The Price of Silence

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Today is the Memorial of Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish Franciscan priest who heroically died at Auschwitz in 1941 after offering himself as a substitute for a young married man with children.  His death, and those of millions of others were, in part, the result of the fearful silence by the German people in the face of Nazi evil.  The truth of this was attested to by Martin Niemoller, a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.  His words cry out to us even today.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.

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5 Responses to The Price of Silence

  1. Ellen says:

    Fr. Kolbe had a great devotion to Mary also…God bless heroes for Christ.

  2. Mary Thomas says:

    Some fears are easier than others to overcome than others. Christ Jesus help us all.

  3. Mary Thomas says:

    Forgive my typos. I know there are some who think these are funny. Seriously, though some fears are easier to overcome than others.

  4. Jeff Kline says:

    Here is some moving details about St. Kolbe’s life:
    http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/M/stmaximilianmarykolbe.asp
    In the Magnificat magazine for today they give Psalm 27 that begins:
    The Lord is my light and my help;
    Whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
    Before whom should I shrink?

    He certainly lived and died in this Psalm.
    Saint Maxmilian pray for us.
    Jesus I trust in You.

  5. Nancy Novicki says:

    What courage! What faith! What a beautiful act of selflessness!

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