Maksymilian Rajmund Kolbe.
“..I asked ..Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns ..one white ..other red. She asked me if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. ..white one meant that I should persevere in purity ..red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.” Maxmilian Kolbe.
There must remain a spirit of generosity which allows us to see the good in mankind. That must ensure, that while protecting ourselves against the very descent man can plummet to, we ! There have been Catholic’s, most remarkably Max Kolbe in this The Holocaust point of reference, who gave up their lives for another. This was done, all in the spirit of that Christian Charity expressed by Christ and endorsed in belief. In order for us to embrace that same regard, and somehow redeem from the past was has been so tarnished in moral Catholicism, all regard to the sanctity of all Human Beings must be as sacred as the life God has given us.
By adoption of our Faith we accept that a moral grounding is evidenced against the backdrop of lifestyles uncommon with commitment to Religious systems. We have a responsibility and a duty in this Village of a World enclosed to share with those an empathy that is not driven by impulse to degeneracy but has an efficacy shared with our fellow beings. Religious concerns, which endorse the principles of reprocity and can steer our self esteem toward a meeting with those whose own position is under scrutiny, under duress, under pressure and under constant threat. That that threat during The Holocaust was genocidal, has been evidenced and none of what I have just stated was played out by our Christian Community’s, in light of what was happening to the Jews of that communion with all of society.
Kolbe arrived at Auschwitz from Pawiak Prison in Warsaw on May 29th. 1941. He had been arrested on February 17th. for his very outspoken views against the Jewish aspects of The Final Solution. Ironically, he was now to bear witness to that final resolve. Kolbe, or Prisoner Number 16670 stood before his God and offered himself in place of Franciszek Gajowniczek, Prisoner Number 5659, and was sentenced to Death by Slow Starvation. In Auschwitz, Max Kolbe acted out his Faith and gave his life for another. He was one of 15 incarcerated in Block 11 and Survived until August 14th. 1941 when he was injected with phenol and Died.