Saint Maximillian Kolbe
"Kolbe is the patron saint of our difficult century." - Pope John Paul II Patron Saints Index Maximillian Kolbe
Quotations from Maximillian Kolbe
Quotations about Maximillian Kolbe
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is
the death of his saints." These are the words we have repeated in today's
responsorial psalm. It is truly precious and inestimable! Through the
death which Christ underwent on the Cross, the redemption of the world
was achieved, for this death has the value of supreme love. Through
the death of Father Maximilian Kolbe, a shining sign of this love was
renewed in our century which is do seriously and in so many ways threatened
by sin and death.".
Maximilian prepared for this definitive sacrifice by following Christ from the first years of his life in Poland. From these years comes the mysterious vision of two crowns-one white and one red. From these our saint does not choose. He accepts them both. From the years of his youth, in fact, Maximilian was filled with the great love of Christ and the desire for martyrdom. .........................
Before the eloquence of the life and death of blessed Maximilian, it is impossible no to recognize what seems to constitute the main and essential element of the sign given by God to the Church and the world in his death.
Does not this death-faced spontaneously, for love of man-constitute a particular fulfillment of the words of Christ? Does not this death make Maximilian particularly like unto Christ-the Model of all Martyrs-who gives his own life on the Cross for his brethren? Does not this death possess a particular and penetrating eloquence for our age? Does not this death constitute a particularly authentic witness of the Church in the modern world? .........................
Men saw what happened in the camp at Auschwitz. And even if to their eyes it must have seemed that a companion of their torment "dies," even if humanly speaking they could consider "his departure" as "a disaster," nevertheless in their minds this was not simply "death." Maximilian did not die but "gave his life...for his brother." In that death, terrible from the human point of view, there was the whole definitive greatness of the human act and of the human choice. He spontaneously offered himself up to death out of love.
And in this human death of his there was the clear witness borne to Christ: the witness borne in Christ to the dignity of man, to the sanctity of his life, and to the saving power of death in which the power of love is made manifest. -- John Paull II - Homily at the Canonization of St. Maximilian Kolbe
Biography of Saint Maximillian KolbeHe was born on January 7, 1894 in Zdunska Wola, Poland. He died in August 1941 by lethal carbonic acid injection after starvation in Auschwitz Suffered from tuberculosis in youth, and frail in health all his life. Franciscan. Doctor of Theology. Founded the Immaculate Movement, and published the magazine The Knight of the Immaculate. Priest. Imprisoned in Auschwitz for his anti-Nazi publications. Ministered to other prisoners, including conducting Mass and delivering communion using smuggled bread and wine. Traded places with a young married man who was to be slaughtered in retribution for an escaped prisoner. -- St. Maximillian Kolbe
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