May 18, St Stanislaus (Stanisław) Papczyński

May 18
In the Archdiocese of Warszawa and Diocese of Włocławek
SAINT STANISLAUS PAPCZYŃSKI, PRESBYTER
Optional memorial

Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary (Stanisław od Jezusa i Maryi) Papczyński was born in 1631 in Podegrodzie, Poland. In 1654 he entered the Piarist Congregation, where he made his religious profession and received his ordination to priesthood. He left the order in 1670 and, three years later, he founded the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in order to spread the devotion of the Immaculate Conception, pray for the souls in purgatory and support parish priests in the apostolic work. He was made superior general of the Congregation by the Church authorities and remained its head until his death. As an author of works on rhethorics and spirituality, he reminded the clergy and laymen of their call to holiness. He died in the opinion of sanctity on 17 September 1701.

Common of Pastors.

OFFICE OF READINGS

SECOND READING

From the work by Saint Stanislaus Papczyński The Rule of Life
(Norma vitae, 2)
Two bases of social life

The Teacher of the Gentiles has best compared a servant of God who is not glowing with true love to a tinkling bell and a clanging cymbal. For attainment of eternal life – and the value of meritorious works – is rooted in love. Therefore, more than any other good, any of you should try to gain for himself [this love], this pearl of great price, this treasure hidden in the field. Although love is a gift of God, it is obtained and preserved however, by constancy of prayer and mortification. Therefore, let everything you do, be done in love.

The commandments of God and the Gospel counsels, the laws of the Roman Catholic Church, its prescriptions, decrees, rites, usages, dogmas; also this present Rule, (and if at some time further prescriptions are given) let all of these be observed out of the love of God. This is what [Jesus Christ] the heavenly Lawgiver said: “Anyone who loves me, will be true to My word.” And this is to be understood not only of His teaching and of Scripture, but equally of His Church, which He Himself forms and governs by His Holy Spirit, and its orders and documents, and the dispositions of the Superiors which flow from her or are confirmed by her.

Out of the love of God, you will perform every good and escape every evil; you will exercise every virtue possible, and detest every vice and sin. Out of the love of God, you will bear with willingness and fortitude mortifications, afflictions,reproofs, injuries, calumnies, labors, pains, destitution, austerity, and other situations like these.

Out of the love of God you will carry out in a most perfect way your exercises, duties, jobs entrusted to you, and whatever concerns your state and vocation. You will consecrate to divine Love all of your entire life, daily actions and sufferings, and each and every moment, particulars, circumstances, changes. Each and every action and suffering by due submission, confidence, and piety [will be consecrated] for all eternity on the altar of love, by a pure heart joined to the merits of Christ the Lord, His Immaculate Mother, all of the Saints, and the universal Church.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.“ This, which Divine Wisdom wanted to be most recommended in both [Old and New] Testaments, should be your common rule and the safest way to heaven.

Concerning mutual love: let it be known that the one who excels in mutual love is more dear to the Divine Majesty. Each of you should keep in mind that the soul of his Institute is love, and to the extent that he withdraws from love, he withdraws from life.

Therefore, even as he will promote the good, reputation, integrity and holiness of the whole Congregation, so he will render to the individual members of this same Congregation all those things, which he would wish for himself.

And so he will avoid this contagious disease very opposed to love: envy, hatred, rancor, rivalry, suspicion, calumny, exclusive attachment, antipathy, jealousy, secret accusation, jeering, whispering, verbal abuse, annoyance, ambition, contempt for others, disturbances, agitations, quarrels, contentions. As he will watch over the tranquility of his own spirit, so the zealous guardian of love will also give great care to guarding the tranquility of others and of the whole house. He will suitably drive away any evil both from the whole Congregation and from each of its members.

Call to mind the love of the early Church, about which the writer of the Acts of the Apostles says, “The community of believers were of one heart and one mind.”

You should always be mindful of the works of mercy which, done to his members, are done to Christ the Head. On all occasions you will not neglect to show outsiders every possible love. You will surround with devoted love not only those you find benevolent to you, but adversaries as well, and enemies (whom our Lord rightly commanded us to love). These works alone will triumph at the final Judgement. [1]

RESPONSORY Ephesians 5:8-9; Matthew 5:14, 16

You are light in the Lord. Live as children of light,
For light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.

You are the light of the world.Your light must shine before others.
For light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

God,
in your Providence you called Saint Stanislaus, Presbyter, to spread the devotion of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and bring help to the deceased in the purgatory,
grant us, we beseech you, that we, encouraged by the example of his life and apostolic activity, may proclaim the fullness of the grace and holiness of the Mother of Your Son and, pleading for the mercy for the dead, may participate in the true homeland.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum. Probatum seu confirmatum, die 15 iunii 2005, Prot. 517/05/L.

[1] http://stanislawpapczynski.org/assets/pdfs/TheRuleofLife.pdf

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