St. Maximilian Kolbe writes about The Immaculate

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“My dear little children, when it comes to the Immaculate, we do not think about ‘small parts’ or ‘fractions’ but we rather run a race all together and, by doing so, every increase in love for her in one of us will produce an even greater increase of love in the others. Our heart is so small, so weak: we never offer her the love with which she is worthy, the loves with which she loves us…

An unlimited love for the Immaculate, what does that mean? The Immaculate is so united to God through love that she rises not only above all saints, but also above the angels, the cherubim and seraphim. Therefore an unlimited love towards the Immaculate raises us up to her and joins us to her through love…
What is the Immaculate’s unlimited love? Since she is very close to God, and we are very close to her, consequently, we are very close to God Himself through her. God has give us this white stairway and He wants us to reach Him by climbing it, or rather that she, after having clasped us to her maternal heart, may lead us to Him.

Dear little children in the Immaculate, I wish you to be nourished by her with the milk of her graces, that she may caress and educate you as she did with Jesus, our elder Brother, so that He, the Divine Spouse of the soul, may recognise in us those features He Himself received from His Mother, the Immaculate..

Undoubtedly, our imagination tends to make us picture God the Father, Jesus , and the Immaculate as realities that exist among other devotions, as if they were on the same level. Instead, we should think of them as rings of only one chain, each subordinated to the other as different means to only one purpose: the one God in the Holy Trinity.

The more we belong to the Immaculate, the more confidently and freely we can approach the wounds of our Saviour, the Eucharist, the most holy Heart of Jesus and God the Father.”
St. Maximilian Kolbe

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St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894–1941) was born in Poland to a devout Christian family. As a boy he had a vision of the Virgin Mary. She showed him two crowns, one white for virginity and one red for martyrdom, and asked him which he would be willing to accept. He replied that he would accept both. This began his lifelong mission of promoting devotion to the Virgin Mary and the Miraculous Medal. He eventually joined the Franciscans. While studying for the priesthood in Rome, he gathered a group of fellow friars and founded the ‘Militia of the Immaculata’ which became a crusade of Marian consecration. From it came the ‘Knights of the Immaculate’ magazine, which reached a circulation of 750,000, and a radio show, both of which became a source of strengthened faith all over Poland. He established a monastery in Poland which grew to 800, the largest in the world at that time. In 1930 he travelled to the Far East and founded a monastery in Nagasaki, Japan. He returned to Poland in 1936. During World War II, St. Maximilian Kolbe housed over 3,000 Polish refugees at his monastery. He was eventually imprisoned because of his fight for truth through his magazine, and was sent to Auschwitz in 1941. He endured special cruelty because he was a Catholic priest. St. Maximilian ministered to the people in the camp and offered his life in place of a man to be killed by firing squad. After being starved for two weeks and still found alive, he was killed by lethal injection on August 14, 1941. St. Maximilian Kolbe is the patron of families, drug addicts, prisoners, journalists, and the pro-life movement. His feast day is 14th August.

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6 Responses to St. Maximilian Kolbe writes about The Immaculate

  1. “(E)very increase in love for her in one of us will produce an even greater increase of love in the others.”

    That is a statement so brilliant – in every sense of the word – that it almost brings tears to your eyes.

  2. Robert says:

    The Immaculate crushes the Head of the Serpent!
    She is the Beloved Daughter Of the Father
    She is the Beloved Mother Of God the Son
    She is the Beloved Spouse Of God The Holy Ghost
    Temple and Tabernacle Of The Trinity.

    The Immaculate Conception (and this destroys All Heresies) without the Sin of Adam and Eve. The Dogma expressly confirms Gods Creation of Adam (Red Earth) and Eve and the Fall of Man and expulsion into this place of exile called Earth.
    She is in Heaven Body and Soul (Dogma of the Assumption)
    May All be for the Greater Glory Of God and The Triumph Of The Immaculate (Fatima).
    Mary is Queen of Heaven and Earth and England is and remains HER Dowry!

  3. Michael says:

    Here is a wonderful (and very helpful) compilation of some of Saint Maximilian’s sayings:

    http://www.catholicgentleman.net/2015/08/fire-of-love-lessons-from-st-maximilian-kolbe/

  4. johnhenrycn says:

    My mom died on 15 August, and so this time of year is one of sombre reflection for me. I do realise this post is not about the Assumption, but it brings tomorrow to mind and I suspect it’s leading up to a related one tomorrow.

  5. Michael says:

    JH, on reading your comment, I was reminded of a passage in Caryll Houselander’s ‘The Reed of God’ (in the section, towards the end, where she discusses the Assumption of Our Lady), and my hope is that this might be of some comfort to you at this time of year:

    ‘We do not know where or what or how heaven is, but this we know, and it is very nearly all that we know about heaven. In heaven Our Lady is with God. Our Lady’s body is there, and the Body of Christ is there: and Our Lady’s soul and the soul of Christ and His divinity. We can realise this only insofar as we realise it through its effect upon the world. There, before God, is humanity, our humanity; but innocent humanity in all its primal loveliness; humanity with which the Spirit of God is in love.

    And she is ours! Therefore, it is always Advent, always spring: The life and birth and death and resurrection of Christ always goes on upon earth, an unending circle of light. Because even now, and always, the “fiat” is uttered, and the Love of the Spirit of Life is consummated in the Child Bride; the earth is continually made new; we are continually born again.

  6. toadspittle says:

    “…expulsion into this place of exile called Earth.”

    Good grief – Toad agrees with something Rogbert says. Very existential. Might come straight out of Kierkegaard – or even Camus.

    (Nice Albert quote: “Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.”)

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