Today is the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, one of the “First Companions” who formed the Society of Jesus and famous as a great missionary. But almost an accidental one. Ignatius asked another Jesuit to go to the East, but he fell ill and Xavier went instead.
He set off from Portugal and traveled first to India by way of Mozambique. He went on to Malacca and Molucca before returning to India, only to set off for Japan. His next destination was China, but he only got as far as Shangchuan Island (14 kilometres off the coast) where he died at the age of 46.
We would not approve of his mass baptism methods these days, but his energy and enthusiasm are sorely needed today.