On the 21st of August 1879 Mary McLoughlin passed the church accompanied by Mary Byrne who noticed that the ‘statues’ were moving. Exclaiming it was the Blessed Virgin she ran to tell others. Soon some twenty people had gathered.
Knock has not escaped the influence of modernism. It has ugly buildings and uninspiring ceremonies. But traditional devotions are making a comeback. The ceremonies and conferences organised by the Society of St. Pius X in September 2019 illustrate this. We can also make individual or group pilgrimages which might include the Way of the Cross, saying Rosaries while circling the old church and various other prayers.
This year we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the M.I. Traditional Observance. In Warsaw on the first Saturday of May 2000 (May 6th), Fr. Karl Stehlin enrolled the first 50 Knights into the Militia Immaculatæ, renewed according to the principles of St. Maximilian. The first Knights received the “dyplomik” (little diploma), a copy of the one written and signed by St. Maximilian himself.
While in 1832 the first Miraculous Medals were being produced, Paris was hit by a terrible cholera epidemic that claimed more than 20,000 lives.
In June, the Daughters of Charity started to distribute the first 2,000 medals, especially to infected people who filled the hospitals.
The healings increased, also the special protection against the disease and the healing in emotional distress. It was overwhelming. The population of Paris began to call the medal „miraculous”.
Wherever the Knights of the Immaculata pray the Rosary regularly, and invite others to pray it, Our Lady blesses them abundantly. For example, consider a chapel with 20 faithful having Holy Mass only once a month. After entering the M.I. they prayed the Rosary together, distributed Rosaries and the flyers, because the people didn’t know anymore how to pray it. After 5 months they are already 60 strong and full of zeal to win many souls for the Immaculata. Before, they never even thought about the importance of doing something to save souls. You see, thanks to the Rosary, the love of God and our neighbour increases — and from indifferent lukewarm Catholics they change into fervent soldiers of Our Lady’s army.
“Silence is necessary and even indispensable. Indeed, when silence is lacking, God’s graces dry up. We then cease to be instruments in the Immaculate’s hands, and we can only spoil her deeds, even if we accomplish the most sublime actions. Silence does not mean saying nothing, but speaking only to the extent that the Immaculate wishes it; as much as, no more than. To speak only as much as necessary, we should continuously watch over ourselves, in order to say only what is indispensable for the conduct of daily business.” — St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe
Pachamama instead of Maria? — A call to expiation Following the Amazon Synod, the Superior General of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X called for prayer and expiation: “The recent Synod on Amazonia was the scene of abhorrent events in which the horror of idolatrous rites penetrated the sanctuary of God in an unprecedented and unthinkable way”.
On the 22nd of June 2019, the Superior General approved the first female M.I. 3 cell in the Philippines, where several knights live in community in the “Domus Mariæ” and who take care of the secretariat of the M.I.–Philippines, striving to ensure the perseverance of the Knights in this country:they do this by printing leaflets, literature, pious images, but also by electronic means, but especially by missionary trips to personally contact the Knights, encouraging them to remain true to their promises and recruit other Knights.
A vocation is an immense grace, and because all graces come from the Sacred Heart only through her immaculate hands, the grace of God’s call comes the same way. Generally a young man becomes aware of being called according to the measure of his devotion and love of her. How many understood this touch of God’s finger in their soul meditating on Our Lady’s words in Fatima: “God wants to use you to make me known and loved!” To understand the call from God, one must understand deeply the mysteries of our faith and specially the immense grandeur of the Eternal King who deigns to call even the poorest sinners into his service. Only the Immaculata, “seat of wisdom”, will open their eyes and hearts and dispose them to become more fascinated by the eternal light of God than by the brilliance of the false pleasures of the world.
The Blessed Virgin Mary firstly manifested her prudence by devoting herself to God’s service at an early age, when she was presented by her holy parents in the temple of God, and where she remained occupied in the meditation of His law, and in the celebration of His divine perfections. The blessed Virgin, in choosing “the better part,” manifested her singular prudence, as this is a virtue which guides us in the choice of our objectives, and in the selection of the means to attain them. Order in Kolbe Publications
We offer a new flyer “Virgin of Virgins”. Mary — this perfect masterpiece of God — is a woman. Therefore, of all the creatures that He made, women, and especially virgins, have a special relationship to her. This, above all else, is the great duty of woman: to be an image, a living icon of the Immaculata. That is why it is so necessary for a woman, a virgin, to follow her prototype. Mary gives the example of the virginal life and vocation, and the perfection of feminine nature comes about through conformity to her: to the extent that a woman reflects HER in her life, she becomes precious, strong, pure and preternaturally beautiful.