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Although Holy Scripture does not tell us anything about the presentation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple, this belief is based upon evidence authorized by a very ancient Christian tradition, and the Church has given it official recognition by making it the object of a special Marian feast. Our Lady is truly the privileged one among all creatures.
Let us ask Mary, presented in the Temple, to take our poor offering into her maternal hands, to purify and complete it by her offering, so pure, so perfect; to include and hide it in hers, so great and so generous, that being thus purified and renewed, it may be agreeable to God.
Mary under her most beautiful title and in her most glorious prerogative: Mother of God. This title and prerogative were solemnly proclaimed by the Council of Ephesus, to oppose the Nestorian heresy. Today the Church congratulates Mary for this supreme dignity, which raises her above all other creatures, even to the threshold of infinity, and makes her Queen, not only of men, but also of angels.
The Church teaches us to invoke Mary as Mediatrix of all graces. This title summarizes what the Blessed Virgin is for us, in our relations with her beloved Son: the Mediatrix of grace, of mercy, the treasurer of all the graces which Jesus merited for us.
As Mediatrix, Mary also leads men to Jesus by teaching them the way to her Son and by showing them how to please Him. We are always poor little children incapable of making presentable gifts to God, but Mary our Mother, with maternal delicacy, arranges and embellishes our gifts, our acts, our prayers and sacrifices, and offers them with her own hands to her divine Son.
Mary stands at the wellspring of grace. Jesus Christ, God’s gift to man, the source of our life, is Mary’s gift also. Over and over in the incidents of the Gospel we are made to understand this law of love of the spiritual life: that Jesus gives Himself through Mary.
In each issue of Knight of the Immaculata we desire simply to show that Our Lady give birth and life to Jesus within us; that it is she who gives us the spirit of Jesus; who makes us know Him in His mysteries and in His sacrifices, and who impels us to imitate Him. Through her we fulfil our Christian vocation: we receive the “adoption of children of God through Jesus Christ” (Eph. 1:5).
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 30
With her powerful intercession before her Lord and Spouse, Mother Church seeks to help all those who are still in Purgatory, so that they may soon reach the fellowship of the blessed. A day of the Church’s loving care for the dead. It is a compassionate and active love. The Church knows that she can help the Poor Souls in Purgatory through her intercession, especially through the sacrifice of the Holy Mass. On the 1st of November the Church allows every priest to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice three times, so that the flood of graces may flow down from the altars in the fullest possible measure and so that as many souls as possible may enter Heaven today. On the 2nd of November, the Church gives the faithful the power to grant an unlimited number of plenary indulgences to the souls in Purgatory.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 29
Those who wear the Scapular have a special right to Our Lady’s assistance in life, at the moment of death and after death.
The Scapular by reason of its history, which has made it for so long a universal means of intimate Marian devotion, is also a marvellous instrument of the Blessed Virgin’s singular protection, and for this reason too it is a distinctive reminder of consecration to her.
Moreover, the Scapular which, worn continually, is a figure of the sweet and light yoke of Christ, and is as a shield in all dangers, especially on the day of death. By recalling constantly the remembrance of Mary, the Scapular nourishes our sense of belonging to her; it makes us realize that our close alliance with her keeps us always under her protection.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 28
Pope Pius XII set the 31st of May as the feast of the Kingdom of Mary. The Holy Father combined the proclamation of the feast of the Kingdom of Mary with the Coronation of the Miraculous painting. Placing the crown on the head of Christ, the Pope prayed: “As with our hands we crown you on earth, so deign to crown us with honour and glory in Heaven”. Crowning Mary’s head with a diadem of twelve stars he said: “As we crown you with our hands, so may we be crowned in Heaven with honour and glory by Jesus, your Son”.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 27
Time passes and does not return. God has assigned to each of us a definite time in which to fulfil His divine plan for our souls; we have only this time and shall have no more. Time ill spent is lost forever. Our life is made up of this uninterrupted, continual flow of time, which never returns. In eternity, on the contrary, time will be no more; we shall be established forever in the degree of love which we have reached now, in time.
This issue of Knight of the Immaculata reaches you, dear Knights, in October, the month of the Rosary. In this year, October is special, because we celebrate the 450th Anniversary of one of the famous victories of the Rosary: the Lepanto battle. Please read very carefully the text in this issue of Knight — pages 9–18. You will learn the power of the Rosary. Father Maximilian and many other saints have written about how great a weapon it is. Many of us have become convinced of the power of the Rosary. I warmly encourage you to pray the Rosary every day. If you cannot pray the whole Rosary or the five decades, please pray at least one decade, but with faith in Mary’s help and with great fervour, praising her glory. This is very important!
In times of war (and we are in a terrible specific war) it is very difficult to love our neighbours, especially our enemies. However, it is the new commandment of Our Lord, the greatest after the love of God, and if we do not fulfil it, we cannot go to Heaven.
Exactly 80 years ago Father Maximilian Kolbe offered his life for a co-prisoner condemned to death in the hunger bunker of Auschwitz. We want to recall this unique event in this present issue of the “Knight”. The heroic example of our holy founder motivates us to walk in his footsteps and learn from him true love.
The fruits of Knights, who truly love, become more and more visible, and we want also to bring to your attention some of the miracles of conversion Our Lady works in our days with our little army, the Militia Immaculatae of Traditional Observance.
Read carefully – and you will know how to react to the aggressive attitude of all kinds of enemies (Free-masons, communists, charismatics, modernists, LGBT etc.).
Eighty years ago, on the 14th of August 1941, Fr. Maximilian Kolbe was executed. He was murdered in the hunger bunker in Auschwitz, where he had been incarcerated, most probably at the end of July, with 9 other condemned men. He died as a victim of love for two reasons: the first is well known — he asked to replace a fellow prisoner who was the father of a family, and offered himself to suffer and die for him. The second reason — he didn’t want the other prisoners to die miserably and in despair risking, after a bitter death on earth, to be condemned to eternal death in hell: he wanted to share their sufferings and bring them the consolations of Our Lord and Our Lady.
We are all aware, that extraordinary times have arrived. The aim of the current undertakings in the world is to destroy the Church and Christian civilization in order to build on their ruins a New World Order without God and His Law. But this is neither new nor extraordinary, because from the very beginning this was always the ambition of the devil.
Saint Maximilian equally reflected often about such exceptional times. Already since 1938 he foresaw the upcoming Second World War, and he wanted to prepare the Knights for such times of heavy trials.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 22
In these troubled times we should never forget that we are entirely in the hands of Divine Providence. In this newest issue of the “Knight of the Immaculata” we want to introduce you to the rather unknown title of “Our Lady of Divine Providence”. She teaches us to live in the spiritual embrace of the loving Providence of the Most Holy Trinity, especially in such dangerous times.
This issue shows you also that Our Lady doesn’t “sleep” in spite of the many restrictions and lockdowns: She never allows anybody to be “locked down”!
Pray the Rosary every day, especially in this blessed month of the Most Holy Rosary!
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 21
This new issue of the Knight of the Immaculata as the expression of my deep conviction that when times get worse, the greater will be the consolation coming from the immense love of Our Heavenly Mother who never abandons her children.
The M.I. is nothing but so to say the ‘extension’ of her presence amongst the poor children of Eve.
More than ever before all her Knights are requested to allow HER to shine forth when darkness grows. In these times the distribution of the Miraculous Medal or flyers about HER are much more efficacious than in any other times.
More than ever before we can help HER to save many souls.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 20
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.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 18
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”.
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!”
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 14
In this issue Fr. Karl Stehlin, the Director of the M.I. proposes to all Knights as a RESOLUTION for the upcoming year 2019.
To try every day, more and more, to give HER control over our words, actions, works, recreations etc. For example, if we always ask HER how to use our cell-phones and computers, and we use them according to HER will, then and only then, will we LIVE our consecration.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 13
As this issue is consecrated to the “greatest Saint of the latter times” (Pope Pius XI on St. Therese of the Child Jesus), let us consider some of the most important aspects of her devotion to Our Lady. There can be no better model for the Knight of the Immaculata who, first of all, knows that he is the little child of the best of all Mothers “who loves him so much” (Act of Consecration).
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 12
“I live only for souls: that is my mission” — this sentence of St. Maximilian is motto of a new issue of “Knight of the Immaculata”. In this statement Saint Maximilian has expressed the purpose of his life and of his whole apostolic activity. His great love of God made him eager to work for the glory of God, that is to work for the salvation of souls.
In this new issue (No. 11) of the ‘Knight of the Immaculata’ we want to present you the deepest possible approach to the mystery of the Immaculata and the M.I.: In fact, Our Lady and her army in only a means to establish the Reign of the Sacred Heart of Christ the King.
May these pages help you to deepen your devotion to the Sacred Heart, especially in the month of June.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 10
With this 10th issue of the “Knight of the Immaculata” we give to you a brief summary about our dear M.I., with the purpose of discovering what our Heavenly Mother wants to say to us through these facts.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 9
This issue concerns the apparitions of Our Lady in Lourdes, because in 2018 year we will celebrate the 160th anniversary of these apparitions. The 11th of February, which is the annual memorial of the apparitions of the Mother of God in Lourdes, was celebrated by Saint Maximilian with great devotion. Before this feast the Saint, together with his brothers, were in the habit of saying a novena. The octave was also the time of bestowing wonderful graces by the Immaculata, as well as a time of special commitment to the fight for the Kingdom of God.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 8
On the 21st of November the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of Our Lady in the Temple, where she remained from the age of three until she was fifteen. This means that at the tender age of three she left her beloved parents, St. Anne and St. Joachim, to deliver herself to the service of God in the sanctuary. Tradition tells us that at this moment she uttered a vow of virginity because she wanted to be HIS, entirely and forever. We, her knights, should not only admire her total consecration to God, but also strive to imitate her as far as this is possible.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 7
The 13th of October 1917 marked the great miracle of the sun at Fatima. On the eve of the 17th of October 1917 in Rome the Militia Immaculatae was founded. At the same time the devil gathered his armies for a general mobilization during the October revolution in Russia and the 200th anniversary of Freemasonry in Rome. All these events were like a beginning of the great spiritual war between the “Woman clothed in the sun” and the “dragon”. Since then a war has been going on. It is the devil’s final battle against the “Woman and her Seed” which will end only on the day of doom!
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 6
The apparitions of Our Lady in July and August 1917 were all centred on the means she wants us to use for the greatest possible number of conversions of poor sinners. The great secret of Fatima revealed to the children on the 13th of July begins with the terrific vision of Hell to make us understand the extreme gravity of the matter and give us an efficacious motivation to employ all possible means to work for the conversion and salvation of souls — and all souls are in imminent danger of getting lost forever in the fires of Hell.
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We must be very much convinced that, during this exceptional year 2017, Our Lady has kept aside very special graces and favours for the whole Church and for all those who are really concerned with her messages and determined to seriously fulfill her requests. We must therefore pay special attention NOT to waste the precious time given to us. Every day, this year, we must deepen our devotion towards HER Immaculate Heart, the sanctuary where we abundantly receive all the graces of conversion.
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“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 4
She standing beneath the Cross, has received from her Crucified Son all graces of conversion and the sanctification of all people. However, by the will of God, these graces can be “set free” and flow into souls only if she finds instruments or channels to pass these graces from her Immaculate Heart into those souls. Help me to console your Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 3
In the present issue we want to attract your attention to the means, the “weapons” of the Knight. Saint Maximilian Kolbe invites us to “use all honest means” to make Our Lady known and loved, to convert the souls so that they may recognize their heavenly mother and through her their Heavenly Father.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 2
St. Maximilian’s Marian spirituality included the great tradition of honouring Our Lady under her title of the Immaculate Conception (the feast on the 8th of December); and the apparitions of Our Lady in the previous century: in 1830 to St. Catherine Labouré (the Miraculous Medal — the feast on the 27th of November), and in 1858 to St. Bernadette at Lourdes.
“Knight of the Immaculata” No. 1
The goal of such a newsletter is to inform about the apostolate and life of the M.I. worldwide, to present them with some spiritual texts. This newsletter is not only for the Knights themselves, but also for them to use as a means to attract good willing souls to become interested in the M.I., so that they may join the little army of Our Lady. So don’t hesitate to take copies for your friends and relatives.