On August 14, 1941, St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Conventual Franciscan and Martyr of Charity, died in the concentration camp of Auschwitz, taking the place of a fellow prisoner who was condemned to die of hunger.
The entire life of St. Maximilian consisted of a “holy obsession”: to be able to belong totally to the Immaculate, living totally consecrated to Her, belonging to Her without reserve, without limits, desiring that this become a reality as soon as possible, with the aim of conquering as many souls as possible for the Immaculate.
St. Maximilian Mary wrote: “Oh, Immaculate, by Your mercy I have consecrated my life. I have worked for You, suffered for You, and now I die for You. I am Yours!" Without a doubt, She went looking for this good son of Hers that knew how to belong completely to Her, both in life and in death.