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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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Francis Xavier
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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  • He clasped his hands on the desk and said: —The retreat will begin on Wednesday afternoon in honour of saint Francis Xavier whose feast day is Saturday.
  • The rector went on gravely: —You are all familiar with the story of the life of saint Francis Xavier, I suppose, the patron of your college.
  • They met in Paris where Francis Xavier was professor of philosophy at the university.
  • A great saint, saint Francis Xavier!
  • A great saint, saint Francis Xavier!
  • I pray to God through the merits of His zealous servant Francis Xavier, that such a soul may be led to sincere repentance and that the holy communion on saint Francis’s day of this year may be a lasting covenant between God and that soul.
  • —We are assembled here today, my dear little brothers in Christ, for one brief moment far away from the busy bustle of the outer world to celebrate and to honour one of the greatest of saints, the apostle of the Indies, the patron saint also of your college, saint Francis Xavier.
  • But he thought they were the portraits of the saints and great men of the order who were looking down on him silently as he passed: saint Ignatius Loyola holding an open book and pointing to the words AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM in it; saint Francis Xavier pointing to his chest; Lorenzo Ricci with his berretta on his head like one of the prefects of the lines, the three patrons of holy youth—saint Stanislaus Kostka, saint Aloysius Gonzago, and Blessed John Berchmans, all with young faces…

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  • Francis Xavier died before reaching the Chinese mainland.
  • The Christians have been here for a long time—Saint Thomas, Saint Francis Xavier, the missionaries and so on.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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