August 14: Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe Two Crowns of Martyrdom Polish Salad

Most people know St. MMK for his imagine in a concentration camp…or the long with a long beard. But here’s a younger saint in the making!

1 story behind the 2 crowns St. Maximilian accepted from Our Lady when he was just 12 years old, and 2 ways these crowns were worn by the patron saint of the 20th century:

1. “That night 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 me 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.”

1. St. Maximilian Kolbe longed to be a soldier, but instead he became a Franscican priest (the white crown).

2. He was arrested, sent to Auschwitz, and saved the life of a father and husband (who went to his canonization!).

1 tip for this recipe:

1. It looks easy. (Okay, real talk: it looks like burger toppings). But when my husband and I gave it a try, we were shocked at how all the flavors came together! Add some oil or vinegar if you need an extra kick…but be ready to be amazed at what a little dill can do for you!


3 medium tomatoes
2 small white onions


1. Wash tomatoes and cut into thin slices.

2. Peel onions and cut into thin slices.

3. Lay tomato slices side by side on a platter. Place one onion on top of each tomato slice. Continue to make layers of tomatoes and onions until all are used up.

4. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and fresh dill.

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!

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