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The Eucharistic Dimension in St. Maximilian Kolbe



The Eucharistic Dimension in St. Maximilian Kolbe

Raffaele Di Muro , OFM Conv


Introduction

The Eucharistic mystery is a dimension of fundamental importance in the spiritual journey of the martyr of Auschwitz. This article will try to demonstrate this point and bring to light the connection between his adoration of the Eucharist and his mission and martyrdom. The first part treats the importance of the celebration of the Eucharist in the life of Father Kolbe. The second section tries to present him as one who tirelessly adored the Lord through his devotion to the Eucharist. The final part highlights the close rapport between St. Maximilian’s love for the Blessed Sacrament and his mission that became martyrdom in the final stage of his life.
The primary objective of this article is to examine the writings of the martyr of Auschwitz that contain the fundamental elements of his thought, the contents of the beatification process, and finally, studies treating his Eucharistic spirituality. There is also the hope that the reader will come to a clearer understanding of Eucharistic devotion in his own life, inasmuch as this article intends to stimulate reflection on this very topic.
Moreover, this article can be seen as polishing and completing the work of the late Fr. Antonio Di Mondo that was published in Miles Immaculatae in 2005 on the occasion of the “Year of the Eucharist” inaugurated by the Venerable Pope John Paul II.[1]read...