A Father's words of faith
"By fulfilling your duty in this way you will reach the highest state of happiness.
"Be merciful to all who are suffering violence, keeping always in your heart the example of the Lord who said, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.'
"Be patient with everyone, not only with the powerful, but also with the weak.
"Finally, be strong lest prosperity lift you up to much or adversity cast you down. 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 never voluntarily bring disgrace upon anyone. Be chaste so that you may avoid all the foulness of lust like the pangs of death.
"All these virtues I have noted above make up the royal crown, and without them no one is fit to rule here on earth or attain to the heavenly kingdom."
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Stephen's son would be later killed in a hunting accident
Stephen's life thereafter would be filled with grief and many troubles, but through it all he remained faithful in his imitation of Christ, even as a heir of barbarian warlords.
Stephen, first king of Hungary, died in August 1038
His words and his faith would live on.
45 years later, both he and his son were declared saints
The memory of St. Stephen of Hungary is celebrated on this day.
(from an earlier post)