Today is Consecration Day

Today is Consecration Day

St. Maximilian Kolbe Prayer of Consecration

O Immaculata, Queen of heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. I, N…, a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you. If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: “She will crush your head,” and, “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the world.” Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, O sacred Virgin.

R. Give me strength against your enemies.

 

St. Maximilian Kolbe

My friend, Stephen Herreid, is a freelance writer whose articles are seen at Stream.org, Crisis Magazine, Aleteia.org, CatholicVote.org, The Intercollegiate Review Online, and other publications.

He wrote this …

In 1917, St. Maximilian Kolbe embarked on another kind of harrowing when he founded the Militia of the Immaculata. He and his Militia marched courageously into the hell of modern, progressive brutality, and “preached unto the spirits” dominated by it.

 

They founded publications. They evangelized courageously where it was dangerous to do so. They used the most advanced media technology available to shine the light of truth. Fr. Kolbe even planned to establish a film studio.

 

But the same Christlike zeal that moved Maximilian to rescue souls would also move him to save the lives of those living under a modern regime that many called “Hell on Earth.” His work would inevitably bring him face to face with evil, and ultimately to his death soon after the Nazi invasion of Poland.

St. Maximilian Kolbe’s heroism, as well as his use of the most advanced media technology, makes him one my favorite saints. Kolbe lived during a time when propaganda was intense, attempting turn the minds and hearts away from God. Kolbe needed to fight back with their own weapons.

Today sees an even more intense propaganda occurring. Jeffrey Kuhner of the Washington Times wrote: “For the past 50 years, every major institution has been captured by the radical secular left. The media, Hollywood, TV, universities, public schools, theater, the arts, literature — they relentlessly promote the false gods of sexual hedonism and radical individualism.” Inspired by St. Maximilian Kolbe, we simply must use the most advance media technology to bring the light of truth to a darkened world.

Join the Militia Immaculata HERE

This past year, I was gifted a very rare First Class Relic of St. Maximilian Kolbe (Kolbe was incinerated). I keep this relic on my desk, as I seek his intercession in my own use of modern media technology to bring the light of truth.