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The twofold character of Advent calls us to prepare for the remembering of the Word made Flesh at Christmas, and directs us to wait with alertness for Jesus’ second coming.
Francis Xavier, Priest, 1506-1552
Francis Xavier was born in Spain and was deeply affected by the words of St. Ignatius Loyola who asked him, "For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?” (Mt 16:26). Francis became one of the first Jesuits and dedicated his life to the poor. He worked so hard that he is considered one of the greatest missionaries in the history of the church. He is now the patron saint of foreign missions. We celebrate the memorial for this saint on December 3.
Even though you never might be sent to foreign lands, who are the ones to whom you are sent to witness to your faith? And how can you support financially the work of those who are sent to distant shores?