TextStatus: undefined 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. Christmas "JOY OF SHARING" Food Pantry. Evening Prayer. Fall Festival. by Fr. We might not feel anything, we might not understand completely[1], we might not even remember this at all times – but these are all just limits of our human condition. But despite this our limitation, it is necessary not to ever lose peace. 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. 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. we cannot find the theological explanation for Our Lady’s mediation in a particular situation). Sensus Fidelium is a 501c3 non-profit organization and your donation is tax-deductible. I’m very blessed to have found your site! 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. Vocations Ministry. Both parents were devout Christians with a particular devotion to Mary. His life ended with a heroic act of charity at Auschwitz concentration camp. Why? 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? [4] – That is do not exclude Her – St. Maximilian emphasizes throughout this letter that our minds and memories are unable to attend to two different objects at the same time; what is essential is never deliberately excluding Our Lady’s mediation, even if we cannot recall it at every moment, either because we’re thinking of something else (e.g. Kolbe Seniors [50+] Nursery Ministry. Index Devotional Prayer List. Prayers of Devotion to Saint Maximilian Kolbe. There will be no lack of respect either in directly and freely turning to the Father if you belong to Jesus, nor to Jesus if you belong to the Immaculate, but to do this it is not necessary to remember it – it suffices that that’s simply the way things are. It seems that I’ve gone through your whole letter now. 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. 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. 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. Parish Library. 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. Power Hour of Prayer. News and Information for Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church, 130 St. Maximilian Lane, Toms River, NJ 08757 Home About Us. If all other sites open fine, then please contact the administrator of this website with the following information. A pure, sacrificial soul. Then they will become without blemish, immaculate. HIS LIFE STORY . [5] – St. Maximilian’s sense here is: Without anxiety or scruple give your full attention to the one object your attention can handle at a given moment – it’s impossible to try to fix your attention on two things at once, even in prayer; neither Jesus nor Mary are deliberately excluded or offended in this way. In the following letter, St. Maximilian, writing from the City of the Immaculate in Japan, answers a series of spiritual questions sent to him by br. I’ll answer you following the order of your letter, with a heavy delay, however, because I have a lot of work. In his own words about the vision: A fervent devotee to Mary. Vocations Ministry. ​St. [2]. by St. Maximilian Kolbe “Our aim, our ideal, is to draw everybody close to Mary Immaculate, to become more like her, to let her rule our hearts and our whole being, to let her live and operate in us and by means of us, to let her love God with our hearts so that we belong to her entirely, without holding back. Parish Outreach Ministries. 1. Parish Library. We sang a song of loving devotion to the Blessed Mother, just as good Fr. Legion of Mary. Give yourself freely then to the devotion which at a given moment you’re drawn by, but remember that the essence of the love of God lies exclusively in fulfilling the Will of God in every moment. August 14: St. Maximilian Kolbe. Devotion. 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. 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 Rosary. Thank you %NAME% for your support! Office Volunteers. 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. [7] – In the original, St. Maximilian underlined this word three times. through the intercession of St. Maximilian Kolbe whose life illustrated such love, we beseech you to grant us our petitions . Raymond Kolbe enrolled in the Franciscan minor seminary at Lwów in 1907 where he received the religious name of Maximilian. A humble soul will soon enough realize the truth of this on its own: “he will notice… that he strives to fulfill the Will of God ever more perfectly; to correct himself ever more of infidelities against this Holy Will. Our Parish ... Weekly Devotion Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church. 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. Rosary. My dear, it is not a matter of feeling or thinking, but of the very fact that this is the way things are, even though this might not come into your mind at all. Our Lady’s role as Mediatrix is a “lofty truth.” With our human minds we are not able to fully grasp it. O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust … This article was excerpted from For the Life of the World: St. Maximilian and the Eucharist, Academy of the Immaculate, 1993. Kolbe Seniors [50+] Nursery Ministry. 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 professed his final vows in 1914 in Rome, at which time he adopted the additional name of Maria in honour of his devotion to the Blessed Virgin, whom he invoked under the title of “the Immaculata.” Matthias M. Sasko F.I. 1. Maximilian Kolbe’s body was incinerated at Auschwitz. Parish Outreach Ministries. 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. An interesting and unique volume dedicated to the exposition of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s thought on the Holy Spirit written by a Kolbe expert, Fr. Rosary. . One day the Virgin Mary appeared to him. Conference of St. Maximilian Kolbe: September 26, 1937. We have received your monthly donation. Having then received an infinite value through the Divinity of Jesus they will worthily honor God. Evening Prayer. One more thing. We faced problems while connecting to the server or receiving data from the server. 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. As one prepares for unlimited Marian Consecration the number of days, per se, are not important but rather the disposition of one’s heart, seeking to reach into the very depths of oneself, as it were, to knowingly and willingly offer mind, heart and will to the Immaculate. 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. And similarly in many other activities. The truths of faith, all truths of faith, are understandable, though our finite human intellects might not be able to understand them fully. Thank you!! Parish Service. 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. St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe His name wasn't always Maximilian. And clearly not one after the other, but everyone at the same time. Vocations Ministry. Ripperger, The Life of St Mary the Harlot, the niece of Abraham the Hermit by St Ephraem the Archdeacon, Truth over FEAR Conference – The Fight Against the COVID Spell, Resistance Podcast 128: Christ the King – Christendom & Revolution, Solemn Act of Consecration (click for the link). Office Volunteers. St. Maximilian Kolbe was right when he exhorted us, 'Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. 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. This Polish saint led a heroic life with the Conventual Franciscans. Your difficulty comes from the fact that you confuse feeling, remembering or understanding with the will. Tridentine Mass Philippines is with Milagros Agustin Sta Ana. In Her time, She will gradually reveal to him all the secrets of the Heart of Jesus. St. Maximilian Kolbe is the patron of the 20th century. Evening Prayer. The more difficult this fulfillment will be, the more disgust and repugnance [we have to overcome], the greater will the manifestation of love be. Jerzy Domanski is former international director of the Knights of the Immaculata and one of the world’s foremost authorities on the life and writings of St. Maximilian Kolbe. But not even these difficulties belong to the essence [of love], and without them there can be an equal love. 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…”. 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. He had a great devotion to the Immaculate Mary and his life was a testimony of the love of God and neighbor. Parish Service. Most Precious Blood Apostolate. For a fuller life story on St. Maximilian Kolbe… Anselm Romb Page. His entire life was centered on his great love and devotion to Our Lady through her Immaculate Conception. Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be… Day 4 – St. Maximilian Kolbe Novena ​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. 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. “The Immaculate alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. 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. At the age of six he had a vision of her: That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. It is just that we can’t think about everyone at the same time, but this does not impede truly loving everyone and at the same time. At a given moment we can think of one thing alone, develop our feelings in one direction alone. Christmas "JOY OF SHARING" Food Pantry. 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. 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. 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. Without even thinking of this at all, not even feeling it, we can freely give ourselves to any devotion approved by the Holy Church. 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. 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). 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. And even amidst tempests he will enjoy ever greater peace. HTTP Error: undefined, Copyright © 2020 Sensus Fidelium — Primer WordPress theme by. Our Lord has said that we will know a tree by its fruits [cf. She without whom it is difficult to approach Jesus…? Schoeman cited a quote from Kolbe: "Mary's nature and person are totally distinct from the nature and person of the Holy Spirit. 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? If the problem persists, then check your internet connectivity. I appreciate everything that you do!! If we desire this, then at all times and in all that we do we are going to Jesus through Mary, whether we realize it or not. Fellowship 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. 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. Maksymiliana Kolbe - 14 sierpnia W dniu 14 sierpnia obchodzimy liturgiczne wspomnienie św. If we desire this, then we belong to Immaculate at all times, and through Her at all times we belong to Jesus. 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. . Surely, our aim is God, the Most Holy Trinity, but this does not impede us from loving God the Father as God the Father, God the Son as God the Son, the Most Holy Spirit as the Most Holy Spirit, Jesus as Jesus, the Mother of God as the Mother of God and one’s own father, and mother, and relatives, and the Angels, and the Saints, and all men. A master of new media. Love the Blessed Virgin Mary and her son Jesus with a pure and sacrificial heart. In our church, we venerate his relic. [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. Fellowship Ministry. A beautiful illustration of this is the vision of St. Francis of the two ladders, the red and the white, which the brothers were climbing to heaven…[6]. A victory over hate. Christmas "JOY OF SHARING" Food Pantry. All devotions then have as their aim helping us to fulfill this same Will of God. St. Maximilian Kolbe was born on January 8, 1894 in Zdunska Wola, Poland. The topic of the Blessed Virgin segued into Schoeman's secondary topic, the life and death of St. Maximillian Kolbe, who had a deep devotion to Mary. He was born the second son of a poor weaver on 8 January 1894 at Zdunska Wola near Lodz in Poland, and was given the baptismal name of Raymond. Mateusz Spolitakiewicz from Niepokalanów in Poland. Fellowship Ministry. The copies of the Novena prayers can be found on the table at the entrance or on our website. 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. Parish Library. 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. August 14th is the feast day of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Polish priest, Franciscan friar, and 20th century martyr for the Faith. Prayer to Saint Maximilian Kolbe. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known” (1Cor 13:11-12). As a young boy Maximilian had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Maximilian Kolbe was to spreading the message of Christ, especially through his devotion to the Eucharist. Turmoil does not come from God…. 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. 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. Similarly, there is no better preparation for Holy Communion than that of giving the whole matter to the Immaculate (at the same time doing everything we can on our part, of course). 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. Stations of the Cross. 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. 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”. And in addition to that your brothers and sisters as well? There are some who have said that this matter needs to be straightened out in some way, because it is an exaggeration. Fr. I read your letter not just once, but several times and I understand you thoroughly […]. The fact that one consecrated totally and unlimitedly to the Immaculate, though he knows that he belongs to Her, even though he might not think of it, when going to visit Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, often explicitly gives the whole visit to the Immaculate just the same, be it even by means of just one [invocation] “Mary,” is another matter; he knows that in such a way he will bring to Our Lord the greatest possible pleasure, that then all the more She performs this visit in him and through him and he in Her and through Her. He found that there was no better school of divine love than the school of Mary. 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. St. Maximilian Kolbe. You write further: “Just as you cannot approach the Father – or rather to do so would be to show a lack of respect – without the mediation of Jesus, in a similar way it is not fitting to approach Jesus without Mary.” – “Hence I cannot speak with Jesus heart to Heart…” You can, just do not forget about Mary[4]. 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. But the soul must not lunge [at this goal], but must let itself be guided humbly and in peace. Most Precious Blood Apostolate. Even less so is our imagination capable of depicting it in any satisfactory way. You can view the details anytime from this link below: Parish Service. The universal Mediation of the Immaculate, The need to win the whole world over to the Immaculate.” (n. 796). ← TAN Books giving a 15% Discount for Sensus Fidelium Fans! 3. Power Hour of Prayer. Jesus Himself) or because we cannot understand it completely (e.g. Pope John Paul II proclaimed that Maximilian Kolbe was the patron saint of the 20th century. ... (2013 it´s also the First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus). The response to these graces, which through the Son and the Most Holy Spirit have flowed down upon the creature, return to God by the same way, i.e. May the Immaculate hold you ever closer to Her Immaculate Heart. Fall Festival. St. Maximilian, a Conventual Franciscan, was influenced by his Order’s having been the defender of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception for six centuries before the definition of the dogma in 1854, and before the words of Mary at Lourdes, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” We have also attached a copy of your submission. Please enable it in order to use this form. Legion of Mary. [6] – From The Little Flowers of Saint Francis. Stations of the Cross. Fr. Mateusz Spolitakiewicz, October 10, 1935. They serve only to manifest this love. 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. Turmoil does not come from God, the Saint reminds us, as he often does in his writings and conferences. The devotion of St. Maximilian Kolbe to the Blessed Mother started in his youth with the dream of the two crowns. [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. “Nightmarish thoughts,” you write. 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. 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. On August 15, Fr. Kolbe sang hymns of praise to Jesus and Mary as he and nine other prisoners slowly … [1] – It is important to note and remember always that though our faith surpasses our intellects, it never contradicts them. God is a God of peace. Javascript is disabled on your browser. 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. Devotion. %TRACK_LINK% Amen. Whether he feels this or not, or whether he is even unaware of it, is a different matter. 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. To setup a recurring monthly donation please click here to register. Office Volunteers. Things do not change because of our limited understanding of them. Please wait for a few seconds and try again. You write that you would like to “love one thing alone and be immersed in it.” Clearly, our Father in heaven is the One in whom we are to be immersed, but we will not be able to do this without the Son and the Mother, because we’re finite, and sinners. And he will become a child of Our Lord. 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. Here perhaps you will say: Well, can I speak directly with Jesus then, when I’m not thinking of Mary? Legion of Mary. Power Hour of Prayer. 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. 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. PS – Whatever might be written anywhere else, be sure[7] 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, and to the Father. Our Lord has also said: “My peace I leave you, my peace I give you” [Jn 14:27]. In Her and through Her we certainly arrive at the Heart of Jesus, but without Her (according to the above meaning [of without Her]) everything is only a deception of Satan calculated to leading a soul to ruin. Peter Damian Fehlner. Is God calling you to join the Oblates of the Virgin Mary? 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