Sunday, August 5, 2007

Father Saint Maximilian Kolbe's Depiction of WW2: “God is cleansing Poland”

From “A Man For Others: Maximilian Kolbe Saint of Auschwitz In the Words of Those Who Knew Him” by Patricia Treece, published by Harper & Row Publishers, 1982 hardcover 1st edition, at page 107

Brother Arnold may be right in thinking that Father Maximilian, in talking about his mystical experience in Japan, was buoying his own spirits. Equally possible is that he was trying to prepare Brother Arnold for those moments – and beyond them – when the distraught young secretary would try to follow his spiritual father into the Gestapo’s car.

Brother Cyprian said Father Maximilian’s “seraphic and ardent” love of God was visible in his conversation and in the conferences he gave the Brothers. Certainly it was this love that permitted him to look at Poland’s tragedy as others could not. In March 1938, before most people thought of a war, he had said to the Brothers:

During the first centuries, the Church was persecuted. The blood of martyrs watered the seeds of Christianity. Later, when the persecutions ceased, one of the Fathers of the Church deplored the lukewarm ness of Christians. He rejoiced when persecutions returned. In the same way, we must rejoice in what will happen, for in the midst of trials our zeal will become more ardent. Besides, are we not in the hands of the Blessed Virgin? Is it not our most ardently desired ideal to give our lives for her? We live only once. We die only once. Therefore, let it be according to her good pleasure. [!!!]

Once war came, he did not change his tune:

“God is cleansing Poland,” he said. “After this her [spiritual] light will shine on the world.”

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1 comment:

avles said...

".....But demons, who assume the image of angels, virgin Mary and saints, appear in front of infidel popes, of bishops, of priests and of monks, old witches and of young prostitutes of the priests and of the monks, order them to be a religious person, to torment themselves, to fall on the ground....and to announce to all the people that now to this one, now to another one saint or to the virgin Mary, now on this one, now on that other mount, on the fields or in the woods they have to build churches, in order they can bring there gifts and celebrate mass, in order that to them, from everywhere, they have to bring there commodities, every kind of livestock; and if they don't do that, the virgin Mary and the saints will destroy with the hail all their wheat-yards and the vineyards, and will kill 'em with the plague........"