Aug 14 – St. Maximilian Kolbe – Franciscan Saint of the Day
The Life of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Martyr, First Order (1894-1941) for the Franciscan Saint of the Day for Aug 14. St. Maximilian Kolbe was born in Poland and studied for the priesthood in Italy and returned to Poland to start his mass media apostolate centered on his Knight of the Immaculate to promote his Militia of the Immaculate, becoming the largest newspaper in Poland and started the City of the Immaculate that became the largest religious house in the history of the Church. The Nazis sent him to the death camp Auschwitz where he took the place of a condemned prisoner, dying as a martyr of charity.
Reflection is on the Militia of Mary Immaculate that St Maximilian started to combat anti-Catholic forces by promoting devotion to Mary Immaculate and particularly consecration to Mary, giving our whole selves to Mary. and how such Catholic action promotes the reign of Christ.
For more on St. Maximilian Kolbe
Also on Youtube: https://youtu.be/qKDYfAQh-c8
Read by Fr. Ignatius Manfredonia, FI from Marion Habig's 'The Franciscan Book of Saints' Revised Edition, Franciscan Herald Press, ISBN: 978-0819907516
Playlist of Franciscan Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TxcAETrU_k&list=PLejh_e0-LN4wErRczZGry4TXytCZFiLCm