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The Ultimate Offering


An Auschwitz prisoner had escaped, and the Nazi authorities decided that ten other men would be starved to death in exchange. When one of the ten selected cried out for his wife and children, Father Maximilian Kolbe volunteered to take his place. Maximilian was the only one still alive after a few weeks, so he was killed by lethal injection. The man whose life he saved lived to attend Maximilian’s canonization in 1982.


St. Maximilian Kolbe, you fulfilled the call for us
to lay down our lives for another.
Please help me to lay down my pride, my fears,
and my anxieties to help others.


Say yes to a request for your help today—physical, financial, or emotional.

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