Love for the "Little" Ones of the World

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National Center of the Militia of the Immaculata

1600 West Park Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048

847-367-7800, ext. 246

MI National President – Fr. Patrick Greenough, OFM Conv.

Love for the "Little"

Ones of the World

Dear MI Members and Friends,
July MI Monthly Intention

Immaculata, please intercede…
… that consecra-ted persons are a sign and prophecy by sharing with the simple and the poor.
ontact with the small and the poor of the world is of essential importance for our spiritual growth and for charity. This is demonstrated by Maximilian Kolbe who, in every phase of his life, was very sensitive to the “little ones.” He was attentive to the needs of those who were lacking materially and spiritually. He teaches us the same kind of care and the same sensitivity to the poor and small.
The materially poor

The City of the Immaculata in Poland and Japan, as well as being centers for printing and dissemination, were houses always open to the needs of the poor. In times of war they opened the gates for the needs of the people and allowed their cities to become centers of welcome. Maximilian does not consider the activities of these structures "stuck" in one dimension; they must be flexible and always open to any kind of poverty. The saint constantly invites himself and the confreres to have a special care for those who are materially poor due to the war.

The poor in spirit

For the martyr of Auschwitz, there is a particular care to offer to those who are interiorly poor. Above all, he means the believers whose faith is lukewarm. The activity of the M.I. wants to direct itself in particular to this category of people whose faith is asleep. The love for the Immaculata is the efficacious "medicine" to awaken them from slumber. Then there are the atheists who are indifferent to religion in general. Father Kolbe wants to help them understand the richness of a spiritual journey and an inner nourishment by which they can live an authentic transformation.

In his articles, Fr. Kolbe proves the existence of God and the rivers of grace that flow from communion with Him. In his travels he often found himself involved in a conversation that led to the subject of religion. He would reveal to the person the way to happiness in the Lord. He sought to enrich the ignorant with the spirit. These “poor” moved the Polish martyr’s heart even in his mass-media work. He gave special attention to the Masons who pose as opponents of the Church and, in general, of all that is supernatural. Maximilian offered prayers and action to make it clear to these brothers the way of conversion and sanctification.
It's a tough fight, but the saint did not give up in manifesting the way of salvation to those who seem to have lost it. The saint with his testimony and his apostolic work hopes to provoke a religious and moral unrest in the hearts of his listeners. He intends to guide them to the discovery of God's love and the joy of his presence, by experiencing communion with him. He does not like to quote authority or influential people, but wants to evangelize with his life and with the personal witness to his religious life through which he experiences and is able to witness to the joy of union with Christ, through the Immaculata. His witness, in fact, invites the listener to experience the joy of the ascetical and mystical life, and to an ever more intense and all-encompassing communion with God that it is an introduction to eternal bliss.
Another important category of the poor is represented by fellow pri- soners in the concentration camp. These are people who share his own drama. The Polish Franciscan, in every way, tries to comfort, help and support them with the power of the sacraments and with good advice. The culminating offering of the saint, in favor of the “little,” occurs in Auschwitz, but it must be said that his entire spiritual journey is charac- terized by a continuous and generous offering of himself to the Almighty by the mediation of the Immaculata.
His heroic death is the result of a constant and growing generosity which is schooled in heroism. The testimony given in a place of death and despair comes as the peak result of continuous prayer, work and suffering for the Kingdom and for the realization of his vocation and of his journey of sanctification. The op- pressors must not be forgotten. They, too, are poor, they too need love and attention from Father Kolbe, whose life becomes for these people an opportunity to reflect and change their lives.
-Fr. Raffaele Di Muro,

MI International Assistant

Translated by Ann O'Donnell

August MI Monthly Intention
Immaculata, please intercede…
…that the martyrdom of St. Maximilian stimulate the desire for total selfgiving in those who have embraced the con- secrated life.
Reflection begins on page 3


For Reflection

  • How is my contact with the poor?

  • Do the little ones of this world speak to my heart?

  • How do I try to care for the needs of the “little ones” of the world?

  • What works do I propose to do toward the “little ones”?

  • How does the example of St. Maximilian inspire me?

  • Does my faith have works?


A Daily Offering
The testimony of St. Maximilian is enriched and characterized by the constant offering of his life to the Almighty and finds its immortalization in martyrdom. There is a real progression in the gift of self in Fr. Kolbe. In fact, his martyrdom is not the result of a moment of fervor, but the result of the constant offering of his life to God through the mediation of the Virgin.
His entire existence is a continuous giving of his life thanks to the secret of the consecration to the Immaculata. His every moment is to be spent for the Kingdom, in a deep communion with the Lord, fully entrusted to the maternal love of the Virgin Mary. To continuously be the property of the Mother of God allows him to have a capacity to progressively give himself, reaching the point to ask to die in the place of a father of a family.
The summit of the offer occurs in Auschwitz. It must be noted, although, that his entire spiritual path is characterized by a continuous and generous growth in offering himself to the Almighty, through the mediation of the Immaculata. His heroic death is the result of a constant and growing generosity that is schooled in heroism. The testimony given in a place of death and despair comes as the peak result of continuous prayer, work and suffering for the Kingdom and the realization of his vocation and of his journey of sanctification.
Love and offering go hand in hand. According to the mind of the Polish saint, you learn to love more every day, by daily practice of self-offering. It is characterized by the daily crosses, which make the soul more and more generous and ready for the oblation of himself, according to the plan of God and the benefit of the others.
Martyrdom represents the apex of a journey in which one’s existence is offered, moment by moment, to the Almighty, aided by the strength of the graces that Mary entreats the faithful. In particular, according to Kolbe, the consecrated person is one who wants to conform themselves to the self-offering of Christ and of the Immaculata, proposing, in his life, an ascetic exercise designed to free the heart from all attachment, to make it more pure before God, ready to rely on his providence and His love.
All this is cause for inner growth in which the soul is continually more and more receptive to grace. It seeks to place the Lord Jesus at the center of his life. This dynamic favors prayer, the contemplative life, abandonment and the apostolate. This makes it possible to join Him in a relationship of exclusive love, which results in the renunciation of an earthly marriage. This does not mean to close oneself to others or to live without love, but to give oneself to a greater love and to generously offer one’s life for this love, according to His call.
Nagasaki Martyrs Cross
ignificant are the words of Maximilian, "Behold, our job here is very simple: slaving away all day, killing ourselves with work, be considered little less than a fool and, exhausted, dying for the Immaculata. And, since we do not live on this earth twice, but only once, we need to experience to the fullest each of these expressions, to show how much more we can love the Immaculata. Is this not a beautiful ideal of life? The war to conquer the whole world, the hearts of all men and of each individually, starting with ourselves. Our power is to recognize our stupidity, weakness and misery, with an unlimited trust in the goodness and power of the Immaculata "(WK 301).

Thus the saint explains his style of oblation and highly recommends it to his brothers and to us today: working tirelessly and with full commitment to evangelization, recognizing ourselves as weak and fragile creatures in need of the strength that emanates from God through the mediation of the Immaculata. In the period of his presence in Japan, the martyr faced delicate moments in which he is called to exercise a lot of patience and humility with regard to confreres who do not share his approach or are in vocational crisis. The suffering is great, but it also reveals the remarkable trust in the Lord and in the Immaculata: asceticism, trust and self-giving are crucial so that the mission will bear fruit, and it be rooted in the best way. For Reflection, ask yourself what does it mean to me to make of my life an offering?

For Reflection

  • The small daily acts of offering can lead me to a heroic offering.

  • What does the gift of self of St. Maximilian teach me?

  • Do I feel the presence of the Immaculata as I give myself to God and to others?

  • What do I do to overcome my selfishness that limits so much openness to God and my brothers?

  • How can I improve my self-giving?

  • What is my daily martyrdom?

-Fr. Raffaele Di Muro,

MI International Assistant

Translated by Ann O'Donnell
MI News
MI Marytown

You are invited! Please join the friars for the Kolbe Award Benefit and Reception on Friday, August 14, 4:00. The Kolbe Award is given in recognition of those who mirror St. Maximilian Kolbe's chrisms of heroic charity and self-sacrifice. This year's recipient will be Rev. Fr. James McCurry, OFM, Conv. He is a past President of the Militia of the Immaculata, Kolbean Scholar and Mariologist. The day will begin with a Memorial Mass at

4:00 PM celebrating the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, followed by the Award Reception and unveiling of the Kolbe Holocaust Education Exhibit plans, and remarks by Fr. McCurry.

MI MidWest

Conversion of the Heart Through Mary Conference

Open to all. Hosted by the Mission of the Immaculata in the Midwest.

Friday evening, August 7-August 8 afternoon at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Lenexa, KS.

Father David P. Uribe, OMI, Director of Pilgrim Services and Pastoral Associate, Hispanic Ministry, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL

Kevin O’Brien – Founder of Theater of the Word; Annie Karto – singer and songwriter.
MI Modesto, CA

Militia Immaculata Adult Prayer Village

Militia Immaculata - Family Village

Militia Inmadulada Español


Margaret Heim Wright was very involved in the MI in her youth in California. Now a mother of three sons, Leo, Graysen and Joe (photo), whom she has sent to MI Teens, she is bringing the total consecration to the youth of Smith Valley, Nevada. Leo, her oldest (2nd from left), was married on Father’s Day.
Greetings from Smith Valley, Nevada. Here’s an update from St. John the Baptist Mission. On Sunday, May 24, 2015 our Confirmation class met in our little, brick, mission church and spoke about being a true instrument of Our Lady. They made their Act of Consecration to the Immaculata and they received a blessed, Miraculous medal. We shuttled them to the parish church in Yerington in time for Mass. Father Arial Arias heard each of their confessions and blessed them. Then we celebrated by going out to lunch.
On Tuesday, May 26, our small group of teens were filled with the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of Confirmation. It was an honorable event, with Bishop Randolph Calvo in attendance. He is one of the two bishops who preside over the Diocese of the state of Nevada. Each of the students, three sophomores and one senior, were prepared to receive the sacrament following four years of CCD. Our senior, Joel, drove himself about 30 miles through high desert to get to every class.
Throughout the past year, the most memorable part of our class has been sharing “God Moments”. In these moments they knew God was present and working. Each shared their own stories of events when, for example, a player was hurt in a game, but they had confidence that God was close to console them and would carry them through. Or when the class went for a hike on a mountain and they knew, in the quiet and peacefulness of the mountain, who their Creator is. These were simple moments that were monumental for these 2015 teenagers.
As a teacher, one can’t help but ask the question, “Are they really ready?” In the end, the Holy Spirit and Mary do the work deep in the soul that we can’t do. This was the third class to consecrate themselves to Our Lady through the prayer and example of St. Maximillian Kolbe. Please keep our community in your prayers.

Phoenix, AZ

Fernando Camaou was ordained a Priest June 27, 2015. Congratulations!! Picture from his diaconate ordination in Rome.

June 14 at the conclusion of an intense weekend of prayer and sharing on their journey and calling to be Catholic women, fifteen women stood before the altar at St. Mary’s Church in West Haven and made their total consecration to the Immaculata in the spirit of St. Maximillian Kolbe. The other eighteen participants, who had made their consecrations on other occasions, stood behind them in solidarity, renewing their total consecration and then tying the string around their necks, holding the newly acquired Miraculous Medals.

West Covina, CA

Fr. Kolbe Missionary Center

Fr. Stephen Boyle, OPraem of St Michael’s Abbey in Orange County paid a surprise visit to the Fr. Kolbe Missionaries, who then surprised him with a spontaneous celebration of his 25th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Fr. Stephen is Rector of the Norbertine Seminary in Rome for the last 15 years.

Isaac Lopez was Associated to the Fr. Kolbe Missionaries of the Immaculata as a Fr. Kolbe Volunteer of the Immaculata, June 27 at St. Christopher Church. He participated in a two year formation program and commits to live his life in the spirit of the Institute and collaborate in the apostolic work of the Missionaries.
M.I. Summer Teen Day

Saturday, July 11th 9am-8pm.

Fr. Kolbe Missionary Center on Merced Ave.

Day retreat for teens with Mass. Evening includes dinner with parents and families and a talent show by the teens.

Rumela Camanga's 25th Anniversary of Profession of Vows

as a member of the Secular Institute, Fr. Kolbe Missionaries of the Immaculata

Saturday, July 18th, 11am Mass at St. Christopher Church, West Covina.

Rumela came to the MI through the YMI in her youth and was taken by the spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe. She is presently the Local Directress of the US mission.
Preparation Classes for Total Consecration to Mary

August 5 and 6, 7-8:30pm Spanish and English

Kolbe Celebration and Rite of Total Consecration

Friday, August 14, 7pm Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Irwindale

Followed by light refreshments in parish hall. During the Mass, those who were prepared will make their Total Consecration to Mary.

Tema de la MI para julio del 2015

Amor por los "pequeños" del mundo
El contacto con los pequeños y los pobres es de una importancia fundamental para nuestro crecimiento interior y en la caridad. Esto lo demuestra Maximiliano Kolbe, que, en cada etapa de su vida, se muestra muy sensible hacia los últimos. Está muy atento a las necesidades de los que tienen carencias materiales y espirituales, y a nosotros nos enseña a ser atentos y particularmente sensibles hacia los pobres.
Los pobres de bienes

Las Ciudades de la Inmaculada en Polonia y en Japón, además de ser centros donde se imprime y se difunde la prensa, son casas siempre abiertas a las necesidades de los más pobres. En tiempos de guerra abren las puertas a las necesidades de la gente y se transforman según las circunstancias en centros de acogimiento. Maximiliano no considera la actividad de estas estructuras "atoradas" en una sola dimensión, éstas tienen que ser multifuncionales y siempre abiertas a cualquier tipo de pobreza. El santo invita constantemente a sí mismo y a sus hermanos a prestar atención a quienes sufren privaciones materiales.

Los pobres en espíritu

Para el mártir de Auschwitz hay que brindar una atención especial a los que son pobres en el alma. Principalmente a los creyentes cuya fe es tibia. La actividad de la M.I. quiere dar fuerza justamente a estas personas que tienen una fe adormecida. El amor a la Inmaculada es el “remedio” eficaz para despertarlos del sueño. Están también los ateos que son indiferentes a la religión en general. A estas personas el padre Kolbe quiere hacerles comprender la riqueza de un camino espiritual y de alimentarse interiormente para vivir una auténtica transformación. En sus artículos, el santo prueba la existencia de Dios, como también los torrentes de gracia que derivan de la comunión con Él. Cuando viaja se encuentra a menudo en presencia de interlocutores que están lejos de un itinerario religioso: con ellos se muestra muy atento para indicarles el camino de la felicidad en el Señor. Él busca enriquecer al espíritu que está en la ignorancia, incluso estas personas suscitan la caridad del mártir polaco mediante su trabajo a través de los medios de comunicación.

Los masones que se presentan como opositores de la Iglesia y en general de todo lo que es sobrenatural merecen atención en especial. Maximiliano ofrece la oración y la acción para hacer comprender a estos hermanos el camino de la conversión y de la santificación. Es una lucha difícil, pero el santo no se rinde al manifestar el camino de la salvación a quien demuestra haberlo perdido. El santo, con su testimonio y con su acción apostólica, desea provocar una inquietud religiosa y moral en los corazones de sus interlocutores. Desea guiarlos en el descubrimiento del amor de Dios y de la alegría de su presencia por medio de la experiencia de la comunión con Él. No le interesa la influencia de la autoridad o las personas influyentes, sino desea evangelizar con su vida y con su testimonio religioso. Con su testimonio experimenta y dona la dicha de la unión con Cristo por la mediación de la Inmaculada. Su anuncio, de hecho, invita a sus interlocutores a experimentar la alegría de la vida ascética y mística, a una comunión con Dios siempre más intensa y total que ofrece la felicidad eterna.
Otra categoría importante de los pobres son los compañeros presos en el campo de concentración. Estas son personas que viven su mismo drama. El franciscano polaco trata de mil maneras consolar, ayudar y sostener con la fuerza de los sacramentos, y con buenos consejos. La cumbre del ofrecimiento del santo a favor de los pequeños se da en Auschwitz, pero hay que decir que todo su camino espiritual se ha caracterizado por un crecimiento continuo y generoso en el ofrecimiento de sí mismo a Dios por la mediación de la Inmaculada. Su heroica muerte es el resultado de una entrega constante y creciente que también se lleva a cabo en nombre de heroísmo. El testimonio dado en un lugar de muerte y de desesperación llega a su culminación como resultado de una continua oración, del trabajar y sufrir por el Reino y para la realización de su camino ocasional y su propio camino de santificación. No se deben olvidar los opresores: ellos también son pobres, ellos también necesitan amor y atención por parte del Padre Kolbe, cuya vida se convierte también para estas personas en una ocasión para reflexión y de cambio en sus propias vidas.

Para reflexionar

  • ¿Cómo valoro mi relación con los pobres?

  • ¿Los pequeños de este mundo hablan a mi corazón?

  • ¿En qué modo trato de intervenir ante las necesidades de los pequeños?

  • ¿Qué acciones hacia estos últimos me propongo?

  • ¿Qué me inspira el ejemplo de Maximiliano?

  • Mi fe ¿se demuestra también en las actividades que practico?


Tema de la MI para Agosto del 2015 Ofertorio Diario
El testimonio de San Maximiliano se enriquece y se caracteriza por el ofrecimiento constante de su vida al Altísimo que en el martirio encuentra su culminación. Se constata un verdadero crecimiento en el don de sí mismo. De hecho, el martirio del Padre Kolbe no es el resultado de un momento de fervor, sino el resultado del ofrecimiento constante en su vida a Dios a través de la mediación de la Virgen.
Toda su existencia es un donar constantemente su vida gracias al secreto de la consagración a la Inmaculada. Cada momento es un gastarse por el Reino, en una profunda comunión con el Señor, plenamente abandonado en el amor maternal de la Virgen. Ser continuamente cosa y propiedad de la Madre de Dios le permite una constante capacidad de donación, hasta ofrecerse a morir en el lugar de un padre de familia. La cumbre de su ofrecimiento se realiza en Auschwitz, pero hay que reconocer que todo su camino espiritual se caracteriza por un crecimiento continuo y generoso en el ofrecimiento de sí mismo al Señor a través de la mediación de la Inmaculada. Su heroica muerte es el resultado de una donación constante y creciente bajo la insignia del heroísmo. El testimonio del santo de Auschwitz llega así a la cumbre como consecuencia de su continua oración, del trabajar y sufrir por el Reino y para la realización de su camino vocacional y de su propio camino.
El amor y el ofrecimiento van de la mano: según el pensamiento del santo polaco, se aprende a amar día tras día, aceptando la dimensión del ofrecimiento personal. Se caracteriza por las cruces de cada día, que hacen que la persona sea más generosa y disponible a la oblación de sí misma, de acuerdo con el plan de Dios y en beneficio de los hermanos. El martirio es la culminación de un camino en el que la propia existencia se dona, momento tras momento, al Señor y con la fuerza de las gracias que María implora para sus hijos.
En particular, según Kolbe, la persona consagrada es aquella que desea asemejarse a la donación de Cristo y de la Inmaculada, proponiendo, en su experiencia personal, un ejercicio ascético que le permita liberar el corazón de todo apego para ser más pura ante Dios, dispuesta a confiar en su providencia y en su amor. Todo esto es motivo de crecimiento interior porque es la expresión de un camino ascético que ayuda a la persona a ser siempre mejor y más receptiva de la gracia.
Se trata de poner en el centro de sus vidas al Señor Jesús. Esta dinámica favorece la oración, la vida contemplativa, el seguimiento y el apostolado. De esta manera es posible unirse a El de una manera indisoluble, en una relación de amor exclusivo, que se traduce en la renuncia a un matrimonio terrenal. No se trata de cerrarse al prójimo o vivir sin afecto, sino entregarse a un amor más grande y ofrecer generosamente sus vidas por él, siguiendo al Señor de acuerdo a su llamado.
Significativas son las palabras de Maximiliano: "He aquí que nuestra tarea es muy simple: trabajar sin descanso todo el día, ser considerado nada menos que un loco por parte de los nuestros y, agotado, morir por la Inmaculada. Y, ya que no vivimos en esta tierra dos veces, sino sólo una vez, tenemos que profundizar con mucha atención cada una de estas expresiones, para demostrar lo más posible cuánto amamos a la Inmaculada. ¿No es hermoso este ideal de vida? La guerra para conquistar el mundo entero, los corazones de todos y de cada uno, empezando por sí mismo. Nuestro poder consiste en reconocer nuestra estupidez, debilidad y miseria, y en una ilimitada confianza en la bondad y en el poder de la Inmaculada” (EK 301). El santo expone su estilo altamente oblativo y lo recomienda a sus hermanos, y hoy a nosotros: trabajar sin descanso y con el máximo compromiso por la evangelización, reconociéndonos criaturas frágiles y débiles, necesitadas de la fuerza que emana de Dios a través de la mediación de la Inmaculada.
En el período de su presencia en Japón, el mártir afronta momentos muy delicados en los que está llamado a practicar mucha paciencia y humildad hacia los hermanos que no comparten su posición, su enfoque, o están en crisis vocacional. El sufrimiento es grande, pero también es muy notable su confianza en el Señor y en la Inmaculada: ascesis, confianza y entrega de sí mismo son determinantes para la misión dé sus frutos y para que se arraigue de la mejor manera.
Para reflexionar
¿Qué significa para mí hacer de mi vida un don?

Reflexión: ¿pequeños y cotidianos gestos de donación me llevan a ofrecerme en modo heroico?

La donación de Maximiliano de sí mismo ¿qué me enseña?

¿Siento la presencia de la Inmaculada en el entregarme a Dios y a los demás?

¿Qué hago para vencer mi egoísmo que tanto limita mi apertura a Dios y a los hermanos?

¿Pienso en cómo mejorar mi oblación?

¿En qué consiste mi martirio cotidiano?

-Fr. Raffaele Di Muro,

Asistente de la MI Internacional
Traducido por Gabriela Rodríguez
Centro Nacional del la MI

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