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St. Francis Xavier

Our very own ‘Goencho Saib

EARLY LIFE
Born in the Xavier Castle in the Navarre region of what is now Spain in 1506, Francis Xavier began his adult life as a scholar in the University of Paris. Francis was an exceptional student, a champion athlete and a magnetic personality. Just before he was ready to step out of the University of Paris crowned with honours and fame, he was greatly influenced by Ignatius of Loyola, who encouraged him to become a priest.

On August 15, 1534, Francis Xavier made vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and was ordained on June 24, 1537. Pope Paul III approved the formation of their order in 1540, which became The Society of Jesus, today popularly known as ‘Jesuits’. Continue reading

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Two modern Saints and original sin

A couple of years ago, I providentially happened to read two books that have deeply influenced my spiritual life ever since. They were – Story of a Soul (St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s autobigraphy) and Divine Mercy in my Soul (Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska). Continue reading

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Saint Vincent De Paul

St. Vincent de Paul was a French Roman Catholic priest, who dedicated himself to serving the poor. He was renowned for his compassion, humility and generosity.

I am what someone in Pune would call a Vincentian. This is because I have had the privilege of studying for 12 years at St. Vincent’s High School and Junior College which is one of the best schools in Pune. It is because of this that I’ve had a good exposure to Jesuits, the life and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Vincent De Paul. There are plenty of articles detailing the life and works of St. Vincent de Paul; however, this isn’t one of them. Rather, I would like to talk about the virtues of St. Vincent. Continue reading

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St. Teresa of Calcutta

Anjene Gonxhe Bojaxhu was born of Albanian parents on 26th August 1910 in Skopje, which is present day Macedonia. She first felt called to religious life at a tender age of 12. When she was 18, moved by a desire to become a missionary she left her home and went to Ireland where after her training, she became a Loretto nun and took the name Sister Mary Teresa after St. Therese of Lisieux. Soon thereafter she came to India and worked as a teacher at St. Mary’s School in Kolkata and in 1937 she made her Final Profession of Vows, becoming as she said the “spouse of Jesus” for “all eternity“. From that time on she was called Mother Teresa. A person of intense prayer with a great love for her students, she was noted for her charity, courage, unselfish attitude and a capacity for hard work. Continue reading