75 Anniversary

Weekly Reflections from the 75th anniversary of the Martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

75 Anniversary
Oct02

Week Eight - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Week 8. October 2 - 9

Week Eight - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

The Founding of the Militia of the Immaculata When Jesus called the disciples to follow Him, He taught them for three years and they experienced the Crucifixion and the Resurrection BEFORE He sent them out to preach the Gospel. Many times when a person is called by God or Our Lady, they first must be taught and much of this teaching is the Way of the Cross in order to prepare them before they can go forth and do ministry and proclaim the Gospel.

On Saturday, January 20, 1917 Maximilian heard the story of the conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne and He became more determined than ever to consecrate his ministry to the Blessed Virgin. The story of Alphonse led Maximilian to read about the story of the Miraculous Medal and St. Catherine Laboure and he recalled how Our Lady spoke to him in the vision of the Two Crowns as a boy.

Sep25

Week Seven - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Week 7 September 25 - October 2

Week Seven - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

Martyrdom of Health

For anyone who has ever been ill, temporary, chronic or terminal, the martyrdom of one's health is perhaps the most difficult to endure. It not only steals one's physical capabilities but also one's hopes and dreams. Throughout his life, St. Maximilian experienced difficulties and suffering in terms of his health.

In 1914 as a seminarian studying to be a priest in Rome, Maximilian's thumb became seriously infected. So much so that there was no alternative but to amputate it. This meant that he could not become a priest because the priest had to be able to hold the Consecrated Host between his forefinger and his thumb only. Facing the loss of his thumb and his priesthood, he prostrated himself before the statue of the Virgin Mary and prayed, "O Heavenly Mamusia, Immaculate Virgin, come to the aid of your servant. You summoned me in Pabianice when I was but a youth. You offered me the white crown, and you offered me the red crown. Before your altar in Lwow, you blessed me with an awareness of yourself. Now I prepare for the priesthood to serve you in the highest spiritual vocation. My entire ardor, energy and purpose are now and will be, if you permit my ordination to that most holy office, consecrated to you. O Blessed, Holy Mamusia, heal my thumb. Permit not this infection to destroy all the hopes of being ordained your priest—hopes which are based on your grace, O Immaculate Virgin Then having received some water from Lourdes, he bathed his thumb in the miraculous water, and his thumb was healed to the amazement of the doctor.

Sep21
Sep18

Week Six - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Week 6. September 18 - 25

Week Six - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

The Martyrdom of Obedience

The word obedience comes from the Latin meaning "to listen."

A person who is obedient "listens" to others;

To God, parents, and employers and not to his or her own Will or desires. Too often one listens to one's own will and desires rather than that of God's Adam and Eve listened to the voice of the Serpent and was disobedient and death came into the world. Mary listened to the voice of the Angel and was obedient and Life came into the world.

Sep11

Week Five - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Week 5. Sept 11-18

Week Five - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

Growing Up

For many children, growing up and going to school can be a difficult time. Teasing, being made fun of, not fitting in and even bullying can be an unfortunate and difficult right of passage. It was no different for Maximilian.

Sep04

Week Four - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Week 4. September 4 - 11

Week Four - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

The Martyrdom of Leaving Home :

Maximilian, or Raymond as he was baptized or Mundek as his parents called him, heard the Conventual Franciscan Provincial preach about St. Francis. And how he sought to follow in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus, by denying himself and taking up his cross. Mt. 16:24. Raymond, felt that same desire to deny himself and take up his cross. Raymond however was only a boy of 13 years. 

Aug28

Week Three - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Week 3. August 28-Sept -4

Week Three - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe

The Story of the Two Crowns.

Next to his martyrdom in Auschwitz, the story of The Two Crowns is perhaps the most famous in the life of Maximilian. Dr. Claude Foster, in his book Mary's Knight relates the story most accurately.

After a scolding that his mother had given him, she said, (Mundek, is a diminutive of Raymond)

Aug21

Week Two - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Week 2 August 21-28

Week Two - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

The Martyrdom of Country : 

In the map, one can see the countries of Europe before and after World War I. 

When Maximilian was born Poland did not exist. It had been carved up by Russia, Germany and Austria. How ironic that at the time of his death, Poland once again did not exist as it had been invaded and conquered by Germany and later Russia would invade it once again. 

Maximilian's first act of martyrdom therefore was being without a country.

Aug13

Week One - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Week 1 August 14,1941 - August 14, 2016

Week One - 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom St. Maximilian Kolbe

For the next year as we prepare to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe, there will be stories each week of Maximilian Kolbe's Life, Faith, Sufferings and Struggles which prepared him and led him to lay down his life for another prisoner in Auschwitz. 

We will also examine the history and causes of the Holocaust;
Where God and Man were in the Holocaust as well as what the Martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe and the Holocaust teaches about Total Consecration to the Immaculata. 

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