For Max on his saint’s day
I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.
– Saint Maximilian Kolbe
When stalking death just brushed his sleeve, intent upon another man, he saw a proffered gift instead-- a gift prepared for him alone in depths before the world was known-- and snatched it up with joyful haste.