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St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Bullet-Point Plan for His Life
On the night before he was ordained on April 27, 1918, Saint Maximilian Kolbe made a retreat and wrote out the following bullet-point plan for his life. As you will see, he was committed, determined, and serious about his walk with Christ.
– Follow very faithfully the timetable of each day, and you will be safe.
– This very day begin to serve God.
– It may be that this is the last day of your life.
– Live it as if it were, indeed, the last day.
– Tomorrow is uncertain, yesterday is no longer yours. Only the present belongs to you.
– There is an ear which hears all, an eye which scrutinizes all the movements of the heart, a hand which takes note of all.
– Not being punished is the most terrible chastisement of all.
– If you want to avoid judgment, stop passing judgment. (Mt 7:1)
– St. Francis de Sales: “Fidelity in observing the rule is the sacrifice God prefers above all others; it is a mortification and a penance.”
– Love the most Blessed Virgin very deeply.
– Every action you perform will remain forever.
– Choose the least desirable things in food, clothes, tasks, and you will be dear to Jesus.
– The souls in Purgatory. Pray and work for sinners, for Holy Church.
– Make up by your fervor, for the time you have lost.
– Be a man, a Christian, a Religious.
Be a man:
Don’t blush for your convictions
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Have a sense of duty, fulfill it well, without being concerned whether anyone is watching you. Act instead with a noble ambition.
Don’t worry about the evil in others.
Be a Catholic:
When you kneel before an altar, do it in such a way that others may be able to recognize that you know before whom you kneel.
Be a Religious:
A good intention in work is like the number ‘1’ in front of a lot of zeroes.
Men deprive themselves of great treasures when they work without a good intention.
As you arise in the morning, so you will be all day long.
Every action you do is noted down. Nothing will fail to be either rewarded or punished.
You might die this very day!
Be recollected; whoever pours himself out on exterior things quickly loses the graces he has acquired. A full jewel box is always kept closed.
Avoid all those words which can draw down on you glory, esteem, or the appreciation of others.
Let us listen unwillingly (without interest or reflection) and with interior reluctance to the words of those who praise or commend us. It is dangerous to listen to one’s own praise in the mouths of others. It makes one lose his good judgment. When others praise us let us keep our sins before our eyes. In this way we shall judge ourselves unworthy of any commendation, and consequently, we shall find an occasion for being ashamed of ourselves and for humbling ourselves.
Rejoice when you hear others praised.
Jealousy, attachment to one’s own glory, is a defeat.
Never do anything so that men may see and esteem you.
Never do anything out of human respect.
Do everything perfectly, because you are working in God’s presence, for God and not for men. In every situation think more about loving than about working.
Don’t offer excuses when you make a mistake. Don’t cast the blame on others. Do not offend by sarcasm those who correct you. Do not renounce in advance your errors which someone is trying to point out to you.
Practice for a long time and with zeal until you succeed in willing that your defects may not be hidden any longer, and until you learn how to rejoice when the others judge you imperfect. Do this to make up for your errors.
When you are reproved unjustly, do not excuse yourself.
Cut short all thoughts of pride.
Consider every friar superior to yourself, and yourself the least of all. Recognize everyone as better than yourself, not only in your thoughts, but also in your external deportment.
If you consider another superior to yourself, then:
You will converse with him more calmly.
You will never insult him in words, nor do anything to displease him; you will not suspect him.
It will be easy for you to accept a harsh or disrespectful word from him.
Willingly accept every opportunity for humbling yourself. Don’t be offended at:
A harsh word.
An imperious tone of voice.
Not being respected as much as you would like to be.
Welcome occasions of being disregarded and humiliated, first with patience, then willingly, without raising any difficulties and finally with joy. That will be perfect humility.
Make acts of humility (as also of the other virtues on which you are in your interior examining yourself), beginning with a rather small number of them; then increase these continually, and make more and more progress. This, in fact, is how one acquires a good habit and makes it grow strong.
Humility is the foundation of the virtues.
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We represent the Militia of the Immaculata for the Kansas City-Saint Joseph diocese and the Kansas City, Kansas archdiocese.
We want to give you the formation and preparation you will need to make a total consecration to Jesus with Mary and to come together in villages to pray and learn about our founder, Saint Maximillian Kolbe.
A village is a Small City of Mary. It was the dream of Saint Maximillian Kolbe to have Small Cities of Mary around the world. We have established 12 active villages in our area and you can see where they are located as well as when they meet at the top of our site. We would love to open even more MI Villages for Mary and include all who are, or want to be, consecrated to the Immaculata.
If you would like to start a village, it is not a tremendous burden but a blessing. I would love to come to your area and help you in any manner I can to start a village.
Saint Maximillian Kolbe was many things to many people: the patron saint for troubled times, the patron saint for addiction, the patron saint of media and, of course, the patron saint for prisoners. Being part of an apostolate is life changing and we do have a great Prison Ministry program as well as the Knights at the Foot of the Cross. The Knights at the Foot of the Cross visit the homebound and hospitalized souls who can consecrate themselves and pray with us in harmony for the world.
The region sponsors a yearly conference, as well as other awesome events with speakers from other states, topics are focused on the information given to us for the year from our national headquarters, now settled into a temporary space at Santa Maria del Popolo Parish in Mundelein, Illinois.
We are now focused on the 100th anniversary of the MI in 2017. Watch for the upcoming events on our web site, in the monthly newsletters, under What's New.
All are always welcome and invited to come to our programs as well as to any of our village meetings. No obligation is necessary and we would love to have you join in prayer, formation and social life. We are 100% Roman Catholic and follow our Most Holy Mother Church, as did Saint Maximillian.
Please browse our web site and if you have any questions please contact me at: email@example.com.
Meet you in prayer,
Our mission is to bring all souls to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary.
"O how many souls would find salvation if they only had the proper guidance! It is our vocation to provide that guidance." St. Maximilian Kolbe, as quoted in Mary's Knight by Claude Foster, p 260
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you, and for those who do not have recourse to you, especially enemies of the Holy Catholic Church and all those recommended to you.
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.
Immaculata, please intercede that the MI journey may be an authentic school of holiness.
Who is Saint Maximilian Kolbe?
St. Maximilian was born Raymond Kolbe in Poland, January 8, 1894. In 1910, he entered the Conventual Franciscan Order. He was sent to study in Rome where he was ordained a priest in 1918.
Father Maximilian returned to Poland in 1919 and began spreading his Militia of the Immaculata movement of Marian consecration
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What is the Militia of the Immaculata?
The Militia of the Immaculata (MI) is a worldwide evangelization movement founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe in 1917 that encourages total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a means of spiritual renewal for individuals and society.
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October 16, 1917
Founding of the Militia of the Immaculata.
Go to 100 Years of MI page for more informatiion.