Editor’s Note: With the recent reports of community members dying from drug overdose, we share with you a novena for drug and alcohol addiction.
A Novena to Saint Maximilian Kolbe for the Grace to be Freed from Addiction
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, your life of love and labor for souls was sacrificed amid the horrors of a concentration camp and hastened to its end by an injection of a deadly drug.
Look with compassion upon (NAME OF PERSON) who is now entrapped in addiction to drugs/alcohol and whom I now recommend to your powerful intercession. Having offered your own life to preserve that of a family man, I turn to you with trust, confident that you will understand and help.
Obtain for me the grace never to withhold my love and understanding, or to fail in persevering prayer that the enslaving bonds of addiction may be broken and that full health may be restored to him, whom I love.
I will never cease to be grateful to God who has helped me and heard your prayer for me.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe OFM Conv. was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II.