March 19, 2024 Blog / movie reviews / religion 0 Comment

The movie, CABRINI, was released by “Angel Studios,” and written by Rod Barr, who also wrote the script for Sound of Freedom movie. CABRINI, the movie, is about a fictional character named CABRINI, and I contend that it was only loosely based upon the life of Saint Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, a CATHOLIC missionary nun. Yes, I feel we must say and emphasize the word “CATHOLIC” because the movie did not.

This movie is a work of fiction. As a biographical piece, if anyone would be so bold as to make such a claim, the film, as I saw it, commits outright sins of misrepresentation and degradation of the personality and manner of this great Saint, and sins of omission. There are quite unsaintly scenes as CABRINI chugging a whiskey and CABRINI playing in the mud with another woman and the image of CABRINI saying at the end with an obvious feminist type of sneer and disdain for men: “Men could not do what we do.” Add to that the portrayal of a weak, spineless priest and the sad depiction of the Archbishop. I am doing research to find out the REAL story, and I include some relevant facts below that were ignored or downplayed by the movie. I urge other Catholics who have seen this movie to do the same. But those were just of few of the sins of commission in this movie that I noticed.

Now to the sins of omission: Where’s the proper form of prayer? CABRINI sitting stoically in a pew with a look of anger, without hands folded, without kneeling and making no sign of the cross seems to omit or ignore Catholic teaching and practice. Is that how Saint Mother Cabrini prayed for help from Jesus Christ, Our Lord? Unlikely. Why did the writer avoid, with such deliberate omission, the mention of the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Mother Cabrini was a Missionary of the Sisters Of The Sacred Heart! The name of Jesus in the full prayer before meals is also omitted, to just name a few instances of omission.

And how about Mother Cabrini’s Sainthood? If this is a movie that was intended to be factually based, Saint Frances Cabrini’s Canonization is not treated with the emphasis it deserves. The miracles associated with her are also omitted. Why, because one must not mention the supernatural!? No, the CABRINI invented in this movie was  not a saint like Saint Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, and this movie is not about a Saint. It’s about an entrepreneur. For if it is about a Saint, may God have mercy on those who depicted her with such disrespect for her Sainthood and with so many misrepresentations and negative characteristics in contrast to her piety and humility! Yes, she had many gifts including her business acumen, diplomacy, intelligence and versatility. Her fellow sisters said it best: “She was a saint who never lost sight of the sanctification of her soul.”

If the purpose of this movie and others like it is to attract more converts to Catholicism by keeping the Faith subtle in the background, then it will fail because of the omission of the word CATHOLIC and a true representation of the practice of the Faith.

I take consolation from the words of Jesus Christ, that the gates of hell will not prevail against His bride, Holy Mother the Church. And I believe that a strategy of appeasement to the world is a failing one. The body of Christ, the congregations of the Catholic Church are not dumb. The purpose of this movie is not to attract more people to Christ’s Church or to venerate a great Saint. No. Perhaps the purpose was to push the ideology of feminism and to leverage the publicity of the current news cycle about immigration. I don’t know for sure. The excuse I heard was: “Well it wasn’t their purpose to make a Catholic movie.” The purpose was clearly to sell tickets and make money. Evidently the creators do not believe that the true and factual story of a great Catholic Saint will sell tickets.

In an attempt to correct the record, here are some facts about the great Catholic Saint, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini (source: An American Saint of Our Day Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, compiled by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, © 1947 Mother Cabrini High School, NY, NY:

Her fervent beginnings: The Cabrini family prayed the Rosary together every evening and read aloud the “Lives of the Saints” and the “annals of the Propagation of the Faither,” for their spiritual reading.

On her eighth birthday, Frances received the Sacrament of Confirmation and experienced the great supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.

She studied religion and geography and had a great devotion to bringing souls to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Even in her youth, she exhibited the virtue of kindness, and performed heroic acts of charity and the care for the sick and poor.

At age eleven, she made the vow of virginity and expressed her zeal and ardent desire to become a missionary and a spouse of Jesus Christ.

In 1880, because there was no house of missionaries in  the town of Lodi, Italy at the time, she listened to the encouragement from the good bishop of Lodi to establish one. In an old Franciscan convent in Codogno, she established the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Her missionary zeal continued throughout Italy, and when she met with Pope Leo XIII, in 1888, she was sent to America to help the immigrants in New York City. From there she sailed the seas to North, Central and South America with always with a cheerful smile and kind words, she spread the Faith and conquered the evils of poverty and sickness with love.

There is much more to the REAL story and accomplishments of this great saint, including her Canonization and the miracles performed by God in reply to those who sought the help of this great Saint. I will write more on this in another post.

Her virtues were many, including an unwavering faith in God. She possessed a genuine and profound humility as attested to by the sisters who worked with her. In their little book about her life, the sisters said that Mother Cabrini “…exhibited an “angelic purity that merited the most exquisite tenderness and richest gifts of her Heavenly Spouse.”

Does this sound like the personality of the character portrayed in the movie CABRINI? That character was portrayed with a stoic attitude and angry disposition and was not shown engaged in prayer, asking the help of Jesus, or in teaching the catechism of the Catholic Church, which was a large part of Mother Cabrini’s missionary work.

When I think of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini and the modernization  and corruption of her story to very likely push an unholy agenda, I think of these Bible verses:
2 Corinthians 4:4 They do not believe, because their minds have been kept in the dark by the evil god of this world. He keeps them from seeing the light shining on them, the light that comes from the Good News about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

1 Peter 2:7 This stone is of great value for you that believe; but for those who do not believe: “The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all.”