Holy Father Stanisław Papczyński
He was born on May 18, 1631 in Podegrodzie near Stary Sącz. He died in Góra Kalwaria, near Warsaw, on September 17, 1701, where he became known as the apostle of Mazovia. One of the most outstanding figures of the 17th century in Poland. Founder of the Congregation of Marian Fathers. Prophet of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God. Father of the poor. Intercessor of the dead in purgatory. Writer. Theologian. Patriot. Rhetor. Advocate of social justice and lay spirituality. Confessor of King Jan III Sobieski and the Papal Nuncio A. Pignatelli, later Pope Innocent XII. He has been underestimated and even forgotten for centuries. Today he is being rediscovered thanks to the timeliness of his teachings, as well as thanks to numerous miracles and extraordinary graces received by those who ask for his intercession.
“Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.” (Mt 14,27). God, Our Father, who allowed us to participate in the creation and operation of the work of the JESTEM Foundation - thank you for always surrounding us with your protection. You do it also through people associated with our FOUNDATION. You see each of us and give a lot of good and beauty to awaken in us the joy of life. We often experience hardships and anxieties in life and illness. We know that you, God, know them and you are with us at every moment and we can draw everything we need from you. Thank you for having placed the person of the holy father Stanisław in our life. He showed us the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the essence of which is the fullness of the gift. This inspires us to be delighted with life, to always trust in Your Providence and to go through difficult experiences with peace. Dear Father Stanisław, we believe that you are a gift from God to us. In sickness and in helplessness, you accepted help and served many people in need during your life and you continue do it now. By discovering human dignity from conception to natural death, you reveal the beauty of living in health and disease. Today we choose you as our patron and we ask that you look after our FOUNDATION and every person who participates in it now and in the future. Support us, especially when we lack wisdom, strength and courage, and help us to persevere on the chosen path. We entrust to you all initiatives aimed at fulfilling our mission towards each person who accepts our invitation to celebrate the gift of life received from God. Holy Father Stanisław Papczyński, pray for us.