Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Feast of St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier was one of the first companions of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Francis was one of the seven original members of the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits. He was a great missionary as Ignatius sent him to India where he converted many and then went to Japan. He was preparing to go to China when he died. I think he has inspired many missionaries and he is the patron saint for all missionaries. I used to pray to him when I was in Chile because I admired and needed some of his qualities, especially his ability to adapt and his courage.
Advent continues to call us to be alert, be aware of God's presence in our midst now and to prepare our hearts so that He may truly find a home there.