We celebrate the feast of Saint Maximilian Kolbe on August 14. He is the patron saint of addicts and those recovering from addiction. Get to know him with a few simple activities!
1. spend time with marySaint Maximilian Kolbe loved Mary. When he was a young boy, he had a vision of her. This is what he told his parents: “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for purity, the other for martyrdom. I said, ‘I choose both.’ She smiled and disappeared.”
- Pray a rosary today
- Learn how to sing Hail Holy Queen or Salve Regina or Regina Caeli
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2. download this free printable of the miraculous medal
Saint Maximilian founded the Militia of the Immaculata, whose aim was to fight evil with the witness of the good life, prayer, work, and suffering. Next he founded the Knight of the Immaculata, which was a religious magazine to preach the Good News to all nations. He said that it was under the protection of Mary.
Saint Maximilian made the Miraculous Medalthe insignia of the Militia of the Immaculata movement. He recommended that people wear it as an external sign of their Total Consecration. He knew of Mary's promise to St. Catherine that "all who wear it will receive great graces."
Download and print this floral Miraculous Medal to color as a meditation for yourself or give to your children to color while you pray a rosary!
3. Write letters to prisoners
Saint Maximilian Kolbe died in a consecration camp when he told the Nazis to take his life instead of another man who was there with his son. This man whose life was spared was even able to attend his canonization!
Sister Helen Prejean runs a beautiful ministry of communicating with prisoners and has great advice on how to do so. You can find it here.
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