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What good is it if people possess the whole world, but lose their very selves in the process?

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Feast of St.John De Britto will be celebrated every year on February 4th. St. John de Britto, a Portuguese Jesuit who changed his name to a beautiful Tamil name “Arulanandar” and learnt Tamil to preach “The Word of GOD” to Tamilians.

Red Sand Saint
A Saint for Our Times – for Faith & Family Fidelity

1. Introduction: About the Saint:
St. John de Britto, a young energetic man from a royal family in Portugal, set foot on the shores of Goa in India in 1673. Setting aside the fame, glory and riches of the royal court, God filled his soul with a great dream project that of working for Christ by evangelizing the people in Tamil Nadu in South India. Desiring to spend his life with the simple and poor people, John Britto, also known as Arulanandar Swami in the Tamil language, preferred to labour among the low castes and outcastes. Impelled by the zeal to announce the good news of Christ to all peoples and cultures, John de Britto traveled on foot, on horseback and bullock cart all over Tamil Nadu and elsewhere. Next to St. Thomas the Apostle, Britto is the only martyr-Saint in India to date.

The history of the Catholic Church in Tamil Nadu has seen some remarkable Jesuit missionaries. St. Francis Xavier and St. John de Britto stand out as strong pillars of Christian faith. His eighteen years of tireless service won for him the hearts of many Catholics.
On February 4, 1693 at Oriyur in Tamil Nadu, the blood he had shed for the Christian faith, so attests the long cherished tradition, has miraculously turned the soil at the site of his martyrdom into red colour. No wonder John de Britto is popularly called even today the Red Sand Saint!
It is true that the spiritual atmosphere of the shrine, the peaceful setting of this village and the serene rural environment attract many pilgrims. Unfortunately, however, as of now, there is no sufficient accommodation space and no proper eateries for the pilgrims. Lack of sufficient water facilities is a major problem. Finance for proper maintenance of the infrastructural facilities has been a long felt need. Running an elementary school and a higher secondary school next to the shrine buildings compromises the silence and devotional atmosphere, so essentially needed for the praying pilgrims. Hence, the immediate need is to initiate extensive restoration works inside the three shrine churches, and in and around the shrine campus.

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*** St.John De Britto - St.Arulanandar - February 04 ***

 

If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have Love,
I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing.
If I dole out all my goods to
feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned,
but don't have Love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient and is kind;
Love doesn't envy.
Love doesn't brag, is not proud,
It doesn't behave itself inappropriately, doesn't seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil;
doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.

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Feb 4 - Feast of St.John De Britto
St.John de Britto, a young Portuguese nobleman, felt a strong call to become a Jesuit missionary to India. Surmounting the many obstacles to that dream, he merited a martyr's crown in the Indian subcontinent.

John entered the Society of Jesus when only 15. He was so successful as a student that after his priestly ordination his Jesuit superiors tried to detain him in Portugal as a teacher. Winning out against the academics, the young priest set sail for Goa, India, in 1673. He was to spend the rest of his life in India, all the more successful as a missionary because of his wholehearted devotion to his task.

The Jesuits who initiated the apostolate in southern India had discovered that the Indian people would not give them a hearing unless approached in terms of their own culture. Father John therefore not only learned the Hindu language and literature; he went among the nation as a guru (teacher) and holy man (sanyasi), wearing the garb of that office, abstaining from meat, and respecting, as far as he could, the social customs of the Indian caste system.

While the Jesuits were widely welcomed because of these accommodations to the native life style, their "Madura Mission" was a most difficult assignment. The climate was trying, travel was painful, and Father de Britto himself was physically frail. Furthermore, South India was politically unsettled. This social disturbance made it possible for the fanatical pagan priesthood to interfere, even violently, with the work of the Jesuits and their catechists. Once, for instance, de Britto and some of his native associates were arrested and commanded to honor the pagan god Siva. When they refused, they were subjected for several days to cruel tortures....... more

The Saint was sentenced to death, due to his preachings, by an Indian king, the Setupati of Marava, in 28 January 1693, and executed the following 4 February 1693. In a letter he wrote to his superior, Father Francisco Laynes, he stated that "When guilt it's a virtue, to suffer it's glory."

More links:
http://www.stthomasirondequoit.com/SaintsAlive/id694.htm
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=3970
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_de_Brito
 

 

 

St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier was born in Spain at the Xavier castle on 8th April 1506. He was affectionately called " JASSU ". After completion of preparatory studies in Spain, he joined the world renowned University of Paris. The ambitious plans of his dreams to shine in the world over as one of the most intellectual luminaries were thwarted by the famous words of Jesus " what does it profit a man to gain the whole world if he looses his own soul? " repeatedly sounded into his ears by Ignatius de Loyola, one in all his room-mate, his friend, his disciple.

Once Francis Xavier was ordained as a priest along with Ignatius de Loyola and four others, they together formed a Society of Jesus. They served Jesus in poverty and chastity. They preached and nursed the sick in the city. From Rome, through Lisbon, at the request of king of Portugal, D,Joao III , chosen to go to remote East and nominated as Pontifical Nuncio by Pope Paul III himself, Francis Xavier representing the Jesuits, landed in Goa, known as Rome of East wherein he preferred the Royal Hospital as his residence and spent his days nursing the sick and teaching them Christian doctrine. In the college of St. Paul , Francis Xavier was both Rector and Professor (Padre Mestre). He taught herein seminarians, natives of different parts of Asia, and some of them later on, fruitfully preached the Gospel to their brethren in local languages. He himself was however longing to reach out to the distant souls who never had a chance to listen to the message of Jesus. As such he came to be known as a "traveling Priest" .

Much before he traveled to Japan, he studied Japanese people and their religion. As he landed in Japan he learnt their language and summarized Christian doctrine in Japanese language ....... more

On 21 November, on Shangchuan Island, The Saint fainted after celebrating Mass. He died on 3 December 1552, at age 46, without having reached mainland China.

He was first buried on a beach of Shangchuan Island. His incorrupt body was taken from the island in February 1553 and was temporarily buried in St. Paul's church in Malacca on 22 March, 1553. An open grave in the church now marks the place of Xavier's burial. Pereira came back from Goa, removed the corpse shortly after April 15, 1553, and moved it to his house.

On 11 December, 1553, Xavier's body was shipped to Goa. The body is now in the in the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, where it was placed in a glass container encased in a silver casket on December 2, 1637.

More links:
http://www.goaunplugged.com/abtgoa_sfx.html
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=3970
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Xavier
 

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