— Bishop, Martyr
Stanislaus, born in Poland, was made Bishop of Cracow. He became an object of hatred to Boleslas II, whom he reproached for his tyranny and dissolute life. One day, while he was saying Mass, the prince rushed at him and slew him.
O God, in defense of Whose honor the glorious Bishop Stanislaus fell before the sword of the wicked; grant we beseech Thee, that to all prayers put up to him, there be vouchsafed in all fullness the wished for answer. — Collect
The Imitation of Christ
The greatest saints shunned the company of men when they could, and chose rather to live unto God in secret.
When his enemies tried to institute court proceedings against this saint unlawfully, he called to witness a man who was dead several years. The dead man came from his grave and bore witness, to the false accusers’ confusion.
St. Stanislaus was a priest. There is this sentence in Holy Scripture “Touch not My anointed.” God punishes almost immediately and severely even in this life any irreverence to His priests. Resolve today never to say or do the least thing ever so slightly disrespectful to priests.
Touch not My anointed.