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A Saint, a Miracle and Your Catholic Christmas Gifts: Plus a Huge Giveaway!
There is an incredible miracle story about Saint Francis Xavier that I learned in recent years.
I told this story on a Live video just a short time ago on Instagram.
You can watch the video here: The Miracle of the Crab and the Crucifix
Saint Francis, a crab and his crucifix
Saint Francis Xavier traveled from Europe to Africa and Asia as a missionary.
During his time, traveling that far was done by ship.
During one voyage, there was a huge storm at sea.
Saint Francis and all the sailors and passengers on the boat were terrified. They thought they were going to meet their Maker that day.
So out of desperation, Saint Francis Xavier grabs his crucifix and holds it up over the sea. He held it and prayed to God that He would calm the storm and spare the lives of all aboard.
The sea calmed, the storm stopped and the lives were spared.
However, in the midst of the turbulence, the crucifix went overboard.
Saint Francis Xavier was grateful his life was saved, but upset that he lost his crucifix.
Once the ship made it to the shore, Saint Francis was walking along the beach.
As he walked along the shore, he noticed up ahead a crab was crawling out of the ocean. The crab was carrying something.
As he got closer, he realized the crab was carrying his crucifix!!!
Saint Francis retrieved his crucifix from the crab and, I imagine, gave great thanks to the Lord.
(I first came across this story in a book my son and I were reading: Saint Francis of the Seven Seas but you can read another version of this story here on The Jesuit Gourmet)
Giving Catholic Christmas Gifts: Why it Matters
I love this story for so many reasons.
First of all – I love a beach story.
Second of all – I LOVE a miracle story.
But third of all, I think this is a great way to reassure us that our religious gifts matter. They can bring comfort to the receiver when they are scared. They can be used during prayer. They can be very much appreciated by those who are gifted them.
Saint Francis Xavier dedicated his life’s work to spreading the Gospel to people very far from his home. He was a holy man.
I don’t know if he bought that crucifix for himself or if it was a gift.
I don’t know who made the crucifix and who sold it.
But what I know from this story is that he treasured that crucifix. And I also know that God must have heard his prayer that he wished he had not lost it.
For it was God who brought that crucifix back to him . . . he just happened to use the crab to deliver it.
So if you are wondering if it really matters or not that you give someone a Catholic gift . . .
I’m going to say, judging by this story, indeed it does matter!
The person you love may go through a scary, sad or uncertain time – a time when all they can grab or hold onto is that religious object you gave to him or her.
They may pray with it. They may grasp it for comfort.
They may just get to know Jesus a little better because of it.
Give that gift.
And on that note . . .
A Catholic Gift Giveaway Contest
I want to give someone a whole stockings worth of gifts!
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- A pair of socks from Sock Religious
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- A necklace from Relics by Rose
- A Be Yourself Journal for Girls
- Various gifts from Pink Salt Riot
- A Be Yourself Journal for Boys
- A few more surprises!
Enter below – contest ends soon because I’m hoping they get to you by Christmas!!!
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Maija Davlouros says
Thanks for offering this give-away!
My good friend, Vicki, just lost her job of over 20 years and could use a pick me up. Since she is too sad to even open emails, I’m signing up for her.
Thanks for all you do!
You are so welcome! I hope you entered too – you can always give it to her if you win!
I love that story as I love stories that just prove God’s love over and over. I wish I could enter but being in Canada I don’t think I can but I love your blogs and wouldn’t miss a one. Hugs and Christmas Sparkles
Thank you so much Alicia! Merry Christmas!!!