Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kolbe the Saint...

To his  parents he was called Raymund.
To his fellow Franciscans he was called Maximilian Maria.
To the Nazi guards of Auschwitz he was called #16670.
To the Church, he is called a saint.

And to husband and father Franciszek Gajowniczek, for whom St. Maximilian Kolbe laid down his life, he is called a friend and brother.

When others chose to see lives as faceless numbers, St. Maximilian put his face forward.

In the presence of hatred, he chose love.

In the presence of revenge and violence, he chose mercy.

Praised be God for his example and intercession.

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