St Francis Xavier

From a letter to St Ignatius from Francis Xavier…
Many, many people hereabouts are not becoming Christians for one reason only: there is nobody to make them Christians. Again and again I have thought of going round the universities of Europe, especially Paris, and everywhere crying out like a madman, riveting the attention of those with more learning than charity: “What a tragedy: how many souls are being shut out of heaven and falling into hell, thanks to you!”
I wish they would work as hard at this as they do at their books, and so settle their account with God for their learning and the talents entrusted to them.
This thought would certainly stir most of them to meditate on spiritual realities, to listen actively to what God is saying to them. They would forget their own desires, their human affairs, and give themselves over entirely to God’s will and his choice. They would cry out with all their heart: Lord, I am here! What do you want me to do? Send me anywhere you like – even to India.
What if we had just a small portion of the zeal of Francis Xavier? We would change the world!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06962374096401238994 shadowlands

    'They would forget their own desires, their human affairs, and give themselves over entirely to God’s will and his choice'.People want to be 'sophisticated' Christians and mix with other sophisticates. It's not fashionable to admit how vulnerable we sometimes truly are. Being esteemed(even on the blogs) is important to our ego, we forget the immense amount of self worth we receive when we meet honestly with Christ, when we let down our barriers and become real with each other.I'm not going to be the first though, no chance!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01718011747484428178 Whimsy

    I was reading aloud the Vision Book of Holy Francis, and from the other room I heard a shout from their father:"You are not allowed to do bind yourself with ropes until your arms nearly fall off as long as you're living here!"The saints are crazy.But maybe that is no more mad or penance than screaming through ivory towers begging for help in the missions.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02577310321800276499 Remy Rosenhoover

    Lord, I am here!. I had a St.Francis Xavier moment today. I was talking to a God loving friend who is going through some difficult times. I was listening attentively wondering how I could be of assistance. I finally asked "How much time he spent in prayer and meditation?" He answered "10 minutes". I responded that he should stop sending God short text messages; "start spending an hour in prayer and meditation each day." Please pray that my friend has the spiritual strength to do so.


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