Monday, August 14, 2006

Remembering Saint Max

I really don't like Captain Ed, but today he recognizes a man I greatly admire, Saint Maximillian Kolbe. It's nice to be able to agree with people once in a while.

Kolbe, tossed into Auschwitz for writing anti-Nazi sentiments, gave up his life for a Jewish prisoner with a family. Captain Ed writes:
I think of Father Kolbe when we see the heroics of everyday people thrown into extraordinary circumstances. World Trade Center, which I reviewed yesterday, provided a number of examples of people who risked their lives to save others. United 93 showed people who almost certainly knew that they had forfeited their lives to save others. Few get the opportunity to personally put themselves in another's place for certain execution without any guarantee of saving the other life, with only trust in the Lord.
Hear hear.

It should be added that people like the future Pope John Paul II fought hard to have Kolbe declared a saint and, because of their efforts, they added an entirely new classification of martyrdom to Catholicism. Since Kolbe wasn't killed because he was Catholic, but gave up his life for another, he became the Church's first Martyr for Charity.

If you're so inclined, say a prayer.


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