Today’s #SaintOfTheDay introduces us to St. Maximilian Kolbe.
– Born 1894 in Poland
– Became a Franciscan
– contracted tuberculosis, recovered and remained frail all of his life.
– before becoming a priest, he founded the Immaculata Movement devoted to Our Lady
– received a doctorate in theology and helped spread the movement through a magazine entitled “The Knight of the Immaculata and helped for a community of 800 men, the largest in the world.
Maximilian traveled to Japan where he built a monastery, then in India he furthered the movement. In 1936, he decided to return home due to ill health. During the Nazi invasion in 1939, he was imprisoned and then released for a short time. In 1941, he was arrested again and sent to the concentration camp in Auschwitz.
On July 31, 1941, ten men were chosen to die. Father Kolbe offered himself in place of a young father and husband, he endured two weeks of starvation, thirst and neglect.
Father Kolbe was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1982.
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Reference: “Auschwitz”. Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
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