Image credit: Fr. Kolbe in 1936 via Wikipedia

Image credit: Fr. Kolbe in 1936 via Wikipedia

He was born in occupied Poland and became a conventual Franciscan Priest.

He was very innovative in using every means of communication available in his time to spread the Christian message.

He travelled to Japan and studied Buddhism and Shintoism. There he developed a newspaper in harmony with Japanese culture to spread the Christian message.

He continued his travels but returned to Poland in 1936 for health reasons.

In 1939 the Germans occupied Poland.

In his place at Teresin he sheltered thousands of refugees most of them Jews.

He was arrested in 1941 and transported to Auschwitz.

There he ministered to the other prisoners.

When one of the prisoners escaped, the authorities arrested 10 men and put them in ‘Hunger Bunker‘ to starve to death.

One of these men had a family and Maximilian offered to go in his place.

This was accepted. Maximilian continued supporting his fellow prisoners till the end.

In the end, he was the last to die and they gave him a lethal injection.

He died as he had lived giving his life for others.

In the midst of indescribable horrors, he was indeed a light in the darkness.

Creativity in Christian service, combined with adaptability in Ministry is also needed in our times.


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