Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, priest and martyr
Today’s celebrated saint, Maximillian Kolbe, died honoring the marriage covenant. He was imprisoned at Auschwitz when a prisoner escaped. The Nazis wanted to execute a married man with a family to deter more attempted escapes. St. Maximillian offered himself for execution in the husband’s place. Pope St. John Paul II called the act a true martyrdom because Maximillian sacrificed his life for his religious convictions – love of neighbor and, we might add, the goodness of marriage.