Saint for the Day - May 7 - St. Stanislas
Stanislas was born in
answer to prayer when his parents were advanced in
age. Out of gratitude they educated him for the
Church, and from a holy priest he became in time
Bishop of Cracow. Boleslas II. was then King of
Poland—a prince of good disposition, but spoilt by a
long course of victory and success. After many acts
of lust and cruelty, he outraged the whole kingdom
by carrying off the wife of one of his nobles.
Against this public scandal the chaste and gentle
bishop alone raised his voice.
Having commended the matter to God, he went down to
the palace and openly rebuked the king for his crime
against God and his subjects, and threatened to
excommunicate him if he persisted in his sin. To
slander the Saint's character, Boleslas suborned the
nephews of one Paul, lately dead, to swear that
their uncle had never been paid for land bought by
the bishop for the Church. The Saint stood
fearlessly before the king's tribunal, though all
his witnesses forsook him, and guaranteed to bring
the dead man to witness for him within three days.
On the third day, after many prayers and tears, he
raised Paul to life, and led him in his
grave-clothes before the king. Boleslas made a show
for a while of a better life.
Soon, however, he relapsed into the most scandalous
excesses, and the bishop, finding all remonstrance
useless, pronounced the sentence of excommunication.
In defiance of the censure, on May 8, 1079, the king
went down to a chapel where the bishop himself was
saying Mass, and sent in three companies of soldiers
to dispatch him at the altar. Each in turn came out,
saying they had been scared by a light from heaven.
Then the king rushed in and slew the Saint at the
altar with his own hand.
Saint for the Day - St. Stanislas
Read about the Saint for today - May 7 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The safest correction of vice is
a blameless life. Yet there are
times when silence would make us
answerable for the sins of
others. At such times let us, in
the name of God, rebuke the
offender without fear.
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