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St. Maximilian Kolbe

His Very Own Words

Part 4

Peace and confidence

Let us let ourselves be led, then; let us be peaceful, peaceful; let us not attempt to do more than that which She wills or more quickly. Let us let ourselves be carried by Her, she will think of everything and take care of all our needs, of the soul and of the body. Let us give every difficulty, every sorrow to Her, and have confidence that She will take care of it better than we could. Peace, then, peace, much peace in an unlimited confidence in Her. The whole M.I., it is not we who made it and neither do we know it nor can we lead it forward. If it is something of Our Lady, the obstacles will make it stronger; if it isn’t, then let if fail: why should it get in the way? If also the (Blessed) Mother didn’t want the M.I. to continue any longer, and was satisfied with what has been done up to now, it is She who is our Lady; let us do what seems best to Her. (SK 56, Jan. 26, 1921)


Above all, never let yourselves be troubled, never be frightened, never fear anything. The Immaculate, in fact, is She perhaps not aware of everything? If this were case, it would really be a problem. No one can do us any harm if God does not permit it, that is if She doesn’t consent to it. Everything, then, is in Her maternal hands. Consequently, let us only let ourselves be led by Her more every day, more every instant. This is all our philosophy. (SK 755, Nov. 4, 1937)


And what should we do when we don’t have the strength for the execution of what obedience commands? Prayer, then, fervent, heartfelt prayer to the Most Holy Mother, even if it just be by the short invocation “Mary,” and She will understand what we want to say, She will give strength to carry out (what is commanded); we must have recourse to Her like a child to his mother. When we fall, let us turn to the Immaculate, and She will lift us up, She will give us strength for the combat to come. Let us have complete confidence in Her, dear Brothers, let us let ourselves be led by Her and She will surely lead us to the happiness of heaven. (K 8, May 29, 1932)

In reason of the present financial difficulties certain Brothers, as one can remark, have declined spiritually. “What will happen?” (they ask themselves). It is certain that such thoughts can come and that it is difficult to chase them away so that they don’t come. What was it like in the beginning (of the M.I.)? At one time there was nothing to print [The Knight ] with, everything was still done with the printing press of the tertiaries at Cracow. Then there came to me different thoughts. But then I thought: “Why are you tormenting yourself, since (the M.I.) isn’t yours? If it’s the Immaculate’s, and She wants it to fail, let it fail. It’s not ours. It’s Hers. As the Immaculate wants: (if She wants) it to develop, let it develop. If She wants there to be persecutions, let it be so.” What are we speaking of here? From the beginning, She is the Owner. And we don’t want anything else, this alone: what She wants, as She pleases. This is certainly what is more perfect and will lead to the conquest of the whole world. We must understand well who the owner is of Niepokalanów, of the printing press, and of ourselves. For our part we must collaborate, do everything we can, but let us not lose our peace. She is directing this. We must turn to Her in difficulties and find our calm again. (K 105, Oct. 2,1937)


He who has a pure intention will never lose interior peace. And although exteriorly there will be great activity, great sacrifices, and all around us storms and hurricanes will rage—nevertheless in the depth of our soul there will reign an unalterable silence, a deep peace… If we want to know whether we have this intention, let us ask ourselves whether we are striving to fulfill the will of the Immaculate, or rather do we want to content ourselves. Here the fundamental thing is to seek nothing else but only Her will, and therefore fulfill it as She Herself desires. (K 109, Nov. 6, 1937)


He who loves the Immaculate will gain a sure victory in the interior combat. (SK 742, Sept. 1937)


We can exert ourselves, make efforts, write, pray, but without ever losing our peace in the complete gift of ourselves to Her. (SK 738, Sept. 13, 1937)


When the soul reflects on the fact that it has given itself to the Immaculate, (and) that whatever happens to it occurs by Her will, it is filled with a very great peace. (K 99, Sept. 1, 1937)


Let us endeavour, like a little child, to recognize our total dependence on Her and, consequently, cling to Her like sons to their mother. (SK 605, Nov. 10, 1934)


It is not a matter here of kneeling down a long time and praying, but of this relationship of a child to his mother. A loving glance at her statue, the frequent repetition of the name “Mary,” even if it be just in our hearts. Different prayers and formulas are good and beautiful, but the essential thing…is the simple relationship of a child to his mother, this sense of our need for this mother, the conviction that without her we can do nothing. (K 31, Aug. 28, 1933)


If there be difficulties, in spite of them go on and approach even closer to the Immaculate—babble to Her like a little child. Give everything over to Her will—whether she wants to give us sweets or nourish us with dryness—be close to Her by our will, in Her arms. The way of the Immaculate, even though it be strewn at times with crosses and suffering, is not, nevertheless, all that burdensome and obscure. We always feel this maternal affection. (K 41, 2, July 5, 1936)


You ask (me) for a weekly program of the “Son of the Immaculate.” Ask a weak little baby for the weekly program of his relations with his mother. (SK 605, after Nov. 10, 1934)


The Immaculate is taking care of me tenderly, really, very tenderly. She offers all the nourishment indispensable to the soul at the time and in the quantity necessary, but sometimes also sweetly embraces me. (SK 503, April 9, 1933)


In the mouth of others this expression “Mamusia”1 seemed strange, but in him it was so natural and sincere that one saw that it sprung from his deepest experience. (Positio Super Virtutibus, Vol. II, p. 109)


At times, we will taste the joyful serenity of the little child who, abandoning himself without any reserve in the hands of his own mother, worries about nothing, fears nothing, confident in the wisdom, goodness, and power of his good mother. At times the storm will rage around us, thunderbolts will fall, but we, consecrated without limits to the Immaculate, will be sure that nothing will happen as long as our good little Mother doesn’t permit it, and we will rest peacefully, working and suffering for the salvation of souls. (SK 1248, Nov. 15, 1919)


Now in all of this what is the role of the Most Holy Mother? Through whom did Jesus come into the world? Who brought Him up? To whom was He obedient? The Most Holy Mother brought Him up, with Her own breast She nourished Him. He was obedient to Her even during the three years of His apostolic life, and many times He emphasized the fact that He was fulfilling the will of His Father. Our Lord Jesus was born of the Most Holy Mother, He needed Her help. She nourished Him, brought Him up, and wore Herself out for Him. What (lesson) is left for us here?2 To let ourselves be brought up by the Most Holy Mother according to the example of our Lord Jesus. We see, then, that the role of the Most Holy Mother is clear.… What is sanctification? Sanctification is the reception of many great graces from God and the proper response to these graces. In order, then, that this work be done successfully in us, let us go to the Most Holy Mother. What happens here must be similar to what happens in an earthly family. In families we see that it is true that the father works and earns the bread and life’s necessities, but who feeds the children if it isn’t the mother? The mother, distributing the food, gives to each one their portion and the kind of food that is most fitting for each. But what kind of a child would it be who would say that he didn’t want a mother? It is the same in the supernatural family. These are echoes…echoes…according to which we must make parallels. The Most Holy Mother does the same thing. She distributes all graces, and gives when and what to whom and how as is most fitting. He who would disavow3 her would be most ungrateful. (K 25, June 13, 1933)


We will never offer Her the love She merits, that with which She loves us. (SK 461, Oct. 27, 1932)


It is not enough to always hoe and weed. One must sow the flowers so that they might grow and blossom. For the development of the flower sun and dew are needed. If there is no sun or dew the little flower will not grow.… In the soul it’s the same. So that it might grow spiritually, the sun must warm it, and it must have the dew of grace. But this sun and this dew are nothing else but the Immaculate and Her alone, for She is the Mediatrix of all graces.… In order that flowers blossom in the soul, they must receive the warmth of the light of the Immaculate. Just as a child understands and feels instinctively that he will develop by being with his mother, that he must suck his nourishment from her breast so that he might live, so also the soul does not develop in any other way but by being with the Mother of God. And we feel this ourselves in practice, that when our relation to the Immaculate grows cold, we go down spiritually. The devil knows this well, which is why he strives by every means to take us away from devotion to the Mother of God. He will propose other very holy devotions as long as they aren’t to Her, because then it will be easier for him to succeed. Let us, however, offer ourselves without limits to the Immaculate; let us not put any limit to our love for Her, and then will be verified what is written in Holy Scripture: “She shall crush your head, but you will lie in wait for her heel.” The devil can only lie in wait for us, but the final result will always be: “She shall crush.” I exhort all of you, then, very much to this devotion. (K 71, April 25, 1937)


1 A very strong term of endearment, being a diminutive of Matka (Mother): it might be translated by “mommy.”

2 Nam cóz tu pozostaje?

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