St Maximilian Kolbe
Patron of Addiction Recovery
Figurine comes nicely displayed in a clear fronted box with the the Story of the saint on the outside and a prayer card inside.
Born in Poland as Raymond Kolbe, St Maximilian saw a vision of the Virgin Mary when he was ten years old. In this vision to Virgin Mary offered him a white crown and a red crown. St Maximilian chose both. He joined the Conventual Franciscans when he was thirteen years old and took the name Maximilian. During 1917, before he was ordained as a priest in 1918, St Maximilian returned to Poland and founded the institution of Cities of the Immaculate Conception. He also founded a Christian magazine, “The Knight of the Immaculate” which he produced in a friary near Warsaw, Poland.
In 1941, during the second World War, Poland was invaded by Germany and St Maximilian was taken to the concentration camp named Auschwitz. While in the camp, St Maximilian continued to hear confessions and continued to perform masses. On August 14th, 1941 ten prisoners were executed because one other prisoner had escaped from the camp. St Maximilian was put to death by a lethal drug. St Maximilian was canonized as a Martyr of Charity and became known as a Patron of drug addicts and political prisoners.
Feast Day: August 14
Prayer to St Maximilian
O Lord Jesus Christ who said “greater love than this no man has that a man lay down his life for his friends”, through the intercession of St Maximilian Kolbe, whose life illustrated such love, we beseech you to grant us our petitions ...(here mention the requests you have). Through the Knights of the Immaculate movement, which Maximilian founded, he spread a fervent devotion to Our Lady throughout the world. He gave up his life for a total stranger and loved his persecutors, giving us an example of unselfish love for all men – a love which was inspired by true devotion to Mary. Grant O Lord Jesus that we too may give ourselves entirely without reserve to the love and service of our Heavenly Queen in order to better love and serve our fellow men in imitation of your humble servant, Maximilian.
Material: Stone / Resin Mix
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