Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

First Scripture Reading
Deuteronomy 10: 12-22
Gospel Reading
Matthew 17: 22-27

Opening Prayer

I love the preferential treatment You give us, Lord We love to be special in Your eyes, even though we know that it means that You expect and demand more of us. Keep us faithful! Circumcise our hearts of attractions which distract and detour us from following Your ways. InSpirit us to befriend aliens and remember our origins and Your selective love. Help us walk the thin line between our civic and church responsibilities. Empower us to find the resources to pay the taxing burdens of our lives. Encourage us not to be afraid of the ways you circumcise and stretch us. Help us to be faithful to the search and sacrifices You demand of Your specially chosen.

St. Maximilian Kolbe was so zealous in Your reign and so devoted to Your Mother, Mary.  He poured forth his life in testimony of love – a martyr at Auschwitz to save another man’s life.  Touch me with his devotion, zeal and spirit.

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