When we began Kenosis: Teen Disciples for Love and Life five years ago, one of our early meetings centered on choosing two patron saints for the group. Each of the high school students was asked to report on a particular saint, mostly young saints or those from the 20th century. The teens then voted on which two they would like to see as our patrons. And so St. Maximilian Kolbe and Bl. Chiara "Luce" Badano became the patron and patroness of Kenosis.
St. Maximilian Kolbe has been called a martyr for the family because he offered his life for one particular family. He offered his priestly fatherhood so that another man could continue to live his vocation as husband and father.
Today is St. Maximilan Kolbe's feast day, and Deacon Greg Kandra has a great link to the biography of the man he died to save, Franciszek Gajowniczek. He lived to be 93 -- 53 years after St. Maximilian Kolbe saved his life.
Learn more about him here.