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Maximillian Kolbe was a Polish monk.

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Maximillian Kolbe Maximillian Kolbe was a Polish monk who was born in Zdunska Wola. He joined the Conventual Franciscan Order at the age of 16. He suffered from tuberculosis in his youth and he was frail all his life. He was ordained at 24 and he later became a doctor of theology. He founded the "Militia Immaculatae" and when he published the magazine "The Knight of the Immaculate" which was anti-nazi he was thrown into Auschwitz. In Auschwitz he said mass and sang to keep the spirit of his fellow prisoners up. One night two prisoners escaped, and the Germans as a punishment sentenced 10 other prisoners to death. As the prisoners were selected one of them shouted, "No, I've got a family you can't kill me!" ...read more.


While Kolbe was in there he kept praying and singing until he became too weak to do so. He lasted for so long that the Germans eventually gave him an injection of caustic soda to kill him because they wanted to put someone else in the cell. His body was burned in the ovens. He died serving the sad people in Auschwitz by saying mass and singing. He must have got the strength to carry on from prayer. God must've been at the centre of his life also as he never moaned and he managed to serve people until the end. He was beautified on 17 October 1971 by Pope Paul VI and canonised in 1982 by Pope John Paul II. ...read more.


Also he put up with great suffering and while he was doing that he kept other peoples spirits up as well. When Jesus was on the cross suffering terribly he comforted the man on his right by promising him a path into heaven. For Christians an inspirational life is a life which reflects the life of Christ and others. Our faith tradition teaches that through baptism and confirmation we become temples of the Holy Spirit and as such can achieve even greater things than Jesus did. Both of these characters in some way mirrored the life of Jesus. This tells us that they used Jesus' life as a guideline and that they were trying to be like Jesus. 25/01/2003 Prashanthini.S RE Coursework 1 1 ...read more.

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