Thursday, December 3, 2015
St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius of Loyola were fast friends. Ignatius spent a lot of time trying to bring
Francis to God and finally it happened. Francis was taught the faith by Ignatius and together they took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience for the order of the Society of Jesus. St. Francis then began his journey as missionary and went to the East Indies.
He lived simply, served abundantly, and preached ardently. Baptizing thousands, he once said:
"As to the numbers who become Christians, you may understand them from this, that it often happens to me to be hardly able to use my hands from the fatigue of baptizing: often in a single day I have baptized whole villages. Sometimes I have lost my voice and strength altogether with repeating again and again the Credo and the other forms."
He stayed in Japan for most of his mission and always had dreams of going to China. He died before he ever made it there. He and St. Therese are the patrons of missionaries.