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Blessed Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczy ń ski was born on May 18, 1631, in Podegrodzie. After finishing his courses in Jesuit and Piarist Colleges, he joined the Pi- arist Order in 1654. Ordained to the priest- hood in 1661, he became famous as a gifted educator of youth, illustrious preacher, wise spiritual director, and also as an author of works on spirituality and rhetoric. In 1673 Fr. Stanislaus founded the first Marian monastery in Puszcza Korabiewska, known today as Puszcza Maria ń ska. He was the first to found in the Church a male Order dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, nearly two centuries before the proclamation of this dogma. To his new Congregation he as- signed three goals: promulgation of devotion to the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M., prayerful assistance to Poor Souls in Purgatory, and pastoral ministry, especially among people lacking pastoral guidance. He died in the opinion of holiness on September 17, 1701, in Góra Kalwaria near Warsaw. His remains were laid to rest at the Church of the Cenacle of Our Lord. On September 16, 2007, the Church proclaimed him Blessed. F ROM “T HE S UFFERING C HRIST ” BY B LESSED S TANISLAUS P APCZY ń SKI The cross is an accepted affliction of the body; the cross is uninterrupted, serious penance; the cross is infamy, contempt, injury, and any kind of tribulation; the cross is infirmity, lack of goods, hardships, forfeiting temporal goods, loss of wealth; the cross is the lack of necessities, the pruning off of the superfluous, the subtraction of success, the entrance of adversity, and whatever either in the spirit or in the body causes difficulty. To carry such a cross out of love for Christ with an eager and joyful heart, we are all called by Christ Himself through His word and example – particularly, through the most bitter carrying of the salvific wood of the cross – so that, ultimately, we may attain together with Him the eternal inheritance of ever- lasting joy and glory by following after our Predecessor on the way of the cross. Christ, I go there, wherever you call me: through hostility and fire, and through waters, and deserts, rocks, and thorns, underYour leadership, all difficult roads will be made easier especially if the companion Love will impart wings. More information about Blessed Stanislaus Papczy ń ski is available at: www.stanislawpapczynski.org

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