Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier were canonized together on March 12, 1622. Xavier had captured the hearts and minds of the Europeans through his reports on his heroic evangelistic journeys to exotic places in the Far East. Of the two men he was the one people wanted to see canonized. Ignatius, the stay-at-home, seemed pale by comparison.
How can somebody not be in awe of Xavier? I certainly am. But from the moment I entered the Jesuit order, it was Ignatius who had the real...
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