Divine Office | Desire for the vision of God

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from the Proslogion by St Anselm, bishop (1033-1109). Anselm was born in Aosta, in northern Italy, and became a monk of Bec in Normandy, where he taught theology and devoted himself to the spiritual life. After some years as abbot, he succeeded his master Lanfranc as archbishop of Canterbury. His bitter disputes with the kings of England over the independence of the Church resulted in his twice being exiled. He died at Canterbury on 21 April 1109. He is remembered for his theological learning and writings, and for organising and reforming church life in England. For a reflection, "Desire for the vision of God," please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Divine Office | Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a letter from St Francis Xavier (1506-1552) to St Ignatius. He was born in the Basque country of Spain in 1506. He met Ignatius Loyola when he was a student in Paris, and he was ordained priest in 1537. In 1541 the Pope sent him as part of a mission to India, and he spent the rest of his life in the East, preaching the Gospel in Goa and Malacca. He made many converts and fought against the exploitation of the native population by the Europeans. He spent two years on a successful mission to Japan, laying the foundations of many Christian communities; and in 1552, after entering China secretly to preach the Gospel there, he died of fever and exhaustion on the Chinese island of Shangchwan. For a reflection, "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel," please click on the image. Peace be with you!