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Abandoning Ourselves to Our Heavenly Father and Mother

  • SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

Jesus himself in the Garden of Olives said, when he was begging his Father to release him from the appalling suffering that awaited him:


AgonyGardenMy Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will (Mt 26:39).  And the cup did not go away, and Jesus, the Son of God, went through a heartrending Passion.  God knows better than we do what is useful: health or sickness, wealth or poverty, respect or defamation.  We can and should pray when we are discouraged, but it is essential to defer to the will of God.

If [your suffering] were to increase even one degree your glory in heaven for all eternity, then it would secure an infinite benefit.  Life passes quickly, even suffering passes, while eternity will last forever.  It is worth it.

I invite you to give yourself to the divine Immaculate Mother, as a child to the best of mothers.  Appeal to her with simplicity in all your worries, sufferings, and temptations and she will happily accompany you throughout this short life.  And how blessed death will be, under the cloak of the Immaculate!  None of those who love her will be lost forever.  Courage, then!

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Acknowledgement

Saint Maximilian Kolbe. "Abandoning Ourselves 
to Our Heavenly Father and Mother," excerpt from The Writings of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, Volume I. Nerbini International (2016).

Reprinted under fair use. Image credit: Carl Bloch, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Author

Saint Maximilian Kolbe († 1941) was a Conventual Franciscan priest who spread devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary through print and radio in Japan and his native Poland. He was martyred in Auschwitz. His feast day is 14 August.

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