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On the Feast of Stephen

But his deeds I think you know better than I could tell you; for, as is read in his Passion, no one doubts that, rising every night from his noble bed, with bare feet and only one chamberlain, he went around to God’s churches and gave alms generously to widows, orphans, those in prison and afflicted by every difficulty, so much so that he was considered, not a prince, but the father of all the wretched.

              Cosmas of Prague, writing in 1119 about Saint King Wenceslaus

 

It has always seemed appropriate to me that the hymn Good King Wenceslas, written in 1853, ties together Saint Stephen and Saint King Wenceslas.  Saint Stephen is the original martyr of Christ, the first of that glorious line of Christians who have testified to their Faith in the God who died for them by surrendering their own lives for Him.  The Apostles had cut poor figures indeed on the night when Christ was betrayed, and Saint Stephen heroically and unforgettably demonstrated a better example, that would be followed by the Apostles themselves who later died as martyrs.  Bravery in the face of a martyr’s death takes a great deal of courage and faith, and we Catholics have ever honored our martyrs.

 

Wenceslas was born in 907 into a turbulent time and place.  The eldest son of Duke Vratislaus I of Bohemia, Bohemia was a country that was only beginning to convert to Christianity and was riven by conflicts between pagans and Christians, Germans and Czechs.  His mother Drahomira was the daughter of a pagan tribal leader and had only converted at the time of her marriage.  His father’s father was a Christian convert.

At the death of his father, in battle, in 921, his paternal grandmother, Ludmilla, briefly held the regency.  His mother, Drahomira, who was a real piece of work, remained a pagan at heart, and had Ludmilla strangled. (Ludmilla, who had always been noted for her charity and her strong Christian faith, was canonized shortly after her death.)  Wenceslas was now under the control of his murderous mother.  In 924 or 925 Wenceslas began to rule and exiled his mother, understandably enough.

During his reign he was noted for his charity and the strong impetus he gave to the evangelization of Bohemia.  He placed great reliance on Catholic missionary priests from Germany and this stirred resentment not only among his pagan subjects, but among some Czechs.  Taking advantage of this opposition, his brother Boleslav had Wenceslas murdered as he was walking to mass in 935.  From the instant of his death, Wenceslas was hailed as a martyr, popular devotion to him spurred by miracles that began at his funeral, and swiftly became the patron saint of Bohemia.  Holy Roman Emperor Otto I, bestowed the title of king upon him, posthumously.  His brother, who would reign for almost four decades, now remorseful, helped spread Christianity throughout his kingdom during his reign and venerated the man he had murdered as a saint.  His feast day on September 28 is celebrated as a national holiday in the Czech Republic.

 

 

According to some of our sources Wenceslas knew that his brother was plotting his murder but took no action against him.  What might be considered a dereliction of duty in a King was not one for a Saint, and Wenceslas was always more intent on a heavenly crown than he was on his earthly crown.  He pledged himself early in his reign to perpetual virginity and left no children of his body behind him.  However, all Czechs hail him as the father of their nation, and his martyrdom helped lead the Czechs to embrace the Faith and to solidify their consciousness as a people.  God uses martyrs for His purposes, and what can seem foolishness in earthly eyes when a martyr dies is often, even in earthly terms, the highest of wisdom as the centuries pass.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

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  1. On the Feast of Stephen
    Posted on Tuesday, December 26, AD 2017 by Donald R. McClarey

    But his deeds I think you know better than I could tell you; for, as is read in his Passion, no one doubts that, rising every night from his noble bed, with bare feet and only one chamberlain, he went around to God’s churches and gave alms generously to widows, orphans, those in prison and afflicted by every difficulty, so much so that he was considered, not a prince, but the father of all the wretched.

    Cosmas of Prague, writing in 1119 about Saint King Wenceslaus

    It has always seemed appropriate to me that the hymn Good King Wenceslas, written in 1853, ties together Saint Stephen and Saint King Wenceslas. Saint Stephen is the original martyr of Christ, the first of that glorious line of Christians who have testified to their Faith in the God who died for them by surrendering their own lives for Him. The Apostles had cut poor figures indeed on the night when Christ was betrayed, and Saint Stephen heroically and unforgettably demonstrated a better example, that would be followed by the Apostles themselves who later died as martyrs. Bravery in the face of a martyr’s death takes a great deal of courage and faith, and we Catholics have ever honored our martyrs.

    Wenceslas was born in 907 into a turbulent time and place. The eldest son of Duke Vratislaus I of Bohemia, Bohemia was a country that was only beginning to convert to Christianity and was riven by conflicts between pagans and Christians, Germans and Czechs. His mother Drahomira was the daughter of a pagan tribal leader and had only converted at the time of her marriage. His father’s father was a Christian convert.

    At the death of his father, in battle, in 921, his paternal grandmother, Ludmilla, briefly held the regency. His mother, Drahomira, who was a real piece of work, remained a pagan at heart, and had Ludmilla strangled. (Ludmilla, who had always been noted for her charity and her strong Christian faith, was canonized shortly after her death.) Wenceslas was now under the control of his murderous mother. In 924 or 925 Wenceslas began to rule and exiled his mother, understandably enough.

    During his reign he was noted for his charity and the strong impetus he gave to the evangelization of Bohemia. He placed great reliance on Catholic missionary priests from Germany and this stirred resentment not only among his pagan subjects, but among some Czechs. Taking advantage of this opposition, his brother Boleslav had Wenceslas murdered as he was walking to mass in 935. From the instant of his death, Wenceslas was hailed as a martyr, popular devotion to him spurred by miracles that began at his funeral, and swiftly became the patron saint of Bohemia. Holy Roman Emperor Otto I, bestowed the title of king upon him, posthumously. His brother, who would reign for almost four decades, now remorseful, helped spread Christianity throughout his kingdom during his reign and venerated the man he had murdered as a saint. His feast day on September 28 is celebrated as a national holiday in the Czech Republic.

    According to some of our sources Wenceslas knew that his brother was plotting his murder but took no action against him. What might be considered a dereliction of duty in a King was not one for a Saint, and Wenceslas was always more intent on a heavenly crown than he was on his earthly crown. He pledged himself early in his reign to perpetual virginity and left no children of his body behind him. However, all Czechs hail him as the father of their nation, and his martyrdom helped lead the Czechs to embrace the Faith and to solidify their consciousness as a people. God uses martyrs for His purposes, and what can seem foolishness in earthly eyes when a martyr dies is often, even in earthly terms, the highest of wisdom as the centuries pass.
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    Santa Saint Fabiola Roman husmor

    December 27

    m. 399

    På Påskafton år någon gång Fabiola presen, klädd i säckväv, i basilikan San Giovanni in Laterano, ber att tas emot i kyrkan. Det framgår av en lysande familj i romersk historia, nämligen Fabi, och bakom redan har två äktenskap slutade i skilsmässa den första, den andra med makens död. Genom att bli en kristen, det är också dålig, att ge upp sin egendom och bygga ett sjukhus för sjuka. En dag råkar vara brinner en avhandling om livet av en eremit. Författare Jerome är det att 385 ligger i Palestina. Fabiola beslutar också att leva sitt i ensamhet och 394 går till honom i Palestina, att förlita sig på sin andliga guide. I 395, men varvid imperiet hotas av invasionen av germanska folk från norr, bestämde han sig för att återvända till Rom och dess i spartirne oro och svårigheter; och han fortsätter att leva på samma sätt som de eremiter, men ensam bön följer arbetet för de fattiga. Samtidigt som den är sekulär, så det blir en modell för kloster världen och vanliga människor i Rom. Han dog 399. (Avvenire)

    Etymologi: Fabiola = den romerska gens Fabia

    Martyrology: Till minne av St. Fabíola, Roman änka, som enligt vittnesmål av Hieronymus, vände sig om och är avsedda sitt liv i botgöring till förmån för de fattiga.

    Den enda biografiska källan är episteln av 77 s. Jerome, skriven under sommaren 400 till havet. Av adliga ätten Fabi, gick Fabiola mycket ung brud till en ond människa från vilken han skilde sig strax efter att gifta sig igen. Mortole andra make, reparerat sin förekommer i Lateran Basilica på påskafton framför påven, prästerna och de troende och ber om förlåtelse.
    Hon drog sig tillbaka till privatlivet han ägnade sig åt att tjäna fattiga och grundade en Hospitium och distribueras sin rikedom till klostren.
    I 394 gick han till Palestina gäst s. Girolamo och det ägnat sig åt studiet av den Heliga Skrift. Följande år återvände han till Rom, där han levde i fattigdom och dog 400. Vid hans begravning deltog i hela staden för att sjunga Alleluja.
    Jerome tilltalade henne på 397 en avhandling om prästerliga dräkter och är avsedda henne också, i 400, Liber de exegeticus XLII mansionibus Israelitarum i öknen. Den hade också brev till statskassan av Jerome Eliodoro monaco runt 376, där den hyllades ensamhet. I brevet till havet så Girolam eller syntetiserar dygder Fabiola “Laudem Christianorum, Miraculum gentilium, luctum pauperum, solatium Monachorum”.
    Namnet Fabiola siffran i martyrologies bara från femtonde till sjuttonhundratalet. december 27; Men det var inte av Baronio i den romerska martyrology. Den har fått sitt stora rykte på den berömda romanen av kortet. Wisemann titeln Fabiola nämligen kyrkan katakomberna (London 1855), som presenterar en Fabiola “sympatisk observatör av tidigare förföljelse” snarare än en husmor ångerfulla i slutet av seklet. IV.

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