A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Friday 14 August

St Maximillian Kolbe (M)

Ezekiel 16:1-15,60-63; Canticle Isaiah 12:1-6; Matthew 19:3-12


In the alternative household of God, the vocation of marriage and the vocation of celibacy, if faithfully lived out, are expressions of the reign of God. In Auschwitz, when Franciszek Gajowniczek was among those randomly selected to die, he pleaded to be spared because of his wife and children. Franciscan priest, Maximillian Kolbe volunteered his life, “I want to go instead … he has a wife and family. I am alone. I am a Catholic priest”. Reflect and pray today to be faithful to my vocation in life – single, married, priest or religious.

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