Friends of the Rosary:
Today, the Memorial of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe (1894-1941), Polish priest and martyr, is celebrated by the Universal Church.
Maximilian Mary Kolbe founded the Militia of the Immaculate Mary, a movement of Marian consecration that undertook an intense apostolic mission in Europe and Asia.
The friars of the Militia of the Immaculate Mary utilized modern printing and administrative techniques to “win the world for the Immaculata”.
They launched a daily newspaper with a circulation of 230,000, a monthly magazine with a circulation of over one million, and a shortwave radio station.
Maximilian was a true “apostle of the mass media” and a ground-breaking theologian. He further developed the Church’s understanding of Mary as a “Mediatrix” of all the graces of the Trinity, and as an “Advocate” for God’s people.
In 1941, the Nazis imprisoned Father Maximilian in the Auschwitz death camp. There he offered his life for another prisoner and was condemned to slow death in a starvation bunker. On August 14, 1941, his impatient captors ended his life with a lethal injection.
Pope John Paul II canonized Maximilian as a “martyr of charity” in 1982 and proclaimed him the “Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century.”
St. Maximilian Kolbe is considered a patron of journalists, families, prisoners, the pro-life movement, and the chemically addicted.
Also, today in the evening, the Vigil Mass for the Assumption is celebrated.
Jesus, I Trust In You!
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Pray for Us!
To Jesus through Mary!
+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York