Today's Saint (May 7): Stanislas, Bishop and Martyr, Patron of Poland

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Saint Stanislas was born in Poland and consecrated bishop of Cracow in 1072.

He is the patron of Poland, and was known for his fervent preaching of the Gospel, for his almsgiving to the poor, and for his refusal to compromise the Faith on issues concerning morals.

The king of Poland, Boleslas II, murdered Stanislas in response to Stanislas' reprimand of him for the abduction to the palace of a nobleman's wife and for the harsh rule he meted out on his subjects.

Tradition says that the king killed Stanislas with his own hand, while the saint was celebrating mass.

Stanislas's life and stedfastness makes us moderns contemplate, "What am I willing to do, for the defense of the Faith?"

The Day's Propers
Catholic Encyclopedia Article

Books Worth Considering
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)amazon
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)amazon

Their Blood Cries Out
Fox's Book of Martyrs

Reason Is Beguiled: On the Mystery of Martyrdom and of Total Self Gift
By Their Blood: Christian Martyrs of the 20th Century