12/2/18

⛪ Saint Francis Xavier

⛪ Saint of the Day : 03 December


A young Spanish gentleman, in the dangerous days of the Reformation, was making a name for himself as a Professor of Philosophy in the University of Paris, and had seemingly no higher aim, when St. Ignatius of Loyola won him to heavenly thoughts. After a brief apostolate amongst his countrymen in Rome he was sent by St. Ignatius to the Indies, where for twelve years he was to wear himself out, bearing the Gospel to Hindostan, to Malacca, and to Japan. Thwarted by the jealousy, covetousness, and carelessness of those who should have helped and encouraged him, neither their opposition nor the difficulties of every sort which he encountered could make him slacken his labors for souls. The vast kingdom of China appealed to his charity, and he was resolved to risk his life to force an entry, when God took him to Himself, and on the 2d of December, 1552, he died, like Moses, in sight of the land of promise.

Reflection —Some are specially called to work for souls ; but there is no one who cannot help much in their salvation. Holy example, earnest intercession, the offerings of our actions in their behalf—all this needs only the spirit which animated St. Francis Xavier, the desire to make some return to God.

Patronage
African missions; Agartala, India; Ahmedabad, India; Alexandria, Louisiana; Apostleship of Prayer; Australia; Bombay, India; Borneo; Cape Town, South Africa; China; Dinajpur, Bangladesh; East Indies; Fathers of the Precious Blood; foreign missions; Freising, Germany; Goa India; Green Bay, Wisconsin; India; Indianapolis, Indiana; Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan; Joiliet, Illinois; Kabankalan, Philippines; Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines; Alegria , Cebu, Philippines; diocese of Malindi, Kenya; missionaries; Missioners of the Precious Blood; Navarre, Spain; navigators; New Zealand; parish missions; plague epidemics; Propagation of the Faith

Source : Pictorial Lives of Saints


πŸ“— Ignatian Spirituality πŸ“— Independent Catholic News πŸ“—  Jennifer Gregory Miller πŸ“— Letter of Saint Francis to the Society of Jesus in Europe πŸ“— Litany of Saint Francis Xavier πŸ“— Lives of the Saints, by John J Crawley πŸ“— Miracles of Saint Francis Xavier, by Father John A. Hardon, S.J. πŸ“— Novena πŸ“— Saint Francis Xavier Returns From Australia, by Father Marc Lindeijer πŸ“— Saint Peter’s Basilica Info πŸ“— Saints Alive, by Father Robert McNamaraπŸ“—  Saints Stories for All Ages πŸ“— San Xavier del Bac Mission πŸ“— Wikipedia


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