St Francis Xavier and the Crab

One of the miracle stories attributed to St Francis Xavier recounts how he recovered his crucifix after losing it at sea. It was said that Francis Xavier was caught up in a storm as he was travelling to Malacca in Malaysia in the year 1546. With much faith, he threw the Cross into the sea, asking God to make it an instrument to pacify the turbulent sea. God indeed came to his aid; the storm halted and the sea became calm. Upon reaching the shores of Malacca, St Francis found a crab crawling towards him holding his crucifix in its claws. This fresco of the miracle is in the Jesuit church of Il Gesú in Rome. December 3 is the feast of St Francis Xavier.

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Fonte: Lawrence OP

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