By R. Po-chia Hsia
Jesuitten Ricci grundlagde den katolske project i Kina og var således en pioner for kristendommens udbredelse i Kina. Samtidig forklarede han Europa om den kinesiske kultur. Ricci tilbragte 28 år i Kina og er ifølge bogen selv i dag en af de bedst kendte vesterlændinge i Kina
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On board the Sa˜o Gregorio, the Jesuits led a procession from stern to bow, carrying two relics destined for their church in Goa, namely the heads of St Gerasina, the companion of St Ursula, and the head of St Boniface the martyr, captain general of the 11,000 virgin martyrs of Cologne. At the altar set up at the bow, the missionaries recited prayers and preached sermons for the repentance of sins; from captain to page boy, all men cried out for God’s mercy and benevolence. On 29 May, Corpus Christi processions were organized on board all ships, with music and the display of relics.
It was also at this passage that all three ships witnessed that marvel of mariners: St Elmo’s Fire. Some reported this in a matter-of-fact manner; Pasio, on board the Sa˜o Gregorio, merely noted that the sailors called St Elmo’s Fire ‘the Sacred Body’. Others saw the hand of God; Ruggieri, Ricci’s shipmate, had a vision of the Virgin Mary, protector of the voyage: 34 portu gue se seas . . and in that night of St Pedro Gonzalez, patron saint of mariners, in the crown of lights the Blessed Virgin appeared above the stern mast, the mizzen mast, and the Main topsail; there were many trustworthy people who saw this vision.
Marching under a different command, the Jesuits constituted a different service of Catholic arms, ready for other theaters of operations in the universal war against the Devil. In the 1620s, Jakob Revius, a Dutch Calvinist poet, mocked Ignatius’ early military career on the occasion of his canonization, dubbing the founder of the Society of Jesus a saint canonized out of the cannons of Spanish arms. On his first sea voyage, Ricci was 24 years old. He had not seen his parents in nine years, and he never saw them again.