By Henry Venn, Saint Francis Xavier

A founding member of the Jesuit order, Francis Xavier (1506-1552) travelled as a missionary to India, Japan and China within the mid-sixteenth century. he's frequently linked to legends of stunning works and the conversion of tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals. This arguable 1862 biography through the Anglican missionary clergyman Henry Venn (1796-1873) makes use of Xavier's personal phrases to envision the long run saint's personality and personal recommendations. Xavier's correspondence finds a delicate, full of life and sometimes vengeful guy who used to be no longer averse to making use of competitive capability. Containing a variety of letters revealed in complete, Venn's chronicle offers an research of Xavier's project, equipment and achievements from a non-Catholic point of view. Venn additionally explores Xavier's shut friendship with the Jesuits' founder Ignatius Loyola, and probes the proof at the back of prior biographers' stories of miracles. The e-book ends with a close and tough appraisal of the general good fortune of the global Roman Catholic venture because the 16th century.

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Many of the inhabitants were, by profession, Christians, tracing their descent from the labours of St. * When Albuquerque first took possession of Socotra, early in the sixteenth century, he placed there Antonius Laurentius, a Franciscan, " who discharged Apostolic functions" for many years. (Maff. Hist. Ind. Lib. ) Xavier, however, represents the inhabitants as sunk in ignorance, unable to read or write, knowing nothing of Christian doctrine, and not even keeping up the form of baptism; performing divine service in an unknown tongue, which he supposes to be Chaldee (Syriac), using * Neander thinks that such legends are not deserving of much confidence; and that there is no earlier mention of India Proper than in the time of the Emperor Constantine, " when there was a Missionary, Theophilus, with the surname of Indicus, who came from the island Diu, by which is to be understood the island of Sokotra.

Then I went through the Creed alone, pausing upon each article, asking whether they believed without any doubt. All, in an equally confident tone, with their hands in the form of the cross over their breasts, affirmed that they truly believed it. 54 LIFE OF FRANCIS XAVIER. the same time, that those who believe the things contained in the Creed are called Christians. I inculcate the Decalogue in similar manner, that I may show that the Christian law is contained in those ten precepts, and that whoever keeps all these as he should do is a good Christian, and attains to eternal salvation.

27 native teachers is that of establishing a theological seminary in the midst of a Mission, selecting for it men of mature and settled Christian character, who have proved their " aptness to teach " as catechists and schoolmasters, who, living with their families while under instruction, may retain their native tastes. In this way, also, the wives receive instruction at the same time; and the native teacher exhibits before his countrymen the example of a Christian family, which is as important a testimony to the truth as the profession of the lips.

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