St. Francis Xavier is widely popular for his close friendship and supporting role to the Jesuit founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. It’s not a far stretch of the imagination to presume this saint had other close friends, too. In fact, while in heaven, St. Francis’ initiated friendship with the faithful on earth by generously offering them his prayers and assistance.
In 1633, St. Francis Xavier appeared to Fr. Marcelo Mastrilli, who was dying, reminding the latter of his wish to serve in a mission in Japan. St. Francis made this promise to his fellow Jesuit priest: “All those who implore my help daily for nine consecutive days, from the 4th to the 12th of March included, and worthily receive the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist on one of those nine days will experience my protection and may hope with entire assurance to obtain from God any grace they ask for the good of their souls and the glory of God.” Fr. Mastrilli was instantly cured.
Here is the Novena of Grace:
“Most amiable and most loving St. francis Xavier, in union with thee I reverently adore the Divine Majesty. I rejoice exceedingly on account of the marvelous gifts which God bestowed upon thee. I thank God for the special graces He gave thee during thy life on earth and for the great glory that came to thee after thy death. I implore thee to obtain for me, through they powerful intercession, the greatest of all blessings –that of living and dying in the state of grace. I also beg of thee to secure for me the special favor I ask in this novena. (**Mention the spiritual or temporal grace you wish to obtain).
“In asking this favor I am fully resigned to the Divine Will. I pray and desire only to obtain that which is most conducive to the greater glory of God and the greater good of my soul.
“Pray for us, St. Francis Xavier.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
“Let us Pray. O God, Who did vouchsafe by the preaching and miracles of St. Francis Xavier, to join unto Thy Church the nations of the Indies, grant, we beseech Thee, that we who reverence his glorious merits may also imitate his example, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.”
Add three Our Fathers, three Haily Marys and ten Glory Bes in thanksgiving for St. Francis Xavier’s 10 years of apostleship.
** Lately, I’ve been drawn to St Francis Xavier, patron of missionaries. His love for and work with the Asian people make me almost certain he and I could talk for hours on end over my fulfilling work with immigrants. I daresay he’d be someone I’d call a friend. During this novena, I’m offering up my labor pains for conversions of my loved ones. (If you’d like to join me on the novena, feel free to email me or write on the combox the first names of people you wish me to pray for.) At the end of this novena, I’ll update my blog on the particular graces I’ve requested his intercession for.