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Week Two: St. Maximilian Kolbe: Reflection #1…

And the Second Week Begins...

And the Second Week Begins…

Daily Prayer for Week II: Under Your Patronage (250 A.D.)

We fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from danger, O ever glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

~~.~~

Last week we spoke of the necessity of giving oneself for the Glory of God.  This week we turn that idea up a notch and include, “dying to oneself in that GIFT for the Glory of God”. What exactly does that mean?  It means letting go of our selfish wants and desires and instead embracing God’s wants and desires for our daily living.

St. Maximilian Kolbe taught:

“Do everything through obedience to God’s Will and in union with Mary Immaculate.”

But he added something more to this, the emphasis of a pure intention. In other words, you’re not doing something for God to get something in return – that’s selfish: What’s in it for me?

Instead, you are doing for God out of LOVE for Him without considering, even for a moment, “What’s in it for me?”  Kolbe taught:

To grow in holiness – that is to grow in the purity of the soul and the body – we NEED Mary’s intercession… A person practices purity of intention when he directs his thoughts, words and actions not to himself or another creature but to a divine purpose or mission, and ultimately to God.”

When we give our gift of self to God we must do so whole-heartily or the gift will produce little to no fruit. Then our efforts will prove in vain and dissatisfaction will enviably follow. But when the gift comes whole-heartily then the fruits of our efforts are many and often unexpected results occur. This is God’s gift to us for our faithfulness and pure intention which ultimately brings pure joy!

This was certainly true for Fr. Kolbe as Fr. Michael Gaitely notes:

In 1941, after decades of incredibly fruitful apostolic labors in Poland and Japan, Kolbe was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp…[His] mission was accomplished on the even of the feast of Mary’s Assumption into heaven, when…the impatient Nazis finished Kolbe off with a lethal injection.

Fr. Kolbe gained his second crown – the crown of martyrdom – and later the Church recognized his sacrifice by bestowing sainthood upon him in 1982 at the hands of another great Polish saint, Pope St. John Paul the Great.  How amazing is that?

Reflection Questions:

What aspects of your personal self must “die” so that God can work in your life? 

What help from Mary Immaculate and the Holy Spirit do you need? (Ask and you shall receive… ~Mt 7:7-11

A Help Tool for you – Litany of Humility

One Response to “Week Two: St. Maximilian Kolbe: Reflection #1…”

  1. Myk P. said

    “The knight of the Immaculata helps make souls understand that not much time is needed to give oneself to Mary forever.” -St. Max

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