St. Stanislaus Kostka, S.J.

St. Stanislaus Kostka, S.J.
Posted on 11/13/2017

It was late September when Stanislaus Kostka made the long walk over the harsh Alps on the way to Rome and, finally, entry into the Society of Jesus - he was 17 years-old.  He would pass to His Lord at the age of 18. 

Born in Poland into a distinguished family, his father saw Stanislaus destined for a high position in public life.  But Kostka had a great desire to enter the Society of Jesus and seek great holiness. Against his father’s wishes,  he tried entry into the Society of Jesus in Vienna. The Provincial Father refused him entry without parental permission; this permission would not come. 

In the month of August, he left Vienna disguised in the shabby garb of a pilgrim, hoping to avoid being stopped by his father.  He walked 450 miles to Augsburg, Germany to ask the Provincial Father Peter Canisius, S.J. for permission to enter the Jesuits.  Canisius immediately sensed his sincerity and agreed to admit him.  However, Fr. Canisius worried Vienna was too near Poland, and his father’s political influence.  He sent Kostka over the Alps to Rome, where he entered the Jesuit novitiate far away from his father’s influence.

His time in the novitiate would be only ten months, but he demonstrated remarkable sanctity and spiritual maturity. He was only eighteen-years-old when he died from a fever. He was beatified  in 1605, only thirty-six years after his death, and was the first member of the Society of Jesus to receive this honor. He is a protector saint of Jesuit novices, a popular saint in Poland, and with young people. His feast day is celebrated today. 
Jesuit Saints and Martyrs, Fr. Joseph Tylenda, S.J. 

A group of Saint John’s Jesuit students and St. Ursula students will go out tonight to offer food and companionship to some of the poorest neighborhoods in Toledo – we are in our six year.  As the weather turns cold and can be harsh let us prayer for those who suffer most at this time of year. Prayer for those whose parent’s suffer from the ills of age – I am thinking of two friends whose mother and father are failing. Repentance reaches fullness when you are brought to gratitude for your sins. (Fr. Anthony de Mello, S.J.) Saint Stanislaus Kostka, pray for us.  Saint John Berchmans, pray for us.  Saint Ignatius, pray for us.

You Are Not Alone

From there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul. – Deuteronomy 4:29

When we are feeling lonely – if we are brave enough to resist the urge to call someone up, or go shopping, or take a drug, or turn to music or TV or go to bed; if we are courageous enough to remain alone and instead of fleeing the pain, to go down into it – we will gradually notice another Presence there, silent, but benevolent and peaceful. – Fr. Karl Rahner, S.J.
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