No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for a friend.

This I command you, love one another.

(Matthew 15:13 and 15)

On this feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who gave his life for a fellow Auschwitz prisoner and as an example of hope for all the victims tortured there, we consider martyrdom. Not many of us will have the opportunity to die for faith and charity, and yet we all give ourselves throughout our lives. Please help us, Lord, to take advantage of every little occasion to suffer for others. Thy will be done.

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