St. Maximilian Kolbe

Saint and Martyr of the Immaculate
1894 – 1941

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St. Maximilian Kolbe Biography

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St Maximilian Kolbe Marian Consecration

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Biography of St. Maximilian

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Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"The souls who continually love God cannot live without continually renouncing themselves in order to continually burn and grow on fire ever more with the flame of true love that does not consist in sweet sensations, but in a will which is always ready, everywhere and in everything, to fulfill only the will of God, that they discover with the eyes of faith, and love even more than their own lives, in holy obedience." (SK #329)

Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"How much displeasure is given to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by those religious who, through lack of continuous vigilance over themselves, through negligence in incessant prayer by means of the ejaculatory prayers, through lack of resolve to do combat with things that appear of little importance, slowly extinguish the splendor of the light of faith that knows the will of God Himself by means of blind obedience, and who begin to see ever more in their superiors that which even the pagans can discern, that is to say, men who are more or less wise, more or less prudent, older or younger, bigger or smaller." (SK #329)

Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"If the superiors order something that is not according to the conviction and will of the friars, there may be some friars who show dissatisfaction or bring up reasons to the contrary, but in such a way that the superior clearly understands that he will displease them if he does not take into consideration their point of view. These friars do not present their arguments in order to fulfill the duty of presenting to the superior useful or necessary information of which he is unaware and then to hear in his decision the will of God, but they do it in order to induce the superior the take into consideration their opinions and to fulfill their will and not his own, because they are convinced that, thus it will be better. With what displeasure, or even with what desperation, those friars, at the moment of death, will regard that bending of the will of God to their own will, rather than 'bending' themselves, humbling themselves and conforming themselves to the will of God." (SK #329)

Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"Sometimes the superiors, in order to avoid a greater evil (e.g. the non-execution of an order or a hypocritical execution because done with interior aversion), will yield to the friar who asks with insistence. But, at the moment of judgment, how the Lord God will impute to this soul a violation, given that we are speaking precisely of a violation, even though masked as the will of God?!...We shouldn't be surprised, therefore, that this soul, constantly agitated in a continual effort to do his own will, always encounters crosses and sufferings which gain him no merit. He is an unfaithful soul who the Divine Spouse will vomit from His mouth - Apoc. 3:16." (SK #329)

Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"In order that love for the Son may grow more intensely and, in this way, love for the Father may be aflame more ardently, the love of the Spirit comes to our aid, along with that of the Immaculate, She who is full of mercy, the Mediatrix of all graces, earthly creature like us, who powerfully draws hearts to Herself with Her own Motherly Heart." (SK #1326)

“Deign to Tell Me Who You Are”

O Immaculate, Queen of Heaven and earth, I know I am unworthy to approach you, to fall on my knees before you with my face to the ground, but because I love you so much, I dare beg you to be good enough to deign to tell me who you are. For I wish to know you more and...
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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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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.”

Do you feel called to live a religious life of unlimited concentration to the Immaculate in the spirit of St. Maximilian Kolbe?

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