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Friday, November 13, 1998

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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

2 John 4-9
Psalm 119:1-2, 10, 11, 17, 18
Luke 17:26-37

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"It will be like that on the day the Son of Man is revealed." —Luke 17:30

Today, I visited two people who had suffered strokes. The strokes affected a part of the brain which is necessary for their memory to function. For example, if these men walked a few feet away from their homes, they might not remember how to return, even with the home in plain sight.

All of us, because of our fallen nature, were stroke victims spiritually. We were confused and didn't know if we had a home or where it was. We were "out of it" and would have stayed "out of it" (see Lk 17:26ff).

"But God is rich in mercy; because of His great love for us He brought us to life with Christ when we were dead in sin. By this favor you were saved. Both with and in Christ Jesus He raised us up and gave us a place in the heavens" (Eph 2:4-6). The Lord has given us a new nature. We need not be confused and deceived (see 2 Jn 7) anymore. By totally giving our lives to Jesus, we can walk "in the path of truth" (2 Jn 4). We will not get lost. We will be ready for Jesus' second coming and will go home to our Father in heaven. Thank you, Jesus, for saving us!

Prayer:  Jesus, my Light, my Love, my Lord, my All!

Promise:  "Look out that you yourselves do not lose what you have worked for; you must receive your reward in full." —2 Jn 8

Praise:  St. Frances Xavier's parents followed God's will and had a large family of thirteen children. Their last child, Frances Xavier, became a canonized saint after founding a religious order and bringing the love of Jesus to many thousands of people.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, April 4, 1998

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 8, 1998