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St. Maximilian Kolbe

Wednesday August 14, 2024

St. Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Franciscan friar. He was imprisoned at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. When a prisoner escaped from the camp, the commandant ordered that ten men be starved to death as punishment. When one of the selected men cried out for his family, St. Maximilian offered to die in his place. While being starved, he prayed with the other victims.

His feast day is August 14.

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St. Maximilian Kolbe is the patron saint of families, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life movement. Do something pro-life on his feast day.

Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

The readings may be taken from below, the readings for the day, the Common of Martyrs, or the Common of Pastors.

  • First Reading - Wisdom 3:1-9: "The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them."
  • Alternate First Reading - 1 John 3:14-18: "The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers."
  • Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 116: "Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones."
  • Gospel - John 15:12-16: "This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."

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The Cross is the school of love.

St. Maximilian Kolbe


The Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother have produced this 30 minute documentary about the life of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, an outstanding Catholic figure of the 20th century.

Pro Life Prayer to the Giver of Life
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Pro-Life Prayer to the Giver of Life

In this prayer, we as the the Holy Spirit to help us reject the Culture of Death and to be committed to promoting a Culture of Life in our nation.

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