“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
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.