What Real Faith Looks Like

As a child, he had a vision the Virgin Mary came to him “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 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.” Maximilian Kolbe dedicated his life to God and the Virgin Mary and in 1914 He became a Priest. In 1939, his home country of Poland was invaded by the Nazis. When the Gestapo came for him, he could have escaped, but he chooses not to. He was sent to Auschwitz to become a prisoner 16670. One day one of the prisoners from his block escaped, he and the other prisoners were lined up. An ss officer arrived and ordered 10 of them to be starved to death as a punishment. Ten were selected and Maximilian was not one of them. One of the men chosen, Francisek Gajowniczek cried out for his wife and children. Maximillian walked up to the ss officer and asked that he give his life in the place of Francisek. The officer accepted this plea. The 10 prisoners were stripped naked, with no food or water left to die, Kolbe led them in prayer and meditation. After two weeks he was one of the only ones still alive and the Nazis executed him by lethal injection while he was kneeling in prayer and offering his arm to his murderers. In 1982 Pope John Paul II canonized him declaring Maximilian Kolbe the Saint of Auschwitz, standing by the Pope in this moment was the man Kolbe saved Francisek Gajowniczek (third photo).

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.

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