For many reasons, Maximilian Kolbe is one of my favorite saints. In this writing, I can only give a brief description of the reasons for my devotion to him but I encourage you to read as much as you can find about him and I guarantee that he will become a favorite for you, also.
Maximilian Kolbe was born in 1894 and died in 1941, during World War II, in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
When he was twelve years old, Mary came to him in a vision. She was holding two crowns; one white and one red. Our Lady asked him if he would be willing to accept one of these crowns. She told him that the white crown meant that he should persevere in purity and the red that he would become a martyr. He answered that he would accept both.
He was ordained a Franciscan priest in 1918.
During his time, there were many enemies of the Church and Maximilian Kolbe was zealously inspired to fight for Mary against them. In 1917, shortly before he was ordained, with the goal of converting sinners, he founded the Militia of the Immaculata or the Army of Mary.
Fast forward ~
In 1941, Maximilian was arrested by the Gestapo for hiding Jews and was sent to the killing camp at Auschwitz. The tradition was that each week ten men were taken to be killed.
Franciszek Gajowniczek was one of these ten. He told the story that when he began to cry saying that he was a husband and father, Saint Maximilian Kolbe said, “I am a Catholic Priest. Take me instead.” He was taken and executed by lethal injection. He calmly accepted this as he lifted his arms to heaven and died.
But Saint Maximilian’s story does not end here.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe struggled with the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception because it appeared to give divinity to Our Lady and, although he had a deep devotion to her, he knew she was not divine. He prayed, “Who are you, O Immaculate Conception? Not God, for God has no beginning. Not Adam, made from the dust of the earth. Not Eve, drawn from Adam’s body. Nor are you the Incarnate Word who already existed from all eternity and who was conceived, but is not really a “conception…………”
He came to a profound understanding and wrote, “This eternal "Immaculate Conception" (which is the Holy Spirit) produces in an immaculate manner divine life itself in the womb (or depths) of Mary's soul, making her the Immaculate Conception, the human Immaculate Conception…..” He concludes this revelation by writing, “Awesome and beautiful! God's finest masterpiece, beyond the greatest natural wonders of the world and even beyond the galaxies of stars in the cosmos, is the creature who received the highest level of sanctifying grace (which is a participation in the very life and love of God) at the moment of her conception. Second only to her Son's own sacred humanity, nothing on earth is or ever will be more holy.”
This rosary was created to honor Saint Maximilian Kolbe; his life and his devotion to the Immaculata.
Symbolizing the darkness of many aspects of his life and death, this rosary was created with black onyx, a gemstone which is referred to eleven times in Scripture. It is referred to more than any other precious stone. One of the books where it is mentioned, is the Book of Job where Job, comparing the stone to wisdom says, “It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire” The onyx in this rosary is also symbolic of the saint’s wisdom and insightfulness. Turbo style beads were chosen for the Paters. We chose these beads because their color and texture resemble the wood of the cross and the band in the bead’s center symbolizes the crown of thorns Our Lady showed to Saint Kolbe when he was a child. A custom pictorial center and large Italian imported crucifix complete this very limited edition rosary which measures 21 ½”.
Limited to an edition of only two.
Your Maximilian Kolbe Rosary will be shipped in a fabric pouch and gift box.
$140 including shipping within the US
$165 including shipping outside the US
~Just one remaining~
In order to show me close up how ardently Thou lovest me, Thou comest from the purest delights of Heaven down to this dirty, miserable earth, spend Thy life in poverty, adversities and sufferings - finally to hang, despised, ridiculed and overwhelmed with pain, between two thieves on the shameful gibbet. By sacrificing Thyself in this horrible way, Thou hast redeemed me, O God of love! Who could have imagined it?
But that was not enough. Thou saw that, from the time when Thou pourest out these proofs of Thy immense love, nineteen centuries would pass before I appeared on this earth. Thy heart could not tolerate the thought that I should have to nourish myself solely on memories of Thy great love. Thou remained here on this small earth in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar and Thou come and unite Thyself with me - truly, under the form of food………and Thy Blood flows in my veins, Thy soul, O incarnate God, permeates my soul, strengthens and nourishes it. What a miracle! Who could ever have imagined such a thing? What more could Thou hast given me, O God, than Thyself to be my own possession?
~ Saint Maximilian Kolbe ~