Saint Maximilian Kolbe is one of my favorite saints, and it’s his feast day today!
Here are 3 quick pointers about him, in case you’ve never heard of him before:
- He loved Jesus and Mary, like, a lot. He started a Marian devotion community in order to learn to love Jesus as his Mother did.
- He stood strong in the face of persecution. Father Kolbe continued to celebrate his faith, despite the Nazi persecution.
- He understood self-sacrifice. Maximilian Kolbe volunteered to die in place of another man while in a WWII concentration camp. His sacrifice makes him a modern martyr of our faith.
When I was in Poland, I got to venerate his relics. A powerful (albeit weird [but that’s a post for another day]) tradition.
Here’s a sketch I did of him for his feast day.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!
Where are you being challenged to follow in Saint Maximilian’s example of perseverance and self-sacrifice?