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The Theologian of Auschwitz
St. Maximilian M. Kolbe on the immaculate Conception in the Life of the Church

Peter Damian Fehlner

“Who are you?” “I am a Catholic priest.” This terse conversation satisfied the acting camp commander to switch Fr. Maximilian Kolbe for František Gajovniček for the starvation bunker. In that trade, the power of love overtook the insidious opponents that are outside of and inside of us, ridicule and shaming to an unimaginable degree. All are vulnerable to two fonts of western civilization, the power of ridicule and shaming. František said: “I knew when Fr. Kolbe gave his life for me one day I would die, but to be spared at that moment, gave me and many prisoners what we needed most, hope.” To this day and ever to be remembered is the inconvenient truth of Auschwitz. In The Theologian of Auschwitz, Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, writes in an Augustinian ecclesial sense and masterfully gets the reader to think about the darkest days of history in the twentieth century without loss of having Christ as one’s measure and the Spirit as one’s power. Fehlner is not analyzing history which scholars of every conviction are called to do but getting the reader into a position to think about what may happen to anyone, of any conviction, who pledges to truth or one’s life to truth. No one is excluded. No event is insignificant. The human dignity of the person, especially the poor and disabled, divine existence, the immortality of the soul and blessedness are important stakes analyzed in this volume, which was the last will and testament of Fr. Fehlner, as I can personally attest.

Rev. Dr. Edward J. Ondrako, OFM Conv.
Visiting Scholar, McGrath Institute for Church Life
University of Notre Dame

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, although one of the holiest priests of the 20th century, was most notably a theological genius, ardent promoter of consecration to the Immaculata, and Martyr of Charity. This Franciscan saint still has a message for us today. The Theologian of Auschwitz contains an extraordinary synthesis of the mind, heart, and mission of the great Polish saint. I very highly recommend that everyone read this book!

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
Author, Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father
ISBN:978-1-943901-13-5
LCCN:2019955273
Format:6.14x9.21” B&W soft cover
Size:362 pages
Publication:February 11, 2020
Price:$ 36.95 USD

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More Endorsements for The Theologian of Auschwitz: St. Maximilian M. Kolbe on the immaculate Conception in the Life of the Church

In The Theologian of Auschwitz, Peter Damian Fehlner establishes the historical and theological context of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s stupendous insights into the theology of the Church in its deepest Pneumatological and Marian dimensions. Fehlner draws out the implications of Kolbe’s thought and spirituality, showing Kolbe’s dependence upon and development of the broader Catholic and Franciscan tradition, especially St. Francis, St. Bonaventure, and Bl. John Duns Scotus. At the heart of Fehlner’s argument is Kolbe’s outline for a never-completed text on the mystery of the Immaculate Conception. Based upon his comprehensive knowledge of Kolbe’s writings as well as his deep knowledge of Francis, Bonaventure, and Scotus, Fehlner presents Kolbe as a genuine theologian with insights and riches to offer the Franciscan Order as well as the entire Church and the world. For Fehlner, the absolute priority of Jesus Christ essentially conjoined with his Immaculate Mother, so much emphasized by Kolbe, must not only be believed but actually lived in the context of both the Church’s inner dimension as well as in its evangelical mission to the nations. Only through fully incorporating the mode of life of Christ the King and the Immaculate Queenship of Mary will the New Evangelization and ecclesial renewal, so desired and emphasized by the Second Vatican Council and each of the popes following the council, be realized.

Dr. Jared Isaac Goff, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Dogmatic Theology
Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius

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