He is the patron saint of amateur radio operators, drug addicts, political prisonersfamilies, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life movement. Due to Kolbe's efforts to promote consecration and entrustment to Maryhe is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary. He had four brothers. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Pabianice.
Author and Publisher - Catholic Online Facts Patron of drug addicts, prisoners, families, and the pro-life movement Birth: January 8, Beatified By: Much of his life was strongly influenced by a vision he had of the Virgin Mary when he was Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red.
She asked me if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr.
I said that I would accept them both. InKolbe was given the religious name Maximilian, after being allowed to enter the novitiate, and inhe professed his first vows. At the age of 21, Kolbe earned a doctorate in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He would also earn a doctorate in theology by the time he was Pius X and Benedict XV.
His goal was to work for the conversion of sinners and enemies of the Church, specifically, the Freemasons and he would so with the intercession of Mary.
Inhe was ordained a priest and continued his work of promoting Mary throughout Poland. Over the next several years, Kolbe took on publishing. He founded a monthly periodical titled, "Rycerz Niepokalanej" Knight of the Immaculate.
He also operated a religious publishing press and founded a new Conventual Franciscan monastery at Niepokalanow, which became a major religious publishing center.
Kolbe also founded monasteries in both Japan and India. He opened up a temporary hospital to aid those in need. When his town was captured, Kolbe was sent to prison but released three months later. Kolbe refused to sign a document that would recognize him as a German citizen with his German ancestry and continued to work in his monastery, providing shelter for refugees - including hiding 2, Jews from German persecution.
On February 17,the monastery was shut down; Kolbe was arrested by the German Gestapo and taken to the Pawiak prison. Three months later, he was transferred to Auschwitz. Never abandoning his priesthood, Kolbe was the victim to severe violence and harassment. Toward the end of his second month in Auschwitz, men were chosen to face death by starvation to warn against escapes.
Kolbe was not chosen but volunteered to take the place of a man with a family. It is said during the last days of his life Kolbe led prayers to Our Lady with the prisoners and remained calm. He was the last of the group to remain alive, after two weeks of dehydration and starvation.
The guards gave him a lethal injection of carbolic acid. The stories tell that he raised his left arm and calmly awaited death. Maximilian Kolbe died on August 14 and his remains were cremated on August 15, the same day as the Assumption of Mary feast day.
He is the patron saint of drug addicts, prisoners, families, and the pro-life movement and his feast day is celebrated on August Saint Maximilian Kolbe is one of those saints where simply their life story will inspire you. I can think of few better examples of true love and what it truly means to be a man than this saint.
He was born Rajmund Kolbe on January 8, , in Zduńska Wola in the Russian Empire (now Poland). This Franciscan intellectual tradition influenced St. Maximilian in founding a movement which had its underlying dogmatic truth on Mary’s role in the economy of man’s sanctification and salvation – a role that ultimately leads one to the fastest, easiest and surest way of becoming like Jesus.
St. Maximilian Kolbe | Franciscans of the. St. Maximilian Kolbe on Serious Sin by. Take St. Maximilian’s advice and never despair when faced with repeated serious sin. Despair is truly the only sin God can’t forgive.
Instead, purpose to learn humility and be docile to the graces God sends to you. Persevere in grace and wait patiently on Our Lord. Aug 03, · The Conventual Franciscans have influenced the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St. Maximilian Kolbe continued the Conventual Franciscan Marian tradition through the . St. Maximilian Kolbe was born as Raymund Kolbe on January 8, , in the Kingdom of Poland, part of the Russian Empire.
He was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar and a martyr in the German death. After his canonization, St. Maximilian Kolbe's feast day was added to the General Roman Calendar. In Rolf Hochhuth published a play significantly influenced by Kolbe's life and dedicated to him, The Deputy.
In , the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (U.S.) Canonized: 10 October , St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II.