Saturday, 2 April 2016

Saint Maximillian Kolbe -- A Saint for Today

Introduction :

The Feast of Saint Maximillian Kolbe is on August 14. He was beatified by Pope Paul, The Sixth on October 17, 1971.

This Saint was born on January 8, 1894 in Poland. His Catholic Parents brought him up to love God and Country.

From his earliest days, he developed a tender devotion to the Blessed Mother.

He joined the "Conventual Franciscan Friars" in Poland and dedicated himself to the Immaculata. His Religious Superiors sent him to study in Rome, where he obtained a "Doctorate" in Church Studies, Philosophy, and in Theology too.

On April 28, 1918 he was ordained to the "Conventual Franciscan Priesthood" and on that day he had a plan to convert the whole world to Christ and to his Mother Mary through dissemination of Catholic Literature.

Arrest by the Nazis and Martyrdom :

On February 17, 1941 he was arrested by the Gestapo -- the German Secret Police and he was whisked away to Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

He replaced a married man with children who was supposed to die and asked the Camp Commandant to have himself killed instead in place of the married man. This all happened on a fateful day in July 1941, when he was only 47 years old.

He was thrown into a filthy cell and left to starve to death without food and water. He was finally killed by the Camp Doctor when 'Poison' was injected into him. He was cremated in the camp's ovens. He died on the Vigil of Our Lady's Assumption into Heaven. He was truly a Saint and Martyr in more ways than one.

The entire life of Saint Maximillian Kolbe bore the stamp of Mother Mary. He called the "Miraculous Medal" his "Ammunition" and his Religious Habit often had its pockets filled with medals to be distributed to all he came across.

Saint Maximillian Kolbe considered himself "Our Lady's Knight" entirely at the disposal of the Immaculata to do with as she liked.

He founded a group called the "Militia of the Immaculata" to work for the conversion of sinners all over the world. He wanted to bring all souls into the "One True Catholic Church". This group attracts people even today in the 21st Century.

He wanted all souls to be holy, by loving God and loving Mother Mary through whose heart and hands all graces flow to us from Jesus Christ.

Saint Maximillian Kolbe fully understood Our Lady's role as "Mediatrix of all Graces" in relationship to Christ Jesus, her Son.

He never separated Mother Mary from Jesus Christ. While Jesus Christ is the source, the Author of Grace, Mary cooperates with Jesus Christ and intercedes for all our graces received day in and day out.

In giving all to Mother Mary one gives all to Jesus Christ.

Conclusion :

The Life of Saint Maximillian Kolbe, demonstrates the evil that exists in society, and his personal life demonstrates the potential goodness in modern society if its gifts and talents are correctly used.

Such was the Life of Saint Maximillian Kolbe that his life has led millions to understand true consecration and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of God's Mother as an excellent way of union with Christ Jesus.

Credits and References :

"The Mary Book"
Mother of Evangelism
by Father Robert Fox
  Chapter 11 Saint Maximillian Kolbe
  Pages 239 - 246
  Year 1992
  Fatima Family Apostolate


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