Today is the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Here is an image from the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle in Rome where he was ordained priest.
And here’s an image from the Roman church Sant’Andrea della Fratte where he offered his first Mass on the altar where Our Lady appeared to and converted Alphonse Ratisbonne.
St. Maximilian gave some excellent advice in reading about Our Lady: “When you start reading something on the Immaculate, do not forget that at that moment you come into contact with a living being, who loves you, who is pure, without stain. She will reveal herself to you through the phrases that you read and will convey to you thoughts, convictions, feelings that the author himself could not possibly even imagine.”
“We should put into practice what we have read. It is sufficient to dedicate five minutes daily to the reading, but be resolute, and do not omit these five minutes any day. This will be an assurance of advancement in perfection. It will likewise be a healthful nourishment for our souls, because it will serve to give us wings in our flight to the summits of our desired holiness, and a closer union with the Immaculata.”
Here are some excellent Marian Resources you’ll love.
Today is the Feast of St .Luke the Evangelist.
Here is his sarcophagus in the Basilica of Santa Giustina in Padua. Above the sacrcophagus is an image of Our Lady of Constantinople.
Many images of Our Lady are attributed to St. Luke, including the “Salus Populi Romani” (Salvation of the Roman People) in Santa Maria Maggiore, and “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” in Sant’Alfonso. Both churches are in Rome.
Salus Populi Romani
Salvation of the Roman People
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
In addition to St. Anthony, there are quite a few other saints buried in Padua.
St. Gregory Barbarigo
Close-up of St. Gregory Barbarigo
There is also the great Capuchin, St. Leopold Mandic.
The confessional of St. Leopold. He heard confessions for many hours a day.
The tomb of St. Leopold
The sarcophagus of St. Matthias the Apostle is across from that of St. Luke.
“The lot fell upon Matthias.”
There are other saints in the Basilica of Santa Giustina.
St. Prosdocimus, first bishop of Padua
The martyrs of Padua
The instrument of their torture
Here are some other photos of the basilica.
The sarcophagus of St. Luke the Evangelist
“Let us remember and often recall that a single turning to the Immaculate will suffice, either by word or glance or only a thought, so that She will repair all that we have ruined both in ourselves and those around us. She will guide us at the present moment and take our future and the results of our future work under Her care. For that reason, let us often have recourse to Her.” (St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe)
This column, near Piazza di Spagna, commemorates Bl. Pope Pius IX’s definition of the Immaculate Conception.
The building behind the column is the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Pope Benedict XVI (Emeritus) visits Our Lady’s column on Dec. 8.
These are some of the magnificent Latin inscriptions on the Roman Patriarchal Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore.
Santa Maria Maggiore
“We will show the greatest love towards the Immaculate when we share our love for Her with others.”
“Let us love Mary Immaculate every moment of each day and let us encourage others to love Her even more than we ourselves do.”