St Francis Xavier, Confessor
St Francis Xavier (1506-1552), touched, after long resistance to the words constantly repeated to him by St Ignatius: "What doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul," became one of his most zealous fellow-workers in the newly-formed Society of Jesus.
I spoke of Thy testimonies before kings, and I was not ashamed: I meditated also on Thy commandments, which I loved. * Praise the Lord, all ye nations, and glorify Him, all ye people; because His mercy is confirmed upon us and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever.
(Psalm 118:46-47 and Psalm 116, from the Introit of Mass)
Deus, qui Indiárum gentes beáti Francísci praedicatióne et miráculis Ecclésiae tuae aggregáre voluísti: concéde propítius; ut, cujus gloriósa mérita venerámur, virtútum quoque imitémur exémpla.
O God, who by the preaching and miracles of blessed Francis, was pleased to add to Thy Church the nations of the Indies; grant mercifully, that we who venerate his glorious merits may imitate his virtues.