"The Patron Saint of our Difficult Century"
Rajmund/Raymond Kolbe was born on January 8, 1894, which was during the time of the Holocaust, Adolf Hitler, and World War II. He was born in central Poland in a town called Zdunska Wola. His parents admired Mary above everything and everyone else. He later became a Franciscan and changed his name to Maximilian. St. Maximilian was a very strong, determined person. Despite being extremely frail due to Tuberculosis, he traveled around the world building monasteries and spreading God’s word. He was so religious because when he was a kid, he had a dream that Mary showed him two crowns. One stood for purity, the other for martyrdom. She asked him to pick one, and he chose both. Ever since his dream, he tried to lead a pure life. St. Maximilian Kolbe prepared for the future by building monasteries, studying and learning the ways of God, and “furthering the movement.”
St. Maximilian Kolbe was a Franciscan monk, and he worked to build monasteries across the world. When he was a teenager, he earned a doctorate in theology. In addition to traveling to multiple countries and building monasteries, he traveled throughout India to speak about God in front of crowds. He contracted TB at a young age, which caused him to tire easily. He often had to stop in the middle of his work building monasteries and go home. Kolbe was important because he died for a complete stranger at Adolf Hitler’s most widely-known concentration camp, Auschwitz. St. Maximilian Kolbe was canonized in 1982 by Pope John Paul II. He became a saint because of the sacrifice he made for a man he didn’t know. At Auschwitz, a Nazi soldier was going to shoot the man for no reason, and Maximilian Kolbe said that he would be killed in the man’s place.
Maximilian is the patron saint of drug addicts, the pro-life movement, political prisoners, families, journalists, and prisoners in general. Because of St. Kolbe, Catholics across the world know what it means to be a true Catholic and wholly follow God. He spread The Word in India, a country that didn’t know a lot about Christianity. In addition to India, he went to many countries to further the movement. We celebrate Maximilian Kolbe on his feast day, October 10, which is also the day that he volunteered to die at Auschwitz. In my opinion, the most important things about St. Maximilian Kolbe are his determination and his death. He struggled to even move his whole life, but he never gave up on God’s teachings. He fought very hard to live, but he knew that he had to continue fighting so he could serve God and live out His mission on earth.
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