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To lay down his life


A type of Balsam – Pix by Carol

“Greater love has no one than to lay down his life for his friends, says the Lord.”
(John 15: 13)

Amidst mass genocide.
A story from the Holocaust.
Of a man giving his life.
To save that of a stranger.

He took another’s place.
Knowing death awaited.
Greater love has no one,
Than to lay down his life.

His robes washed white.
In the army of saints he walks.
His name written in history.
He is St Maximilian Kolbe, a priest.

(14 August is the feast of St Maximilian Kolbe (1894 – 1941), Franciscan Priest and Martyr.)

By C.E. Pereira



I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. In recent years, the younger generation have added on to include spouses from the Philippines, Nigeria and Russia. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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