Saints of WYD 2011: St. Francis Xavier
“Many, many people hereabouts are not becoming Christians for one reason only: there is nobody to make them Christians. I wish the University students would work as hard at converting these people as they do at their books…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?”
Lesson learned: Don’t let your studies take priority over your spiritual life. Prioritize God, and everything else will fall into place. St. Francis Xavier lived in the 16th century and was a giant of a missionary– evangelizing in places from Asia and Africa, to the East Indies and Italy. His moment of conversion took place when he was a student at the University of Paris studying under St. Ignatius of Loyola. St. Ignatius spoke these words to Francis from the Gospel and changed his life forever: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” (Mark 8:26) Ponder away.