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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Feast of St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis Xavier was one of the original six companions of St. Ignatius who became the first Jesuits after taking vows in the Society of Jesus. Xavier would be a great missionary taking the Good News to Japan and then died on his way to China. He was named patron of the foreign missions. He said, "It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards one's progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken."

How is our spirit of faith? People are still talking about their fears because of the unsettled state so many are experiencing after the elections. Have we considered what Jesus is saying to us now? I am sure He is repeating, "Fear not. I am with you." Let us seek the peace of Advent during these days and pray much - I read in the newspaper that San Francisco has 44,000 undocumented people in the city. Let us pray for all those who are living in our country, some for many, many years.

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