August 13, 2016

Saint Maximilian Kolbe on the Eucharist

St. Maximilian Kolbe

(Note: This year, Saint Maximilian Kolbe's feast day, August 14th, 2016, is superseded by the Sunday Liturgy.)

Saint Maximilian Kolbe is perhaps best known for offering himself in place of another prisoner consigned to die at the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Father Kolbe was arrested in Poland in February, 1941, and sent to Auschwitz three months later. There, he eventually laid down his life for fellow prisoner, Franciszek Gajowniczek. He died on August 14, 1941, at age 47. Throughout a life of heroic virtue, St. Maximilian Kolbe extolled the incomparable divine gift that is Christ, truly present, in the Most Holy Eucharist.
If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion.
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God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.
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You come to me and unite Yourself intimately to me under the form of nourishment. Your Blood now runs in mine, Your Soul, Incarnate God, compenetrates mine, giving courage and support. What miracles! Who would have ever imagined such!
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The culmination of the Mass is not the consecration, but Communion.
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He remains among us until the end of the world. He dwells on so many altars, though so often offended and profaned.

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