You 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
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.
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