St. Ladislas

426px-Bernhard_Strigel_-_St_Ladislas_Presents_Wladislav_II_and_his_Sons_to_the_Virgin_-_WGA21888Ladislas the First, son of Bela, King of Hungary, was born in 1041. By the pertinacious importunity of the people he was compelled, much against his inclination, to ascend the throne, in1080. He restored the good laws and discipline which St. Stephen had established, and which seem to have been obliterated by confusion of the times.

Chastity, meekness, gravity, charity, and piety were from his infancy the distinguishing parts of his character; avarice and ambition were his sovereign aversion, so perfectly had the maxims of the Gospel extinguished in him all propensity to those base passions. His life in the palace was most austere; he was frugal and abstemious, but most liberal to the Church and the poor.

Vanity, pleasure, or idle amusements had no share in his actions or time, because all his moments were consecrated to the exercises of religion and the duties of his station, in which he had only the divine will in view, and sought only God’s greater honor. He watched over a strict and impartial administration of justice, was generous and merciful to his enemies, and vigorous in the defense of his country and the Church. He drove the Huns out of his territories, and vanquished the Poles, Russians, and Tartars. He was preparing to command, as general-in-chief, the great expeditions of the Christians against the Saracens for the recovery of the Holy Land, when God called him to Himself, on the 30th of July, 1095. (Adapted from Fr. Butler’s Lives of the Saints)

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