St MAXIMILIAN KOLBE, martyr of charity, “patron saint of our difficult century”
"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." John 15:13
Feast Day Wed 14th August
Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in the place of a man who had a wife and children in Auschwitz (the Nazi German death camp) located in German-occupied Poland during World War II.
He was canonised by JP2 in 1982 in the presence of Francis Gajowniczek, the man whose life was spared.
He is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life movement.