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.
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.
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 topic of this issue of “Knight of the Immaculata” is the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At Fatima Our Lady revealed to the world her Immaculate Heart and presented the devotion to her Immaculate Heart as the remedy for all evils in our times. She also revealed what this devotion mainly consists of and announced that she would come again to give detailed precisions of her request: “I will come and ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted”.
We publish a new issue of “Knight of the Immaculata”. As the title of this issue shows, it is simply to follow her order: “Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye!” This word is only an echo of the voice of the Heavenly Father saying: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear him!” In fact, apart from God the Father, nobody in the world is able to repeat these words, except Mary, the Mother of Our Saviour: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I have found all my joy and life and pleasure. Hear him!”
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This book not only portrays St. Maximilian’s great love for the Blessed Mary Virgin, but also includes many examples from his spirituality, his writings, from the prayers he composed and used, and from his publications. Its aim, above all, is to enthuse faithful Catholics, and non-Catholics for that matter, with a love greater than his own for “his Immaculata”, and through her and his own example, to win souls for Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Order: Kolbe Publications