March 13, 2013

The Most Important Work Department in the Friary

It made him happy to see a group of his friars around the altar in adoration. When he showed guests about Niepokalanow, at times Germans from the highest ranks of society, he either began or ended the visit in the chapel to greet, as he explained, the Master of the house. Indicating the religious adoring the most Blessed Sacrament, he would say: “There is the most important work department in the friary.”

This is a simple story showing the faith and reverence of St. Maximillian Kolbe, a priest who would later give his life in a Nazi concentration camp. He gave it rather than lost it, because he willingly took the place of another man who was about to be killed.

This Lent, the next time we are at Mass, let us look at the elevated Host and imagine what St. Maximillian would think. Let us contemplate it as if we had such faith as his.

(Opening paragraph taken from Our Daily Eucharist, by Joan Carter McHugh, and an excerpt there from For the Life of the World, Saint Maximillian and the Eucharist, by Jerzy Domanski, OFM Conv.)


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