On August 14th is the feast day of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, a saint known as the Knight of the Immaculata.
Saint Maximilian is an incredible saint in the Catholic Church. When he was only 10 he had a vision of Our Lady. At 16 he joined the Conventual Franciscan Order and was sent to Rome to study, where he founded the Militia Immaculata (the “Army of the Immaculate One”). He was then ordained a priest and started a monthly magazine to reach more people and evangelize. After some time, Kolbe was arrested by the Nazis and taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he offered his life so that another prisoner could survive. Kolbe was condemned to slow death in a starvation bunker, and he died in 1941 with an injection of carbolic acid.
There is a famous book about his life called “A man for others,” you can get it here!
One of my favorite quotes from his book is:
“God is love, and as the result must bear a resemblance to its cause, then anything created lives on love. Not only in pursuing our final end, but also in every action and in every moment of the day, the main motive should be – love” (140).
He is now venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, and I believe it is essential for all Catholics to know about him and his legacy!
Kolbe was known for his devotion to Mary and his martyrdom. Now, he is the patron saint of drug addicts, people with eating disorders, families, journalists, amateur radio operators, prisoners, and the pro-life movement.
Join me in prayer asking Mary to help us follow Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s example by evangelizing and spreading the Word of God through Catholic Mass Times!
Mary, Mother of the Church, I come before you in the spirit of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who consecrated his Franciscan life and work to you without reserve. You accepted Maximilian’s self-offering; accept me. You led Maximilian to Christ; lead me. You formed Maximilian into a mirror of Christ; form me. Your union with Maximilian provided the backdrop for his works of evangelization and heroic acts of charity.
Please grant, through the intercession of St. Maximilian, that I might fully collaborate with you and the Holy Spirit as an instrument for the upbuilding of Christ’s Church. Amen.