Thursday, November 13, 2008

Feast of St. Stanislaus Kostka

Today, Nov. 13 is the feast of St. Stanislaus Kostka, S.J., the patron saint of novices or those who are in the first stage of their formation in religious life. Born in Poland, Stanislaus had an older brother who used to oppress him. Determined to enter the Society of Jesus, he had to walk miles just to see and apply to the Jesuit Superior in Rome. He did his novitiate in Sant'Andrea in Quirinale where he died as a young novice. His famous line is "Ad majora natus sum," "I was born for greater things." Sounds arrogant and presumptuous but these are words of someone who wanted only the best things for God and who thought that God wanted him to do great things for Him. May we also be men and women who desire to do great things for God. St. Stanislaus, pray for us.

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