Rev. Brian Frain, SJ
Rev. Brian Frain, S.J.
I usually associate the Latin term magis with St. Francis Xavier’s complete availability to the Asian missions. Whenever I reflect over Francis’ self-offering, I re-engage a series of thought-provoking questions about whether I am as free as Francis Xavier from socially imposed or self-image boundaries that hold me down. My first response is to say to myself, “I do not believe that I can do it. I can go only this far and no further.” Jesus’ Gospel, however, obliges me to reach beyond into greater expanses and move into uncharted waters. Canisius College is one of those rare places offering the Gospel in all its Truth. Canisius College invites its students, faculty, and alumni to wrest themselves free from fear and, instead, swim in the limitless potential that God dreams for us.
I remember in 2004 my Jesuit provincial in New York City asked me to consider the foreign missions. At first, I lost my breath because he suggested Myanmar. I had never visited East Asia, but I found his suggestion actually opened up great possibilities for me. The two-year mission to Myanmar introduced me to two new teaching venues: higher education and ESL instruction. I also found a whole new treasure in newfound friends and I learned a new language. Canisius College also offers mission immersion opportunities to its students on several continents: North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The Jesuit ideal of breaking down boundaries and opening up a freedom for mission through service is my idea of magis.