Thursday, October 10, 2013

October 10: Saint Francis Borgia

Saint Francis Borgia
by Alonzo Cano

History

Francis was a very lucky young man. He was a duke in charge of a region of Spain, and he had a wife he loved, eight children and a deep love for Jesus. When his wife died, Francis gave up his dukedom, and became a priest of the Society of Jesus. His superior tested Francis by making sure his life as a priest was exactly the opposite of how he had lived as a duke. He had to carry wood for the fire and sweep the kitchen. But Francis didn’t mind being humbled. He became a great preacher and important people would come to him for advice. In time, he became the head of his order, and he sent missionaries all over the world. Because of Francis’ leadership, the Society of Jesus has become a very important help to the Church in many different countries.

Activity

The work that Saint Francis Borgia started in the 1500s still continues today. You can help by making a donation (any amount) to the Society of Jesus in honor of Saint Francis Borgia. 

Saint Francis Borgia, pray for us!


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