St. Stanislaus

Today’s the memorial of St. Stanislaus who was the Bishop of Krakow, Poland and lived in the 11th-12th Century. He was killed by King Boleslaw II in 1079 for being overly critical of the policies and immoralities of the polish king. Why, one might ask, would I be bringing up a fairly obscure saint on a random Friday? Simple reason is that I was baptised as Stanislaus as a wee babe and he thus becomes a patron saint of sorts for me.

A patron saint is not a deity or a veiled attempt at introducing polytheism to one’s practice of religion. Far from it – it’s more of a healthy respect and reverence for those who have led good pious lives and to whom we draw inspiration from. St. Stanislaus was not only one who was faithful in the face of persecution and the constant threats of death and ultimately lost his life for it. While that seems somewhat extreme in our day and age, it does give us a little insight into what it means to be faithful (not just to a religion but to our values and what we hold dear) and what it means to be stand firm in the light of persecution.

That’s it for today’s short bit. Happy St. Stanislaus day to all Stanisluases there are out there!


Icon of St. Stanislaus. What’s a memorial without an icon yes?

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4 Responses to “St. Stanislaus”


  1. 1 jess 11 April 2008 at 2:09 02

    Happy St. Stanislaus day to YOU!

  2. 2 wa'hpn wa'hpn 12 April 2008 at 12:41 12

    u were named after a matyr. why am i not surprised? tho you’re not quite the type to be ‘over-critical’ of anything (and thereby kena persecuted for it). i still think your parents should have named you Jesus lah, however Pinoi that may sound! it’s the stanley way to suffer in silence and lead by example. same-same, hor?

  3. 3 gymstan 12 April 2008 at 10:48 10

    But…but…isn’t that the way we all get things done? Names are merely names no? Afterall, always thought of what it would be like to have Michaelangelo as a confirmation name. Just think: Stanley Michaelangelo Goh. Cool eh?

  4. 4 wa'hpn wa'hpn 13 April 2008 at 12:12 12

    no, not everyone gets stuff done by suffering in silence. or ninja-ing for that matter ;P
    which is why michaelangelo is quite suitable actually, ninja tur-tur and all…


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