Father Michael Gaitley’s ‘Do-It-Yourself’ retreat, Consoling the Heart of Jesus has concluded behind these stone walls, and its ripple effect has begun to show.
I cannot let this week pass without mention of two great Saints whose Feast Days the Church remembers this month. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (August 9), known also as Edith Stein, was honored in a post of mine entitled, “Saints and Sacrifices: Maximilian Kolbe and Edith Stein at Auschwitz.” Her story is one that history is tempted to turn away from because it is painful to witness. Rather, we should stare straight into its heart of darkness and join this brilliant convert and Carmelite nun as she stepped off a cattle train into the gas chambers of Auschwitz. “Come,” she said to her sister, Rosa. “Let us go for our people.”
The other, of course, is Saint Maximilian Kolbe (August 14), one of the Patron Saints of These Stone Walls and its inspiration. I have written too many posts about him to list here, so suffice it to say that the fact that I am writing at all is largely because of him. If I had to pick one post for you to read in his honor, however, it would be “The Paradox of Suffering: An Invitation from St Maximilian Kolbe.” The impact of St Maximilian on my life, and on the life of Pornchai Maximilian who took his name, may never be fully understood in this life.
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