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By Chris Sparks (Jun 19, 2020)
Looking for a patron saint for those sick and hospitalized with COVID-19? Look no further than the "patron of those in mortal danger," St. Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701), Founder of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.

After all, the canonization miracle of St. Stanislaus involved a young woman who was near death from a respiratory illness with rather similar symptoms to a severe case of COVID-19.

The Marian Fathers' vicar general, Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC, recounted the miracle in a column in the summer 2016 Marian Helper magazine:

The canonization miracle through the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus involved the physical healing of a 20-year-old Polish woman, shortly after Blessed Stanislaus' beatification in 2007. This woman, who was engaged to be married, had been suffering from what appeared to be a bad cold. She took different medications, but things kept getting worse. She was eventually admitted to the hospital and then moved to the intensive care unit. She had pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, multiple organ failure, and septic shock. Since she couldn't breathe on her own, she was intubated and ventilated. Doctors suspected she had pulmonary fibrosis — a scarring of the lung tissue that makes it difficult to breathe and is irreversible. The doctors had no hope for her recovery.

During Holy Week, her family began a novena of prayer for her through the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus. They prayed before the Blessed Sacrament and offered Masses for her recovery. There was a slight change for the better on the Easter Vigil, and then she kept improving. When they took new x-rays of her lungs three days after the Easter Vigil, her lungs were completely normal with no scarring or inflammation.

A little over a month later, she was released from the hospital, and two months later, she was married.

Stories like this give us hope. They remind us that God is in charge. He has not abandoned us. We need to keep living our lives with faith and hope!

Moreover, since St. Stanislaus' canonization in 2016, the Marian Fathers have received numerous reports of answered prayers though his intercession.

"Many inexplicable phenomena have come to pass practically in every place where the Marian Fathers minister," says the Marians' Superior General, the Very Rev. Andrzej Pakula, MIC.

That includes help from Heaven for the conception of children and cures from terminal illnesses.

In St. Stanislaus, God has provided yet another powerful Pole through whom to promote His merciful love. Indeed, the spirituality of St. Stanislaus flows along the same circuitry as that of 20th-century Polish Sts. Faustina, John Paul II, and Maximilian Kolbe.

So let's ask St. Stanislaus for his intercession for all those suffering from COVID-19, particularly those in danger of death, asking for healing of soul and body.

An Act of Entrustment into the Care of St. Stanislaus Papczynski in the Time of Pandemic
Praised be God in the highest, for in His Providence, He chose you, St. Stanislaus, as His servant and sent you to work in the vineyard of the Church. Obedient to the call, you followed in the footsteps of Christ and His Immaculate Mother.

You proclaimed the Gospel of God and bent down toward all human misery. God made you our Patron and Protector for the difficult time of the third millennium and also for the present moment of this epidemic when the world — affected by disease and fear — has, in some measure, stopped.

Thanks to God's miracles granted through your intercession, you have become a patron of every endangered life. And thus, we come before you now to implore your protection.

Before the majesty of God, we entrust to your intercession everyone in our homeland and around the world that has been affected by the epidemic. You cared for the plague-stricken and the victims of war during the hard times of the 17th century in which you lived. You interceded before God on behalf of those who had died without being reconciled to God and who suffered in the flames of Purgatory.

Today, we entrust to your care our families, communities, and parishes, the pastors of the Church and the ruling powers. We entrust to your special care the sick, doctors, nurses, first responders, and everyone serving the good of people and of our homeland.

Saint Stanislaus, through your bond of love, which links you to Mary Immaculate, implore before God's supreme throne, the end of this pandemic, the healing of the sick, and eternal peace for the dead. And ask that repentance of heart, conversion, and the grace of penance be granted to all of us as well as to those who have turned away from God. Help us as well as other members of the faithful to atone for all sins — especially those against life — to make amends for all our sins, for the profanation of the Blessed Sacrament, and insults against images of the Mother of God, and the persecution of the Church.

Saint Stanislaus, embrace with your care our cities and villages, our entire homeland, so that we can live safely, justly, and piously for the glory of God, the Father Almighty, and in honor of Mary, our Immaculate Mother.

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