Things were going on among saints when the Jesuits had to decide whether or not to admit to the novitiate in Rome that very young postulant who had escaped from his homeland and persecuted by his familybecause the Virgin had called him to the purest Jesuitism.
Stanislaus was of Polish nationality. At 17 years old, he is a student at the Jesuit college in Vienna and has shown his determination to join the Society because the Virgin Mary herself has indicated it. For reasons of human and supernatural prudence, his wish is denied; things are not for jokes in the times when Emperor Maximilian dissolved the Order throughout Austria (1565).
He is the son of noble knight Zatarotzin. Most of the Polish student community finds welcome and refuge in the prince kimbercker palace after school closes. It turns out that what could be considered as a providential favor that would facilitate the formation of young people, nor it was so much for Estanislao when the true personality of the Viennese nobleman was revealed. It turned out that this prince is a convinced and active Lutheran, staunch enemy of anyone or anything that smacks of Catholicism.
It has been a radical change of environment that hinders youth coexistence. in the new status rudeness and lewdness are not uncommon; contempt is abundantly practiced and it is not uncommon to reach teasing and physical aggression; the student world of the residence is full of frivolities; it’s like a vertigo influences the extremely fine and delicate spiritual life of the young Stanislaus. How far away are now discipline, order, piety and that unforgettable Salve that “snatched” him to the astonishment and admiration of his companions, when he was in the strong and cordial Jesuit atmosphere! Now the time has come to suffer bitterness, loneliness, contempt and a number of disappointments to which he adds his personal penance.
His poor health suffers in this situation. He falls ill and becomes serious. As if the physical were not enough, the devil haunts him with visions and fears. He spent fifteen days between life and death. Faced with the refusal of the Lutheran prince to allow the priest to enter his house with Viaticum, receives communion miraculously by means of an angel. But the healing of that extreme and desperate situation came, healing immediately Against all odds, through the mediation of the Virgin, who would arrange things in her own way so that she could enter the Society of Jesus.
It was difficult for him to do his part. She was traveling on foot more than seven hundred kilometersfrom Kimbercker, from where he escaped, eluding the persecution organized by his brother Pablo and Preceptor Bilinski, to the Jesuit house in Trierwhere Saint Pedro Canisio received him, in the summer of 1567.
Sent to Rome the young Pole who I fled from the greatness of menwas received by another great of the world who also wanted to renounce human honor for God, Saint Francis Borgia, who was General at the time. As the saints understand each other and know better than others the mysterious ins and outs of divine action, facilitated Kostka’s entry into the St. Andrew’s novitiate at the Quirinal. Stanislaus will seek God there above all else and will show his desire to go to lands of infidels to evangelize.
The experimental fact of his soul has Marian overtones: «The Mother of God is my mother» he will say as a maximum phrase that it contains an entire intimacy of unprecedented dialogue with María; in this reality she lives daily she finds the depths of her Trusted Delivery Basics.
This “seraphim of love” – as some biographers call him, because the burning of his young chest had to be calmed with cloths soaked in water from the fountain – God called him to heaven at dawn on November 13, 1568when he had only been in the novitiate for nine months.
They ensure that died of love. He spent five days of minor illness, and was only seriously ill for a few hours. he left written a naive letter to the Virgin in which he asked her for the grace to die on the day of the Assumption. and it was granted.
The impetus of love was his illness. And there is no age to leave, as testified by daily experience. But it also happens that, in addition, the affairs of each one with God are always resolved in the mysterious game of grace –which has no fixed rules– with the freedom of man that corresponds responsibly with human commitment. The end result in the saints is that they considered faith, hope and charity as virtues to be lived, not to theorize; those of us who see things from the outside may devote ourselves to theorizing too much.
Other saints today:
Leandro, bishop; Diego de Alcalá, Homobonus, confessors; Arcadio, Pascasio, Probo, Eutiquiano, Valentín, Soluto, Víctor, Antonio, Cebinos, Germán, martyrs; Ennata, Maxelinda, virgins and martyrs; Pablito, child; Nicholas I, pope; Eugenio, Florido, Bricio, Quinciano, Quiliano, bishops; Leoniano, Pascasio, Donato, Everardo, Marcos, abbots; Francisca Javier Cabrini, founder.
Steps for the canonization of a saint
- 1. Application: is the process by which the intention to propose a person as a saint is presented and made known. This process requires biographical data and testimonies.
- 2. Servant of God: initiation of the postulate within the process of beatification and declaration as a person linked to the Catholic Church.
- 3. Venerable: equivalent to a person worthy of esteem and honor. Associated with an exemplary life and prior to beatification.
- 4. Beatification: If the existence of a miracle related to the Venerable is proven, the beatification proceeds.
- 5. Canonization: if the blessed can be attributed a second (or more) miracles, he is canonized.