How a Miracle from Our Lady Helped St. Maximilian Kolbe Start His Apostolate August 12, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, manhood, martyrdom, Our Lady, Saints, sanctity, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
A nice little story about an intervention from Our Lady that provided critical financial assistance to the struggling Militia Immaculata started by St. Maximilian Kolbe in the early 1920s (he actually conceived the idea in 1917, but because of the war and other factors the group did not start in earnest until a few years later). It’s one of those little events that might seem small at the time but which help yield great dividends later on. That so specific a need was met so precisely, and in so mysterious a way, seems to strongly indicate Divine intervention to me, as it did to the Saint. The heritage of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s original apostolate had been carried forth – or reignited – by the Franciscans of the Immaculate, at least until the disastrous intervention of Rome against that formerly rapidly growing order.
A bit more background: one of the primary ways Kolbe wanted to carry out his evangelizing efforts was through the use of media, specifically, print media, state of the art for the time. He wanted to produce faithful Catholic publications to counter the lies and false propaganda of many secular publications that frequently attacked the Church. But money in post-war Poland, so recently liberated from Russian domination, was very hard to come by. The primary publication, called The Knight of the Immaculata, was produced on a shoestring budget, but after the first issue was published there wasn’t even enough money left to pay off the debt incurred. Without an infusion of what was then a substantial amount of cash the publication would almost certainly fold. We’ll take up the story from there, from the book St. Maximilian Kolbe, Apostle of Our Difficult Age:
The situation facing Father Maximilian after the publication of the first issue of The Knight was extremely difficult. The debts he had contracted were so high that the initiative was in danger of falling at any moment. Fortunately, a good priest, Father Tobiasiewicz, pastor of St. Nicholas’ Church in Krakow, was inspired to help. He understood the holiness of the initiative and the financial difficulties of Father Kolbe and gave a generous donation. Following in his footsteps, other priests gave contributions. It was thus possible to collect half the amount needed to defray the expenses of the first issue. But what of the other half, which according to the sources was about 500 marks?
Father Maximilian decided to appeal to his Lady. Kneeling at her altar he invoked her with fervent supplications.
After he had ended his fervent prayer, a true outburst of the heart of a son who sought shelter in the heart of the Mother full of love, he was starting to leave when his eyes saw a non-liturgical object lying on the altar cloth. He went closer. It was an envelope. In his love for order and harmony and the decorum of the church, he ascended the steps and to his grateful surprise read – written on it, in very small letters – ‘For You, Immaculate Mother.’ He opened it, and marvel of marvels, he found inside the exact amount of the remaining debt for the printing of the first issue of The Knight of the Immaculata.
He understood everything, and in an outburst of tears knelt in grateful adoration.
Possibly simply a coincidence, or the pious act of some noble soul, but, then again, possibly not. Saint Maximilian Kolbe certainly understood. Let those with eyes to see, see……..
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for our beloved Holy Mother Church, in this time of desperate need.