Monday, December 3, 2007

St. Francis Xavier



"It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards a man's progress, nor the nature of the task, but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken." -Saint Francis Xavier


Francis Xavier (1506-1552) had many talents and studied and taught philosophy at the University of Paris. St. Ignatius of Loyola was a friend of his, and convinced him to use his talents to spread the Gospel. He became the first Jesuit missionary and was later ordained a priest.

While waiting to board a ship once, he started preaching to the children and helped the sick. He would sometimes ring a bell to call the children to study. For ten years in Japan, India, and the East Indies, he baptized more than 40,000 people. During his adventures, he taught children their catechism, washed the sores of the lepers, and baptized 10,000 people in a single month! He always sought to help the poor wherever he went, and even willing to endure the most terrible conditions of weather and traveling barefoot.

He was beatified on the 25th of October, 1619, by Pope Paul V and canonized on the 12th of March, 1622, by Pope Gregory XV



Prayer to Saint Francis Xavier
Great Saint Francis, well beloved and full of charity, in union with you I reverently adore the Divine Majesty. I give thanks to God for the singular gifts of grace bestowed on you in life and of glory after death, and I beg of you, with all the affection of my heart, by your powerful intercession, obtain for me the grace to live a holy life and die a holy death. I beg you to obtain for me {mention your petition}. But if what I ask is not for the glory of God and for my well-being, obtain for me, I beseech you, what will more certainly attain these ends. Amen.

3 comments:

Pueo said...

I love St. Francis!
His story is so Amazing!

Marie said...

AMEN & AMEN!

Beautfiul:)

Peace & JOY to you:)

Marie

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