Tomorrow, December 3, is the feast of the great Jesuit saint, Francis Xavier, a companion of St. Ignatius of Loyola and then a fearless missionary to India and Japan. This feast is a great opportunity for catechists to teach about our missionary call to bring the Gospel of Jesus “ad gentes” (to the nations). In particular, Francis Xavier stands as a monumental example of learning and encounter. Some Jesuit schools observe “Xavier Day” by arranging opportunities for students to stretch themselves and learn about and encounter people in the wider community.
Finally, for older students and adults, here is a very good and informative documentary from Loyola Productions about St. Francis Xavier.
Image: San Francisco Xavier by Miguel Cabrera [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Coming next week: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Catechist’s Journey with a special series of posts and chances to win prize packs from Loyola Press. Come back each weekday between December 5 and December 12 for new articles and giveaways!