St. Maximilian Kolbe
In my spiritual travels I spent a summer with the Conventual Friars at their original Marytown in Kenosha, Wisconsin. As a kid I was enrolled in the Militia of Mary Immaculate, the sodality founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe after his studies in Rome. In Rome he witnessed the Masonic anti-Catholic actions against the Catholic Church, and this moved him to form the Knights of the Immaculata, Mediatrix of all Graces, in defense of the Catholic faith. For well defined details, please visit this site.
I was attracted to St. Maximilian as a kid on account of his devotion to Our Lady, and of course, his martyrdom at Auschwitz. As a child, Maximilian had a vision of Our Lady, who offered him two crowns, one for chastity, the other for martyrdom. He explained:
"... the Blessed Mother appeared to me holding in her hands two crowns: one white the other red. She looked at me with tenderness and asked me if I wanted these two crowns. The white one signified that I would preserve my purity and the red that I would be a martyr."St. Maximilian offered his life in exchange for a prisoner who was to be executed. he died by lethal injection, after many days of starvation. Kolbe's death was truly a heroic act of the most perfect charity by which he won his martyr's crown. Since his canonization, the Saint's intercession is often sought for people addicted to drugs because of the manner in which he died. However, I see his death foreshadowing the growing practice of euthanasia we hear about in our times: withholding nutrition and hydration, as well as lethal injection. That is exactly how Kolbe was put to death - although much more cruelly, no clinical pretensions to comfort. On account of this, Kolbe must be considered a major patron of the pro-life movement.
In 1973 Paul VI beatified him and in 1982 John Paul II canonized him as a Martyr of Charity. - Source
̈“Charity should be open to all without discrimination; her only limit should be whatever is possible, which because of its spirit of sacrifice- should reach to the extreme.” (St.Maximilian)