St. Max Kolbe
St. Max Kolbe, the saint of Auschwitz.
"No one in the world can change truth. What we can do and should do is seek it and serve it when it is found. The real conflict is inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and the catacombs of concentration camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. And what use are victories on the battle-field if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?"
-- St. Maximilian Kolbe
- MAXIMILLIAN KOLBE, APOSTLE OF MARY by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
- Who Is St. Maximilian? by Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate
- A Rule of Life for Those Consecrated to Mary by St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe
- St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest Hero of a Death Camp by Mary Craig
- Was St. Maximilian Kolbe an Anti-Semite? by Becky Ready
Novena Prayer to St. Maximilian Kolbe
O Lord Jesus Christ, who said, "greater love than this no man has that a man lay down his life for his friends,"
through the intercession of St. Maximilian Kolbe whose life illustrated such love, we beseech you to grant us our petitions...
(here mention the requests you have).
Through the Militia Immaculata movement, which Maximilian founded, he spread a fervent devotion to Our Lady throughout the world. He gave up his life for a total stranger and loved his persecutors, giving us an example of unselfish love for all men - a love that was inspired by true devotion to Mary.
Grant, O Lord Jesus, that we too may give ourselves entirely without reserve to the love and service of our Heavenly Queen in order to better love and serve our fellowman in imitation of your humble servant, Maximilian. Amen.
(Say 3 Hail Marys and a Glory Be)