December 3 – Saint Francis Xavier: Patron Saint of Missionaries, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Indianapolis, Apostleship of Prayer, and Against Epidemics

Saint Francis Xavier, Patron Saint of Australia (Feast Date:  December 3)

Extract from Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552). “. . . though he might accept the external circumstances of life as he knew it, he preserved an absolute detachment of heart. He deliberately chose to live in the most complete poverty and refused to accept any of the material conveniences which were offered to him. His food was reduced to so small a quantity that it was a miracle that he kept alive. The only concession he would make in clothing for his long missionary journeys under a tropical sun was a pair of boots. He could put up with the most appalling conditions on his long sea voyages and endure the most agonizing extremes of heat and cold. Wherever he went he would seek out the poor and the sick and spend his time in ministering to their needs. Yet while he was occupied all day with these incessant labours, he would spend the greater part of the night in prayer. And all this was done with a gaiety and lightness of heart, which remind one of the other Francis-of Assisi.”  See pictures of Saint Francis Xavier, videos:Jesuits On…Xavier, Francis Xavier in the Snows of Japan (In the Footsteps) and Prayers to St. Francis Xavier,

Saint Francis Xavier, Patron Saint of China (Feast Date: December 3)

Extract from Saint Francis Xavier: “Tremendously successful missionary for ten years in India, the East Indies, and Japan, baptizing more than 40,000 converts. His epic finds him dining with head hunters, washing the sores of lepers in Venice, teaching catechism to Indian children, baptizing 10,000 in a single month. He tolerated the most appalling conditions on long sea voyages, enduring extremes of heat and cold. Wherever he went he would seek out and help the poor and forgotten. He traveled thousands of miles, most on his bare feet, and he saw the greater part of the Far East. Had the gift of tongues. Miracle worker. Raised people from the dead. Calmed storms. Prophet. Healer.” See picture of Saint Francis Xavier 

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 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Francis Xavier on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Cyclone Nilam and Typhoon Son-Tinh (October, November 2012) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 5 – November 18, 2012.

Storms in Australia (May, 2010) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  June 7 – June 20, 2010.
Landslide in China (November 16, 2009)World Region: (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 23 – December 6, 2009.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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