“Nightmarish thoughts,” you write. And similarly in many other activities. ​St. If, however, someone were to say to himself: “I don’t need any mediation, I don’t need the Blessed Mother, I can honor and worship the Sacred Heart of God myself and obtain what I need” – would not Our Lord rightly reject him for such unbearable pride? St. Maximilian Kolbe is the patron of the 20th century. A victory over hate. Fellowship Ministry. The Marian Consecration of St. Maximilian Kolbe is distinguished from the teaching of Saint Louis Grignion [de Montfort] especially on account of what lies behind it: Not just the “Franciscan thesis,” but also the dogma of the Immaculate, with all its practical and theoretical consequences. [6] – From The Little Flowers of Saint Francis. To setup a recurring monthly donation please click here to register. It is true that we love the Father in the Son, in Jesus Christ, and to Him we must give all our love, in order that in Him and through Him all our love might be received by the Father. Maksymiliana Kolbe - 14 sierpnia W dniu 14 sierpnia obchodzimy liturgiczne wspomnienie św. It seems that I’ve gone through your whole letter now. Evening Prayer. In reality, then, we are completely and totally, and exclusively consecrated to the Immaculate with all our actions, and then in Her and through Her completely, totally and exclusively to Our Lord; in Him lastly and through Him completely, totally and exclusively to our Father in heaven[3]. [2] – In theology the hypostatic union means the union of two natures, the Divine and the human, in the one Divine Person of Jesus Christ. Maximilian teaches rightly that the words, or the formula of consecration, are of small significance What is important is the desire to offer oneself as a limitless oblation to the Immaculate as Her “property and possession.”  The words and formula are meant to assist us in this. O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust … Fellowship Ministry. A scholarly study of St. Maximilian’s teaching on the Holy Spirit and Our Lady, focus of contemporary criticism of the Saint and of his Marian program of life and thought, both by conservatives as well as by liberals. Interesting that St. Maximilian had such a devotion to Mary that his body was put in the crematorium on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. Conference of St. Maximilian Kolbe: September 26, 1937. I came to appreciate all that Catholicism has preserved late in life, but the videos SF post online have been the best worldly companions over the past few years. Vocations Ministry. Because while Catholics across the world celebrated Mary’s entrance into Heaven, Father Maximilian Maria Kolbe had entered Heaven himself, and this time, he would celebrate it with his Heavenly Mother in person. Our disposition is directly, in most cases, made more or less generous depending on our understanding, which allows us to consent to offering a sacrifice of ourselves for the love of someone else, and just as one cannot love what one does not know, so to one does not normally give totally of oneself without some understanding of what and to whom they are giving. Fr. Fellowship Ministry. Kolbe sang hymns of praise to Jesus and Mary as he and nine other prisoners slowly … Vocations Ministry. We have also attached a copy of your submission. Indeed, precisely because we have given ourselves without limits to the Immaculate, despite our evils we approach the Most Sacred Heart of God with all the greater confidence. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. One day the Virgin Mary appeared to him. Parish Outreach Ministries. Our Lord has said that we will know a tree by its fruits [cf. In other words, in virtue of the hypostatic union Jesus Christ is one Divine Person with two natures, the human and the Divine, hence He is true God and true man. In our church, we venerate his relic. Being so disposed, with all ease you can and should turn to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, being convinced that you will receive everything. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), “9 Day Consecration to Mary by St Maximilian Kolbe”, Resistance Podcast 143: Answers on Vaccination Morality w/ Fr. I read your letter not just once, but several times and I understand you thoroughly […]. The essence of the love of God, however, will always be not feeling, not memory, not thinking, understanding, imagining, but solely fulfilling in every moment of our lives the Will of God and resigning ourselves completely to this Will. Christmas "JOY OF SHARING" Food Pantry. St. Maximilian Kolbe was to spreading the message of Christ, especially through his devotion to the Eucharist. She without whom it is difficult to approach Jesus…? [3] – By belonging to the Immaculate with the will, we see illumined by a Marian light the words of St. Paul: “… all things are yours… and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s” (1Cor 3: 21-22); whatever devotion we embrace, because we belong to the Immaculate, it leads us to our Father in heaven by the same path – all things are ours, and we are Hers, and She is Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. While on earth we must trustingly and lovingly accept our humble and limited condition of little children of Our Blessed Mother – strive to love Her, and then let Her do the rest. Prayer to Saint Maximilian Kolbe. The great St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, whom Blessed Pope John Paul II designated as the “Patron of our Difficult Century.” In addition to his profound love for and devotion to Our Lady, the Immaculata, he has been recognized as a Patron for Catholic Media and the use of the most modern of technology to promote devotion to the Two Hearts. If something then causes you confusion, and all the more – as you write – if it was the cause of a cooling of fervor, then certainly it does not come from God. Power Hour of Prayer. Kolbe Seniors [50+] Nursery Ministry. Only when we attain the fulfillment of all desire in heaven will we understand completely, as St. Paul reminds us: “When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child … At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Kolbe Seniors [50+] Nursery Ministry. Office Volunteers. through the intercession of St. Maximilian Kolbe whose life illustrated such love, we beseech you to grant us our petitions . His soul will become a spouse of Jesus, his Older Brother, under the loving care of Mary, their Mother, and of their Father in heaven. We have received your monthly donation. She will prepare our hearts in the best way and we will be certain that we will procure Our Lord the height of happiness, that in such a way we will show Him the greatest love. Fall Festival. Not being able at all times to feel, to understand, or to remember Our Lady’s Maternal Mediation in his own spiritual life was troubling the brother – to the point of his speaking of “nightmarish thoughts” which he had to struggle with. Love the Blessed Virgin Mary and her son Jesus with a pure and sacrificial heart. The peace that Marian devotion engenders in a soul truly and unlimitedly consecrated to Her comes from its wanting to belong to Jesus through Mary – … He had a great devotion to the Immaculate Mary and his life was a testimony of the love of God and neighbor. Grant, O Lord Jesus, that we, too, may give ourselves entirely without reserve to the love and service of our Heavenly Queen in order to better love and serve our fellowman in imitation of your humble servant, St. Maximilian Kolbe. Things do not change because of our limited understanding of them. [2]. But the soul must not lunge [at this goal], but must let itself be guided humbly and in peace. Tridentine Mass Philippines is with Milagros Agustin Sta Ana. Most Precious Blood Apostolate. My child, you can even be completely unaware of these beautiful truths, you can not understand them, you can completely not remember them, or not be able to imagine them humanly by means of your finite mind and imagination; if you want to always fulfill the will of God (that is the Will of Jesus, that is the Will of the Immaculate) then you can give yourself freely to all the devotions to which you feel drawn. (state your intentions here) Through the Militia Immaculata movement, which Maximilian founded, he spread a fervent devotion to Our Lady throughout the world. The brave Franciscan friar and eventual martyr St. Maximilian Kolbe was a man with a soldier’s heart, dedicating his life to fight in a spiritual war for souls. Parish Library. Schoeman cited a quote from Kolbe: "Mary's nature and person are totally distinct from the nature and person of the Holy Spirit. Stations of the Cross. If all other sites open fine, then please contact the administrator of this website with the following information. Father Maximilian Kolbe, who died August 14, 1941, was a Polish priest who died in Auschwitz.A theologian and teacher noted for his devotion to Mother Mary, he undertook missionary work in China and Japan before returning to Poland because of ill-health before the war. What is essential is wanting in all things to fulfill the Will of Our Lord; wanting to receive grace in the way in which He Himself wants us to receive it. She seeks souls that will consecrate themselves entirely to her, that will become in her hands forceful instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spread of God’s kingdom”. If only our will wants everything to be according to the Will of God, then by that very same fact it is so, even if we were not to understand or remember this, nor to feel it. This article was excerpted from For the Life of the World: St. Maximilian and the Eucharist, Academy of the Immaculate, 1993. Your difficulty comes from the fact that you confuse feeling, remembering or understanding with the will. The universal end of “sanctificationem omnium” [sanctification of all]. At a given moment we can think of one thing alone, develop our feelings in one direction alone. %TRACK_LINK% Total Consecration to Mary: A Nine-day Preparation for Individuals or Groups in the Spirit of St. Maximilian Kolbe Paperback – January 1, 2004. by. But despite this our limitation, it is necessary not to ever lose peace. Evening Prayer. Parish Outreach Ministries. Devotion. His entire life was centered on his great love and devotion to Our Lady through her Immaculate Conception. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known” (1Cor 13:11-12). Our Lady’s role as Mediatrix is a “lofty truth.” With our human minds we are not able to fully grasp it. Rosary. And he will notice more and more peace even amidst tempests…” He will learn and become personally convinced “that he who belongs to the Immaculate will not perish, but the more that he will be Hers, the more he will belong to Jesus…”. Fr. Vocations Ministry. St. Maximilian’s main emphasis in his reply is on the essence of the love of God being in the will, not in our emotions. This Polish saint led a heroic life with the Conventual Franciscans. August 14: St. Maximilian Kolbe. But it is not any less true that our acts, be they even as holy as possible, are not without blemish, and if we want to offer them to Our Lord pure and immaculate, we must direct them straight to Her who alone is Immaculate, and give them to Her as Her property, so that as Her own property She might give them to Her Son. Power Hour of Prayer. I cannot now remember if he started the Salve Regina, or if I did, or if somehow we began singing it at the same time, but we sang the Salve with great thanksgiving in our hearts and tears in our eyes for the witness of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe. St. Maximilian Kolbe was right when he exhorted us, 'Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. If we desire this, then we belong to Immaculate at all times, and through Her at all times we belong to Jesus. In St. Maximilian's "system," one consecrates oneself to Mary by joining the Militia Immaculata to help in the conversion of souls through the intercession of Our Lady. [1] – It is important to note and remember always that though our faith surpasses our intellects, it never contradicts them. He fostered Marian devotion among the … Solemn Act of Consecration O Immaculate, Queen of heaven and earth, Refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to You, I, an unworthy sinner, cast myself at Your feet, humbly imploring You to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to Yourself as Your possession and property. I repeat though: even without at the present moment giving ourselves [to the Immaculate] we still belong to Her, because we have consecrated ourselves to Her and we have never revoked it. Even less so is our imagination capable of depicting it in any satisfactory way. This book is a must-read for all those seeking a deeper devotion to the Eucharist, and a deeper understanding of St. Maximilian's faith (and the faith of a saint in general). Index Devotional Prayer List. On August 15, Fr. 1. ← TAN Books giving a 15% Discount for Sensus Fidelium Fans! Javascript is disabled on your browser. You can never love her more than Jesus did' In the end, like so many of my devout Catholic brothers and sisters, I found that St. Maximilian Kolbe was right when he exhorted us, "Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. Without even mentioning the fact that it is She who gave birth and brought Jesus up for us, approaching Jesus is without a doubt a grace, and all graces come to us through Her, just as Our Lord Himself came through Her. Thank you %NAME% for your support! Devotion. Amen. The peace that Marian devotion engenders in a soul truly and unlimitedly consecrated to Her comes from its wanting to belong to Jesus through Mary – not from understanding, remembering, or feeling it. Christmas "JOY OF SHARING" Food Pantry. Then they will become without blemish, immaculate. In his zeal to promote devotion and consecration to the Mother of God, St. Maximilian Kolbe proved himself a saint who tirelessly worked for the conversion of the world to the love of God. “The Immaculate alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. We will never find in the truths of faith any contradiction, though we will find in them difficulties which a human intellect inevitably runs into when faced with divine truths. News and Information for Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church, 130 St. Maximilian Lane, Toms River, NJ 08757 Home About Us. St. Maximilian’s main emphasis in his reply is on the essence of the love of God being in the will, not in our emotions. Christmas "JOY OF SHARING" Food Pantry. Parish Library. You write: “She must receive something from me as well, She must be my breath, by means of Her I must live, I must consecrate myself entirely to Her, think of Her… But – but Jesus is the source of grace and Love, He invites us to Himself, He gives Himself in Holy Communion – Mary only helps in this.” My dear, clearly, the source of all good, in any order, whether natural or supernatural (that is of grace), is God the Father, who through the Son and the Holy Spirit is always working, that is the Most Holy Trinity. TextStatus: undefined HIS LIFE STORY . by Fr. HTTP Error: undefined, Copyright © 2020 Sensus Fidelium — Primer WordPress theme by. Anselm Romb Page. I saw a beast rising out of the sea – David-n-Vicki Rall. If you really love Our Lord, then above all you try to fulfill His Will in everything, and to receive grace in the way in which He Himself has established. I’m very blessed to have found your site! And in addition to that your brothers and sisters as well? Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. You write: “I cannot reconcile these two things in my soul, namely loving Jesus and Mary at the same time.” And were you able to love your father and mother at the same time? Parish Outreach Ministries. And even amidst tempests he will enjoy ever greater peace. Matthias M. Sasko F.I. Having then received an infinite value through the Divinity of Jesus they will worthily honor God. Please enable it in order to use this form. If on the other hand something were to detract you from Our Lady under whatever pretense, even if for the sake of a higher devotion, take it as a suspect ploy, though it seem to be ever so holy. Power Hour of Prayer. You have no idea how much you have helped me out! Jesus Himself) or because we cannot understand it completely (e.g. Mt 7:20]. Why? Hence all of this lack of peace is heavily suspect and it is necessary to always strive for fidelity in fulfilling the Will of God, even in the smallest things, and for peace. O Lord Jesus Christ who said, "greater love than this no man has that a man lay down his life for his friends," through the intercession of St. Maximilian Kolbe, whose life illustrated such love, we beseech Thee to grant us our petitions. Sometimes we think to ourselves, or it might be that it is someone else who suggests such a thought, that here our devotion to Our Lady is too much. My dear, these are lofty things and we, with our human minds, and even less so with out imagination, often are not able to arrive at understanding them, but for this reason too, it is necessary not to ever lose peace. Mateusz Spolitakiewicz, October 10, 1935. through the Holy Spirit and the Son, that is through the Immaculate Spouse of the Most Holy Spirit and through Jesus hypostatically united with the nature of the Son Devotion. Most Precious Blood Apostolate. I’ll answer you following the order of your letter, with a heavy delay, however, because I have a lot of work. It is true that the only Mediator to the Father is the Incarnate Son, Jesus Christ, God and man together, through whom our homage given to the Father turns from human into divine, from finite into one of infinite value, and thus truly worthy of the majesty of the Father. God is a God of peace. The more difficult this fulfillment will be, the more disgust and repugnance [we have to overcome], the greater will the manifestation of love be. Office Volunteers. She who is the shortest way?” I have to add here that not only is it “difficult,” but it is not possible to approach Jesus without Mary. St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe His name wasn't always Maximilian. If the problem persists, then check your internet connectivity. His life ended with a heroic act of charity at Auschwitz concentration camp. 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