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Thought for the Day – 13 November – The Memorial of St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568)

Thought for the Day – 13 November – The Memorial of St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568)

Although the life of St. Stanislaus was short in years, it contains a simple roadmap for us all.

The Three things all saints possess and these things will make us saints too – great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, our Holy Mother and Prayer.   Follow him in these points.   Assist daily, if you can, at Holy Mass, attend Our Lord in the Tabernacle or at Eucharistic Adoration, as often as possible, even for just a few minutes and always prepare yourself carefully for holy Communion;  honour the divine Mother and invoke her with filial trust.   To ask her blessing, morning and night, after the example of St Stanislaus, is easily done and is, moreover, a sign of love and confidence.PRAYER BEFORE OUR LORD IN THE HOLY EUCHARIST - ST STANISLAUS MEMORIAL - 13 NOV 2017

And finally, especially during this month of the holy souls, remember to contemplate your own death each day and do not delay your penance until you are lying on your sick-bed.  While you are in the possession of health, examine your conscience, in order to ascertain if there is nothing which might trouble you on your death-bed.   Should you find anything, remove it without delay.   “For it is difficult, it is very difficult,” says Hugo of St. Victor, “to do true penance at that time and to awaken, in a troubled conscience, earnest repentance.”   Perhaps, at that moment, one does not even think of it, or knows, not what to do in the anxiety of his mind.   “At the time of sickness, you can hardly think of anything but what you feel,” says St Jerome; and St Augustine writes:  “It is in accordance with Divine Justice that he who forgets God during his life, forgets himself in the hour of death.”   “Therefore, whoever wishes to die quietly and peacefully, let him do penance while he enjoys health,” says S. Bernard.   While you are in the possession of health, you would daily employ a few minutes to examine your conscience, in order to ascertain if there is nothing which might trouble you on your death-bed.    Should you find anything, remove it without delay!

A practice of worth for us all, is to beg St Stanislaus to be our patrons of a holy and peaceful death.   Therefore, we pray:

Saint Stanislaus, patron most tender and most powerful, angel of purity and of love, I rejoice with you in your happy death, a death rejoiced in, by your longing to see Jesus and Mary. who was taken up bodily into heaven and consummated by a mighty impulse of love toward her.   I give thanks unto Mary, who was pleased to hear and answer your prayers and I implore you, by the glory of your happy death, to be the advocate and patron of my death.   Intercede with Mary our Mother for me that my death, if not so happy as yours, may at least be peaceful under the protection of Mary, my Advocate and of you my special patron of my inevitable.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Pray for us, O holy Stanislaus,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

O God, who amongst the other wonderful works of Your wisdom, has bestowed the grace of holiness on them of tender years:   grant, we beseech You, that we, following in the footsteps of blessed St Stanislaus and redeeming the time by unremitting labour, may hasten without fear, to enter into our eternal rest.   Through Christ our Lord, St Stanislaus, pray for us now and at the hour of our death, stanislaus - pray for us - 13 nov 2017 no 3

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Quote/s of the Day – 13 November – The Memorial of St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568)

Quote/s of the Day – 13 November – The Memorial of St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568)

“I want eternity. I was born for greater things…”i want eternity - stanislaus - 13 nov 2017

“What have I done for Christ?
What am I doing for Christ?
What ought I do for Christ?”

St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568)what have i done for christ - st stanislaus - 13 nov 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 13 November – The Memorial of St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568)

One Minute Reflection – 13 November – The Memorial of St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568)

Let no-one despise your youth but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity….1 Timothy 4:12

REFLECTION – “The first lesson is that there can be great sanctity even in youth.   In other words, God is not only no respecter of persons, He is no respecter of angels.   The essence of sanctity is in the grace that He confers. … God gives His grace to whom ever He wishes, in what quantity He wishes and ours is to recognise His gift and not miscalculate. …There can be great sanctity in youth.”…Venerable Servant of God Fr John A Hardon S.J. from his writings on St Stanislausthe first lesson is that - fr john a hardon on st stanislaus - 13 nov 2017

PRAYER – Holy Father, I beg Your grace to achieve sanctity.   Grant me the wisdom to follow Your Son, the fortitude to persevere in all trails but most of all Holy Father, grant me Your grace to obtain eternal life.   Precious youth, St Stanislaus, please pray for us all , stanislaus - pray for us - 13 nov 2017 - no 4

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Our Morning Offering – 13 November – The Memorial of St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568)

Our Morning Offering – 13 November – The Memorial of St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568)

Wash Me With Your Precious Blood
By St Peter Canisius, S.J.

See, O merciful God, what return
I, Your thankless servant, have made
for the innumerable favours
and the wonderful love You have shown me!
What wrongs I have done, what good left undone!
Wash away, I beg You, these faults and stains
with Your precious blood, most kind Redeemer,
and make up for my poverty by applying Your merits.
Give me the protection I need to amend my life.
I give and surrender myself wholly to You,
and offer You all I possess,
with the prayer that You bestow Your grace on me,
so that I may be able to devote and employ
all the thinking power of my mind
and the strength of my body in Your holy service,
who are God blessed for ever and ever. Amenwash me with your precious blood - st peter canisius - 13 nov 2017

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Saint of the Day – 13 November – St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568)

Saint of the Day – 13 November – St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568) Jesuit Novice (28 October 1550 at Rostkovo, Poland – between 3 and 4 am of 15 August, feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1568 at Rome, Italy from a high fever).  Patronages – • against broken bones• aspirants to the Oblates of Saint Joseph • last sacraments• Poland.   Attributes – Lily, Jesuit habit, Jesus, Most Blessed Sacrament.   St Stanislaus was Beatified on 19 October 1605 by Pope Paul V and Canonised on 31 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII.


His father, Jan Kostka, was a senator of the Kingdom of Poland and Lord of Zakroczym; his mother was Małgorzata Kryska from Drobni).   He was the second of seven children. His older brother Paweł (Paul) survived to be present at beatification ceremony of Stanislaus in 1605.   At home, the two brothers were taught with firmness, even severity; its results were their piety, modesty, temperance, and submission.

“I expect great things of him,” wrote St Peter Canisius of St Stanislaus Kostka. He certainly had in mind accomplishments like those of St Francis Xavier and other early Jesuits.   But young Stanislaus died before he could do anything.   Except live for God and become a saint.

Polish nobleman John Kostka was not pleased with the spiritual inclinations of his second son.   He did all he could to discourage Stanislaus’s desire for Christian service. Paul, a brother two years older than he, bullied him and tried to lure him into more worldly pursuits.

On 25 July 1564, they arrived at Vienna with their tutor to attend the Jesuit college that had been opened four years before.   Stanislaus was soon conspicuous, among his classmates during his 3 years of schooling, not only for his amiability and cheerfulness of expression but also for his growing religious fervour and piety.

His brother Paul said during the process of beatification:  “He devoted himself so completely to spiritual things that he frequently became unconscious, especially in the church of the Jesuit Fathers at Vienna.   It is true,” added the witness, “that this had happened at home to my brother at Easter when he was seated at table with our parents and other persons.”  SAINT STANISLAUS KOSTKA WITH THE VIRGIN

Among other practices of devotion he joined while at Vienna the Congregation of St Barbara, to which many students of the Jesuit college belonged.  The confidences he then made to his tutor and later to a fellow-member of the Society at Rome, he declared that it was Saint Barbara who brought two angels to him during the course of a serious illness, in order to give him the Eucharist.   He also said that the Blessed Mother came to him in a vision, encouraging him to become a Jesuit.   So much piety, however, did not please the older brother Paul;  his exasperation led him to treat the innocent Stanislaus with violence.   Stanislaus suffered the unjust treatment with remarkable stoicism and patience but there came one night when, after having again suffered the harsh comments and blows from his brother, he turned on Paul with the words:  “Your rough treatment will end in my going away never to return and you will have to explain my leaving to our father and mother.”   Paul’s sole reply was to swear violently at him.   St. Stanislaus Kostka

Thus, upon recovering, Stanislaus determined to join the Society of Jesus.   With Paul in hot pursuit, he fled to Dillingen where Peter Canisius welcomed him.   Then to demonstrate his determination, Stanislaus walked the 350 miles to Rome and there Jesuit general St Francis Borgia accepted him.

Stanislaus kept a journal during his novitiate.   His notes reflect both a youthful idealism and an adult commitment.   Here are a few excerpts:

“Consider how hard it is for a person to be separated from any place he has loved deeply.   How much harder the soul will find it when the time comes to leave the mortal body, its companion so dear.   And the great fear it will experience in that moment because its salvation is at stake and it must stand in the presence of the one it has so offended.  If the just man will scarcely be saved, what about me a sinner?

But think of the great joy the good will feel at the thought of the service they’ve paid to God.   They will be glad because they’ve suffered something for love of him back there and didn’t fix their hope and attention on the things of this world that we leave so soon.   Think of the joy that the soul will feel in its escape from the prison of this body.   So long has it lived in perpetual exile, expelled from its own heavenly home.  How much greater its uncontainable joy and complete satisfaction when it arrives in its own country to enjoy the vision of God with the angels and the blessed.

I am so ashamed and confused because I see how many have been lost on account of a single mortal sin and how many times I have deserved eternal damnation.

I shall reflect on myself and ask:  “What have I done for Christ?   What am I doing for Christ?   What ought I do for Christ?”

However, Stanislaus did not complete his training.   Nine months into his novitiate he again became very sick.   Saint Stanislaus had drawn as his monthly patron for August the glorious martyr Saint Lawrence and in his honour he performed daily some penance or devotion.   On the eve of his feast, he obtained leave to take the discipline;  in the morning he went to Communion and then laid before the image of the saint a letter addressed to Our Lady, in which he begged that he might die on her Feast of the Assumption and he prayed Saint Lawrence to present to her his petition.   That night he was seized with a slight fever, which, however, rapidly increased and on Assumption Eve, he received the last sacraments.   Then, as he lay dying, he had brought to him a little book containing a litany in his own writing of his monthly patron saints, whom he constantly invoked.   At 3 a.m. on the Feast of the Assumption, he face suddenly lit up with joy and he breathed forth his soul to the Mother of God, who had come to conduct him to heaven.    His confidence in the Blessed Virgin, which had already brought him many signal favours, was this time again rewarded.   And shortly afterward he died.   Stanislaus was only seventeen years old when he “arrived in his own country to enjoy the vision of God.”

The entire city proclaimed him a saint and people hastened from all parts to venerate his remains and to obtain, if possible, some relics.

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Memorials of the Saints – 13 November

St Frances Xavier Cabrini (Optional Memorial, United States only – her Universal Feast Day is 22 December and this is the Day on which I will honour her on this site.)
All Saints of the Augustinian Order
All Saints of the Benedictine Order
All Saints of the Premonstratensian Order
All Deceased Dominican Brothers and Sisters

St Abbo of Fleury
St Agostina Petrantoni
St Amandus of Rennes
St Amanzio
St Beatrix of Bohemia
St Brice of Tours
St Caillin
Bl Carl Lampert
St Chillien of Aubigny
Bl Christopher Eustace
St Columba of Cornwall
St Dalmatius of Rodez
Bl David Sutton
St Devinicus
St Didacus
St Eugenius of Toledo
St Florido of Città di Castello
St Gredifael
St Himerius
St Homobonus of Cremona
Bl John Sutton
Bl Juan Gonga Martínez
St Juan Ortega Uribe
St Leoniano of Vienne
Bl María Cinta Asunción Giner Gomis
Bl Maurice Eustace
St Maxellendis
St Mitrius
St Pope Nicholas I
St Paterniano
St Quintian of Rodez
Bl Robert Fitzgerald
Bl Robert Montserrat Beliart
Bl Robert Scurlock
St Stanislaus Kostka
Bl Thomas Eustace
Bl Warmondus of Ivrea
Bl William Wogan

Martyrs of Caesarea – 5 saints: A group of Christians murdered for their faith in the persecutions of Diocletian, Galerius Maximian and Firmilian. – Antoninus, Ennatha, Germanus, Nicephorus and Zebinas. 297 at Caesarea, Palestine.

Martyrs of Ravenna – 3 saints: A group of Christians murdered together in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only information about them that has survived are three names – Solutor, Valentine and Victor. c 305 in Ravenna, Italy.

Martyrs of Salamanca – 5 saints: The first group of Christians exiled, tortured and executed for their adherence to the Nicene Creed during the persecutions of the Arian heretic Genseric. – Arcadius, Eutychianus, Paschasius, Paulillus and Probus.
Born in Spain and Martyred in 437. Their relics are at Medina del Campo, Spain.