St. Maximilian Kolbe: Mary’s Martyr for Christ


August 14 is the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Polish priest, Franciscan friar, and 20th century martyr for the faith. As a young boy he had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. One day the Virgin Mary appeared to him and asked him which color he would rather wear, white (for virginity), or red (for martyrdom). Maximilian’s response to Mary was that he chose both: he wanted to live a life of consecrated virginity and die a martyr for Christ.