Friday, August 13, 2010

Maximilian Mary Kolbe was born in Poland. He consecrated himself to the Lord in the Franciscan Order. Filled with love for the Virgin, he founded the Militia of the Immaculate Mary and, with his preaching and writing, undertook an intense apostolic mission in Europe and Asia. Imprisoned in Auschwitz during the Second World War, he offered himself in exchange for the father of a large family who was to be executed. He was given a lethal injection when he failed to die fast enough from starvation in the concentration camp. John Paul II proclaimed him the Patron of Our Suffering Century. St. Maximilian Kolbe is considered a patron of families, prisoners, and the pro-life movement. (from catholicculture.org) The feast of Saint Maximilian Kolbe is August 14th, here are some ideas for celebrating with your family:
Prayer
Say a rosary and pray for an end to abortion and all unborn souls, the holocaust of our current day. Pray also for all victims of the Holocaust and those today experiencing racial and social injustice.
Prayer to Maximilian Mary 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 .....(mention them here). Through the Knights of the 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 all an example of unselfish love for all men --- a love which 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....)
Books & Reading
There are many wonderful books about this great saint
Activities
Food
Catholic Cuisine has some great food ideas for this feast day.

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