St. Maximilian Kolbe & the Militia of the Immaculata

Today is the feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, most famous for having died in a Nazi concentration camp when he volunteered to take the place of another prisoner.

What faith it must have taken to do that. And what love.

Kolbe founded the Militia of the Immaculata in order to advance devotion to Our Lady. On his feast day, I find it fitting to reflect just a bit on this organization and its purpose.

EWTN shares this:

The focus of the spirituality and formation in M.I. is the consecration to Mary, which Father Kolbe intended as “transformation into her”: a style of Christian life which achieves the extreme consequences of love.

There are three key ideas: Mary Immaculate, love, and the mission, to provide formation which commits Christians to grow in an existential dimension (the primacy of the vocation to holiness), an ecclesial dimension (love for the Church and bearing witness to the Catholic faith), a missionary vocation (Christian formation of consciences and the New Evangelization), and a cultural dimension (promoting life by serving people in the Franciscan manner of fraternity, joy, simplicity and hospitality).

The specific areas of unity of M.I. are catechesis, town and city missions, religious instruction courses, updating, Marian culture, publishing, radio broadcasting and Informatics.

“Transformation into her.” It means faithfulness in daily life. It means love for the Church that God gave us and continues to guide. It means receiving God’s love and bringing it to others in a missionary sense. It means being joyful, simple, and loving in all ways.