This new saint has a terrific story behind him.
By Br Estaban Ybarra, FMCD posted on OnePeterFive, June 23, 2016
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 to Heaven. Three times the soldier drove his sword, intending to decapitate the zealous young religious, causing him immense pain. However, as he was to write later in his will, by “the decree of Divine Providence,” he…
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