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.
Happy Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Blessed Pope Pius IX, in defining this dogma, wrote: “From the very beginning, and before time began, the eternal Father chose and prepared for his only-begotten Son a Mother in whom the Son of God would become incarnate and from whom, in the blessed fullness of time, he would be born into this world. Above all creatures did God so loved her that truly in her was the Father well pleased with singular delight. Therefore, far above all the angels and all the saints so wondrously did God endow her with the abundance of all heavenly gifts poured from the treasury of his divinity that this mother, ever absolutely free of all stain of sin, all fair and perfect, would possess that fullness of holy innocence and sanctity than which, under God, one cannot even imagine anything greater, and which, outside of God, no mind can succeed in comprehending fully” (Bull, Ineffabilis Deus).
Many will also make their consecration to Jesus through Mary today, according to the formula of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. Most, however, despite their good intentions, will not make much progress. St. Louis-Marie said: “As the essential of this devotion consists in the interior which it ought to form, it will not be equally comprehended by everybody. Some will stop at what is exterior in it, and will go further, and these will be the greatest number. Some, in small number, will enter into its inward spirit; but they will mount only one step. Who will mount to the second step? Who will get as far as the third? Lastly, who will so advance as to make this devotion his habitual state?” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #119).
If you want to be in the small number who advances to the third step, here is your solution: To Jesus through Mary. This is the book which shows you what to do AFTER you’ve made your consecration. Check it out here.
“Jesus wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart” — Our Lady to Sr. Lucia at Fatima. In addition to celebrating the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua today, the Church also celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Catholics do NOT worship Mary. If you want the real scoop, click here, and you will discover what the real deal is.
Fr. Emil Neubert was, arguably, the most extraordinary Marian writer of the twentieth century. St. Maximilian Kolbe was so impressed with one of his books that he struck up a friendship with him. Many people, however, have not heard of him. Here is a good article about him. Fortunately, Fr. Neubert also wrote an autobiography, which you can get here! I have dedicated a Pinterest board to him where you can also get some of his previously untranslated works. I have three more of his works in preparation. He used to write about the Blessed Virgin for three hours a day, and he wrote books for every state of life. His autobiography is very inspiring. It is to be hoped that he will be canonized.
Fr. Emil Neubert
“When at times I am tempted to worry, I immediately say to myself: ‘Silly one, why do you worry? Is this your work? If all belongs to the Immaculate, will she not attend to it? Then let Her lead you!'”
“Love the Immaculate, love the Immaculate, love the Immaculate! She will make you happy. Confide in Her, consecrate yourself to Her entirely and unreservedly. I wish you would love Her so much as to be incapable of living without Her. Try to do everything as She Herself would do it in your place, especially by loving God as She loves Him…But, this you can learn only on your knees.”