St. Maximilian Kolbe, my confirmation Saint and Patron, seems to have chosen me more than I chose him. I visited a friend in Poland back in the late nineties, where I fell in love with the Polish people and culture, and had a powerful spiritual awakening one day while visiting St. Mary’s Church in Gdansk. Upon my return to America, I found myself wandering the stacks at the local library one day, as I’m wont to do, and stumbled across this book. The details of his life and death, along with his patronage of drug addicts and prisoners (I have been both), had a profound effect on me, and greatly influenced my decision to convert to the Catholic Church.
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