St. Maximilian Kolbe

Saint and Martyr of the Immaculate
1894 – 1941

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St. Maximilian Kolbe Biography

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Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"My hope for all of you is that the Immaculate take you by the hand and lead you, that She hold all of you and each of you individually close to her Immaculate Heart, in such a way that you may not be capable and could never again separate yourselves from Her. The spirit of the Cities of the Immaculate, in fact, consists in nothing else than that they belong to Her. Everything in them belongs to Her: those who live there, the equipment, the buildings, and even the debts. But, above all, every heart that beats in them." (SK #463)

Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"May the little medal of the Immaculate be the weapon, or rather the bullet, used by every militant of the Immaculate. One could be the worst of all people, but if he consents to wearing the Miraculous Medal we need to give it to him and we must pray for him and take the opportunity, by means of a good word, to seek to slowly bring him to love, with his whole heart, the Immaculate Mother, to take refuge in Her in all of his difficulties and temptations." (SK #97)

Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"The goal of the Militia of the Immaculate is so difficult to attain that, if one counted only on the energy, the activity and the strength that nature provides, one could justly doubt the possibility of success. Every day experience, in fact, teaches us that the enemies of the Church have natural means which are more abundant and available, according to the words of Christ, they are more clever than the sons of light. Moreover, to obtain someone's conversion and sanctification, grace is necessary, while corrupt nature is already inclined - by itself - towards sin. Consequently, one can only count on help from above. And in these matters, the easiest and surest help is, by the will of God, the Most Holy Virgin Mary." (SK #1007)

Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"Jesus died for each one of us, without considering the difference of nationality, and every one of us, therefore also every one of the Jewish people, is an ingrate, nonetheless son of our common Heavenly Mother. Let's get to praying, to mortifying ourselves, to giving good example and, if prudence permits, with constructive conversations, but above all with the prudent distribution of the Miraculous Medal, also among the lost sons of Israel; let's get working on bringing them to the knowledge of the truth and to the attainment of true peace and happiness by means of the unconditional offering of themselves to Our Lady and Queen." (SK #1113)

Daily Wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

"Every day the militants of the Immaculate must repeat, with ardent fervor, the words that the Immaculate Herself showed impressed upon the Miraculous Medal: 'O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee'; furthermore, remembering those for whom they desire salvation, they add: 'and for all who do not have recourse to thee, in particular the Masons'; finally, they also include those persons whose conversion is particularly at heart, and they name them individually or with a generic formula, for example: 'and for those recommended to thee'." (SK #1046)

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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