Died - june 30, 2002 (aged 92).
Known for - Popular medim in 20th century Brazil's Spiritism moviment.
Francisco de Paula Candido Xavier, also known as Chico Xavier, lived his life as a true missionary and fulfilled the mission of mediumship according to the most pure and elevated teachings of the Christian precepts:
Love your neighbors and your enemies and give for free what has been received freely.
Reading the Guardian’s article by Alex Billos (Brazil's leading medium, his many books were dictated by the dead), published in our last Spiritist Messenger, one will realize just how big his work was in the field of mediumship. This fact would make him the greatest medium ever in the history of mankind, because as far as we know, no one else has channeled over four hundred books, which touch almost any subject of human knowledge.
Although our intent is not only emphasizing how big his work was, we would like to share some further information with our readers regarding the capacity of Francisco Cândido Xavier as a medium. Guy Lyon Playfair in his interesting book entitled “The Indefinite Boundary”, while mentioning the series of books known as Nosso Lar, channeled by the Brazilian medium through the spirit of André Luiz, makes the following assertion:
“…and most important of all, the series contains a huge mass of information that we cannot possibly expect Chico to have obtained from any normal source. His formal education ended at primary level in 1923, when he was thirteen, and yet the Nosso Lar series shows clear signs of having been written by somebody with a professional knowledge of medicine, especially anatomy, and far more than the average layman’s familiarity with physics, chemistry, biology, embryology, psychology and the history of evolution. Moreover, the books reveal a complete mastery of the Portuguese language, superior to that of many a Brazilian who has been through a university education.”
Anyhow, it was the example of a life of humbleness, simplicity and total devotion to his fellow human beings which characterizes him as a true missionary. His entire life was devoted to others and it gives us a slight glimpse of what the real meaning of the word LOVE really is.
In the aforementioned book, Guy Lyon Playfair bears witness to this aspect of the medium’s life, stating:
“Chico’s life is a model of Christian humility. He gives all he has, and asks for nothing in return
Chico Xavier endured many trials in his life of absolute devotion to the practice of his mission as a medium. The first and most devastating one was the orphanage. His mother died when he was five years old and he was left to have a heartfelt and suffering childhood. At the age of eleven he was already working in a textile factory due to the fact that his income would play an important role in the maintenance of a family of nine children.
It would take too long to describe the type of trials that he went through, but he always persisted renitent in his mission. His family had trouble comprehending him, for he refused to use his mediumship for earthly gains. He was often persecuted by the pulpit, and attacked by those who felt troubled by his devotion to help the needy.
Rather than being upset, he would always wave to those who tried to harm him with a warm message of forgiveness and comfort and invite them to join him in his fight against prejudice and ignorance. He would wisely and patiently listen to whatever was delivered to him with an unimaginable peace characteristic of those who have their conscience at ease.
"He who has no reason to criticize me deserves no response; whoever does have it, is being truthful, and we are powerless to go against the truth. This is what Emmanuel has been teaching me. For this reason, during my entire life I have tried to listen in silence to the truths and lies that have been said about myself."
Guy Lyon Playfair is emphatic in registering the medium’s absolute lack of interest in profiting from mediumship, which is unanimously recognized by all.
“Yet despite his enormous popularity and record-breaking sales, Francisco Candido Xavier is a poor man. He has never sought nor receive a single payment for anything he has written.”
“Despite the publicity he has attracted throughout his career, though he has never sought any, Chico is a man of almost pathological modesty and humility. He only took up writing in the first place at the insistence of others, he had no thought of publishing at first, and when his first book became a cause célèbre he not only refused to change his daily routine but flatly refused any payment, as he has done ever since.
“The books that pass through my hands”, he has always insisted, “belong to the Spiritual Instructors and Benefactors, and not to me”
“Chico does not enjoy the reputation and affection he has won because of the books he has helped write so much as because of the kind of person he is. Impressive as his literary work is, it is nothing compared to what he has been achieved as a human being.
His entire life story has been one of rejection of material desire and personal ambition, and it is worth noting that he had very considerable wealth and influence within his grasp but voluntarily renounced his claim to it at the very start of his career. It must be much harder to turn your back on power and fortune when you actually have a good chance of winning both, as he had.”
Due to the magnitude of the work of the medium Francisco Candido Xavier and his mission, it would be difficult to register much of his accomplishments in this short writing. The medium, his achievements and his mission will undoubtedly be the subject of many inquires and speculation for years to come.
In conclusion, we would like to call the reader’s attention to a very important point, which constitutes the main objective of this article.
Since the beginning of his mission his main spirit mentor, Emmanuel, taught him to be loyal to Jesus Christ and to the Spiritist Doctrine, codified by Allan Kardec. This spirit mentor who would follow the medium and give him guidance throughout his entire life was so strict in his warnings that he once stated:
“If one day I provide you with counsel that is not in conformity with Jesus and Kardec, stay with them and forget me.”
The life and the achievements of Francisco de Paula Candido Xavier through his missionary task as a medium ought to be a safer pattern of moral behavior for anyone, and especially for those who are committed to the sacred duty of mediumship.