Maximilian Kolbe on the Origin of Existence

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, a Franciscan priest who was a missionary in Japan. During World War II, by which time he had returned to Poland, he was imprisoned in Auschwitz. On August 14, 1941, he offered his own life in exchange for that of another prisoner who had been selected to die as punishment for the escape of another prisoner.

Magnificat quotes some beautiful words of Kolbe that speak, of God’s creation of love for us. He writes:

You have certainly perceived how any work of your own or someone else’s craft bears in itself a likeness of the one who has made it. Likewise, the whole world bears in itself the likeness of God, its Creator. Besides, have you not noticed how any creator loves the work of his hands? Likewise, God loves his creatures. And the more perfect a work is, the greater it resembles and the more it is loved by its creator. That is the very reason why the love of parents towards their childrern is superior to any other love. In fact, to love one’s own work is also a divine act that resembles God’s.

Some words to reflect on today as we honor the selflessness and courage of St. Maximilian Kolbe.