Dec 03

Saint Francis Xavier

December 3rd XVI century

Born in 1506 in Javier town Navarra (Spain). From a wealthy family, he studied at the new University of Paris. There he met Ignatius of Loyola, who would undermine the student's morale to finally convince him of temporality of earthly goods ("Javier, what good is winning the world if you lose your soul") and the amount of work remaining to get the household of Christ to all peoples. Of overwhelming energy, working on the foundation of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and initiated a tireless work of evangelization. Their journey would take them through the world, from the Cape of Good Hope to India or Japan, leaving deep footprints in every city he stepped. Eager to continue spreading the message of Jesus, dies at the gates of China on a day like today in 1552. He is patron of the missions and of Navarre.
Francisco (Masculino)
El francés, from italiano
Other saints
Other saints named Francisco
April 7th 1506 en Javier, Navarra, in current Spain
December 3rd 1552 in Shuangzhong, in current China
December 3rd
de la Compañía de Jesús
Picture of Saint Francis Xavier Fuente:
Memory of St. Francis Xavier, priest of the society of Jesus, evangelizer of the India, which, born in Navarre, was one of the first companions of Ignatius who, moved by the ardor of dilating the Gospel, Christ announced diligently to countless people in India, in the Moluccas and other islands, and then in the Japan, converting many to faith. He died on the island of Saint Xon, in China, consumed by disease and works. Roman martyrology

Life of Saint Francis Xavier

Never satisfied with the status quo of living the faith and the rigid adherence of structuralism, Francis Xavier always knew that when faced with his own personal conversion and evangelization of those who had not heard of the saving name of Jesus Christ was the most important part of his life to remember. Ever since his first encounter with Saint Ignatius Francis knew what consistency of faith and the desires of the meant. Francis was the first Jesuit missionary sent by Ignatius opening a window of new world yet to be accepted as a grace, and not as a economic opportunity.

Prayer to Saint Francis Xavier

O God, who through the preaching of Saint Francis Xavier won many peoples to yourself, grant that the hearts of the faithful may burn with the same zeal for the faith and that Holy Church may everywhere rejoice in an abundance of offspring.