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“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
Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the home
Enthronement is a crusade to establish the Social Reign of the Sacred Heart in society through the family, the most fundamental unit of society. It is based on Our Lord’s statement to St. Margaret Mary: “I will reign through My Heart!” It is an organized campaign to restore Christ to the family and the family to Christ. It is the answer to the question: “What can we do to save the family?”
Our Lady appeared at Lourdes eighteen times, from the 11th of February to the 16th of July 1858. 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. The apparitions took place at a time when freemasonry was spreading its perfidious and pernicious ideology about paradise on earth and the boundless happiness of man here and now.
There comes a time in the life of a young person when he begins to ask himself: “Who am I, really? What distinguishes me from other people, from the things around me?” Usually it is the stress of the first painful experiences of life that causes him to ask further about the meaning of the whole thing: “Why am I the way that I am? Why am I in this situation? Why am I living in precisely this time and at this place?”
Marian Meditations (Part I)
In the first volume of his “Marian Meditations”, Father Idelfonso Villa, SDB makes us penetrate the intimacy of the most Blessed Trinity shaping Our Lady from all eternity and in time. In the Old Testament, one holy woman prefigures Her ascendancy on the heart of God, another Her queenship and Her intercessory power in favour of Her own people.
Marian Meditations (Part II)
In the second volume of his “Marian Meditations”, Fr. Idelfonso Villa, makes us contemplate the Mother of God from Christ’s cradle to His burial. At long last, Mary sees the face of the Word Incarnate, Her divine Son. A few adore Him in His manger and in the Temple of Jerusalem. And yet, how true the words of Simeon that “this child shall be a sign of contradiction”. Exiled in Egypt, He then hides Himself at Nazareth. Mary and Joseph silently marvel at God’s wisdom, goodness and beauty.
Marian Meditations (Part III)
In the third volume of his “Marian Meditations”, Father Idelfonso Villa, SDB makes us contemplate the Mother of God from Christ’s Resurrection to Her coronation in heaven. Our Lady’s faith is rewarded by the Resurrection of Her divine Son and His visit to Her in the early hours of Easter Sunday.
In foreword of book “Mary, My Mother” Fr. Joseph Schryvers wrote: “Remember that no treatise on the Blessed Virgin is an ordinary book. When you are reading it, you are, without knowing it, under a higher influence; you are in contact with a sublime personality, ineffably pure and beneficent; you are drawn by her goodness and fascinated by her charms.”
This little book, “A Month with Mary”, originated from an act of charity of Father Dolindo. Laura de Rosis asked him for spiritual thoughts for every day of the month of May. Father Dolindo wrote thirty-one meditations for her.
These meditations are written in the style of the Imitation of Christ. May these pages now reach every soul who reads them as an entirely personal word, a comfort from Heaven and a portent of holiness.
Life of Union with Mary
The book treats of an ordinary and of a mystical union with Mary. The latter term may frighten some readers, suggesting all kinds of strange phenomena found in the lives of the saints. “That’s not for me,” they will say. They are right, but that is not what we have in mind in speaking of mystical union with Mary. There is question here of an interior action of the Blessed Virgin, beyond complete human comprehension, which permits the person to act like anyone else except that his union with Mary is much more intimate, more loving, and more fruitful.
My ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary
The Christian who aims at perfection endeavors to imitate Jesus Christ. Among all the traits of the Divine Model one of the most beautiful to imitate is His filial piety to Mary our Mother — His Mother and ours. “My Ideal” has been found to be an efficient aid in this Marian program of life. It leads to a firm intimate devotion of consecration to the Blessed Mother. It is presently treasured by many priests, sisters, brothers and lay people, as a blueprint for a Christian way of life under the aegis of Mary Immaculate.
The Immaculata Mediatrix of all Graces
The Catholic Church honours our Blessed Mother with so many beautiful titles including the Mediatrix of all graces. Mediatrix of all graces is a Marian title that includes the understanding that Our Lady mediates the Divine Grace.
What Jesus owes to His Mother
In this book Fr. Ceslas Spicq examines the part played by the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of Our Lord from her fiat to his death on the Cross, including His being born of her flesh and being instructed by her as a child.
The Miraculous Medal
A few days after the atheist Alphonse Ratisbonne agreed to wear the Miraculous Medal, he converted to the Catholic Faith. His story inspired St. Maximilian to make wearing the Miraculous Medal a condition of membership in the Militia Immaculatae.
In preface the author of book wrote: “The beauty of Jesus is inexhaustible. If we love Him we must love her. We must know her in order to know Him. As there is no true devotion to His Sacred Humanity, which is not mindful of His Divinity, so there is no adequate love of the Son, which disjoins Him from His Mother, and lays her aside as a mere instrument, whom God chose as He might choose an inanimate thing, without regard to its sanctity or moral fitness.”
The Rosary is the favorite prayer of heaven and earth. No other prayer has been recommended by Our Lady in her visitations from heaven to earth like the Rosary. No other prayer has been so frequently praised, commended, and even commanded by the Popes, or enriched by them with such great indulgences, as the Rosary.
The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
“Thousands of souls perish because Mary is withheld from them. Yet, if we are to believe the revelations of the Saints, God is pressing for a greater, a wider, a stronger, quite another devotion to His Blessed Mother. I cannot think of a higher work or a broader vocation for any one than the simple spreading of this peculiar devotion of Grignion de Montfort. Oh, if Mary were but known, how much more wonderful would be our faith, and how different would our Communions be!” — wrote Fr. William Faber on preface of this book.
This prayer book in accordance with the spirituality of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe concerns devotion of to the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated under her many titles: Immaculate Conception, Mediatrix of all graces, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mother of Compassion, etc.