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Jesuit Feast day: October 3
Patron against earthquakes; Portugal; Rota, Marianas
1510 – 1572
Francis was a young nobleman at the court of the King of Spain. He became a Duke when he was only thirty-three and lived a peaceful life with his wife Eleanor and their eight children. But unlike so many other powerful nobles, Francis was a true man of God and his great joy was to receive Holy Communion often. This happy life ended when his wife died.
Francis did something that astonished all the nobles of Spain; he gave up his Dukedom to his son Charles and became a Jesuit priest. So many people came to his first Mass that they had to set up an altar outdoors, but his Superior tested him by treating him in exactly the opposite way he had been used to all his forty-one years of life. He who had once been a Duke had to help the cook, carrying wood for the fire and sweeping the kitchen. When he served food to the priests and brothers, he had to kneel down in front of them all and beg them to forgive him for being so clumsy. Still he never once complained or grumbled.
It was not too long before the humble priest accomplished wonderful works for God’s glory as he preached everywhere and advised many important people. He spread the Society of Jesus all over Spain and in Portugal. When he was made the third Superior General of the Jesuits, he sent missionaries all over the world. Under his guidance, the Jesuits expanded to a great many lands.
Through all such success, St. Francis Borgia remained completely humble. Jesuits celebrate his feast on October 3