He was a martyr who gave up is life for a fellow prisoner, and Pope St. John Paul II called him, “the patron of our difficult century.”
Today on the Lives of the Saints we chronicle the life of that great Polish Franciscan, St. Maximilian Kolbe.
His heroic act of self sacrifice at the Auschwitz Concentration camp during World War II is well known by all who have heard of St. Maximilian Kolbe, but there is so much more to him than that! Listen to find out all there is to know about this great devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.
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Show length: 39:13
- St. Maximilian Kolbe had a vision of Our Lady at the age of 12
- He almost abandoned his religious vocation for a military career
- He was a devotee of St. Thérèse of Lisieux
- The largest ever religious community, Niepokalanów, was started by St. Maximilian
- He was originally beatified as a Confessor of the Faith, but Pope St. John Paul II canonized him a martyr
There is a lot more to St. Maximilian – download the episode to find out what an amazingly holy priest and slave of Our Lady he was!
- Website of Niepokalanów
- St. Maximilian Kolbe
- Saint Maximilian Kolbe: Knight of the Immaculata by Fr. Jeremiah J. Smith, O.F.M., Conv.
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