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St. Maximilian Kolbe: More Than a Martyr

When the prisoners of Auschwitz’s Block 14 heard there was an escape, their faces went white. First those in the escapee’s block were required to stand at attention in the parade grounds until the escapee was found.
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Saint Maximilian Kolbe: A Life of Heroic Love

Pope John Paul II canonized Conventual Franciscan Father Maximilian Kolbe in Rome on October 10, 1982. Millions of Catholics around the world and people of other faiths are aware of this saint’s sacrifice. In late July 1941, at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Maximilian, in a great act of love, offered his life for the life of a Polish Jew, Sergeant Francis Gajowniczek, who was married, with a family. He died on August 14. It wouldn’t be the first time Maximilian showed bravery and love in the face of danger.
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Francis and Anthony: Two Saints, One Vision

Perhaps the three most well-known Franciscan saints are Francis, of course, Clare of Assisi, and Anthony of Padua. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the similarities between Francis and his early follower, Anthony.
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7 Books on Catholic Saints to Read in 2020

The saints and blesseds whose lives are described in this book are special signs of God’s activity. Their surrender to God’s love was so generous an approach to the total surrender of Jesus that the Church recognizes them as heroes and heroines worthy to be held up for our inspiration. 
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My Interview with Padre Pio

I first met Padre Pio in 1967, the year before his death. He was old and very ill. As a journalist, I went to his home in San Giovanni Rotondo on assignment, and I had the opportunity to speak with him on two occasions. I was extremely impressed, not so much by the stories of miracles that people told about him but by the extraordinary moral strength that emanated from his whole being.
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Saint Anthony, God's Instrument

For many people the most famous thing about Saint Anthony of Padua is his reputation as a wonder-worker. He’s brought happiness to many believers, for example, by helping them find their lost wedding rings or car keys.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Nine: Model of Conversion

Prayer Triune God, we thank you for drawing us to yourself through the gift of your grace and the example of the saints, especially Anthony of Padua. Lead us to follow him in never fearing that you might ask for a conversion beyond what we can offer you, our ever-gracious God. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Eight: In Retirement

Prayer Lord Jesus, Scripture tells us that you were like us in every way—except sin. We know, however, that you did not live long enough to enjoy a time of retirement. Lead us to appreciate every season of life, always able to see your loving providence at work—even if it may seem at times to be hiding. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Seven: Leader of Friars

Prayer Lord Jesus, when you wanted to give your disciples an unforgettable example of servant leadership, you washed their feet. Help us always to remember that your power is never given to anyone for its own sake but always for the service of our sisters and brothers. Show us how to speak your truth in love, whatever the circumstances. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Six: The Preacher

Prayer Loving God, in many ways you prepared Anthony to be an outstanding preacher of your grace and mercy. His actions never undercut what he had just preached. Help us constantly to witness by word and deed to your unfailing love, constantly inviting others to embrace your overflowing love and forgiveness. Amen.
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