PARAÑAQUE City, July 18, 2014—An Italian lecturer was in the country recently discussing how consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary brings the faithful closer to Jesus.
In his talk titled “The Role of Mary in the Spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe” held July 5, Saturday, at the Madre Maria Pia Notari School, Multinational Village, Parañaque, Raffaele di Muro of the Friars Minor Conventual (O.F.M. Conv.) shared that the Polish martyr’s devotion to what he affectionately called the “Immaculata” (“The Immaculate One”) rests on her being the perfect instrument of the Holy Spirit in the mediation of all graces.
The more faithfully Catholics conform themselves with Mary, he stressed, the more likely they will receive graces from Christ through His Mother.
The friar, who is also the international assistant of the Militia Immaculatae (M.I.), a worldwide Catholic evangelization movement founded in 1917 by St. Maximilian Kolbe to convert Freemasons, heretics, schismatics, and sinners through consecration to Mary, explained that the graces one receives are determined by one’s attachment to her who was “conceived without sin”.
According to Di Muro, St. Maximilian thought of the Christian’s relationship with Our Lady in terms of “going with her to Jesus, and not as going to Jesus from her”.
This is the reason behind the saint’s emphasis on consecration to the Immaculata, he said, given the many graces they can obtain through her.
Renewal baptismal promises
Kolbe considered the renewal of the baptismal promises through total consecration to the Blessed Virgin as the most perfect way of achieving unity with Jesus.
St. Maximilian’s consecration formula reads: “My Immaculate Queen of heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and Mother most loving; you to whom God entrusted the entire order of mercy. I am an unworthy sinner. I cast myself at your feet, humbly pleading that you ordain to accept me completely and totally as your property and possession and do with me, and all my powers of body and soul, and with all my life and death and eternity, whatever is pleasing to you.”
Setting a few details aside, his and another saint’s (Louis-Marie Grignon de Monfort’s) “holy slavery” are two sides of same coin, Di Muro explained. (Raymond A. Sebastián)