Month: August 2019

Day 9: Total Consecration to the Immaculate According to St. Maximilian Kolbe

Today, on Day 9, we have the opportunity to make our Total Consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate! In these days of preparation we have tried to prepare ourselves for this day of Consecration.  Now it is time to consider more fully what this entails: What is Total Consecration to the Immaculate? “Consecration “began at …

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“Everywhere Is Love!”: Day 8 in the Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Maximilian Kolbe

On Day 8, this last day of preparation for our consecration, let us contemplate further St. Maximilian’s insight and wisdom regarding the Immaculata – who guided him at each moment of his life – up until he obtained the crown of martyrdom he had chosen as a young boy.   “Just a few hours before …

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Holiness Amid Evil: Day 7 in the Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Maximilian Kolbe

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe wrote about the saints and sanctity quite often. His first rule of life was   “I must become a saint, and a great saint.” … As we might expect, St. Maximilian tells us that to become holy is our duty to God. It is not an option…” https://saintmaximiliankolbe.com/saints-and-sanctity-part-1/ In an article …

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Incomparable Joy and Protection Amid Suffering: Day 6 in the Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Maximilian Kolbe

On Day 6 of our preparation we will contemplate how Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary offers both protection from evil, as well as great joy in the midst of suffering, if we are living in union with Christ. Total Consecration Provides Protection in the Midst of Nuclear Warfare: When the atomic bombs were dropped …

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“Only love creates”: Day 5 in the Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Maximilian Kolbe

We love because God first loved us! John 4:19 In turn, we love in and through the Immaculata –  (St. Maximilian’s favorite name for Mary –  the one she herself used at Lourdes, saying: “I am the Immaculate Conception”)  – because she, also, first loved us! “Only at the time of God’s judgment in Heaven …

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City of the Immaculata: Day 4 in the Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Maximilian Kolbe

On this day 4 of our preparation for total consecration we will ponder Maximilian’s next steps in his journey, and how God began to bless his efforts unimaginably! The City of the Immaculate “When he returned to Poland as a young priest in 1919, he was appointed professor to the Franciscan seminarians in Cracow. However, …

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To Win All Souls for Christ through Mary and the Miraculous Medal: Day 3 in the Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Maximilian Kolbe

On this day 3 of our preparation for total consecration we will ponder Maximilian’s Goal to Win all Souls for Christ through Mary. Contemplating Mary as not only our Mother, but the Mother of all souls – surely spurred St. Maximilian to understand that a Mother cannot be happy if any one of her children …

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The Militia Immaculata Begins in Sickness and Failure: Day 2 in the Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Maximilian Kolbe

As we read yesterday, as the young Maximilian saw the Freemasons celebrating their 200th Anniversary by parading throughout Rome, he understood “the destructive effects of atheistic secularism” that it represented. He saw, already in 1917, “the spreading of dangerous religious indifferentism and various antireligious theories, as well as of the subtle decline of morality. He …

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St. Maximilian's Answer to Evil: Giving All to Jesus through Mary! Day 1 in the Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Maximilian Kolbe

Image found on website: The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation  I have often consecrated myself to Jesus through Mary, but haven’t yet done so through, in and with the wisdom of the Militia Immaculata (MI) that St. Maximilian formed.   I have been drawn to do just that this year.  Today, on the …

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O, the Great Wisdom, Humility and Gentleness of St. Jane Frances de Chantal!

    On this Feast of St. Jane Frances de Chantal, what a joy it has been to come to know her more intimately as I researched and looked more deeply into her life again today to write this!    O, what wisdom, humility, strength and gentleness I have found in her words!    May …

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