Patron Saint – Maximilian Mary Kolbe
“For Jesus Christ, I am prepared to suffer still more.”
“No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and the hetacombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we are ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?”
“If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion.”
What’s his Story?
Saint Maximilian was such a beautiful man whose story I am humbled by. Suffering from Tuberculosis and atrocities of Auschwitz, he never let his faith falter. His devotion to Mary and love for the Eucharist are some of the reasons that I ended up naming my son after him. May he enjoy all of the fruits of heaven.
“Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe (8 January 1894 – 14 August 1941) was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II. He was active in promoting the veneration of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, founding and supervising the monastery of Niepokalanów near Warsaw, operating a radio station, and founding or running several other organizations and publications.
Kolbe was canonized on 10 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II, and declared a Martyr of charity. He is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life movement. John Paul II declared him “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century”.
Due to Kolbe’s efforts to promote consecration and entrustment to Mary, he is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary.” – Wikipedia