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Saturday, August 14, 2010

St. Maximilian Kolbe

How appropriate that the feast day of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe comes on the vigil of the great feast of the Assumption.  Father Kolbe, a Polish priest who gave his life for that of a fellow prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp, lived a life of devotion to the Blessed Mother. 

In 1922 Father Kolbe began to print a newsletter called Knight of the Immaculata.  He also began a radio station.  He might be considered the patron saint of Catholic media. 

St. Maximilian's life was greatly influenced by a childhood vision he had of the Virgin Mary:
"That night, I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked me if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both."
That act of submission was to be fulfilled at the concentration camp when Father Kolbe was sent to a starvation cell for three weeks with other prisoners.  When he was found to be still alive at the end of that time, the guards killed him with an injection of carbolic acid

Father Kolbe's body was cremated on the Feast of the Assumption.

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