Saint for the Day - December 3 - St. Francis
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.
Saint for the Day - St. Francis Xavier
Read about the Saint for today - December 3 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
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.
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