ON CHAIRS, THEIR FEET UP AND MOTHER CABRINI THE MOMMY JUST WATCHING TO MAKE SURE THEY DIDN’T HURT THE SISTERS. BOB: WHEN SHE ARRIVED, THE BISHOP, ARCHBISHOP OF NEW YORK HAD SENT HER A LETTER NOT TO COME, THAT EVERYTHING HAD FALLEN THROUGH. AND SHE HADN’T RECEIVED IT. AND SHE GOT TO HIS OFFICE AND HE SAID, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? I SENT TO A LETTER NOT TO COME? “OH WELL, YOU CAN CATCH THE SAME BOAT THAT YOU CAME IN ON TO TAKE YOU BACK.” AND THE NUNS THAT WERE WITH MOTHER ALMOST DIED, FOR THE THOUGHT OF HAVING TO GO BACK ON THAT BOAT AGAIN. PENNY: BUT SHE WAS STRONG AND SHE SAID, “THE POPE SENT ME HERE AND I WILL NOT LEAVE.” BOB: “I HAVE A MISSION AND I WILL CARRY THE MISSION THAT I BEEN GIVEN.” NOW, SHE ALSO HAD ALL HER I’S DOTTED>>PENNY: ALL HER I’S DOTTED>>BOB: HER T’S CROSSED, I’S DOTTED AND T’S CROSSED BECAUSE SHE HAD LETTERS FROM THE POPE, FROM CARDINALS, FROM BISHOPS FROM ROME AND THE ARCHBISHOP OF NEW YORK TO DO NOTHING BUT BACK DOWN AND HELP HER GET STARTED IN NEW YORK CITY. WOMAN: MOTHER CABRINI WAS ONLY IN NEW YORK CITY 2 DAYS AND SHE WENT TO THE PARISH OF ST. JOACHIM WHERE THE SCALABRINI FATHERS HAD JUST ARRIVED THE YEAR BEFORE. AND IT WAS THE GIRLS FROM THE CANDY FACTORY THAT CAME AND HELPED HER TAKE CARE OF THESE HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN WHO HADN’T HAD MUCH DISCIPLINE AT ALL, MANY OF THEM WERE NOT IN SCHOOL AND THEY HELP THEM SETTLE THEM DOWN SO SHE COULD TEACH RELIGION TO THEM. AND I REMEMBER ONE OF THE SISTERS WHO WAS A YOUNG WOMAN AT THE TIME, WROTE ABOUT THE FIRST NOVENAS THAT THEY HAD A PENTECOST. AND UP IN THE BALCONY, THIS LITTLE FIGURE A MOTHER CABRINI WHO HAD A SILVER VOICE, AND SHE JUST STARTED SINGING, “VENI, SANCTE SPIRITUS, COME, HOLY SPIRIT.” AND ALL EYES JUST TURNED UP. AND THE CHILDREN – THERE WAS SOMETHING – SHE WAS SO FILLED WITH THE LOVE OF GOD HERSELF THAT SHE WAS JUST ABLE TO MAKE TANGIBLE THAT LOVE TO OTHERS. AS THE CHILDREN AND THE OLDER PEOPLE SOME OF THEM WHOM HAD NOT BEEN TO CHURCH IN 20,30, 40 YEARS, DEPENDING HOW LONG THEY’VE BEEN IN THE UNITED STATES, WERE JUST DRAWN TO THIS WOMAN WHO HELPED TO LEAD THEM TO GOD. PENNY: SO SHE LED THE CHILDREN AND THE CHILDREN LED THE PARENTS? WOMAN: EXACTLY THAT’S WHY THE SCHOOLS WERE OPENED. PENNY: WASN’T THERE ARE ALSO A SITUATION WHERE YOUNG GIRLS WERE ON THE STREETS WHERE MANY OF THEIR PARENTS, COULDN’T CARE FOR THEM, COULDN’T TAKE CARE OF THEM AND SOME VERY UNSCRUPULOUS PEOPLE STARTED TO USE THESE YOUNG GIRLS. AND SHE GATHERED THEM UP AND BROUGHT THEM INTO THIS HOME AND TOOK CARE OF THEM – FED THEM, FED THEIR SOULS, THEIR BODIES AND SHE TAUGHT. NOW SHE’S ALSO TAUGHT THE ITALIAN. SHE WAS VERY MUCH LIKE JUNIPERO SERRA, WHO DID NOT JUST NOT HAND PEOPLE A FISH. HE TAUGHT THEM HOW TO FISH, AS ST. PAUL TELLS US. SHE WAS THAT WAY, TOO. WOMAN: YES VERY MUST SO. FOR AN EXAMPLE, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU SAY THESE YOUNG GIRLS, THERE WERE STATE INSTITUTIONS, BUT THE PRACTICE AT THE TIME WAS AT 14 YEARS OF AGE THE GIRL WOULD BE LEFT ON HER OWN. SO MOTHER CABRINI WENT COUNTER TO THIS, EVEN THOUGH SHE DIDN’T GET ANY MONEY FOR IT EXCEPT FOR PENNIES, NICKELS AND DIMES COLLECTING, AND SHE WOULD NOT – SHE WE KEEP THE GIRLS UNTIL THEY WERE 18 YEARS OF AGE. THEY HAD SOME FOUNDATION IN EDUCATION AND ALSO COULD DO EMBROIDERY, COULD REPAIR SOME OF THE LACE LINGERIE OF THE WELL TO DO ITALIANS. SO THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO EARN A LIVELIHOOD ONCE THEY LEFT HER HOME. PENNY: WHEN SHE ASKED POPE LEO XIII, HE SAID AS SISTER SAID, “YOUR CHINA, IN AMERICA YOUR TO GO TO THERE AND MAKE YOUR – YOU GO THERE, HELP YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND MAKE YOUR COUNTRY LOVED, KNOWN AND LOVED.” AND THAT SHE DID. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE LIKE MY FATHER AND OTHERS OF OUR ANCESTORS THAT CAME HERE, WERE SHOWN BY THIS LADY, THIS STRONG LADY THAT THEY COULD BE SOMETHING, SOMETHING IMPORTANT AND VIABLE FOR THIS COUNTRY. AND SO, THEY SUFFERED, THEY TOOK ANY JOB THEY COULD. I REMEMBER SEEING MY GRANDMOTHER PULLING THE THREADS AT HOME BECAUSE SHE WAS CRIPPLED AND ALSO BECAUSE SHE HAD TO TAKE CARE OF ME. I SAW THE POVERTY OF THE PEOPLE. BUT EVERYONE OF THEM WORKED. AND MY MOTHER, MY MOTHER FROM THE TIME SHE WAS A VERY YOUNG GIRL WORKED IN A FACTORY. IT WAS, WHAT DID THEY CALL IT? IT WAS A SWEATSHOP. THEY WORKED IN THE SWEATSHOPS. BOB: I’M NOT SURE WHERE WE SAW THIS, I’M NOT SURE IF IT WAS AT THE CABRINI CENTER, OR… I’M NOT EXACTLY SURE, BUT THE STATEMENT WAS “WE WERE GIVEN TO BELIEVE THAT NEW YORK WAS ‘THE STREETS WERE LINED WITH GOLD.’ WHEN WE GOT TO NEW YORK, WE FOUND OUT THE STREETS WERE NOT ONLY LINED WITH GOLD, BUT THERE WERE NO STREETS AND THEY WANTED US TO BUILD THE STREETS.” AND THERE MAY HAVE BEEN A LITTLE RESENTMENT TO THAT, BUT THIS IS WHAT IT WAS FOR ALL IMMIGRANTS, ALL PEOPLE WHO CAME OVER. WE ALL BECAME A PART OF BUILDING THIS COUNTRY. AND SO, WHEN MOTHER CABRINI CAME OVER, SHE GAVE THESE DEAR PEOPLE A MEANS A PART OF BUILDING THIS COUNTRY. SHE ALSO WAS CONSIDERED THE REAL ESTATE LADY IN NEW YORK. AFTER SHE GOT HERE, AND SHE STARTED BUILDING ORPHANAGES, ANYTIME ANYBODY HAD SOMETHING THEY THOUGHT SHE COULD USE, THEY WOULD CONTACT HER AND THAT’S HOW SHE GOT WEST PARK ON THE HUDSON RIVER. THE JESUITS CONTACTED HER AND SAID WE HAVE THIS PIECE OF PROPERTY, WHICH WOULD PROBABLY BUT THE GREAT FOR YOU. FAMILY. WE’RE HERE AT WEST PARK IN UPSTATE NEW YORK ON THE HUDSON. THIS WAS THE ORIGINAL CONVENT IN THE UNITED STATES OF MOTHER CABRINI. AND WE ARE HERE WITH SISTER REGINA PATTERSON AND SISTER LENA AND WE ARE STANDING IN FRONT OF A WAGON, A CARRIAGE THAT WAS HERE DURING THE LIFE OF MOTHER CABRINI. PENNY: NOW, JUST PICTURE HER GOING ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES WITH SOMETHING LIKE THIS. IS THAT WHICH HE USED, MOTHER OR SISTER?>>SISTER: SHE WENT BY TRAIN A LOT.>>PENNY: BY TRAIN SISTER: BUT THIS WAS THE PRINCIPAL ONLY TRANSPORTATION. SISTER 2: AND ALL OVER NEW YORK, FROM NEW YORK CITY TO HERE. PENNY: IT’S THAT RIGHT? WELL, LET’S SEE, HOW MANY MILES IS IT?>>SISTER 2: AND THEN BESIDES THAT ->>PENNY: NEW YORK TO HERE>>SISTER: FROM NEW YORK CITY RIGHT? YOU’RE ALSO TALKING ABOUT YOU KNOW TRYING TO GET ACROSS THE RIVER.>>BOB: JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA.>>SISTER: ABOUT 85 MILES.>>PENNY: 85 MILES YEAH. BOB: THE FIRST TRIP THAT THEY TOOK TO NICARAGUA TOOK 10 DAYS I THINK TOOK TO GET THERE. TODAY IT WOULD TAKE FROM MIAMI IT WOULD TAKE ABOUT 3 1/2 HOURS. SO, HER TRAVELING, AND SHE TRAVELED ALL OVER THE WORLD, AND YOU’VE GOT TO REMEMBER THE TRAVELING SHE DID WAS WHAT WE WOULD CONSIDERED EXTREMELY PRIMITIVE, AND YET SHE WENT ALL THESE PLACES! PRAISE GOD SISTER: AND AT ONE POINT SHE WENT OVER TO THE ANDES ON MULE BACK. I JUST SAID AT ONE POINT SHE WENT OVER THE ANDES ON MULE BACK, BECAUSE ALTHOUGH SHE WAS PETRIFIED OF WATER, SHE WOULD CROSS THE WATER BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT THE LORD WAS CALLING HER TO THE OTHER SIDE. BUT WHEN ONE OF THE OTHER SISTERS WAS REALLY AFRAID OF THE WATER, SHE WOULD AGREE TO GO OVER THE ANDES>>PENNY: OH WOW!>>SISTER: RATHER THAN TAKE HER ON A BOAT. SO, WE HAVE AN ACCOUNT OF HER GOING OVER THE ANDES AND ALL THAT MEANT. AND SOMETIMES SHE FELT IT WAS VERY PERILOUS, YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY IN HER TRAVELING. SISTER 2: YEAH, WHAT ABOUT HER STORY THAT SHE JUMPED FROM THERE TO GO OVER. THE MULE JUST ACTUALLY JUMPED OVER FROM ONE STREAM TO THE OTHER.>>PENNY: OH MY! AND SHE HELD HER SADDLE!>>SISTER 2: AND SHE SAYS IT HERSELF. BOB: WE’RE STANDING HERE WITH SISTER REGINA PETERSON IN FRONT OF AN ORIGINAL BUILDING THAT WAS HERE WHEN THE JESUITS OFFERED THE LAND TO MOTHER CABRINI OVER 100 YEARS AGO. SO THE BUILDING IN BACK OF US IS OVER 100 YEARS OLD. SO, WHILE SHE WAS IN ITALY, THE JESUITS CONTACTED HER FOR THE POSSIBILITY – THIS WAS CALLED MANRESA, AT THE TIME, I BELIEVE, WHICH WAS AFTER ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA. AND THEY CONTACTED MOTHER ABOUT PURCHASING THIS PROPERTY UP HERE THE HUDSON. IT’S BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY. PENNY: YOU CAN JUST PICTURE HER SPEEDING AS QUICKLY AS SHE COULD ACROSS THE OCEAN AND THEN TO THIS SPOT. BOB: NOW, WHEN MOTHER CABRINI GOT HERE, THE JESUITS HAD NOT TOLD HER THIS IN ADVANCE, BUT WHEN SHE GOT HERE AND LOOKED AT THIS MAGNIFICENT, BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY, SHE SAID, “THIS IS IT. “THIS IS WHAT WE NEED FOR ORPHANAGE FOR THE GIRLS.” AND THEN THEY DROP THE BOMB, “WELL, THERE’S ONLY ONE PROBLEM. “THERE IS NO WATER HERE. RIGHT NOW, WE GET DOWN TO THE HUDSON RIVER TO DRAW WATER FROM IT, BUT IT’S NOT GOOD WATER.” PENNY: YOU DEFINITELY CAN’T DRINK IT. BOB: YES, IT’S NOT THE KIND OF THE WATER YOU CAN USE FOR THE ORPHANAGE. I MEAN, IT’S OKAY IF YOU WANTED TO USE IT FOR 10 OR 12 NUNS, BUT FOR ORPHANAGE OF A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE, YOU COULDN’T DO IT. MOTHER CABRINI SAID, “NO PROBLEM. THE LORD WILL TAKE CARE OF IT.” AND SO. SHE BOUGHT THE PROPERTY. AND I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF MY MIND WITH FEAR THAT IT WAS NOT GOING TO WORK. “CAN WE DIG A WELL? “HOW MANY GALLONS A MINUTE CAN WE GET FROM THE WELL? WE NEED ALL THIS WATER FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE.” INSTEAD, SHE AND – SHE GOT ALL HER SISTERS TOGETHER WITH SHOVELS AND SAID, “OKAY, LET’S DIG.” AND THEY ALL ->>PENNY: FIRST THEY PRAYED.>>BOB: WELL, OF COURSE, THEY PRAYED. PENNY: NOT OF COURSE, THEY PRAYED. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE FORGET, ESPECIALLY ME. YOU KNOW. I’M THE MARTHA AND I FORGET TO BE THE MARY. NOW. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, MOTHER CABRINI WAS US MUCH MARY AS SHE WAS MARTHA. SO->>BOB: MAYBE IT WAS 60-40.>>PENNY: AND 60-40, I WOULD SAY WOULD BE MARY. 60. SHE WAS A WOMAN OF PRAYER AND FAITH. SHE WAS REALLY NOT DEPENDENT ON HERSELF. SHE COULDN’T BE BECAUSE SHE WAS SO SICKLY. HOW COULD SHE DEPEND ON A SICKLY BODY THAT WAS GOING TO DIE ANY MINUTE? NO, SHE DEPENDED ON GOD AND HIS WILL. SHE HAD COME TO DO GOD’S WILL AS SHE KNEW IT THROUGH GUESS WHAT? THROUGH HER POPE. THE POPE HAD SAID SHE WAS TO DO THIS AND THAT IT WAS GOD’S STAR, AND THAT WAS GOD’S SPEAKING. AND SO, THIS WOMAN OF WILL SAID, “OKAY, LET’S GO AND PRAY.” AND AFTER THEY PRAYED ->>BOB: THEY DUG. PENNY: SHE SAID, “OKAY, GET YOUR SHOVELS AND LET’S GO.” BOB: AND ONE OF THE SISTERS SAID, “IT’S STARTING TO GET DARK. I CAN FEEL, I CAN FELL SOMETHING UNDERNEATH.”>>PENNY: IT LOOKS DARK.>>BOB: IT LOOKS DARK UNDERNEATH THERE. “KEEP DIGGING! KEEP DIGGING!” (Penny laughs) BOB: AND THEN THEY ALL GATHERED AROUND. PENNY: AND THEN ANOTHER ONE SQUEALS, “I THINK I SEE A LITTLE WATER.” “KEEP DIGGING! KEEP DIGGING.” BOB: AND LONG STORY SHORT, THEY CAME UP THE WATER THAT WAS NEEDED. THE WATER THAT THEY CAME UP WITH WAS SPRINGS, NOT THE HUDSON RIVER, BUT THESE WERE NATURAL SPRINGS THAT WERE RUNNING UNDERGROUND FOR THE ORPHANAGE. PENNY: OKAY NOW, THAT WATER IS USED TILL TODAY. NOW, SISTER HAS TOLD US THAT THEY HAVE HAD TO SUPPLEMENT IT BECAUSE OF COUNTY REGULATIONS. BUT, THE WATER IS USED STILL TODAY FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AND FOR THE SISTERS THAT ARE SERVING HERE. DO MIRACLES HAPPEN? YES. AND THIS STORY IS A LITTLE MORE THAN THE STORY OF A SAINT, IF I MAY BE SO BOLD. IT IS A STORY OF A LIVING SAINT. WE SEE NOT ONLY GOD FORMING HER FROM THE TIME SHE WAS BORN INTO THE PERSON SHE WILL BE, BUT THAT PERSON WILL BE PERPETUATED IN THE SISTERS AND IN THE CHRISM. THIS IS A VERY STRONG COMMUNITY THAT HAS REMAINED FAITHFUL TO THE CHRISM OF THEIR FOUNDRESS. BOB: AND AS WE HAVE SEEN IN DOING OUR RESEARCH AND GOING TO ALL THE PLACES WHERE MOTHER CABRINI HAS TOUCHED THE PEOPLE, SHE VERY MUCH ALIVE, VERY ACTIVE. HER CHRISM HAS ONLY GROWN. IT IS AS IF SHE WERE SHE IS STILL HERE, GUIDING EVERYBODY IN WHAT TO DO. IT’S JUST BECOME AN ENORMOUS UNDERTAKING AND IT CAN ONLY BE DONE THROUGH THE POWER OF GOD. PENNY: YOU KNOW SOME OF YOU OUT THERE ARE SAYING, “WELL SHE WAS A NUN, YOU KNOW, AND PEOPLE FEEL SPECIALLY TOWARDS NUNS. “AND THEY’RE MORE GENEROUS TOWARDS NUNS.” GIVE ME A BREAK. SHE WAS A WOMAN WHO CAME HERE AT A TIME THAT THE CATHOLIC FAITH WAS NOT THE MOST POPULAR THING, YOU KNOW. BOB: THERE WERE, I BELIEVE, THERE WERE 50,000 ITALIANS HERE, THERE WERE ABOUT 5 PRIESTS AND ABOUT 1200 PEOPLE GOING TO MASS AT ANY GIVEN TIME. SO THE ODDS WERE VERY MUCH AGAINST THEM. PENNY: AND 1200 PEOPLE WHO PROBABLY DIDN’T HAVE 2 NICKELS TO RUB TOGETHER. SO, SHE CAME OF POVERTY AND SHE CAME TO HELP POVERTY. AND SHE WAS RELYING ON THOSE WHO PROBABLY DIDN’T EVEN WANT IT. YOU KNOW. AT THAT TIME. INITIALLY. THEY ENCOURAGE THE ITALIANS TO COME OVER. AS THEY DID ALL THE DIFFERENT AH ->>BOB: ETHNIC GROUPS>>PENNY: – ETHNIC GROUPS. BUT THEN THEY STARTED TO GROW, YOU KNOW. THEY STARTED TO HAVE CHILDREN AND THEY STARTED TO GROW. ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY DIDN’T WANT THOSE PEOPLE AROUND. THEY WANTED PEOPLE WHO MORE FIT THEIR ANGLO-SAXON IMAGE. AND SO, THEY STARTED TO BRING ABOUT CERTAIN IMMIGRATION LAWS AND THEN OF COURSE ->>BOB: A LOT OF CUT BACKS>>PENNY: AND OF COURSE THERE WERE THE UNSCRUPULOUS WHO COULD USE PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T WHO DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY WERE SAYING. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY? I KNOW THAT YEARS AGO BEFORE WE COULD SPEAK DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, I FIND MYSELF SAYING, “SI,” TO ALMOST EVERYTHING AND WONDERING IF I JUST SOLD MY HOUSE. YOU KNOW, THEY CAME HERE AND ALL THEY WANTED TO DO WAS TO PLEASE, ALL THEY WANTED TO DO WAS TO BE AMERICANS. AND SO, MOTHER CABRINI DID NOT HAVE THE HELP FROM HER OWN, AS YOU WOULD EXPECT. THE REASON I TELL YOU THIS IS, SO MANY OF US SAY, “WHAT CAN I DO? WHAT CAN I DO?! I CAN’T DO ANYTHING. WHO AM I?” I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT THIS WOMAN, WHO CAME HERE, LEFT HER FAMILY, GAVE EVERYTHING UP, CAME HERE, IMPOSSIBLE ODDS. THE ARCHBISHOP DID EVEN WANT HER, AND LOOK AT WHAT SHE HAS DONE. THAT HAS SURVIVED 100 YEARS IN THIS COUNTRY AND HAS SPREAD TO THE 4 CORNERS OF THE WORLD. BOB: NOW, ONE OTHER THING I’VE JUST LIKE TO MENTION ABOUT MOTHER CABRINI, BECAUSE SHE WOULD ALWAYS TRYING TO PLAY DOWN HER SPIRITUALITY TO THE PUBLIC – NOT TO HER SISTERS BUT TO THE PUBLIC. HER SPIRITUALITY WAS OVERPOWERED BY THE ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF WORK THAT SHE DID, THE MISSIONARY WORK THAT SHE ACCOMPLISHED. BUT IN THIS INSTANCE, WHERE SHE WAS PRAYING AND DIGGING, THE SISTERS WERE DIGGING AND MOTHER WAS PRAYING. AND IF YOU WERE ABLE TO SEE MOTHER WHILE THIS WAS GOING ON, YOU MAY POSSIBLY MAY SEEN SOMEBODY WHO WAS HAVING INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH GOD. AND GOD LED THEM TO THE PLACES WHERE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DIG AND THAT’S HOW THE WATER CAME ABOUT. BUT YOU WOULD NEVER HEAR THAT FROM HER. SHE WOULD SAY, “WELL, THIS IS WHAT WE’RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE AND SO WE GOT IT.” PENNY: YOU KNOW. IN A TIME OF DISOBEDIENCE, WHERE DISOBEDIENCE IS POLITICALLY CORRECT, HERE IS A STORY OF A WOMAN WHO WAS OBEDIENT, AND BEING OBEDIENT. DOING WHAT WOULD APPEAR TO THE WORLD THE RIDICULOUS, SHE DID MIRACULOUS. SHE DIDN’T LIKE ANYBODY USED THE WORD MIRACLE CONCERNING HER AND THINGS THAT HAPPENING WITH HER. I THINK SHE USED TO LIKE TO SAY SHE HAD FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES. (Penny laughs) BOB: WELL, SHE REALLY DID. ONE OF MOTHER CABRINI’S GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS WAS THE COLUMBUS HOSPITAL IN NEW YORK, WHICH BEGAN IN 1892 ON THE 4TH CENTENARY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS. WHEN THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY OF NUNS WHO HAD BEEN RUNNING A SMALL HOSPITAL RETURNED TO ITALY, BISHOP SCALABRINI OFFERED TO MOTHER CABRINI. SHE WASN’T SURE SHE SHOULD TAKE IT AS THERE WERE FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES. THEN ONE OF HER SISTERS REPORTED THAT WHILE WORKING IN A CITY HOSPITAL, THEY CAME UPON AN ITALIAN WHO HAD A LETTER WHICH HE HAD BEEN HOLDING FOR 3 MONTHS BECAUSE HE COULDN’T FIND ANYONE TO READ IT TO HIM. UPON OPENING IT, THE SISTERS FOUND IT CONTAINED NEWS OF HIS MOTHER’S DEATH. IF HE HAD BEEN IN THEIR HOSPITAL. AT LEAST HE WOULD OF HAVE KNOWN SOONER. AND THEY WOULD OF CONSOLE HIM. WOMAN: AND SHE HAD A DREAM. AND IN THIS DREAM SHE REMEMBERS THE BLESSED MOTHER IS KNEELING. OR IS LEANING OVER A COT IN THE HOSPITAL AND HER SLEEVES ARE ALL ROLLED UP AND HER DRESSED IS PINNED. AND FRANCESCA SAYS TO HER, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” AND SHE SAID, “I’M DOING WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO DO.” AND THAT’S HOW MOTHER CABRINI GOT CONVERTED TO HEALTH CARE AND OPENED SO MANY HOSPITALS, NURSING SCHOOLS, DISPENSARIES, CLINICS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, LATIN AMERICA AND OUR SISTERS CONTINUE TODAY ON SEVERAL CONTINENTS. PENNY: BUT WITH THIS FIRST HOSPITAL, MOTHER CABRINI HAD REASON TO GO FORWARD WITH GREAT CAUTION. THE OWNERS OF THE HOSPITAL WERE NOT VERY REPUTABLE. HER SUSPICIONS WELL FOUNDED. WITHIN A FEW MONTHS, THE ADMINISTRATORS TRIED TO MAKE MOTHER CABRINI PAY FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE HOSPITAL. SHE SAID SHE WOULD, ON CONDITION SHE’D TAKE FULL CHARGE THE HOSPITAL. SHE WAS SHOWN THE DOOR. NOW, SHE HAD A MANDATE FROM MOTHER MARY AND SHE REFUSED TO LEAVE. THEN THE PATIENTS REFUSED TO LEAVE. THE LORD SAVED THE DAY AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR. MOTHER WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE 2 BUILDINGS, WHICH SHE TURNED INTO A HOSPITAL, AND ALTHOUGH SMALLER THEN THE OTHER HOSPITAL, SHE WAS ABLE TO PLACE THE PATIENTS THERE. SHE GOT ENOUGH DONATIONS TO PROVIDE NEW BEDS AND SOME NEW EQUIPMENT. THE FACILITIES WERE MEAGER, BUT IT WAS A BEGINNING. AND FROM THIS BEGINNING GREW THE COLUMBUS HOSPITAL, NOW CALLED MOTHER CABRINI MEDICAL CENTER. BOB: BISHOPS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD BEGAN ASKING MOTHER TO OPEN ORPHANAGES AND SCHOOLS IN THEIR DIOCESES. POPE LEO XIII HAD TOLD HER HE WANTED THE MISSIONARIES OF THE SACRED HEART TO EXTEND THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO THE WHOLE WORLD. AND TO THAT END, SHE WORKED TO THE END OF HER LIFE. DURING HER LIFETIME, SHE OPENED CONVENTS AND SCHOOLS, ORPHANAGES AND HOSPITALS IN HER NATIVE ITALY AND VARIOUS PARTS OF EUROPE. SHE CONTINUED OPENING CONVENTS IN THE UNITED STATES, IN CHICAGO, NEW ORLEANS, DENVER, PENNSYLVANIA, NEW JERSEY AND ON AND ON. THEN SHE WENT TO CENTRAL AMERICA, TO NICARAGUA, TO PANAMA, TO SOUTH AMERICA, INCLUDING ARGENTINA, CHILE AND PERU. ON THE FIRST TRIP TO NICARAGUA, WHEN THEY STARTED TO GET INTO THE AREA WHERE – AND THE PEOPLE – THEY HAD BEEN SORT OF ADVANCE PUBLICITY THAT THEY WERE COMING. ALL THE PEOPLE WERE COMING OUT AND WELCOMING THEM AND THE SISTERS WERE SAYING, “MOTHER, THIS IS SO WONDERFUL! LOOK! “LOOK HOW MUCH THEY LOVE US.” AND SHE SAYS, “DON’T GET IMPRESSED, BECAUSE AS MUCH AS THEY LOVE YOU NOW, “THEY CAN TURN ON YOU. POLITICAL UNREST IS ALWAYS A FACTOR. DO NOT GET IMPRESSED.” AND OF COURSE, IT WOUND UP TO BE A PROPHECY. BECAUSE A YEAR OR TWO LATER IS WHEN THEY HAD TO LEAVE. PENNY: THERE’S SO MANY CUTE LITTLE THINGS THAT HAPPENED. OF COURSE, WHEN THESE THINGS ARE HAPPENING, WE DON’T THINK THEY’RE CUTE. AND I’M SURE MOTHER CABRINI REALLY DIDN’T THINK THEY WERE CUTE. BUT ONE OF THEM I REMEMBER, AS YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT SOUTH AMERICA, DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN SHE – WHERE WAS IT NICARAGUA? WHERE SHE WAS INVITED WITH THE SISTERS TO COME DOWN TO NICARAGUA. AND THESE WOMEN FINANCED THE TRIP. AND WHEN SHE GOT THERE, AFTER THAT ARDUOUS TRAVELING ON THE WATER, AS WE ALL KNOW SHE WAS DEADLY AFRAID OF THE WATER BECAUSE SHE HAD AN INCIDENT WHERE SHE FELL IN. REMEMBER WITH HER LITTLE BOAT? ANYWAY, THE SERVANTS WHO WERE SERVING THEM WERE IN NOT A VERY- WELL LET’S SAY IT WAS MUCH TOO MUCH INFORMAL WITH TOO MUCH REVEALED. LET MY GRANDMOTHER SAYS, “TOO MUCH HISTORY.”>>BOB: THEY WERE – REMEMBER, IT WAS VERY HOT.>>WOMAN: THEY WERE NAKED FROM THE WAIST UP. (Laughter)>>PENNY: AND SO, MOTHER CABRINI SAID, “I’M SORRY.” SEE SHE WASN’T POLITICALLY CORRECT. SHE SAID, “I’M SORRY. IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE DRESSED LIKE THAT, WE’RE NOT GOING TO EAT AT THIS TABLE.” WELL, OF COURSE THEY WERE IN A SHOCK! THEY WERE SHOCKED THAT SHE WOULD SAY SOMETHING LIKE. BUT THE SHY, LITTLE WOMAN, 5 FOOT 2.>WOMAN: NO, THEY SAY 5 FEET, BUT IT WAS REALLY 4, 11 1/2 ABOUT. PENNY: MY BUDDY! MY BUDDY. OKAY. THIS GENTLE, SHY, LITTLE WOMAN STOOD HER GROUND AND THE SERVANTS COVERED THEMSELVES. WELL. THAT WAS A LITTLE TOUCHY SITUATION. BUT THEN REMEMBER. WHEN SHE OPENED THE SCHOOL, SHE WOULD NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO COME TO SCHOOL WHOSE PARENTS WERE NOT MARRIED. MOST OF THEM THERE WERE NOT MARRIED! THAT CREATED SUCH AN UP ROAR THEY WERE STONING THE SISTERS BOB: SHOOTING INTO THE BUILDING PENNY: SHOOTING INTO THE BUILDING. BUT SHE AGAIN NEVER COMPROMISED HER VALUES. AND SURE ENOUGH, THEY ALL STARTED TO GET MARRIED AND THOSE WHO MARRIED WERE HER STRONGEST SUPPORTERS. BUT SHE WAS ALSO VERY TOUGH SHE WAS TOUGH. I REMEMBER, SISTER WAS TALKING ABOUT THE SITUATION WHERE HER SISTERS WERE IN NICARAGUA, WHICH HAD PROBLEMS AT THE TIME.>>BOB: POLITICAL>>PENNY: POLITICAL PROBLEMS. AND ONE DAY THE GOVERNMENT CAME, THE SOLDIERS AND KNOCKED ON THE DOOR AND TOLD THEM THEY HAD A TO GET OUT IMMEDIATELY. AND SO, THE SISTERS PACKED WHAT LITTLE THEY HAD AND LEFT, PRETTY MUCH THE WAY THEY HAD COME. WITH JUST BUT WHAT THEY WERE WEARING. AND SO. ONE OF THE PEOPLE TURNED TO ONE OF THE SISTERS AND SAID, “WHY AREN’T YOU CRYING?” AND SHE SAID, “WE LEAVE AS WE HAVE COME.” WOMAN: YOU KNOW, THAT STORY HAS A HAPPY ENDING MANY YEARS LATER. THOSE SISTERS WENT TO PANAMA AND THEY STARTED AN ACADEMY THERE IN PANAMA. AND YEARS LATER, I BELIEVE IT WAS IN 1920S, THE SISTERS WERE RE-INVITED BACK TO NICARAGUA. AND LATER ON IN THE ’70S GIVEN THE KEY OF THE CITY. PENNY: NOW THAT WAS AFTER SHE WOMAN: AFTER HER DEATH PENNY: DIED WOMAN: YES PENNY: BECAUSE, DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT SHE SAID? SHE SAID, “I WILL NEVER ALLOW MY SET SISTERS BACK THERE UNLESS THEY REIMBURSE US,” YOU KNOW FOR – SHE WANTED A FORMAL APOLOGY AND SHE WANTED ASSURANCE THAT NOTHING WOULD HAPPEN TO HER SISTERS. SHE WAS VERY MUCH A MOTHER, VERY MUCH. AND THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS SHE LEARNED IN ITALY WITH HER SCHOOL AS A SCHOOLTEACHER. SHE LEARNED HAD TO NURTURE. SHE HAD – NOW ANOTHER THING WAS THAT SHE DREW MANY YOUNG WOMEN TO HER. AND THEY BECAME SISTERS BECAUSE OF THIS DYNAMIC, BUT VERY LOVING MOTHER, LIKE, I HAVE TO SAY LIKE MOTHER ANGELICA WHO DEFINITELY IS A STRONG WOMAN. I’VE NEVER MET A FOUNDRESS YET WHO IS NOT A STRONG WOMAN. BUT YOU HAVE TO SEE HER WITH HER NUNS. THEN YOU JUST SEE THIS MOTHER, STRONG, BUT YET VERY GENTLE, LOVING, NURTURING MOTHER. AND THAT’S HOW I SEE MOTHER CABRINI. WOMAN: AND I THINK YOU SEE HER CORRECTLY. PENNY: DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER STORIES? YOU WERE TELLING US SUCH GREAT LITTLE STORIES. WOMAN: THE ONE ABOUT NEW ORLEANS? BOB AND PENNY: YEAH WOMAN: OKAY. PENNY: SHE’S OF VARIABLE STORYTELLER. SHE DOESN’T KNOW THAT. WOMAN: WHEN YELLOW FEVER STRUCK IN NEW ORLEANS, BACK IN THE 1890S, AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE CENTURY, MANY OF THE ITALIANS WERE VERY MUCH IN FEAR, IN AWE BUT IN FEAR OF THE MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES. ONE STORY GOES THAT A MAN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AND GIVEN MEDICINE AND HE SAID TO HER THE WIFE, “GO HOME AND GIVE THIS TO THE GOAT, ” AND THE GOAT DIED. SO THERE WAS JUST PANIC. SO THESE WERE THE KIND OF THE STORIES THAT WERE GOING AROUND. BUT WHEN YELLOW FEVER STRUCK IT STRUCK MOST OF NEW ORLEANS WHAT WAS CALLED LITTLE PALERMO, THAT CENTER OF WHAT IS NOW THE FRENCH QUARTER IN NEW ORLEANS, WHERE OUR SISTERS HAD ESTABLISHED THEIR CENTER IN NEW ORLEANS. AND WOMEN WOULD BE IN THE HOME DYING AND THE CHILDREN WOULD BE WALKING AROUND PLAYING. THE SISTERS WOULD COME IN AND GATHER THE CHILDREN TOGETHER. AND IN ONE INCIDENCES THE MOTHER WOULD DIE HAPPILY KNOWING THE CHILDREN WOULD BE TAKING CARE OF. AND ONE OF THE PICTURES THAT I SHOWED YOU, SHOWED YOU THESE LITTLE ORPHANS FROM THE YELLOW FEVER. THE AMBULANCE WOULD COME EACH DAY FROM THE MARINE HOSPITAL AND FUMIGATE OUR HOUSE, JUST A SHOW THEM THAT FUMIGATION WOULD HELP, NOT HINDER, THE SITUATION. AND EACH DAY THE SISTERS WERE OUT IN THE STREETS WITH THE MEDICAL PERSONNEL FROM THE ARMED FORCES TRYING TO ASSIST THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS. PRIESTS WERE NOT ALWAYS WELCOMED IN HOMES, BUT THESE LITTLE SISTERS WHO HAD NOTHING AND WERE IN NO WAY A THREAT, THEY WERE VERY MUCH WELCOMED. AND SO, THEY WERE ABLE TO BRING THE DOCTORS INTO THE HOUSES, BRING PEOPLE, STAY WITH THEM IN THE AMBULANCES UNTIL THEY GOT TO THE HOSPITALS. BOB: A MINOR MIRACLE TOOK PLACE THROUGH THE WORKING OF THE MISSIONARIES OF THE SACRED HEART IN NEW ORLEANS. IN THOSE DAYS DURING THE TYPHOID EPIDEMIC, THE SISTERS RECALLED A SIMILAR PROBLEM WHICH THE LORD HAD RESOLVED FOR THEM IN MARSEILLES, FRANCE. IT WAS THE CHOLERA EPIDEMIC. THE SISTERS HAD MADE AND DISTRIBUTE HUNDREDS OF SCAPULARS OF THE SACRED HEART, THEN THEY PRAYED FOR ALL THEY WORTH. THE EPIDEMIC PAST AND ALL WHO WORE THE SCAPULAR WERE SAVED FROM CHOLERA. THEY DECIDED TO DO THE SAME THING IN NEW ORLEANS. THEY HURRIEDLY MADE AS MANY SCAPULARS OF THE SACRED HEART AS THEY COULD AND PASSED THEM OUT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, AS THE EPIDEMIC WAS ABOUT TO REACH PLAGUE PORTIONS. THEY ALSO DID THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THEY COULD HAVE DONE, THEY PRAYED FOR THE INTERCESSION OF THE SACRED HEART. SURE ENOUGH, THE LORD CAME THROUGH AND EVERYONE WHO WORE THE SCAPULAR WAS EXCLUDED FROM THE DISEASE. WOMAN: YOU KNOW, IN LOUISIANA MANY OF THE ITALIANS WORKED RIGHT WITH THE NEGROES, THE AFRICAN-AMERICANS, RIGHT IN PICKING THE COTTON. AND THE SISTERS WOULD GO OUT THERE AND ON SUNDAYS, THEY WERE ALLOWED TO USE THE PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES TO TEACH RELIGION TO THE CHILDREN AND TO ALL THOSE THAT NEEDED HELP. AND IN NEW ORLEANS ITSELF, MEN WOULD COME. THE FISHERMEN WOULD GO OUT 3 – 4:00 IN THE MORNING OUR DOOR WOULD BE OPENED AND THE CHAPLAIN WOULD BE THERE TO SAY MASS FOR THEM, EARLY ON SUNDAY MORNING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. PENNY: AND AGAIN, MEN FROM SICILY A VERY NATURAL LOCATION WOULD BE FISHERMEN. AND YOU WERE TELLING US ABOUT THE PRISON THAT WOULD BE INTERESTING. WOMAN: YES, ONE OF THE VERY INTERESTING THINGS THAT NATURALLY BEING IN A NEW COUNTRY SOMEONE COULD NOT DEFEND THEMSELVES IF THEY WERE BROUGHT BEFORE A JUDGE. AND SO, WHILE THERE WERE MANY ITALIANS THAT HAD COMMITTED CRIMES, AS WELL AS IRISH, GERMAN AND ALL THE NATIONALITIES, THERE WERE MANY WHO WERE INCARCERATED SIMPLY BECAUSE NO ONE WOULD DEFEND THEM, NO ONE UNDERSTOOD WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT. PENNY: AND THEY DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY WERE BEING ASKED. WOMAN: EXACTLY, EXACTLY. NOW MOTHER CABRINI’S SISTERS AND THEN SAID TO MOTHER CABRINI, “MAY WE HELP OUT THE PRISONERS?” “WELL OF COURSE YOU HELP OUT THE PRISONERS.” AND I THINK ONE OF THE MOST POIGNANT STORIES I REMEMBER READING ABOUT, IS ONE OF THE YOUNG MEN ON DEATH ROW. THE SISTERS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR HIS MOTHER TO COME FROM SICILY TO AMERICA AND THEY BROUGHT HER TO VISIT WITH HIM BEFORE HE WAS EXECUTED AND THEN THEY TOOK CARE OF HER AFTERWARDS. BUT IN MANY CASES, LIKE IN SING-SING PRISON, THERE WAS NO ITALIAN CHAPLAIN. SO THE SISTERS WOULD GO, BE WITH THE MEN, TRIED TO BRING THEM BACK TO THE PRACTICE OF THEIR RELIGION AND ACCOMPANIED THEM TO THE EXTENT THEY COULD BEFORE THEIR EXECUTION, AND EVEN SEND THEIR OWN CHAPLAIN TO BE A CHAPLAIN TO THE PRISONERS. AND THERE’S BEEN MANY BEAUTIFUL LETTERS WRITTEN BY PRISONERS TO MOTHER CABRINI THANKING HER FOR THIS KIND OF WORK. BOB: WE’RE GIVEN A STRONG SENSE OF THE SPIRITUALITY OF MOTHER CABRINI IN THE THOUGHTS OF ONE OF HER NUNS THAT CAME WITH HER ON THE FIRST TRIP IN NEW YORK ON MARCH 1889. SHE SAID, “FINALLY. AFTER 12 DAYS OF SICKNESS AND TRIBULATION, ON MARCH 31, 1889, WE SAW THE BEAUTIFUL STATUE OF LIBERTY AT 4:00. OH HOW HAPPY MOTHER CABRINI WAS. I COULD READ THE JOY ON HER FACE. A TEAR FELL DOWN HER CHEEK. SHE CALLED US TOGETHER TO SING THE AVE MARIS STELLA. WOMAN: SHE DREW HER STRENGTH TRULY FROM PRAYER. THE SISTERS WOULD GET UP ABOUT 5:00 IN THE MORNING FOR AN HOUR OF MEDITATION. SHE WOULD RISE AT 4:00 IN THE MORNING TO MAKE A PERSONAL HOUR BEFORE THAT COMMUNAL HOUR OF MEDITATION. AND MANY TIMES, YOU KNOW, YOU WOULD BE TALKING TO HER AND SHE ALMOST SEEMED FAR AWAY BECAUSE SHE WAS ALWAYS UNITED TO GOD. WHETHER SHE WAS ON A TRAIN GOING TO NEW YORK TO PORTLAND, OREGON, FOR DAYS AND DAYS, YOU KNOW, ALWAYS UNITED TO GOD AND VERY DEVOTED TO THE BLESSED MOTHER. SHE WOULD TALK TO MARY SOMETIMES AS MARIA, MIA DOLCE MAMA. SHE USED TO SAY, “A LUI,” TO HIM. “MI ABBONDONO TOTALIMENTE, I ABANDON MYSELF TOTALLY.” AND I THINK THIS IS REALLY THE CRUX OF HER SPIRITUALITY, THAT SHE JUST GAVE HERSELF COMPLETELY ENTIRELY TO GOD. AND SHE SAID, “I’M NOT EVEN AN INSTRUMENT IN THE HANDS OF GOD. GOD IS DOING EVERYTHING. I’M JUST A SPECTATOR OF HIS MARVEL.” BOB: ON DECEMBER 22, 1917, MOTHER CABRINI DIED AT THE CONVENT IN CHICAGO. HER BODY LAID AND STAYED THERE FOR A TIME AND THEN IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE HIGH SCHOOL IN FORTRIAN PARK WHERE IT LAID AND STAYED FOR WHILE AND THEN IT WAS BROUGHT HERE TO WEST PARK. SHE HAD ALWAYS EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO BE BURIED HERE AT THE CONVENT IN WEST PARK. AND SO, SHE WAS IN THE TOMB THAT YOU SEE IN BACK OF US, UP AT THE ORIGINAL CEMETERY WHERE MOST OF THE ORIGINAL SISTERS ARE BURIED AS WELL. AND SHE WAS KEPT THERE UNTIL 1933 WHEN THE CAUSE FOR HER BEATIFICATION WAS TAKEN OFF AND THEY WANTED THE BODY BACK IN FORTRIAN PARK. AND SO SHE WAS BROUGHT BACK TO DO THE CHAPEL, WHICH HAD BEEN BUILT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL IN FORTRIAN PARK, WHICH IS TODAY THE LIBRARY. THERE IS A CANNON WHICH STATES THAT THE PERSON MUST BE DEAD 50 YEARS BEFORE A CAUSE CAN BE OPENED. PENNY: CANNON 2101. BOB: NOW, THAT’S BEEN CHANGED QUITE A BIT LATELY, AND ESPECIALLY IN THE CASE OF MOTHER CABRINI. ELEVEN YEARS AFTER SHE DIED CARDINAL MUNDELEIN OF CHICAGO OPENED THE CAUSE FOR HER BEATIFICATION. IT WAS JUST, SHE WAS JUST A POWERFUL, POWERFUL PERSON. PENNY: UPON HER DEATH, A 150,000 PETITIONS WERE GRANTED THROUGH HER INTERCESSION, 150,000! YOU KNOW, LIKE MANY OF THE SAINTS, THE GREAT SAINTS, MOTHER CABRINI, I CAN TELL YOU PERSONALLY WAS DECLARED A SAINT BEFORE THE CHURCH DID. BOB: MOTHER CABRINI WAS BEATIFIED ON NOV. 13, 1938, AND ON JULY 7, 1946, SHE WAS THE FIRST AMERICAN CITIZEN TO BE CANONIZED AND THE FIRST CANONIZATION DURING THE PONTIFICATE OF POPE PIUS XII. IN 1950 POPE PIUS XII DECLARED HER PATRONESS OF THE IMMIGRANTS. WE ARE HERE AT THE CONVENT IN WEST PHILADELPHIA WITH MOTHER URSULA INFANTE WHO IS ONE OF THE MORE MATURE (Penny laughs) OF THE SISTERS OF MOTHER CAPRI. SISTER URSULA WAS RECEIVED INTO THE COMMUNITY BY MOTHER CABRINI. PENNY: 83 YEARS AGO, RIGHT?>>SISTER URSULA: YES>>PENNY: YOU TELL US?>>BOB: HOW DID HAPPEN?>>PENNY: HOW DID HAPPEN? SISTER URSULA: WELL MY PARENTS DID NOT AGREE WITH MY ENTERING THE CONVENT. THEY HAD OTHER IDEAS WITH MY LIFE. SO I MADE ARRANGEMENTS WITH MOTHER CABRINI TO LEAVE HOME WITHOUT TELLING THEM. (Penny laughs) SO, ON THE MORNING, JULY 15, 1915, I DRESSED, WENT TO MASS AND HAD MY BREAKFAST AT HOME AND I TOOK THE SUBWAY FOR THE SACRED HEART VILLA AT 109TH STREET. DID YOU GO THERE?>>BOB: YES, WE DID.>>SISTER URSULA: THAT’S WHERE HER TOMB IS, YES. AND MOTHER CABRINI WAS THERE WAITING THERE FOR ME, BECAUSE SHE HAD MADE THE ARRANGEMENTS. AND SHE DRESSED ME AS A POSTULATE. BOB: FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT HAVE HEARD THE YEAR, IT WAS THE YEAR 1915, WHEN SISTER LEFT HOME TO COME HERE TO BE ENTERED INTO THE COMMUNITY BY MOTHER CABRINI. 1915. SISTER URSULA IS NOW 102 YEARS YOUNG.>>PENNY: IS THAT RIGHT?>>SISTER URSULA: YES PENNY: SISTER, IF YOU HAD IT TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, WOULD YOU BECOME A SISTER? SISTER URSULA: I WOULD DO IT TWICE OVER AGAIN. (Sister laughs)>>BOB: TWICE OVER>>SISTER URSULA: I FELT IT WAS MY VOCATION. I PRAYED TO DO GOD’S WILL AND I WANTED THAT VERY MUCH. PENNY: SISTER URSULA, WHAT WE DO SAY TO YOUNG GIRLS TODAY? THEY REALLY NEED TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE LIKE YOU. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUNG WOMEN TODAY? SISTER URSULA: JOIN A CONVENT. BOB: JOIN A CONVENT. PENNY: DID YOU HEAR THAT? JOIN A CONVENT. WHAT WE NEED IN THIS WORLD IS DEDICATION AND WE NEED STRENGTH. WHEN WE WERE WROTE ABOUT THE MARTYRS, WE WROTE WITH THE PRAYER THAT YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID FOR THIS CHURCH, AND YOU WOULD DEFEND HER AND FIGHT FOR HER. NOW, WHEN WE BRING YOU MOTHER CABRINI, WE ASK YOU ONCE AGAIN DID SHE DO IT FOR NOTHING? WAS IT THE ALL WASTED? REMEMBER WHAT MOTHER CABRINI CAME TO DO IN THE UNITED STATES AND THEN INTO THE WORLD AND YOU PICK UP THAT TORCH THAT WAS LIT BY HER AND CARRY IT. BOB: WE HAD A MOTHER CABRINI, WE HAD A MOTHER TERESA, WE HAVE A MOTHER ANGELICA. WE NEED MORE MOTHERS TO HELP SAVE OUR CHURCH AND OUR WORLD. PENNY: AND SO YOU BRIDES OF CHRIST, REMEMBER WHY YOU BECAME NUNS AND GET ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF SERVING YOUR SPOUSE, OUR LORD JESUS. WE LOVE YOU. BOB: GOD BLESS YOU. THANK YOU, FATHER. [music] BOB: THE PROGRAM YOU HAVE JUST SEEN IS TAKEN FROM JOURNEYS TO SAINTHOOD, BOOK 1 OF BOB AND PENNY LORD’S NEW TRILOGY SUPER SAINTS. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PURCHASE THIS BOOK OR VIDEO OR ANY OF BOB AND PENNY LORD’S AT BOOKS AND VIDEOS, CONTACT US AT THE ADDRESS ON YOUR SCREEN. IN THE UNITED STATES CALL US AT 1-800-633-2484, OR VISIT US ON OUR WEBSITE BOBANDPENNYLORD.COM. AND MAY THE PEACE OF OUR LORD JESUS BE WITH YOU.

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