Tuesday, 14 August 2012
St Maximilian Kolbe Pray For Us All !
“I have come....to proclaim the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth hears my voice. Pilate questions, "What is Truth?” (John 18:37-38).
Happy Feast day! St Maximilian Kolbe, the Patron Saint of Difficult Times.
His life and death is an excellent testament to the Truth, proclaiming the embodiment of Christianity in its purest form.
The following points are as to why I believe in regards particularly to St Maximilian Kolbe’s life this is very much the case. For he...
· ...proclaimed the “Good News” of Christ through the devotion of his mother, the Blessed Virgin, entirely throughout his life. Using media technology at the time and ministry to spread the truth of God’s word in the most far-off reaches of the world, like Japan (Matt 28:19-20);
· ...spread the joy of the Truth by raising his friends and acquaintances spirits when the world or trial was getting them down (Matt 25:21).
· ...in living he loved, to the extent of giving his all including himself, for God and his neighbour (Matt 22:39).
· ...showed compassion to his enemies and prayed to the great Mother of God. For the sinless to save the sinful, by asking the Virgin Mary for their hearts to softened and become converted by granting them the gift of faith to appreciate the Truth (Luke 6:27-31) ;
· ...lived a life as an exemplary example of a child of God in humility and charity, by accepting completely our Mother’s “fiat” (“so be it” Luke 1:38), offered to him by way of two crowns one white for chastity the other red for martyrdom, in doing so he embraced our Lord’s passion and will quite devoutly (CCC 494). Thus obtaining prestigious entitlement from God’s first promise of righteousness conquering evil (Gen 3:15);
The Book of Revelation 20:4-6 provides a revealing validation as to why St Maximilian’s life of Christ is extremely important for everyone to hear all over the globe. Because in divine terms it describes what God’s Judgement of a soul’s destiny means separated between heaven, purgatory and hell. From Christ’s first resurrection to His Second Coming where body is reunited with soul. It is the very reason why we should emulate this example and similar others like St Therese for instance, in our own lives, but especially for bloggers!
This is a pertinent theological explanation by Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
“Here is an account of the reign of the saints, for the same space of time as Satan is bound. Those who suffer with Christ, shall reign with him in his spiritual and heavenly kingdom, in conformity to him in his wisdom, righteousness, and holiness: this is called the first resurrection, with which none but those who serve Christ, and suffer for him, shall be favoured. The happiness of these servants of God is declared. None can be blessed but those that are holy; and all that are holy shall be blessed. We know something of what the first death is, and it is very awful; but we know not what this second death is. It must be much more dreadful; it is the death of the soul, eternal separation from God. May we never know what it is: those who have been made partakers of a spiritual resurrection, are saved from the power of the second death. We may expect that a thousand years will follow the destruction of the anti-christian, idolatrous, persecuting powers, during which pure Christianity, in doctrine, worship, and holiness, will be made known over all the earth (bloggers take note). By the all-powerful working of the Holy Spirit, fallen man will be new-created; and faith and holiness will as certainly prevail, as unbelief and unholiness now do. We may easily perceive what a variety of dreadful pains, diseases, and other calamities would cease, if all men were true and consistent Christians. All the evils of public and private contests would be ended, and happiness of every kind largely increased. Every man would try to lighten suffering, instead of adding to the sorrows around him. It is our duty to pray for the promised glorious days, and to do everything in our public and private stations which can prepare for them.”
Meditation Point: “beheaded because of their testimony” or righteousness (Rev 20:4). Is this a reference directly to John the Baptist in the New Testament and indirectly Abel in the Old Testament!?
To the Patron Saint of difficult times, Pray for us!