St. Maximilian Kolbe

Maximilian was a Franciscan friar during World War II who worked to protect Christians and Jews from the Nazis. In the concentration camp at Auschwitz, he secretly gave his fellow prisoners the sacraments. One day the Nazis singled out ten men to because three men had escaped from the camp. Fr. Kolbe heard one man plead for his life because he had a family and offered to take his place. Thrown with the nine others into a starvation bunker, he offered Mass and led the men in praise of God, encouraging them with the fact
that they would soon see the face of God.

Aug. 14

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