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Day 9: Death of Francis off the coast of China (December 3, 1552)

Francis died of fever at the age of 46 on the island of Sanchian, within sight of China. He did not achieve his ambition to reach the mainland. That was to be the privilege of a fellow Jesuit, Matteo Ricci. His hope was that if China accepted Christianity, all Asia would be open to the faith. His ambition was greater than one person could ever achieve.

St. Francis Xavier is the patron saint of the missions. He has always been exceptionally popular not only with Catholics, but with many non-Catholics, too. He is probably the most famous of all Jesuits. He was canonised as a Saint in 1622, together with St. Ignatius Loyola.

Reflection

  • What can I, personally, learn from reflecting on the life of St. Francis?
  • As I consider the goals in my life, is love of God and His people central?
  • What worldly ambitions in my life do I need to let go of?
  • Am I ready to hand my life over to God and His service?
  • Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us.




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