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St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe:  In preperation for the holy feast of the Incarnation, Friar Anthony Maria, OFM. Conv. conducted a presentation on the Mariology of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, Franciscan Martyr of Charity.  Rather than simply retelling the life of the extrordinary saint, Friar Anthony Maria expounded on the development and inspiration behind Saint Maximilian's Marian spirituality.

Friar Anthony Maria explains the secular and ecclesial circumstances that inspired St. Maximilian to form the Militia of the Immaculata in the early 20th century.
Postulants (left to right) Annie, Collette, Catherine, and Julie, in addition to many other Sisters and Friars, listen attentively as Friar Anthony Maria explians the Marian dimension of Franciscan Spirituality within the Church.

Many of the Sisters and Friars (including the Friar Postulants) gather around the Christmas tree for a group picture. 
Mosaic of St. Maximilian Maria Koble at Marytown, the National Shrine of St. Maximilian in Libertyville, Illinois.  This shrine is under the care of the Conventual Franciscan's Bonaventure Province.

MI Consecration Prayer

(Composed by St. Maximilian Kolbe)

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, (name), 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 whole 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

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