X is St. Xavier

X is for St. Xavier #atozchallenge @fillpraycloset on TwitterYou didn’t think I had one, did you? For X? I am a prepared Catholic. That’s a lie, this is tough and I am SO happy the internet exists for this letter or I’d be flogged with chocolate. St. Xavier. Nothing like a good and holy saint. Did you know that all we can hope for is to be a saint?! They are models of regular people doing extraordinary things. On Saturday, we talked interior design. No we didn’t. I just want to see if you’re paying attention! We did talk Liturgical colors, and White ruled the day! Catch up, pumpkin pies!

Who is it?

St. Xavier was the first Jesuit priest and was buds with our homeboy, St. Ignatius, remember him? St. Xavier studied and taught Philosophy at the University of France. Known as the Apostle to the Far East, his mission (as in missionary, not Mission Impossible), sent him to India, Japan, the East Indies and China where he died of fever on December 2, 1552. His feast day is celebrated on December 3rd.

Why did I choose to share this particular “X” with you?

Aside from it being tough to find X’s for you, my dear pilgrims, this guy baptized over 40,000 (not a typo) converts. That’s a lot of holy water! I was able to find a letter he wrote, which I thought was fascinating.

We have visited the villages of the new converts who accepted the Christian religion a few years ago. The country is so utterly barren and poor. The native Christians have no priests. They know only that they are Christians. There is nobody to say Mass for them; nobody to teach them the Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Commandments of God’s Law.

I have not stopped since the day I arrived. I conscientiously made the rounds of the villages. I bathed in the sacred waters all the children who had not yet been baptized. This means that I have purified a very large number of children so young that, as the saying goes, they could not tell their right hand from their left. The older children would not let me say my Office or eat or sleep until I taught them one prayer or another. Then I began to understand: “The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

I could not refuse so devout a request without failing in devotion myself. I taught them, first the confession of faith in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; then the Apostles’ Creed, the Our Father, and Hail Mary. I noticed among them persons of great intelligence. If only someone could educate them in the Christian way of life, I have no doubt that they would make excellent Christians.

Many, many people hereabouts are not becoming Christians for one reason only: there is nobody to make them Christians.

I wish the university students would work as hard at converting these people as they do at their books, and so settle their account with God for their learning and the talents entrusted to them.

This thought would certainly stir most of them to meditate on spiritual realities, to listen actively to what God is saying to them. They would forget their own desires, their human affairs, and give themselves over entirely to God‘s will and his choice.

They would cry out with all their heart: “Lord, I am here! What do you want me to do?” Send me anywhere you like – even to India!

– from letters to Saint Ignatius of Loyola from Saint Francis Xavier

#atozchallenge #jesuit @fillpraycloset #saint #xavier
A Japanese depiction of Francis Xavier, dated to the 17th century. From the Kobe City Museum collection. from Wikipedia

Source: http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-francis-xavier/ and please do spend time there. Reading about the saints is great inspiration for writers and those looking to read about the lives of all Catholic saints – it’s massive!

Come back tomorrow to read all about my Catholic take on the letter Y. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same. 

Please support the bloggers of the #AtoZchallenge by visiting, sharing or commenting. We have all worked long and hard to prepare these posts, some prepping for a couple of months, as we posted our regular schedule, took care of our children, went to work, had the flu…well, you get the idea.



14 thoughts on “X is St. Xavier

  1. Wow what a letter!
    I had no idea who this Saint was.
    I can say as a Catholic, I am not enthralled with our newest saints.
    Only 2 more letters, wow.


  2. I love this saint. Mostly because my children had a wonderful teacher and principal of their school, Sister Frances Xavier, who had to have been a saint herself!


  3. Nathan’s middle name is Xavier. Partly bc we got married in St. Xavier church in Cincinnati. So St. Xavier has a special place in my heart.


    1. Did you know that in Spanish, the X is pronounced like an H? I wonder what his name would sound like in Spanish? I know, off topic, but it’s fun.


  4. The thing I most remember about Saint Xavier is that he’s an incorruptible. He was featured on some program about unexplained phenomena on I believe The Discovery Channel many years ago, and I thought it was so fascinating, and miraculous, how some people’s bodies have remained undecayed so long after they left this world.


  5. First of all, being flogged with chocolate doesn’t sound all that bad 😛 Second, should I ever have a boy (if we decide to have more kids) his name will be Xavier, this name has been picked out for a LONG time. There is nothing special about it on my end other than I love the name, lol.


    1. Being flogged – is just biblical. Chocolate, is just decadent so I thought – let that be my punishment!

      The name Xavier (I always pronounce it in Spanish with the soft H sound in place of the X) is a great name. That was the next name up if we had more. For a girl, Deidre. I wanted to call her Dee Dee, like on the cartoon Dexter’s Laboratory? Yeah, it’s messed up in this head of mine.


  6. Personalmente me gusta mucho este santo, ¿quizás por que somos tocayos? También estoy empezando con un poco más de dedicación en el mundo del blogging, y como veo que sos más experimetada queyo, tal vez puedas ayudarme a crecer con tus críticas. Felicitaciones por tu blog Cristina, pero sobretodo por tu conversión.


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