Saint Maximillian Kolbe was a Polish Catholic priest, who is widely known for his selfless sacrifice during the Holocaust. He was born on January 8, 1894, and died on August 14, 1941. He was canonized as a saint by Pope John Paul II on October 10, 1982.
One of the major life events that Saint Maximillian Kolbe is remembered for is his heroic act of volunteering to take the place of a fellow prisoner in Auschwitz concentration camp. When a prisoner escaped, the Nazis randomly selected ten prisoners to be killed in retaliation. One of the prisoners selected was a man with a family. Saint Maximillian Kolbe offered to take his place, and was subsequently killed by lethal injection.
Saint Maximillian Kolbe is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life movement. He is also known as the "Apostle of Consecration to Mary." He founded the Militia Immaculatae (Army of the Immaculate) in 1917, which promotes total consecration to the Virgin Mary.
Saint Maximillian Kolbe was a prolific journalist and publisher. He published a monthly magazine called "Knight of the Immaculata," which had a circulation of over one million. He also established the city's first Catholic radio station, and established monasteries in Japan, India and Africa.
One of the lesser-known facts about Saint Maximillian Kolbe is that he was arrested by the Nazis twice. The first time, he was arrested for his underground work with the Polish resistance, and the second time, he was arrested for sheltering Jews.
Saint Maximillian Kolbe's feast day is celebrated on August 14th, the anniversary of his death. The Catholic Church also commemorates his life on October 10th, the anniversary of his canonization as a saint.
Saint Maximillian Kolbe is remembered as a selfless and courageous man who gave his life to save another. His actions during the Holocaust serve as an inspiration to many, and he continues to be honored by the Catholic Church as a symbol of sacrifice and love.