A New Saint at the Altars: Stanislaus Papczynski and the Virtue of Building Families

Posted June 23, 2016 11:53 pm by Br. Esteban Ybarra, FMCD

A New Saint at the Altars: Stanislaus Papczynski and the Virtue of Building Families

In July 1655, Poland was invaded by Swedish Protestant forces.  Warsaw had fallen, and the Swedish soldiers plundered and pillaged even the churches and religious houses, killing all in their path.  A young seminarian named Stanislaus Papczynski, along with a university companion, was walking along the street after studies in the Old City and was suddenly approached by a Swedish soldier with drawn sword.  His companion ran away, but Stanislaus in his youthful zeal wanted to be martyred for the faith.  He knelt in front of the soldier, baring his neck, bracing for the blow that would send him straight

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