Maximilian Kolbe And Our Lady's Army

Today is the feast of St Maximilian Kolbe. He died on this day in 1941 by giving his life so that a fellow prisoner in Auschwitz could live. His captors became somewhat impatient when he did not die fast enough and so hastened his death with a lethal injection.
St Max is an icon of Our Lord's words: "No greater love hath a man than one who lays down his life for his friends." (see John 15:13)
This great saint also had deep devotion to Our Blessed Mother and in 1917 formed the Militia of the Immaculata. This organization, which is worldwide, was founded as a means of total consecration to Jesus's Sacred Heart through Mary.
I made my Consecration to Our Blessed Mother through the MI on June 19, 2004, the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary that year. I try to remember to renew it on that day each year. This year I will join Fr. Gordon MacRae of These Stone Walls, along with other members of the Militia of the Immaculata, in renewing our consecration to Our Lady.
Fr. John Corapi has been known to say that: "Our Lady wears combat boots." Well she has an army in those who have consecrated themselves to her Son through her.
We constantly need to remember that until Our Lord comes again, we are engaged in battle, but there is strength in numbers; all of us fighting together with prayer and sacrifice can do much for the salvation of souls. In a sense it is following Jesus' and Maximilian Kolbe's example of laying our lives down for others.
You can read more about St Kolbe as well as the Militia of the Immaculata at the above link.

St Maximilian's Miraculous Medal Prayer
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee, and for those who do not, especially the enemies of the Church, and for all those who have been recommended to you.


Colleen said…
I have read a book on St Maximilian Kolbe. His sacrifice has always touched me deeply. Thanks for this. Hugs!
Anonymous said…
I'm on the seventh day of preparation for my act of consecration to Mary Immaculate. I will be there in spirit on Sunday with you and Fr. MacRae, God bless his soul.

Karinann said…
Thank you Colleen and David.
David- prayers as you continue your consecration.
Anne said…
I like that expression-Our Lady wears combat boots! You're so right, we are in this together and our mutual prayers can do so much to help others-in light of that, please know of my prayers for your friends with the Down's Syndrome baby. God bless!
Karinann said…
Thanks Anne for your thoughts on this post and for the prayers for my friend's baby.
Thanx for this post Karinann.

Is the medal you show the medal of Lourdes?

God bless.
Karinann said…
You are welcome. Victor. The medal is the Miraculous Medal. You can read more about it at the Militia Immaculata link in my post or by looking up St Catherine Laboure.