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The Transformation From Boy To Saint Raymond Kolbe was born on January 8 1894 in Zdunska Wola a small village near Lodz Poland His father Julius Kolbe was a weaver by trade and his mother Maria Kolbe ran a delicatessen There were four other siblings besides Raymond Two of them died at an early age so he only grew up with Francis who was older than him and Joseph who was the youngest Raymonds father died during WWI he had been mistakenly executed as a traitor by the Russians After the war Raymonds mother passed away Now he and his two brothers were on their own Raymonds destiny was told to him at an early age of ten When he was a little boy his mother would sometimes get very angry with him On day she yelled to him I do not know what will become of you1 After she said this Raymond went to church and prayed to the Virgin Mary Raymond says she appeared to him holding two crowns one was white which signified he would always be pure and the other red which signified that he would die a martyr She asked him which one he would choose he said both From that day on Raymond knew where his life was headed At the age of thirteen Raymond and his brother Francis entered a seminary Raymond and his brother found themselves at Lwow where they remained for a few years and was taught the ways of the priesthood While at the seminary Mrs Kolbe came to visit her two sons and tell them that she and their father decided to dedicate their lives to god in a religious order This motivated the boys to go see the Provincial and tell him they wished to enter the novitiate and become priests The following day Raymond became known as Friar Maximilian Kolbe Raymond was very intelligent and had exceptional talent and
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