Saint of the day:
Saint Francis Xavier Seelos
Patron Saint against cancer
Saint Francis Xavier Seelos' Story
Patron Saint against cancer
Francis Xavier Seelos was born in Fussen, Germany, in 1819. Expressing his desire for the priesthood since an early age, he entered the diocesan seminary of Augsburg after completing his studies in philosophy. Upon learning of the charism and missionary activity of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, he decided to join and go to North America. He arrived in the United States on April 20, 1843, entered the Redemptorist novitiate and completed his theological studies, being ordained a priest on December 22, 1844. He began his pastoral ministry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he remained nine years, working closely as assistant pastorof his confrere St. John Neumann, while at the same time serving as Master of Novices and dedicating himself to mission preaching. In 1854, he returned to Baltimore, later being transferred to Cumberland and then Annapolis, where he served in parochial ministry and in the formation of the Redemptorist seminarians. He was considered an expert confessor, a watchful and prudent spiritual director and a pastor always joyfully available and attentive to the needs of the poor and the abandoned. In 1860, he was a candidate for the office of Bishop of Pittsburgh. Having been excused from this responsibility by Pope Pius IX, from 1863 until 1866 he became a full-time itinerant missionary preacher. He preached in English and German in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. He was named pastor of the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he died of the yellow fever epidemic caring for the sick and the poor of New Orleans on October 4, 1867, at the age of 48 years and nine months. The enduring renown for his holiness which the Servant of God enjoyed occasioned his Cause for Canonization to be introduced in 1900 with the initiation of the Processo Informativo . On January 27, Your Holiness declared him Venerable, decreeing the heroism of his virtues.
St Francis Xavier
(d. 1552, Shangchuan Island, China) (Relics: Rome, Italy; Goa, India; Antwerp, Belgium)
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Near Gandhi Circle
403402 Old Goa, Goa, India
*The body of St Francis Xavier rests within a casket in the right transept of this church. (Pictured below)
Il Gesu (The Jesus)
Via degli Astalli 16
*This church is located along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele. It honors a number of Jesuit saints.
*An arm of St Francis Xavier rests within a reliquary above the altar in the right transept. With this arm he baptized thousands of individuals in India and the Far East.
*St Ignatius of Loyola (d. 1556), the founder of the Jesuits, is buried under the altar in the left transept. His rooms are located in the Generalate next to the church and may be visited.
*The remains of St Peter Faber (d. 1546), an early companion of St Ignatius, are also located here. They are said to rest below the main entrance to this church having been placed here when the church was built in the 16th century. During the placement of these relics it was impossible to separate the bones of St Peter Faber from the bones of other individuals; therefore, his bones are buried together with theirs.
Sint Carolus Borromeuskerk
(Saint Charles Borromeo Church)
Hendrik Conscienceplein 12
2000 Antwerp, Belgium
*A small relic of St Francis Xavier is preserved in this church in a chapel to the left of the main sanctuary.
Churches of Honor in Rome
San Francesco Saverio del Caravita
(St Francis Xavier of Caravita)
Via del Caravita 7
*This oratory is east of the Pantheon. It is dedicated to St Francis Xavier. It is not open often.
Alkaline Diet has been thought to prevent cancer so on this day we are celebrating with a vegan Indian meal because our saint has ties with India and he is the patron saint of cancer.
Don't forget to drink lots of Alkaline water with a ph of 9.
Indian Dahl - Spicy Curried Lentils
The perfect Indian comfort food for everyone and it's vegan. This Indian Dahl is a delicious spicy curried lentil dish that is sure to please!
Cuisine Indian, Vegen
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 meduim onion finely diced
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 inch ginger finely grated
2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin ground
1 tsp turmeric
1/2-1 tsp chilli powder
3 cups red lentils
3-4 cups vegetable stock
2 tomatoes diced
1-2 tsp salt
Place a large saucepan over high heat. Add the coconut oil.
When the coconut oil had melted add the onion, garlic, ginger and mustard seeds. Cook until the mustard seeds start to pop and the onion is translucent.
Add the garam masala, cumin, turmeric and chilli powder and saute for 5 minutes until fragrant.
Add the lentils and stir to coat with the spices. Add the vegetable stock and tomato, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer.
Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30-40 minutes. until the lentils have softened. Add more liquid if the lentils start to dry out before cooking through.
When the lentils are cooked through, add the salt, seasoning to your preference.
Serve immediately. Enjoy with a side of Rice.