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Founder of the MI

During the time that Maximilian Kolbe was in Rome, freemasonry was very strong in Italy, with its attitude of open hostility for the Catholic Church. Demonstrations with banners that praised Satan and insulted the Pope were frequently seen, Durante.
Maximilian was driven by these facts. “Is it possible that our enemies work so hard to take prevalence, while we sit by and do nothing? Don’t we have stronger forces, like the protection of the Immaculata? The “stainless one” who crushes all heresies will not fall in the camp of our enemies.”
On the evening of October 16, 1917, in a room of the International College of the Friars Minor, Conventual in Rome, Maximilian Kolbe and six confreres found the Militia Immaculatae (MI). The goal is the conversion of all persons to God, also non-Catholics and non-believers, and in particular, the freemasons, and that all become saints under the patronage and through the mediation of the Immaculate Virgin.
The conditions of membership:
1.      Consecrate oneself totally to the Immaculate Virgin, putting oneself freely in her hands as a docile and generous instrument.
2.      Wear (or carry) the miraculous medal.
3.      Have one’s name written in the local canonically erected MI seat.
The means of apostolate:
1.      Pray, do penance, offer to God the trials and sufferings of everyday life. Turn, every day as possible, to the Immaculata with the prayer “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you, and for those who do not have recourse to you, especially the enemies of holy Mother Church and those recommended to you.”
2.      Use every valid and legitimate means at your disposal for the conversion and sanctification of humanity, but, above all, use the press and the miraculous medal. This is the external sign of one’s consecration and a font of graces promised by the Madonna as an instrument of in spiritual battle and inspiration for prayer.  Make oneself, therefore, a reliable interpreter of the Gospel capable of arousing Christian choices and vocations through prayer, penance, good example, friendliness, kindness, goodness, as a reflection of the goodness of the Immaculate Conception (cf. SK 97).

The unlimited consecration to the Immaculata is the essence of the MI. What does it mean to consecrate oneself to Mary? It means to welcome of Christ from the cross, that is his mother, as our mother, and to take her into our homes, into our existence in order to live with her. In the United States and Canada this association is now called Mission of the Immaculata, for he that is part of it is not limited to the total gift of self to the Immaculate, but it is being done, as far as it can, to win her even the hearts of others, so do these also they may give her the same way he also gave himself. He wants to win her the greatest possible number of hearts, the hearts of all those who currently live and will live in anytime until the end of the world.