On this date in 1941, Father Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest and a prisoner of the Nazi’s incarcerated at the Auschwitz death camp, traded his life to save the life a man who had a family. They starved him for ten days and then finished him off with an injection of carbolic acid. He was 47 years old. He was canonized a saint on Oct 10, 1982 by JPII and is the patron of drug addicts and the imprisoned. The man he saved was reunited with his family after the war and was present at St. Maximilian’s canonization. St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.
St. Maximilian Kolbe