Maximilian Kolbe

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St. Maximilian Kolbe
St. Maximilian Kolbe was born on January 8 of 1894 in Zduńska-Wola, Poland. He was born under the name as Raymund Kolbe. He died on August 14, 1941 at Auschwitz, a German concentration camp. Before that he was ordained a priest in 1919. He beatified in 1971 and was canonized a saint on October 10, 1982 by Pope John Paul II. He is the patron Saint of Drug addicts, Families, Imprisoned people, journalists, and our difficult century (Maximilian Kolbe). He had 2 brothers, a mother, and a father. His mom’s name is Marianna and his father’s name is Juliusz. He was a normal family with enough money to support themselves. His parents were devoted Catholics and he was a priest. “He saved Franciszek Gajowniczek at Auschwitz. Franciszek managed to survive both Auschwitz and another camp until the end of the war. He then devoted his life about Kolbe and made a shrine to Kolbe for his actions. His shrine in at Auschwitz cell 18 and block 11 dedicated by Pope John Paul II” (Maximilian Kolbe).

Maximilian Kolbe is a model of faith because he gave up his life to save another’s man life. He promoted consecration and entrustment to Mary, by using the messages of our Lady of Lourde from 1858. He became a Franciscan in 1910. He would help people in the starvation bunkers that he was in and use that time to pray and grow his faith (McCurry, J. E). "Our patron, St. Maximilian Kolbe, inspires us with his unique Mariology and apostolic mission, which is to bring all souls to the Sacred Heart of Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Christ's most pure, efficient, and holy instrument of evangelization – especially those most estranged from the Church" (Binder, David). This displays that Maximilian was very good and lead many people to the church. More people should look up to him because he put a message that doing things for God and others is wonderful.

To me, someone that follows the steps of Maximilian Kolbe is a very brave person and has complete...
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