LIBERA ME, Domine, Iesu Christe, ab omnibus iniquitatis meis et universis malis,
fac me tuis semper inhærere mandatis et a te numquam separari permittas. Amen.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Even unto Death

S. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, whose feast day it is today, willingly gave up his life for his fellow man, surrendering himself to death by starvation in Auschwitz so that Franciszek Gajowniczek, a father of a family, might live

Would I ? I don’t know; but I fear the answer is probably not . . . but then when I think about I, I am forced to realize that I might not have had the chance, because I might not have got to Auschwitz in the first place.

Would I even have been arrested ? Or would I have yielded, and gone along with the atrocities of the Nazis for the sake of a quiet life ? Might I, even, have said that I should not adhere too strictly to the Faith, for fear of upsetting, and driving away, others in a time of difficulty ?

I just don’t know.

What I do know, though, is that God thought that he did the right thing, and has given proof of that in the miracles which led to his canonization - in the presence of Franciszek Gajowniczek for whom he had died.

Ultimately, we have to make choices; and those choices all have price tags . . . and sometimes we have to be brave enough to pay prices which look impossible : lose friends, even family; lose jobs, money, anything . . . even lose life itself.

What he have to remember, as S. Maximilian obviously did, is that in God’s service, ‘he that endureth to the end shall be saved’.

In these days, when God’s Church is under constant attack, sometimes even from within, may S. Maximilian pray for all of us who want to stand up for God and His Church, that we may have the opportunities to do so, and the strength and integrity not to pass them by.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think you can know until put to the test. Peter denied Jesus 3 times...but then later came through for Him by being martyred.

    So there is always room for improvment, and one is never a "finished" work. I guess we have to rely on God's grace to do His work within us and let it work and remember "our" strength, is really His strength that He's given to us and that we choose to implement.

    I think if we ask for strength to carry through as we ought, God always honor's that wish.