What mountains must I climb to reach the house of God? What must I sacrifice? St. Francis Xavier had to shed his vanity and pride, leaving behind a promising teaching career in Paris for a life of celibacy, poverty, and service. By doing this and following his friend Ignatius into ministry and evangelization, he let his light shine even brighter. What do you need to leave behind to follow the path of God? —Excerpted from […]
This month marks 400 years since the death of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez. A Jesuit brother, he served as a humble doorkeeper in Majorca, Spain, for 45 years. As Bert Ghezzi explains in Voices of the Saints, Rodriguez found joy even in hardship and wrote: Another exercise is very valuable for the imitation of Christ—for love of him, taking the sweet for the bitter and the bitter for sweet. So, I put myself in spirit before […]
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, great missionary and close friend of St. Ignatius. Francis Xavier had planned to devote himself to the intellectual life, but at a strategic moment he surrendered to God, who had long and patiently pursued him. That surrender changed the course of his life—and the course of history as well. Even Ignatius of Loyola, the leader of the new Jesuit community, had planned to deploy Francis as […]
December 3 is the feast of St. Francis Xavier. St. Francis was one of the first Jesuits and a close friend of St. Ignatius Loyola. The New England and New York Provinces of Jesuits put together this map of places important to the life of this missionary saint.
This month we remember a Jesuit priest and martyr who left the relative comforts of 17th-century France to become a missionary to the Huron people in what is now Quebec, Canada. He and his Jesuit companions faced seemingly unbearable challenges in learning a difficult new language, adapting to a foreign culture and way of life, and living in a harsh climate with deplorable conditions—all of this under the constant threats of violence from many parties. […]
St. Robert Bellarmine, noted for his intellectual prudence in the case of Galileo and the Counter-Reformation, and his great humility despite his position, is also remembered for his tenderness and devotion to the poor. He wrote, “The school of Christ is the school of charity. On the last day, when the general examination takes place, there will be no question at all on the text of Aristotle, the aphorisms of Hippocrates, or the paragraphs of […]
Yesterday we celebrated the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola. Tomorrow is the feast day of St. Peter Faber, one of Ignatius’s first companions. In his honor, enjoy this excerpt from The Quiet Companion by Mary Purcell. Peter [Faber] had come to Paris a youth of nineteen reared in a home protected from outside influences by a double range of Alps. Imbued with the intense faith and living traditions of the people of Savoy he had […]
The Jesuit Post is taking a light-hearted look at the lives of Jesuit saints in Jesuit Madness 2014. First round voting ends tonight, with 16 contenders for the title. Read the “scouting reports” for brief bios that in many cases include sports nicknames for each saint.
Today marks the beginning of the annual Novena of Grace in honor of St. Francis Xavier. It’s timed to end on the day that St. Francis and St. Ignatius Loyola were canonized (March 12). Our friends at Sacred Space offer one version of the prayers, complete with biographical information each day.
Today is the feast day of St. Paul Miki and his companions. The Jesuit Miki and 25 others were martyred in Japan in the 16th century. Fr. Michael Depcik tells the story in sign language and verbally in the below video. For a text version of the story, see Bert Ghezzi’s brief biography of St. Paul Miki. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video Feast of St. Paul Miki.