Thursday, December 3, 2015

December 3: St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis Xavier by Lorenzo de Caro
National Museum of Fine Arts, Valetta

History

Born in Spain and educated in France, St. Francis Xavier met Saint Ignatius Loyola when he was 22 years old. The two of them, along with five other men, founded the Society of Jesus. They all planned to be missionaries, and they were sent to the Far East on behalf of the pope. Francis ended up in Goa, India, with two other priests. Through his example and love for Jesus, he was very influential in spreading the Catholic faith in India.



Activity

St. Francis Xavier did his best to befriend the people of India, but he was never very good at learning different languages, so he simply lived in their communities and adopted their customs as he lived a truly Christian life. Today, try a meal that is similar to what St. Francis Xavier ate in India. Here's an easy recipe for Chicken Curry.

St. Francis Xavier, pray for us!


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