Monday, August 14, 2017

St. Maximilian on never becoming discouraged by our falls ...

A consoling thought from St. Maximilian Kolbe for the feast of the Assumption.

Whenever you feel guilty, even if it is because you have consciously committed a sin, a serious sin, something you have kept doing many, many times, never let the devil deceive you by allowing him to discourage you. Whenever you feel guilty, offer all your guilt to the Immaculate, without analyzing it or examining it, as something that belongs to her…

My beloved, may every fall, even if it is serious and habitual sin, always become for us a small step toward a higher degree of perfection.

In fact, the only reason why the Immaculate permits us to fall is to cure us from our self-conceit, from our pride, to make us humble and thus make us docile to the divine graces.

The devil, instead, tries to inject in us discouragement and internal depression in those circumstances, which is, in fact, nothing else than our pride surfacing again.

If we knew the depth of our poverty, we would not be at all surprised by our falls, and we would thank God, after sinning, for not allowing us to fall even deeper and still more frequently.


  1. I love San Maximiliano Kolbe. I talk to him quite frequently always asking to help me along the way. He is truly a gift and one Saint everyone should get to know. Along with the glorious St. Joseph, St. Maximilian sure has come to my aid many a time.

    Gracias a Dios y a la Madre de Dios.

  2. Thank you, Terry, for that one. God bless you. Father Joe

  3. This is one of my favorite quotes from St. Maximillian. I read it when I was in high school and it has stuck with me ever since.

  4. I love this quote.

  5. I shared this post with someone who wants to be Catholic. She's married to someone that has a lot of misconceptions about Catholics and he's been dragging his feet about "letting" her enter the Church. He really liked this quote - which is amazing to me because it references the Immaculate. I also shared this quote with an Irish cradle Catholic who is very devout, very knowledgeable about the faith, and loves Our Lady very much. She loves this quote so much I can't even tell you! How wonderful that St. Maximilian can appeal to 2 people who are on opposite sides of the spectrum!

  6. I saw a play performed on the life of San Maximiliano Kolbe almost 20 years ago. It was a wonderful story of his youth, his call to holiness by our Lady. How he loved her and how happy he must be to live forever in her presence now.

    The actor who portrayed San Maximiliano was a Shakespearean trained actor by the name of Leonardo Defilippis. He was great too!

  7. Praise God for what I call "the great beat down."


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