He received a vision of the Virgin Mary that changed his life.
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
I never get tired reading the book 'Our Lady's Fool' whenever I read St. Maximilian Kolbe' life story it still makes me cry and it always touches the inner depths of my heart. No wonder he is my favorite modern saint!