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St. Maximilian Kolbe & the persecuted in Iraq

When I think of St. Maximilian Kolbe, I think of someone who willing gave his life for those who are persecuted, for those who are in harm’s way.

He was sent to Auschwitz.

He willingly offered his own life for the life of another man.

He died on this day in 1941.

Today, we are being called to follow in his footsteps. Our efforts may not end at Auschwitz. We may not be martyred for what we do. But we are being called to stand up for the persecuted. We are being called to remember those who are in harm’s way.

It seems as though the secular media is tired of the story in Iraq. We helped. We did our part.

No, What we have done is a start. A beginning. St. Maximilian Kolbe’s life and death set a standard for us. As long as even one life is hanging in the balance, we are being invited to lay down our life for another.


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