Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How to be just

...according to St. Stephen the Great, whose feast day we celebrate today on the Church calendar:

Be humble in this life, that God may raise you up in the next. Be truly moderate and do not punish or condemn anyone immoderately. Be gentle so that you may never oppose justice. Be honorable so that you may not voluntarily bring disgrace upon anyone. Be chaste so that you may avoid all the foulness of lust like the pangs of death.

St. Stephen died in 1038 after establishing Christianity throughout the region of modern-day Hungary. He is considered the founder of the Kingdom of Hungary.

His crown (pictured below) is still on display in the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest. (That's one old crown!)