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Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe - "Don’t Ever Forget to Love"
Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe - "Don’t Ever Forget to Love"
 
 
 




 
 
TRUTH
Saint Maximilian Kolbe

"No one in the world can change Truth.

What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it.

The real conflict is the inner conflict.

Beyond armies of occupation and the hecatombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love.

And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?"



TRUTH
Saint Maximilian Kolbe

"No one in the world can change Truth.

What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it.

The real conflict is the inner conflict.

Beyond armies of occupation and the hecatombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love.

And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?"


 
TRUTH
Saint Maximilian Kolbe

"No one in the world can change Truth.

What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it.

The real conflict is the inner conflict.

Beyond armies of occupation and the hecatombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love.
And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?"

 
 
ON OBEDIENCE
"We Must Sanctify the Whole World"
A Letter by Saint Maximilian Kolbe

I rejoice greatly, dear brother, at the outstanding zeal that drives you to promote the glory of God.

It is sad to see how in our times the disease called "indifferentism" is spreading in all its forms, not just among those in the world but also among the members of religious orders.

But indeed, since God is worthy of infinite glory, it is our first and most pressing duty to give Him such glory as we, in our weakness, can manage - even that we would never, poor exiled creatures that we are, be able to render Him such glory as He truly deserves.

Because God’s glory shines through most brightly in the salvation of the souls that Christ redeemed with His own blood, let it be the chief concern of the apostolic life to bring salvation and an increase in holiness to as many souls as possible.

Let me briefly outline the best way to achieve this end - both for the glory of God and for the sanctification of the greatest number.

ON OBEDIENCE
"We Must Sanctify the Whole World"
A Letter by Saint Maximilian Kolbe

I rejoice greatly, dear brother, at the outstanding zeal that drives you to promote the glory of God.

It is sad to see how in our times the disease called "indifferentism" is spreading in all its forms, not just among those in the world but also among the members of religious orders.

But indeed, since God is worthy of infinite glory, it is our first and most pressing duty to give Him such glory as we, in our weakness, can manage - even that we would never, poor exiled creatures that we are, be able to render Him such glory as He truly deserves.

Because God’s glory shines through most brightly in the salvation of the souls that Christ
 
 


redeemed with His own blood, let it be the chief concern of the apostolic life to bring salvation and an increase in holiness to as many souls as possible.

Let me briefly outline the best way to achieve this end - both for the glory of God and for the sanctification of the greatest number.
 
 
 



 
 
God, who is infinite knowledge and infinite wisdom, knows perfectly what is to be done to give Him glory, and in the clearest way possible makes His will known to us through his vice-gerents on Earth.

It is obedience and obedience alone that shows us God’s will with certainty. Of course our superiors may err, but it cannot happen that we, holding fast to our obedience, should be led into error by this. There is only one exception: if the superior commands something that would obviously involve breaking God’s law, however slightly. In that case the superior could not be acting as a faithful interpreter of God’s will.

God Himself is the One Infinite, Wise, Holy, and Merciful Lord, our Creator and our Father, the Beginning and the End, Wisdom, Power, and Love - God is all these.

Anything that is apart from God has value only in so far as it is brought back to Him, the Founder of all things, the Redeemer of mankind, the Final End of all creation.





God, who is infinite knowledge and infinite wisdom, knows perfectly what is to be done to give Him glory, and in the clearest way possible makes His will known to us through his vice-gerents on Earth.

It is obedience and obedience alone that shows us God’s will with certainty. Of course our superiors may err, but it cannot happen that we, holding fast to our obedience, should be led into error by this. There is only one exception: if the superior commands something that would obviously involve breaking God’s law, however slightly. In that case the superior could not be acting as a faithful interpreter of God’s will.

God Himself is the One Infinite, Wise, Holy, and Merciful Lord, our
God, who is infinite knowledge and infinite wisdom, knows perfectly what is to be done to give Him glory, and in the clearest way possible makes His will known to us through his vice-gerents on Earth.

It is obedience and obedience alone that shows us God’s will with certainty. Of course our superiors may err, but it cannot happen that we, holding fast to our obedience, should be led into error by this. There is only one exception: if the superior commands something that would obviously involve breaking God’s law, however slightly. In that case the superior could not be acting as a faithful interpreter of God’s will.

God Himself is the One Infinite, Wise, Holy, and Merciful Lord, our Creator and our Father, the Beginning and the End, Wisdom, Power, and Love - God is all these.

Anything that is apart from God has value only in so far as it is brought back to Him, the Founder of all things, the Redeemer of mankind, the Final End of all creation.

Creator and our Father, the Beginning and the End, Wisdom, Power, and Love - God is all these.

Anything that is apart from God has value only in so far as it is brought back to Him, the Founder of all things, the Redeemer of mankind, the Final End of all creation.
 
 
Thus He Himself makes His Holy Will known to us through His vice-gerents on Earth and draws us to Himself, and through us - for so He has willed - draws other souls too, and unites them to Himself with an ever more perfect love.

See then, brother, the tremendous honour of the position that God in His kindness has placed us in. Through obedience we transcend our own limitations and align ourselves with God’s Will, which, with infinite wisdom and prudence, guides us to do what is best.

Moreover, as we become filled with the Divine Will, which no created thing can resist, so we become stronger than all others.

This is the path of wisdom and prudence, this is the one way by which we can come to give God the highest glory. After all, if there had been another, better way, Christ would certainly have shown it to us, by word and by example.
 
 


The Holy Trinity by Master of the Votive Pictur of Sankt Lambrecht; 1430; Museum mittelalterlicher österreichischer Kunst, Vienna; www.wga.hu

 
 

Thus He Himself makes His Holy Will known to us through His vice-gerents on Earth and draws us to Himself, and through us - for so He has willed - draws other souls too, and unites them to Himself with an ever more perfect love.

See then, brother, the tremendous honour of the position that God in His kindness has placed us in. Through obedience we transcend our own limitations and align ourselves with God’s Will, which, with infinite wisdom and prudence, guides us to do what is best.

Moreover, as we become filled with the Divine Will, which no created thing can resist, so we become stronger than all others.

This is the path of wisdom and
 


The Holy Trinity by Master of the Votive Pictur of Sankt Lambrecht; 1430; Museum mittelalterlicher österreichischer Kunst, Vienna; www.wga.hu

 
 
prudence, this is the one way by which we can come to give God the highest glory. After all, if there had been another, better way, Christ would certainly have shown it to us, by word and by example.

 
 
 


The Trinity in Glory by Vecellio Tiziano; 1552-54; Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain; www.wga.hu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
But in fact Sacred Scripture wraps up His entire long life in Nazareth with the words and He was obedient to them and it shows the rest of His life to have been passed in similar obedience - almost as an instruction to us - by showing how He came down to Earth to do the Father’s will.

Brethren, let us love Him above all, our most loving Heavenly Father, and let our obedience be a sign of this perfect love, especially when we have to sacrifice our own wills in the process.

And as for a book from which to learn how to grow in the love of God, there is no better book than Jesus Christ Crucified.

All this we will achieve more easily through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin, to whom the most kind God has given the task of dispensing His Mercies.

There is no doubt that the will of Mary should be the Will of God for us. When we dedicate ourselves to Him, we become tools in her hands just as she became a tool in His.

Let us let her direct us and lead us by the hand. Let us be calm and serene under her guidance: she will foresee all things for us, provide all things, swiftly fulfil our needs both bodily and spiritual, and keep away from us all difficulty and suffering.



But in fact Sacred Scripture wraps up His entire long life in Nazareth with the words and He was obedient to them and it shows the rest of His life to have been passed in similar obedience - almost as an instruction to us - by showing how He came down to Earth to do the Father’s will.

Brethren, let us love Him above all, our most loving Heavenly Father, and let our obedience be a sign of this perfect love, especially when we have to sacrifice our own wills in the process.

And as for a book from which to learn how to grow in the love of God, there is no better book than Jesus Christ Crucified.

All this we will achieve more easily through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin, to whom the most kind God has given the task of dispensing His Mercies.

There is no doubt that the will of Mary should be the Will of God for us. When we dedicate ourselves to Him, we become tools in her hands just as she became a tool in His.

Let us let her direct us and lead us by the hand. Let us be calm and serene under her guidance: she will foresee all things for us, provide all things, swiftly fulfil our needs both bodily and spiritual, and keep away from us all difficulty and suffering.
 


The Trinity in Glory by Vecellio Tiziano; 1552-54; Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain; www.wga.hu

 
 
"Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving.
Without sacrifice, there is no love."
 
 
"Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving.
Without sacrifice, there is no love."
 
 
"Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving.
Without sacrifice, there is no love."
 
Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe
 
 
 
 
Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv. (Order of Friars Minor Conventual, founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1209) hid over 2000 people from the Nazis. The Nazi soldiers were about to kill a young father. Saint Maximilian Kolbe offered himself in place of the man as an ultimate sacrifice on August 14, 1941, the Vigil of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary, at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Nazi Germany. Patron Saint against drug addictions, drug addicts, families, imprisoned people, journalists, political prisoners, the pro-life movement and amateur radio.
 
 
 

John Paul II declared him
"The Patron Saint of
Our Difficult Century"
 
 
 
 
Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv. (Order of Friars Minor Conventual, founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1209) hid over 2000 people from the Nazis. The Nazi soldiers were about to kill a young father. Saint Maximilian Kolbe offered himself in place of the man as an ultimate sacrifice on August 14, 1941, the Vigil of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary, at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Nazi Germany. Patron Saint against drug addictions, drug addicts, families, imprisoned people, journalists, political prisoners, the pro-life movement and amateur radio.
 
 
 

John Paul II declared him
"The Patron Saint of
Our Difficult Century"
 
 
 
Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv. (Order of Friars Minor Conventual, founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1209) hid over 2000 people from the Nazis. The Nazi soldiers were about to kill a young father. Saint Maximilian Kolbe offered himself in place of the man as an ultimate sacrifice on August 14, 1941, the Vigil of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary, at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Nazi Germany. Patron Saint against drug addictions, drug addicts, families, imprisoned people, journalists, political prisoners, the pro-life movement and amateur radio.
 
 

John Paul II declared him
"The Patron Saint of
Our Difficult Century"
 
 
 
 
 
August 14 - Saint Maximillian Maria Kolbe - "Don’t Ever Forget to Love"  
 
 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.