Today is the memorial of Saint Francis Xavier who was the first Jesuit missionary and spent ten years evangelizing Asia.
In Japan, Saint Francis spent a year learning the language and then wrote a catechism for the Japanese people. Having spent myself well over a year (:-) studying the Japanese language, the efforts of St. Francis Xavier are particularly dear to me.
Less than .5% of the Japanese population is Catholic even now.
Through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier may the Japanese people come to know the fullness of your truth. Oh, Lord, please bring the Japanese people into your fold.