Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe

August 14th, 2015
"Whatever you did for one of the least of brother or sister, you did it for me." Matthew 25 : 40

Today the Church celebrates the life and death of Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish Franciscan friar. In 1941 he was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to Auschwitz where he continued his priestly ministry – praying and consoling his fellow prisoners. An innocent young married man in the prison was sentenced to die by starvation in retaliation for a group who had escaped from the prison. Maximilian offered to take his place and his offer was accepted. He died some days later. Another prisoner said that Mammalian’s self- offering was like a powerful shaft of light in the darkness of the camp. Maximilian was canonised in 1982 as a “martyr of charity.”


Lord, give us the courage to stand against injustice and to reach out to those who suffer. Amen