Act of consecration to the Immaculata

Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and most loving Mother, to whom God wanted to entrust the entire order of Mercy, I prostrate myself before You, poor sinner that I am; I humbly implore You to accept my entire being as Your good and Your property, and to act within me and in all the faculties of my soul and body, in all my life, death and eternity, as it will please You.  Make of me whatever You will to accomplish what is written concerning You:  “She will crush the serpent’s head,” and also:  “Through You, all the heresies of the world have been overcome.”

In Your immaculate and most merciful hands, may I be a docile instrument to make You known and loved by many lukewarm or wayward souls, and thus extend the most sacred Reign of Jesus as much as possible.

In truth, only where You come do You obtain the grace of the conversion and sanctification of souls, because all graces flow from the Sacred Heart of Jesus onto us all by passing through Your hands.

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe

Centennial of the Foundation of the Militia of the Immaculata

— 1917 —

By Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe

Since November 1912, Brother Maximilian Mary had been in Rome to complete his studies in view of the priesthood.(1)  He suffered terribly over everything he saw in the Eternal City.  In 1917, the Freemasons celebrated the bicentennial of their foundation:  hate-filled marches were organized, accompanied by blasphemous parodies. They dared to venture even into St. Peter’s Square with banners and signs, clamoring, “Satan must reign in the Vatican!”

Brother Maximilian remained deeply marked by this.  Later he would write: “These men, far removed from God, are worthy of pity.  This mortal hatred against the Church and the Vicar of Christ is not the work of isolated people, but of a powerful organization…  Its main purpose is the annihilation of the Catholic religion.  Its lodges are spread throughout the world, under various names but pursuing the same ends:  to favor indifference and moral decline, according to its principles.  ‘Destroy all religion, whatever it may be, especially the Catholic religion. – We will triumph over the Church, not by intelligence, but by corruption.’”

Brother Kolbe’s attitude during this period is described to us by the rector of the seminary, Father Stefano Ignudi, who wrote: “This young religious had an intuition that orients us concerning his future mission:  to curb this expansion of impiety and these movements hostile to the Church.  Seeing their prodigious extension, it is not enough to pray, but to also put into action powerful means that come from Heaven or from the Immaculate Virgin.  He is full of enthusiasm for this cause…  He has decided to draw up a spiritual plan.  No technical means or learned calculations:  enough of routine!  Let us employ a straightforward, dynamic method:  a new militia, that of the Immaculata!  He informed his fellow-brothers and his spiritual directors of his projects, all the while seeking divine inspiration adapted to the circumstances.”

On January 20, 1917, the 75th anniversary of the apparition of the Immaculata to Alphonse Ratisbonne,(2) Brother Maximilian had the initial inspiration of founding a marian movement of prayer and action.  One of the first members of the “Militia Immaculatæ,” Father Quirico Pignalberi, relates the birth of the Work:

“One day in early 1917, Brother Maximilian confided his projects and plans to me.  We were still in the middle of the world war.  There was a general sentiment of pessimism everywhere.  The world situation was becoming increasingly critical, not only because of the war itself, but because the moral and religious level was sinking in a disturbing manner under the influence of Freemasonry… Seeing this situation, Brother Maximilian said to me:

“‘Can it be that our enemies are doing everything in their power to dominate, while we remain satisfied with praying and do not take action?  Do we not possess even mightier arms? We can count on Heaven and the Immaculata.  The stainless Virgin, victorious over all heresies, will not give way to Her enemy who is rearing his head.  If She finds faithful servants who are docile to Her commandment, She will carry off new victories, greater than anything we can imagine.  Certainly She has no need of us, yet She is pleased to take us into Her service for our merit and to make the victory more striking by using poor people and means incomprehensible in the eyes of the world, that is, spiritual arms that it scorns and ridicules.’”

As the months went by, the project matured.  Finally, on the evening of October 16, 1917, the first seven candidates of the new “knighthood” made their consecration to Mary before the altar of the Immaculata in the chapel of the Seraphic College.(3)  This took place three days after the last Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the great miracle of the sun.

Act of consecration to the Immaculata by Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe

Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and most loving Mother, to whom God wanted to entrust the entire order of Mercy, I prostrate myself before You, poor sinner that I am; I humbly implore You to accept my entire being as Your good and Your property, and to act within me and in all the faculties of my soul and body, in all my life, death and eternity, as it will please You.  Make of me whatever You will to accomplish what is written concerning You:  “She will crush the serpent’s head,”(4) and also:  “Through You, all the heresies of the world have been overcome.”(5)

In Your immaculate and most merciful hands, may I be a docile instrument to make You known and loved by many lukewarm or wayward souls, and thus extend the most sacred Reign of Jesus as much as possible.

In truth, only where You come do You obtain the grace of the conversion and sanctification of souls, because all graces flow from the Sacred Heart of Jesus onto us all by passing through Your hands.

  • The goal of the work of the Immaculata:  the conversion of sinners, that is, of the whole world.
  • Conditions:  make the gift of oneself to the Virgin Mary, and wear the Miraculous Medal.
  • Means:  all means, in accordance with the circumstances of life and the imperatives of Christian conscience, prayer to Mary and spreading the Miraculous Medal.

Father Maximilian Mary wrote:  “Those who give themselves totally to the Immaculata want to burn with a love so strong that it inflames their milieu and makes as many souls as possible burn with their ardor…  They want to conquer the whole world for the Immaculata and each soul in particular, and they want it as soon as possible.”

“We must conquer the world and each soul in particular… for the Immaculata, and through Her, for the Sacred Heart of Jesus…  May love for Her deepen unceasingly in souls… so that these souls may form one with Her and Her alone.  In this way She alone, the Immaculata, will be able to live, love and act in them and through them.  Just as the Immaculata belongs to Jesus, to God, so will each soul belong, through Her and in Her, to Jesus, to God, and far better than without Her…  Then these souls will arrive at loving the Sacred Heart of Jesus far better than they have done until now.  And like the Immaculata, they will enter into the depths of love – the Cross and the Eucharist – far better than before.  Through Her, Divine Love will set fire to the world and will consume it…  And when shall the divinization of the world in Her and through Her come?  To this end, it is necessary that She and She alone acts, and that those who give themselves do so without limits, that they belong to Her to start with, boundlessly deepen their gift and tighten this bond of love…  This is the absolute, indispensable condition.  She will act through them to the degree that they belong to Her.  So there must remain nothing in them.  They must be Hers without limits.”  (Memoirs – personal notes of Father Kolbe)

“Modern times are dominated by Satan, and they will be even more so in the future.  The combat against hell cannot be fought by men, even the wisest ones.  Only the Immaculata has received from God the promise of victory over the devil.  Now that She is in heaven, the Mother of God is asking for our collaboration.  She is seeking souls that will be totally consecrated to Her, to become instruments in Her hands that will overcome Satan and extend the Kingdom of God throughout the world.”

Sources:  F. X. Lesch, o.f.m. conv., Maximilien-Marie Kolbe (Éditions de la Mission de l’Immaculée: Frieburg, 1974); Le Bienheureux Père M. Kolbe, L’Immaculée révèle l’Esprit-Saint, unpublished spiritual talks, French translation and presentation by Fr. J. F. Villepelée (Lethielleux: Paris, 1974); H. M. Manteau-Bonamy, o.p., La Doctrine mariale du Père Kolbe, plein feu sur l’Immaculée (Lethielleux, 1975).

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  1.   Brother Maximilian was ordained a priest on April 28, 1918 and celebrated his first Mass in Sant’Andrea delle Fratte church, at the altar of the miraculous conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne (January 20, 1842).
  2.   See Magnificat magazine, January-February 2016.
  3.   The Superiors permitted this consecration but asked Father Kolbe not to talk publicly about his pious association until Pope Benedict XV granted him blessings and encouragements in April 1919.  Three more years were to pass before the Militia of the Immaculata received definitive ecclesiastic approbation, on January 2, 1922.
  4.   Genesis 3:15.
  5.   Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Anthem at Terce.