Saint for the Day - September 2 - St. Stephen
Geysa, fourth Duke of
Hungary, was, with his wife, converted to the Faith,
and saw in a vision the martyr St. Stephen, who told
him that he should have a son who would perfect the
work he had begun. This son was born in 977, and
received the name of Stephen. He was most carefully
educated, and succeeded his father at an early age.
He began to root out idolatry, suppressed a
rebellion of his pagan subjects, and founded
monasteries and churches all over the land. He sent
to Pope Sylvester, begging him to appoint bishops to
the eleven sees he had endowed, and to bestow on
him, for the greater success of his work, the title
of king. The Pope granted his requests, and sent him
a cross to be borne before him, saying that he
regarded him as the true apostle of his people. His
devotion was fervent. He placed his realms under the
protection of our blessed Lady, and kept the feast
of her Assumption with peculiar affection. He gave
good laws, and saw to their execution.
Throughout his life, we are told, he had Christ on
his lips, Christ in his heart, and Christ in all he
did. His only wars were wars of defence, and he was
always successful. God sent him many and sore
trials. One by one his children died, but he bore
all with perfect submission to the will of God. When
St. Stephen was about to die, he summoned the
bishops and nobles, and gave them charge concerning
the choice of a successor. Then he urged them to
nurture and cherish the Catholic Church, which was
still as a tender plant in Hungary, to follow
justice, humility, and charity, to be obedient to
the laws, and to show ever a reverent submission to
the Holy See.
Then, raising his eyes towards heaven, he said, "O
Queen of Heaven, august restorer of a prostrate
world, to thy care I commend the Holy Church, my
people, and my realm, and my own departing soul."
And then, on his favorite feast of the Assumption,
in 1038, he died in peace.
Saint for the Day - St. Stephen
Read about the Saint for today - September 2 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"Our duty," says Father Newman,
"is to follow the Vicar of
Christ whither he goeth, and
never to desert him, however we
may be tried; but to defend him
at all hazards and against all
corners, as a son would a
father, and as a wife a husband,
knowing that his cause is the
cause of God."
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