Immaculata, please intercede… that our life constantly testify to the truth of the Resurrection and Divine Mercy.
Saint Maximillian’s evangelical testimony was a fundamental force behind his apostolate. He always sought to be a living witness to everyone. His example and his decisive work habits became “contagious” for his brothers and the faithful. Three things characterized the Polish saint’s missionary style: 1) his exemplary behavior preceding his spoken word; 2) his poverty and sacrifice and; 3) his dedication.
Like St. Francis, he believed that he would have more effect on the friars and faithful by example than by words. To look to Christ, to the Immaculata, and to Francis was to be translated into life, a life that inspired others and encouraged them delicately to love Our Risen Lord with greater conviction and filled with faith in his merciful love. Saint Maximilian believed work, poverty, and dedication to the apostolic activity made the friar, the militant, or the faithful in general, able to give himself generously, to the Omnipotents project entrusted to them. These three dimensions show how much Maximilian himself lived and transmitted, the missionary life.
He was convinced that witnessing to the faith, begins with one’s personal spiritual experience. This key opens men's hearts, from which point the missionary could “sow” belief in Christ’s Resurrection and man’s call to eternal life. Also, love for one’s vocation, kindness, hospitality, and sobriety speak to the listener before the spoken word. The saint points out that looking at the mystery of the Resurrection and Divine Mercy, the apostolic activity; for example, the spread of the Knight of the Immaculata (magazine), or the production increase in the City of the Immaculata, may be realized most credibly in the name of faith and the example given to the brothers.
Saint Maximilian was a protagonist of a Christ-centered proclamation. He desired to transmit Christ’s love for humanity, that, thanks to Christ’s death and resurrection, was redeemed. Saint Maximilian wanted joyfully live this truth and also share it with those he would reach through the spoken and printed word. This evangelization movement began with his evangelical example that he shared, first and foremost, with the brothers sharing his same mission. Fr. Kolbe also wanted men to understand the importance, of
Prayer in Preparation for the MI National Elective Assembly
O Immaculata, Spouse ofthe Holy Spirit, we gatheraround you in prayer as didthe disciples in the UpperRoom. Intercede for usthat we might be aflamewith the gifts of the Spiritas we prepare for ourNational Assembly and elections so that we mightbe your true instruments, consecrated to yourImmaculate Heart. Amen. -composed by MINational Assistant, Fr.Stephen McKinley,
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the Immaculata’s presence in their life - how beautiful to rejoice for a mother, ready to intercede and protect them.
Sanctifying oneself is the first form of evangelization. Only when this is fully taken on can one help others convert and gravitate toward eternal life. The believer’s overflowing love for the Lord attracts others to walk in God’s ways. Transmitting the desire of communion with the Living One begins with one’s own itinerary of perfection.
The saint, by his testimony and apostolic action, desired to cause religious and moral unrest in his listeners’ hearts, to help them to open their hearts to God’s love, the joy of his presence, of life in communion with Him. Saint Maximilian didn’t like to use authority nor influential people, but to evangelize by his life and his personal testimony as a religious, who experienced and shared the joy of union with the Risen and Merciful Christ, through the Immaculata. His preaching, in fact, invites his listeners to know the joy of the ascetic life, and a communion with God, a foretaste of the eternal beatitude. High motivations enriched Kolbe’s testimony, and led him to the mission: the desire to announce God’s merciful love for all humanity, obedience to the Church, and following Christ in the way of Francis. St. Maximilian desired that all men should know the profundity of the divine, merciful love, manifest also through the Virgin Mary’s maternal presence. His immense zeal brought him to dream of and realize an apostolate, without limits and barriers.
Reflect on the following expressions of Saint Maximilian:
“Your personal sanctification is your first occupation. Commit-ment toward the sanctification of others must be the overabundance of your love toward Jesus. In each thing, endeavor to cause the greatest possible pleasure to Jesus and trust in Him through the Immaculata” (KW 987F).
“Prayer is the expression of a beautiful soul. The human body originated from dust and after death will return to dust. Our human activities are also directed to Mother Earth. It is only in prayer that man lifts his heart toward paradise and engages in conversation with the Creator of the universe, with the prime Cause of everything, with God” (KW 1208).
-Fr. Raffaele Di Muro,
MI International Assistant
Translated by Antonia Velasco & Ann O’Donnell
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Daily Renewal of Total Consecration Immaculata, Queen and Mother of the Church, I renew my consecration to you this day and for always, so that you may use me for the coming of the Kingdom of Jesus in the whole world. To this end I offer you all my prayers, actions and sacrifices of this day.
Daily Miraculous Medal Prayer of St. Maximilian O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you, and for all those who do not have recourse to you, especially the enemies of and all those recommended to you.
MI MI National News FIRST ELECTIVE ASSEMBLY for the MI to be held for the United States! June 3–5, 2016—Marytown. Please pray! See prayer composed by Fr. Stephen McKinley, OFM Conv on page 2.
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The Writings of St. Maximilian Kolbe in English! (Photo) Kolbe Writings display in West Haven, Utah.
Please send me The Writings of St. Maximilian Kolbe two volume set.
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75th Celebrations Let us know of any initiative you may sponsor to honor the 75th Anniversary of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Martyrdom. Send pictures, articles, information…. So we can share with the world our love for this great man of God, a man for others.
Marytown, MI National Center National MI Youth & Young Adults Leadership Positions Open
Leadership positions are open for MI Youth & Young Adults – National Director, National Coordinator and National Core Team.
We are looking for candidates who are grounded in the spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe and experienced in MI Youth ministry, and who enjoy working with youth and leading them to the Sacred Heart through the Immaculate Heart!
The National Coordinator is a salaried position; all others are on a volunteer basis. To find out more about these positions contact the MI Youth Interim Team at email@example.com
- Knights at the Foot of the Cross
Please, encourage family and friends who are sick and suffering to join this powerful vanguard of the MI.
-MI Pilgrimage to Poland Call soon! Space is limited!
In the Footsteps of St. Maximilian Kolbe
The MI National Office is planning this event during the Jubilee Year of Mercy with Mater Dei Tours.
September 6-17, 2016 Contact: www.materdeitours.com Tel: 800-515-2632
Third Saturday of the month, 10:00-11:45 AM followed by noon Mass.
Meet other MI members and join in prayer, reflection on the MI monthly intention, dialogue and apostolate update and planning. (photo) New consecrants of the Immaculata.
- MI Weekend Retreat for Men, Women and Married Couples
April 22-24, 2016.
Retreat Master: Fr. Anthony M. Lajato, OFM Conv.
Call MI National Office for information and registration (847) 367-7800 ext. 246
MI Midwest Kansas City, MO
http://www.consecration-midwest.org Our Region has a Pilgrimage planned the first weekend of May at OUR LADY OF SNOWS in Illinois.
St Joseph Church http://www.stjmod.com/outreach-ministries.html
MI Adult Prayer Village
MI Family Village
West Haven, UT
MI Families of the Immaculata Village
St Mary’s Catholic Church www.stmary.org
1st Sunday 12:30PM
Approximately 40 people gathered for the MI's fifth annual silent Marian Lenten Retreat entitled IN YOUR PLACE: KOLBE, Martyr of Charity and a Sign of God's Mercy. Interspersed with the Liturgy of the Hours, Eucharistic Adoration, and the chanting of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, participants learned and experienced the mercy of God through both engaging and insightful reflections presented by MI member Robert Catlin and past MI National Vice President, John Galten. In recognition of this 75th year of his martyrdom, retreatants wore tee shirts with the logo "He did not die, but gave his LIFE" (photo of retreat team). Additionally, the recently published English edition of the KOLBE WRITINGS were both highlighted and displayed. The flowers of this endeavor continue to blossom.
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Fr. Kolbe Missionaries
West Covina, CA www. kolbemision.org/en
Mission Today 2016 Conference, titled Merciful Like the Father; Created in His Image, was held at St. Christopher Parish in West Covina, CA, March 5.
Speakers: Kathleen Buckley Domingo, MTh (Associate Director Office of Life, Justice, and Peace Archdiocese of Los Angeles)(photo) spoke dynamically on, Human Life: Honoring the Image of God. FKM, Jillian Cooke, MTh, MAPM helped participants enter into the Church’s teaching on Forming the Conscience: Orienting our Moral Compass towards the Image of God and Making a Good Confession: Healing and strengthening between the Image and God. Everyone was enthused by the level of presentations and richness of the Church’s teaching and work for the good of mankind..
Mother, America, and daughters, Roxy (photo) and Ester (not pictured), helped prepare the Kolbe Writings display which served as a backdrop for Antonella Di Piazza’s three presentations on the Writings at the Fr. Kolbe Missionary Center in California last month.
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2 -Preparation for Total Consecration 10-12PM, St Christopher Church, West Covina, CA
4 Annunciation, Rite of Total Consecration after the Mass 7PM, Fr. Jonathan Meyer
5&12 Catholic Conversation 7PM
6 1st Wednesday MI Spanish Village 9AM-1PM
7 Eucharistic Adoration 4-9PM
8 Third Friday Teens to the MAX 5-9PM
FAMILIES TO THE MAX
Families have been meeting for three years, being formed in the spirit of the Church and as a family consecrated to Mary. After each encounter they take home an activity to remind them of the lesson just learned. In March they took home seeds to plant and care for. The lesson - We must die with Christ in order to rise to new life in him. The seeds are just beginning to germinate.
NOTRE DAME MI, IN
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MI FAMILY NEWS Sick and Suffering We continue our prayers for Fr. John Grigus, OFM Conv - Rector of the Shrine St. Maximilian Kolbe, Marytown, Libertyville, IL and all MI members battling cancer and terminal illnesses.
Souls of the Faithful Departed Anita Jimenez, wife of 67 years, mother of nine children and many grandchildren. West Covina, CA was called home by her sweet Jesus and Mother Mary in March.
Lorraine Hoonhoutpassed into eternal life, leaving her husband, Ron, and three children and her first grandchild. Glendora, CA. Her funeral was attended by many MI members.
Links MI International Calendar http://www.mi-international.org/calendario.asp?month 12&year-2016
US Catholic Conference of Bishops www.usccb.org
Zenit News Service firstname.lastname@example.org
ESPAÑOL Tema de la MI del 2016
“Kolbe, mártir de la caridad y signo de la misericordia de Dios”
Intención mensual de la MI
Inmaculada, por favor
Intercede…para que nuestra vida sea un continuo testimonio de la resurrección y de la misericordia divina.
Centro Nacional del la MI
Oficina Hispana de la Milicia de la Inmaculada
Fr. Kolbe Missionaries
531 E Merced Ave – West Covina, CA 91790
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