Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr, Patron Saint of Poland

Saint Stanislaus was born in the town of Szczepanow in Poland around the year 1030. He studied in Paris and was ordained to the priesthood. In 1071 he succeeded Bishop Lambert at Cracow. In this post he ruled as a good shepherd by helping the poor and visiting his clerics every year. He courageously rebuked King Boleslaus who put him to death in 1097. (Source: Liturgy of the Hours).

How interesting that the feast day of the Patron of Poland falls this year on the same day as Divine Mercy Sunday right after the disaster involving the leaders of Poland. If I were a religious man, I might read something into that . . . .

Father, to honor You, Saint Stanislaus faced martyrdom with courage. Keep us strong and loyal in our faith until death. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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