Saturday, August 14, 2010
Maximilian Kolbe And Our Lady's Army
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.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.