The guards gave him a lethal injection of carbolic acid.
The stories tell that he raised his left arm and calmly awaited death. Maximilian Kolbe died on August 14 and his remains were cremated on August 15, the same day as the Assumption of Mary feast day.
continue reading More Saint of the Day An elder Mexican man makes his way to Mass in the early morning twilight of December 9, 1531.
He is a peasant, a simple farmer and laborer, and he has no education.
Three months later, he was transferred to Auschwitz.
Never abandoning his priesthood, Kolbe was the victim to severe violence and harassment.
Kolbe's is often depicted in a prison uniform and with a needle being injected into an arm.
He is the patron saint of drug addicts, prisoners, families, and the pro-life movement and his feast day is celebrated on August 14.
The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr.It is said during the last days of his life Kolbe led prayers to Our Lady with the prisoners and remained calm.He was the last of the group to remain alive, after two weeks of dehydration and starvation.He founded a monthly periodical titled, "Rycerz Niepokalanej" (Knight of the Immaculate).He also operated a religious publishing press and founded a new Conventual Franciscan monastery at Niepokalanow, which became a major religious publishing center.