St. Stephen of Hungary was a holy king in the 11th century, who ruled with justice and charity, placing himself under the protection of the Virgin Mary. He was also an upstanding father, who did what he could to impart his Catholic faith to his two sons.
He must have done a good job because one of his sons, Emeric, was canonized a saint in the same ceremony as Stephen.
Below is an excerpt from a letter of Stephen to his son Emeric that highlights the virtues necessary to be a good Christian in the world.
The words are powerful and continue to resonate nearly 1,000 years later.