St. Maximilian Kolbe

Saint and Martyr of the Immaculate
1894 – 1941

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Writings by Saint Maximilian

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St. Maximilian Kolbe Biography


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Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"External activity is good: but clearly it is something of secondary rank. And even less is its importance when compared with the interior life, the life of recollection, of prayer, the vigor with which we exercise a personal love for God." (SK #903)

Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"Only by prayer is it possible to achieve St. Augustine's ideal: "Love of God to the point of despising oneself", a despising not only imaginary but real, so that, always knowing ourselves better, our nothingness and our weaknesses, we may really despise ourselves and desire that others treat us as we merit to be treated." (SK #903)

Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"The recitation of the Rosary is not obligatory under pain of sin, but what kind of love would limit itself to fulfilling only one's strict duties, whose neglect of becomes a transgression, even grave? Such a way of acting would seem more like the service of a slave than the love of a son towards his most beloved heavenly Father and the most affectionate Mother. No, this would be unworthy of one who loves Mary! The one who truly loves Her seeks rather the opportunity to go to Her as often as possible, to remain as long as possible at Her feet." (SK #1102)

Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"Abandon yourself completely to God and you will be happy. Accordingly, contemplate the Crucified One. Make yourself similar to Him…Totally commit yourself for the salvation of all with every possible means; Jesus, in fact, declared to St. Bridget that He was disposed to suffer much more than He already suffered for each individual soul, in order to save it." (SK #966)

Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"Why did the Immaculate in person, appearing to St. Bernadette with the Rosary in hand, want to exhort us to recite the Holy Rosary? For the benefit of whom? For the benefit of those who have greatest need, and more precisely for the benefit of these poor unhappy brothers of ours - the Masons, all the more pitiable for the fact that they don't even realize that they are heading towards their own perdition; nevertheless, they are brothers, because Jesus by no means excluded them from the participation in the merits of His Passion." (SK #1133)

Silence and Recollection

Conference 195 by St. Maximilian Kolbe given to the solemnly professed friars. Niepokalanów, Thursday, November 24, 1938. Notes taken by br. Caesarius Koperski Introduction Ave Maria! “The Spirit breathes when He wills,” St. Maximilian reminds us in the following...
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Transubstantiation into the Immaculate

What does it means to live in unlimited consecration to the Virgin Mary? Going beyond merely living in imitation of her, it means being transformed into her likeness. St. Maximilian employs the term “transubstantiation” to describe the effect of this transformation....
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St. Maximilian and the Two Crowns of Glory

In the now-famous vision of his youth, St. Maximilian was offered two crowns by Our Lady: the white crown of a life of heroic virtue, and the red crown of martyrdom. He was rewarded with these two crowns for a life totally spent for the Immaculate. By divine...
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St . Maximilian Kolbe and the Second Page

If the focus of the “First Page” of salvation history—to borrow the terminology of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe—culminated in the solemn definition of the truth of the Immaculate Conception, the “Second Page” is none other than an incorporation of this truth into the lives...
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St. Maximilian’s Tactics for Total Victory

In 1924, St. Maximilian Kolbe wrote an article entitled “Our Tactics” for his magazine. His purpose was to outline and explain the essential means necessary to succeed in the spiritual life. His premise was that even though in the spiritual life we are not engaged in...
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Consecration to the Immaculate

According to the method of Saint Maximilian Kolbe

“We may give ourselves to the Immaculate in various ways, and such self-oblation may be formulated in different words. In fact all that is required is even just an inner act of the will, for therein is contained the essence of our self- oblation to the Immaculate. For greater ease, however, there is a brief formula that contains the spirit of the Militia of the Immaculate…”

– St. Maximilian Kolbe (SK 1331)

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About Saint Maximilian Kolbe

“My children, love the Immaculate! Love Her and She will make you happy! Love Her and trust in Her without limits.”

Declared “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century” by Pope St. John Paul II, the Franciscans of the Immaculate have put together this small website for him who is truly the most faithful follower of our Holy Father St. Francis of Assisi. St. Maximilian Kolbe lived a life of heroic virtue doing battle with the enemies of the Church under the command of the Queen of the Universe, the Blessed Virgin Mary. He had “one freely chosen and beloved, fixed ideal … the Immaculate”, and would remind his spiritual children that only “for Her let us live, toil, suffer, and long to die.”

Saint Maximilian Kolbe lived a life in total union with the Immaculate Virgin, because he knew (and preached), that only “In the womb of the Immaculate the soul is reborn according to the likeness of Jesus Christ.” And that is what Maximilian Kolbe truly was… another Christ, in life and in death.

In this small website dedicated to St. Maximilian we hope to briefly outline the life he lived in total consecration to, and in union with, the Immaculate Virgin. A life which ultimately lead to the giving of his life for that of another, in perfect imitation of our Divine Savior.

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Our Ideal...

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. This is our ideal and aim.
Yes, our ideal and our aim is to radiate Mary Immaculate in our environment, to draw souls to her, so that the hearts of our acquaintances may become open to her influence and thatshe may rule in the hearts of all, everywhere, regardless of race, nationality, or tongue, even in the hearts of all men of every generation until the end of the world.
Our objective also is to see Mary Immaculate’s life become always more deeply rooted in us from day to day, from hour to hour, from moment to moment, and that there be no limit in this.
It is our ideal and aim that her life develop in the souls of all men alike who live now and who will live in every future age.”

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