Saint Stanilaus Kostka
Stanislaus was born in Poland, in the royal castle of Rostkovo in 1550, four years after Martin Luther died. It was obvious to all, very early in his life that he was not like anyone else in the family, least of all his father and brother. He showed a great deal of interest in prayers, matters of Church, spiritual exercises, and studying. He shied away from tasteless and indecent talk. More
There’s nothing known for sure about Stanislaus in his early life. The first the biographers hear of him is when he moved with his brother and a tutor to Vienna, to be close to his studies at the Jesuit College. Here they were, Jekyl and Hyde, from the same family. It had to be a contradiction for the people who met them, one being the image of Sanctity, and the other, well....The boys were tutored by a Dr. John Bilinsky, who had tutored them at home in Poland. Dr. Bilinsky traveled with them to Vienna, and continued to tutor them privately.
They stayed at the Jesuit college for the first eight months in Vienna, and then because the Emperor Maxmilian took the houses away from the Jesuits, brother Paul used this as an excuse to intimidate their tutor, Dr. Bilinsky, who must have been their chaperone as well, to move them into a very secular, high class apartment which was more likely in the style to which they were accustomed back home in Poland. There was only one problem; the owner of the apartment they had rented, was a very zealous Lutheran, and he ran a strict Lutheran house.
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