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Listen to this powerful song, written by local Omahan, Matthew Mayer
16670 is a profoundly moving tribute to a man who gave his life for a stranger during one of the darkest periods of modern history. Matthew Mayer tells the story (without words) of Rajmund Maximilian Kolbe, a man whose selfless act of love caught Matthew’s attention in his youth and still inspires him today. Very briefly, Kolbe, a highly-educated man with Doctorate degrees in Philosophy and Theology, was arrested by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz. One night, a prisoner escaped, and as punishment, the Nazis randomly chose ten men to go to a cell to starve to death. One man cried out that he had a wife and children, and Kolbe, already gaunt and weak, stepped forward and asked the Nazis to take him instead. Kolbe was still alive when the ninth prisoner died, so the Nazi’s injected him with poison and then cremated his remains. The title of the album, 16670, refers to Kolbe’s prisoner number. The man that he saved, Franciszek Gajowniczek, survived Auschwitz and spent the rest of his life telling people about Rajmund Kolbe.
– Excerpted from review by Kathy Parsons
Prayer Before Meals
Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord.
O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.
Catholic Charities of Omaha
Hope Of The Poor
Least Of My Brethren
Fellowship of Catholic Artists
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Omaha
Virtus et Veritas Ministries
Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts
Apostolate for Family Consecration
Sancta Familia Medical Apostolate