This man offered to die in place of another man who had been selected to die at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Germany during World War II. What gave this man the confidence and the impulse to offer himself in such a circumstance? No doubt it was the faith that he had learned at the hand of his mother, the prayers of his Mother in heaven, and the prayer life that he nurtured in himself up until that point. Thank you, Maximilian, for your sacrifice. May we always keep in mind that it began and ended with faith. Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us !