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Thought for the Day – 14 August – The Memorial of St Maximillian Kolbe OFM Conv (1894 -1941)

Thought for the Day – 14 August – The Memorial of St Maximillian Kolbe OFM Conv (1894 -1941) “Martyr of Charity”and “Apostle of Consecration to Mary”

“Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

John 15:13

That verse certainly comes to mind whenever I think of St Maximilian Kolbe, whose feast we celebrate today.   So it’s not surprising to read that these were the opening words of the papal decree introducing his Beatification.   St Maximilian Kolbe was arrested in Poland in February of 1941 and in May sent to the Auschwitz death camp.   As prisoner #16670, he eventually laid down his life for another prisoner on 14 August 1941, at the young age of 47.

Father Kolbe’s death was not a sudden, last-minute act of heroism.   His whole life had been a preparation.   His holiness was a limitless, passionate desire to convert the whole world to God.   And his beloved Immaculata, was his inspiration.

St Maximillian is the patron saint of families, prisoners, journalists, political prisoners, drug addicts and the pro-life movement.   St John Paul II declared him to be “the patron saint of our difficult century.”   The evils which made the twentieth century so difficult were not left behind as we moved into the twenty-first century.

Let us continue to call upon the intercession of this saint and continue to come to Jesus through His mother, Mary, the Immaculata.

Daily Consecration Renewal to the Immaculata
By St Maximillian Kolbe

Immaculata, Queen and Mother of the Church,
I renew my consecration to you for this day
and for always, so that you might use me
for the coming of the Kingdom of Jesus in the whole world.
To this end, I offer you all my prayers,
actions and sacrifices of this day.
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Mary, Immaculata, Pray for us!mary, immaculata - pray for us - 12 may 2018
St Maximillian Kolbe, pray for us!st-max-pray-for-us.14 aug 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 August – The Memorial of St Maximillian Kolbe OFM Conv (1894 -1941)

Quote/s of the Day – 14 August – The Memorial of St Maximillian Kolbe OFM Conv (1894 -1941) “Martyr of Charity”and “Apostle of Consecration to Mary”

“Be a Catholic!
When you kneel before an altar,
do it in such a way that others
may be able to recognise
that you know before Whom you kneel.”be-a-catholic-st-maximillian-kolbe- 14 aug 2017

“My aim is to institute
Perpetual Adoration,
for this is the the most
important activity.”my aim is to - st max kolbe - adoration - 14 aug 2018

“Let us remember,
that love lives through sacrifice
and is nourished by giving.
Without sacrifice,
there is no love.”love lives through sacrifice - st max kolbe 14 aug 2018

“Let us not forget,
that Jesus not only suffered
but also rose in glory;
so, too, we go to the glory
of the Resurrection,
by way of suffering
and the Cross.”let us not forget = st max kolbe 14 aug 2018

“Let us give ourselves
to the Immaculata.
Let her prepare us,
let her receive Him
in Holy Communion.
This is the manner most perfect
and pleasing to the Lord Jesus
and brings great fruit to us.”
Because “the Immaculata
knows the secret,
how to unite ourselves totally
with the heart of the Lord Jesus…”let us give ourselves to the immaculata - st max kolbe - 14 aug 2018

“We do not limit ourselves in love.
We want to love the Lord Jesus,
with her heart,
or rather, that she would love the Lord,
with our heart.”

St Maximillian Kolbe (1894 -1941)we do not limit ouselves in love - st max kolbe - 14 aug 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 14 August – The Memorial of St Maximillian Kolbe (1894 -1941)

One Minute Reflection – 14 August – The Memorial of St Maximillian Kolbe OFM Conv (1894 -1941) “Martyr of Charity”and “Apostle of Consecration to Mary”

For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed…Luke 1:48

REFLECTION – “A man cannot rise any higher than this.   The Immaculate is the highest degree of perfection and sanctity of a creature.   No man will ever attain this celestial summit of grace, for the Mother of God is unique.   However, he who gives himself without limits, to the Immaculate, will in a short time attain a very high degree of perfection and procure for God, a very great glory.”…St Maximillian Kolbefor behold - luke 1 48 - a man cannot rise any higher than this - st max kolbe - 14 august 2018

PRAYER – My Lord and my God, You who are the fruit of Mary’s blessed womb and the most Divine Son of our Father, grant that we may always have recourse to You, through her who bore You.    Grant that she may help and comforus me and lead us to You.   Mary, Holy and loving Mother of God, pray for us all.   Grant O Lord, that through the intercession of St Maximillian, we may entrust ourselves to You through Your and our blessed Mother, amen.mary immaculate holy mother of god - pray for us - 28 may 2018st-maximillian-pray-for-us-14 aug 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 14 August – The Memorial of St Maximillian Kolbe OFM Conv (1894 -1941) “Martyr of Charity”

Our Morning Offering – 14 August – The Memorial of St Maximillian Kolbe OFM Conv (1894 -1941) “Martyr of Charity”

The Day was Long
By St Maximillian Kolbe (1894 -1941) Martyr

The day was long,
The burden I had borne
Seemed heavier than I could longer bear
And then it lifted
but I did not know
Someone had knelt in prayer;
Had taken me to God that very hour,
And asked the easing of the load
and He,
In infinite compassion,
had stooped down
And taken it from me.
We cannot tell how often as we pray
For some bewildered one,
Hurt and distressed,
The answer comes,
But many times,
those hearts find sudden peace and rest.
Someone had prayed
and faith, a reaching hand,
Took hold of God
and brought Him down that day!
So many, many hearts have need of prayer.
Oh, let us pray!
Amenthe day was long - st maximillian kolbe - 14 august 2018

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Saint of the Day – 14 August – St Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr (1894-1941) Prisoner 16670

Saint of the Day – 14 August – St Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr (1894-1941) Prisoner 16670 – “Martyr of Charity”, “Apostle of Consecration to Mary”.header - st max icon - my snip

Raymond Kolbe was born on the 8th of January 1894 in Zdunska Wola, which at that time was occupied by Russia.   The Kolbe home was poor but full of love.   The parents, hardworking and religious, educated their three sons with rectitude.

Around 1906, an event took place that marks a fundamental milestone in the life of the young boy.   His mother herself related the event a few months after her son’s martyrdom.st max detail enlgdst mac enlg

“I knew ahead of time, based on an extraordinary event that took place in his infancy, that Maximilian would die a martyr.   I just don’t recall if it took place before or after his first confession.   Once I did not like one of his pranks and I reproached him for it:  ‘My son, what ever will become of you?!’   Later, I did not think of it again but I noticed that the boy had changed so radically, he was hardly recognisable.   We had a small altar hidden between two dressers before which he used to often retire without being noticed and he would pray there crying.   In general, he had a conduct superior to his age, always recollected and serious and when he prayed he would burst into tears.   I was worried, thinking he had some sort of illness so I asked him:  ‘Is there anything wrong?   You should share everything with your mommy!’   Trembling with emotion and with his eyes flooded in tears, he shared:  ‘Mama, when you reproached me, I pleaded with the Blessed Mother to tell me what would become of me.   At Church I did the same, I prayed the same thing again.   So then the Blessed Mother appeared to me holding in her hands two crowns:  one white the other red.   She looked at me with tenderness and asked me if I wanted these two crowns.   The white one signified that I would preserve my purity and the red that I would be a martyr.   I answered that I accepted them…(both of them).  Then the Virgin Mary looked at me with sweetness and disappeared.’   The extraordinary change in the boys’ behaviour testified to me the truth of what he related.   He was fully conscious and as he spoke to me, with his face radiatin,; it showed me his desire to die a martyr.”header 2 - st max artwork

When he was 13 years old he entered the Franciscan Fathers Seminary in the polish city of Lvov, which was at that time occupied by Austria.   It was in the seminary where he adopted the name Maximilian.   He completed his studies in Rome.   Before his ordination as a priest in 1918, Maximilian founded the Immaculata Movement devoted to our Lady.   He spread the movement through a magazine entitled “The Knight of the Immaculata”.   “We should conquer the universe and each soul, now and in the future until the end of time, for the Immaculata and through her for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” (St Maximilian Maria Kolbe, The Knight of the Immaculata)St_Maximilian_Kolbe_by_Sue_Kouma_Johnson_1024x1024

Maximilian went to Japan and then on to India where he furthered the Movement.  After a few years in Japan, St Maximilian was summoned back to Poland, largely due to his ever-declining health.

beautiful st max

Three years later, in the midst of the Second World War, he was imprisoned along with other friars and sent to concentration camps in Germany and Poland.   In February of 1941 he was again made a prisoner and sent to the concentration camp in Auschwitz, where in spite of the terrible living conditions he continued his ministry.maximilian

On 31 July 1941, in reprisal for one prisoner’s escape, ten men were chosen to die.  Father Kolbe offered himself in place of a young husband and father.   And he was the last to die, enduring two weeks of starvation, thirst and neglect.   He was Canonised by St Pope John Paul II in 1982 as a Martyr of Charity.CANONIZATION-OF-St-MAXIMILIst max artwork - my edit lg

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Memorials of the Saints – 14 August

St Maximillian Kolbe OFM Conv (1894 -1941) “Martyr of Charity” (Memorial)
Full Biography here:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/saint-of-the-day-14-august-st-maximillian-kolbe-ofm-conv-martyr-of-charity-and-apostle-of-consecration-to-mary/

Bl Aimo Taparelli
St Antony Primaldo
St Arnulf of Soissons
St Athanasia of Timia
St Callistus of Todi
St Demetrius of Africa
St Domingo Ibáñez de Erquicia
St Eberhard of Einsiedeln
St Eusebius of Palestine
St Eusebius of Rome
St Fachanan of Ross
St Francisco Shoyemon
Bl Juliana Puricelli
St Marcellus of Apamea
Bl Sanctes Brancasino
St Ursicius of Nicomedia
St Werenfridus
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Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: 11 Beati
• Blessed Ángel de la Red Pérez
• Blessed Antonio María Martín Povea
• Blessed Basilio González Herrero
• Blessed Ezequiél Prieto Otero
• Blessed Félix Yuste Cava
• Blessed Joaquín Frade Eiras
• Blessed Jocund Bonet Mercadé
• Blessed José García Librán
• Blessed Ricardo Atanes Castro
• Blessed Segundo Pérez Arias
• Blessed Vicente Rubiols Castelló