St. Casimir was the third of the thirteen children of King Casimir III, of Poland.  He was born October 5, 1458.  He had a horror of luxury and a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  John Dugloss, a holy canon, had the care of Casimir.  It is said that Casimir composed, or at least frequently recited, the well-known “Hymn of St. Casimir.”  He practiced many mortifications in secret.  He was offered the crown of Hungary when the people wanted to dethrone its king, Matthias Convinus.  Casimir headed  an army of 20,000 men and marched to the frontier, but upon learning that the people and king had settled their differences, he returned home.  He could never be prevailed upon to assume the crown when it was offered to him again.  He was pure of soul and body to the end of his life.  He never married.  At age 24, he died of tuberculosis at Vilna, Lithuania in 1482.

FEAST DAY- March 4

PATRON OF- Lithuania, Poland; the young and bachelors

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