Saint Maximilian Kolbe

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

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August 14 is the obligatory memorial for Saint Maximilian Kolbe. He had a strong devotion to Our Lady, so it is fitting that his feast falls on the eve of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe has quickly become one of our favorite saints and it all started a few years ago. You see, we have this custom in our family (which we “stole” from Saint Faustina’s Diaryaff link) every New Year’s Eve  to pick a special patron for the New Year.  What we do is: I write a bunch of saint names on little pieces of paper, fold them up and put in a hat or other container. Then we take turns picking out a saint. Whoever we pick becomes our special patron saint for the New Year.

During the course of year, we spend time getting to know our special patron by reading up on him/her doing crafts related to him/her and praying to him/her every day. One year, Andrew picked Saint Maximilian Kolbe out of the hat for his special patron and we started getting to know “Saint Max” and celebrating his life.

Most people know Saint Maximilian as the Franciscan Priest who gave his life for another man in the Auschwitz concentration camp; but, he is so much more than that!  In spite of bad health, he was a missionary and champion of the faith; he published a magazine and used the radio to “illuminate the truth and show the true way to happiness” to the people of Poland and elsewhere. He had a great zeal for souls and great love for Our Lady, attributes we should all imitate!

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!

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Comments

  1. Ok, now I’m feeling like a dork, because I don’t truly know that much about St Maximillian. I certainly did not know he had a strong devotion to Our Lady. I’ll be sure to follow your links and learn more.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a beautiful Feast of the Assumption!

  2. SimpleCatholic says:

    Oh, no need to feel like a dork! 🙂 I knew nothing about Saint Maximilian until this year. When I first read about his life all I could think was: “how is it that I never knew about him before!”

    Thanks for stopping by!

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