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Stained Glass: St. Maximilian Kolbe | by gashwin
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Stained Glass: St. Maximilian Kolbe

Pope St. John Paul II Chapel, Mundelein


The scene is of his martyrdom -- his electing to undergo starvation in the stead of a man who had a family, at Auschwitz.


His life was dedicated utterly to the service of Jesus Christ through His Blessed Mother. As such, Marian imagry abounds. There is the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa (protectress of his native Poland); the "two crowns" (white and red) that he saw in a vision as a young boy, and chose both kinds of martyrdom; and the Miraculous Medal (devotion to which he promoted). Then there are the tracks leading to the gates of Auschwitz.


He is holding a copy of the famous Rycerz Niepokalanej, The Knight of the Immaculate, the magazine produced by his community in the town dedicated to the Immaculate: Niepokalanow, which reached a circulation of 800,000 on the eve of World War II. The title is also in Japanese, reflecting his missionary work in Japan.

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Taken on April 22, 2015