Francis Xavier was the companion of Ignatius when he founded the Society of Jesus, the great missionary to Asia, the intrepid traveller...
This giant in Christian missionary history lived in turbulent times. At times, doubt filled his heart from the obstacles he confronted. At other times, night and its shadows seemed to fill him with dread. The heartfelt ties that bound him to his fellow Jesuits in Europe were all that remained to him. In the end, he had nothing else to rely on but prayer.
We can join him in this prayer by recalling, for example, that as he sought to preach the Gospel in Japan, he had to face snow and cold on his tireless journey. It was then that he prayed to the “Father of Light”.
[Photo: Statue of St. Francis Xavier, Centro espiritual Javier, Mexico City, Mexico]