December 3, 2021

Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier

I was looking at Instagram several days ago and came across an inspiration that caught my attention. I do not have the exact quote, but it went something like this. Faith is not the belief that God can do; it is the belief that God will do. In theory, we are taught that God answers prayers, yet we know that faith believes that God will do according to his will, not ours.

In Matthew’s gospel passage today, we hear of two blind men who find their way to Jesus. As Jesus passes by, they cry out, Son of David, have pity on us! They do not ask their sight to be restored, their sinfulness washed away, for good health, or for wealth. They surrender to the will of Jesus, and it is their faith that allows Jesus to open their eyes.

When we gather for Eucharist, we pray as a faith community in the Our Father; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. We surrender ourselves to the will of God, asking him to feed and sustain us with Jesus’ body and blood and for forgiveness.

Saint Eymard, in a letter to Camille d’Angigne, counsels her to act through pure faith in mercy, in the goodness and power of God; to serve him nobly for himself, for his will and his glory.

Today is the Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest and Missionary. Saint Francis was a companion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and one of seven who joined Saint Ignatius when he formed the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. A man of great faith, he answered God’s call spreading Christianity throughout Asia, notably India.

Closing Prayer:

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.


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About Patty Pizzitola

Patty is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi Parish in Houston TX.