Saint Maximlilian Kolbe DocumentaryAn excellent documentary video by HM Television
Notes regarding the video
”The extraordinary change that took place in the boy testified to the reality of the vision. He was always fully aware of it, and on every occasion, with his face radiant, he would mention his desired death of martyrdom. And so I was prepared, as the Madonna was after the prophecy of Simeon.”
Concerning the Saint’s entry to the Franciscan novitiate.
It was Raymond and Francis, the older brother (not Joseph, the younger brother) who had entered together and then decided to leave before entering the Novitiate (see the letter to his mother from April 20th, 1919).
Concerning the date of receiving habit
St Maximilian received the Franciscan habit and took the new name on September 4th, 1910 – Age 16 (Not October 4th 1904).
Concerning the date of ordination
It was on the 28th of April (not 29th), 1918 – see the Saint’s Journal entry on May 9th, 1918, where he describes the day of his ordination. See also the letter to his mother dated ca. September 26, 1918, as well as his own personal Mass intentions notebook.
Concerning the donation of the land for Niepokalanów and the statue of the Immaculate.
The statue was left on the land itself, and not on the desk of the prince. This is attested to by the testimony of a certain Srzednicki, who was the administrator of the prince’s lands and who was the initial middle man between the Saint and the prince, as well as by Fr. Alphonse Kolbe, St. Maximilian’s brother in his Notatki o M.I., p. 79, entry dated July 10, 1927:
“The General Chapter gave its consent to the foundation for the new site and for the publishing house and the acceptation of the Prince’s donation, but it rejected the prince’s conditions (26 annual, perpetual Holy Masses, 2 of which in the palace of the prince)… in the meantime on the 6th of August, 1927, a statue of the Immaculate was solemnly blessed… – which still stands in the same place – on a [then] still empty plot of land. On the 1 st of October, 1927, the prince renounced the previously posed conditions and the building of Niepokalanów was begun immediately…”
Summarizing the course of events:
- The prince wanted to donate the land, but on the condition that Masses be said for him perpetually;
- this condition was not accepted by St. Maximilian’s superiors;
- in the meantime St. Maximilian had placed a statue of the Immaculate on the land;
- when the prince withdrew his offer, St. Maximilian insisted the statue stay, to show that at least once the Immaculate didn’t keep Her promise;
- this gnawed on the prince’s conscience, who soon donated the land without any conditions.