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!