Saturday, August 14, 2010

Maximilian Kolbe--August 14

Today the Church remembers St. Maximilian Kolbe, the Franciscan priest known for giving his life in place of a fellow prisoner in the starvation bunker of Auschwitz I. Seven years ago today, I was blessed to be in that bunker (under much different circumstances--it was our honeymoon). It was a tiny and dark cell, but all around me everyone was singing praise to God. On the wall of a nearby cell, a condemned prisoner had etched an image of Jesus and we kissed it without fear. Outside, the sun shone and a clear, beautiful wind refreshed the visitors to the death camp. "And He shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying and there shall be no more pain; for the former things have all passed away." ~Revelation 21:4

The sound is broken on my computer, so I haven't been able to preview this video, but I seem to remember that it's a good one. (Please let me know if you get to the end and find an obscenity!)


Annita, Mom2Seven said...

What an awesome opportunity for you and your husband! My grandfather gave his life during WWII leaving behind a young widow and three small children. The video was excellent. +JMJ+

Erika said...

Wow! Where was your grandfather from?

Annita, Mom2Seven said...

His parents were Irish immigrants. He fought as a United States soldier. Obviously, I never met him, but I always think of him with such pride... and of my grandma, too. She raised her children on her own. She had opportunities to re-marry but wanted to remain faithful to her beloved husband. She was a devout Catholic woman, and I loved her dearly!

Have a nice evening. God bless!