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How a Christian dies,
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This review is from: Maximilian Kolbe: Saint of Auschwitz (Paperback)
I cannot think of any modern day saint with a story as heroic and awe-inspiring as that of St MMK, or one who died a death as glorious,as attested by eyewitnesses from the death camps. The showdown between the him and the German commandante makes the gunfight at the OK Corral appear like child's play in comparison. And Doc Holiday was a long time TB sufferer as well! The writing style is simple and honest and spares us any great literary flourishes, the author realising,and wisely,that some stories just tell themselves. The narratives are presented in very clear and stark language and the triumph of the writing is in the economy of words. There is the unstated acknowledgement that the true magnitude of the suffering of the holocaust cannot never be described in words. I lived the large part of my life in India, but only when I came to the UK could I fully fathom what suffering in the cold must be like. I think it was Viktor Frankl (Do read his Book, 'Man's Search for Meaning', related that there were icicles hanging from the roof of their bunker. Definitely no heating, then!). As you read the narrative you will have vivid flashes of Christ on the road to Calvary "like a Lamb to the slaughter". Thanks to the love, human dignity and sheer spiritual force of the physicallly ailing Fr. Kolbe throughout the narrative, you will experience frist hand the exhilarating transcendent power of Love. One feels as if Fr Kolbe has already transcended this world, but not only that, he is also smiling at us lovingly and urging us to join him, indeed one feels that one has transcended with him, and having got there, one does not want to ever worry again. As Fr Kolbe preached shortly before his imminent arrest "...in short, we are invincible". Do not go through life without reading this book if you can help it. This is how we do it! And stop quarreling with your mothers-in-law! God bless.