The Catholic faith burned brightly in St. Stanislaus, bishop of Krakow. Nine hundred years after he was martyred by Poland's immoral king, his successor was a spark that ignited the Faith around the world.
During the Divine Mercy revelations to St. Faustina prior to World War II, Jesus told her, "I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My Will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming." The patron saint of Poland was martyred in the year 1079 for reprimanding Poland's immoral king, Boleslaus II. Nine hundred years later, Providence raised up his successor as bishop of Krakow, Pope St. John Paul II, who relit the Catholic faith.
While in Poland in 2002 for the dedication of the Basilica of the Divine Mercy in Krakow, John Paul II quoted the above text of Our Lord to St. Faustina. He entrusted the world to the Divine Mercy and prayed that a fire of mercy would pass on to the world.
The Poles, under the patronage of St. Stanislaus, are sending out many Catholic sparks today. Poland's Catholic fervor in her statesmen, episcopacy and Catholic laity is a model of Catholic symbiosis destined to inspire Catholic faith in the hearts of many throughout the world.
Watch the panel discuss Poland's Catholic identity under its great patron saint in The Download—St. Stanislaus.