Fire of Love: Lessons from St. Maximilian Kolbe

August 14, 2015
Sam Guzman


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  1. Daniel says

    Thanks for this article and the “Further Reading” list, Sam. Lately I’ve been more drawn to this incredible saint and I was going to ask you for some reading recommendations and … here they are! St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us now in these dark times of our own and always.

  2. Phil Halpin says

    Thanks for sharing. You inspire me to give Maximilian Kolbe another chance as well. In addition to the books you listed, can you recommended a well-researched and well-written biography?

  3. Colin M. says

    Swell piece! Thanks a lot! Especially appreciate the “Further Reading” list! Please keep up all of your great work, it is appreciated.

  4. Joe Savey says

    Great article! One of my favorite quotations from Saint Maximilian begins with the simply profound idea that “Love alone creates….” and then he does on to develop the idea further. Another one is:
    “On our own we are not only too weak to conquer evil, we are not sure as to how it is to be done. Saint Maximilian explains: ‘Modern times are dominated by Satan and will be more so in the future. The conflict with Hell cannot be engaged by men, even the most clever. The Immaculata alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. However, assumed into Heaven, the Mother of God now requires our cooperation. She seeks souls who will consecrate themselves entirely to her, who will become in her hands effective instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spreading of God’s kingdom upon earth’.
    — Kolbe: Saint of the Immaculata. Br. Francis Mary Kalvelage, FI, editor. New Bedford: Academy of the Immaculate, 2001, p. 156.

  5. Tom Harper says

    Sam, I just stumbled onto your site and have very similar favorites. I have been a huge fan of Maximilian Kolbe for many years. You may enjoy a favorite book of mine if you haven’t already read it. It’s called “With God in Russia.” Now there’s a guy who truly “smelled like the sheep.”


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