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The Death Camp Proved Him Real: The Life of Father Maximilian Kolbe, Franciscan
The Death Camp Proved Him Real The Life of Father Maximilian Kolbe Franciscan Author:Maria Winowska "Yes, I believe that God exists, in an inaccessible heaven of heavens, while we poor human beings are crawling in the mud. Grace? Why, yes, that exists perhaps, but of what importance is it if it does not succeed in changing man? There are certain miseries where grace has no access, where even God conceals His face. If you only knew!" — "Tell... more » me, Pierre," I said to him, "what do you make of the saints?'
He began to laugh, a laugh that hurt. "Why, yes, I believe in saints. . . But they are products of greenhouses. They need a special climate, a favorable one with sanctifying conditions. Saints do not grow in inhuman soil. I defy you to show me a saint in a concentration camp. One saint. One who truly prefers his neighbor to himself. I defy you!"
For a moment I kept silent. Then, "Pierre, suppose I accept the challenge? If I show you a saint in a real concentration camp; someone who offered to die in place of a fellow prisoner. . ."« less