Maximillian Kolbe 2019

Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.

Broken But Not Divided

kolbe-2.jpg Saint Maximillian Kolbe: Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC(This painting and reflection is from 2015)

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr, 1894-1941

This is a crude finger painting. It is meant to be incomplete and simple because there is no easy way to interpret this man’s faith, life and death. This Polish Franciscan priest died in Auschwitz on this day in 1941.

Crown: The red crown was given to him in a vision when he was 12 years old. He had a vision of Mary who presented him with two crowns, one white that would become his reward in heaven, then a red crown, representing his martyrdom. He accepted both crowns from Mary, the Mother of God. 

Mary, the Mother of God: Mary’s appearance to Maximilian gave him purpose in life. Notice how the blue beads of the rosary co-exist and even blend into the barbed wire. I must believe that…

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  1. Happy Feast Day Father Ron. I know he is one of your favorites. I love the painting and explanation of its meaning. Saint Maximillian Kolbe Pray for us and our church and world.

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