Saint Maxmilian Kolbe, or Raymond as he was called when baptized, was born into a divided Poland.
As had happened before and since, poor Poland, unfortunately located, had been a battleground, and the two powers, Russia and Austria, took what they wanted, leaving nothing for Poland itself. But to a Pole, it was and always would be Poland.
They worked hard and long hours. They never complained; instead, they considered hardships and hard work as a necessary road to eternal life.
As a young girl, his mother Maria pleaded with the Lord, she be allowed to become a religious.
When she became resigned, she couldn't enter a convent because she didn't have the necessary dowry, she prayed:
"O Lord, I do not want to impose my will on you if Your designs are different.
Give me, at least, a husband who does not curse, who does not drink, who does not go to the tavern to enjoy himself. This, O Lord, I ask you unconditionally."
In addition, the father
of Saint Maxmilian Kolbe was a leader in
the Third Order Franciscans!
Go to his room and look out the window upon the statue of the Blessed Mother, he looked to for strength as he saw the gestapo coming to take him to a Death Camp.
He gave up his life for another, with the words,"I want to take this mans place.
I am a Catholic Priest." I want to take this mans place. I am a Catholic Priest."
Go to Auschwitz & the cell block where he died at the hands of the Nazis.
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