Saturday, December 3, 2011

Witness of faith and love

St. Francis Xavier often spent whole hours during the day and into the night before Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, Who gave Him the grace and the strength to lead so many souls to Christ. His devotion to Our Eucharistic Lord was so great that Fr. Stefano Manelli, O.F.M. writes (in his book,  Jesus, Our Eucharistic Lord): 
"What shall we say of St. Francis Xavier who at times when distributing Holy Communion felt so carried away by a sense of adoration toward Our Lord Who was in his hands, that he got on his knees and in that position continued giving Holy Communion? Did that not present a witness of faith and love worthy of heaven?"
St. Francis Xavier
Spain ~ 1506-1552
One of seven founders of Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
Patron of missionaries
Known as the "Apostle to the Far East"
FEAST DAY - December 3
St Francis Xavier is an Advent saint:  he announced the dawn of the reign of God in the coming of Christ to peoples in the Far East.  Like St John the Baptist, the Advent prophet, he sacrificed his life for the word he preached (Magnificat, Vol 13, No 10/ Dec 2011).
St Francis Xavier, ora pro nobis!

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