Kolbe’s Marian Spirituality

St. Maximilian centers Mariology on a series of mediations of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. While some view mediations other than that of Jesus’ mediation as walls that separate us from Christ, Kolbe viewed them as doors and windows, especially the mediation of Mary, through which the Son of God shines in our lives and enters into our souls.

This action could not take place without a perfect union between the Holy Spirit and Mary. In an imperfect way, man and woman become one flesh in the sacrament of Matrimony. As the Spouse of the Holy Spirit who is without sin, Mary is perfectly united in will and spirit with the Holy Spirit.

St. Maximilian teaches that the same Mother who bore Christ, now through the power of her Spouse, the Holy Spirit, assists us in conceiving Christ and thus continues her ministry of Divine Motherhood and bearing Christ for the world.

In practice, Kolbe’s Marian spirituality is in the form of consecrating oneself to Mary. The Kolbean Consecration is rooted in the Immaculate Conception, her relationship with Jesus as Mother, and the Holy Spirit as Spouse. Because she is without sin, the will of the Immaculata is strictly and perfectly united to the Will of the Holy Spirit. As the Immaculate Conception, therefore, Mary can never be a barrier or wall between God and us for she is perfectly and totally united to God and incapable of doing anything apart from the Will of God. As such, we are giving ourselves to Jesus to do His Will in consecrating ourselves to the Immaculata.

Those consecrated to Mary in the way of Saint Maximilian pray the following consecration prayer daily:

“O Immaculata, Queen and Mother of the Church, I renew my consecration to you this day and for always so that you may use me for the coming of the Kingdom of Jesus in the whole world. To this end, I offer you all my prayers, actions and sacrifices of this day.”

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