TWO CROWNS OF THE IMMACULATA

TWO CROWNS OF THE IMMACULATA

THE REMEDY FOR LIVING A HOLY LIFE

O MOTHER IMMACULATE, PLEASE GIVE US THIS GRACE

Little over 100 years ago a discerning nine years old boy would enter into his parish church in Poland. Kneeing before a image of the Blessed Mother, he would ask her what he was to become. The Mother of God would appear before him holding in her hands two crowns. The crown were in the color of white and red which were to respresent purity and martyrdom. Asking which of the two would he prefer, the young child reply, "I choose both!"

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—1894, JANUARY 8th: RAYMOND KOLBE is born to Julius & Maria Kolbe in Zdunska Wola, Poland. He would be immediately taken to Assumption parish the was baptized as a child of God in the Roman Catholic Church. The Assumption of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, would later be a significant Marian Solemnity with his passing from this earth and into heaven.

We would also like to pint out that young Kolbe and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux were alive for three years before Thérèse suffered and died of tuberculosis. A symptom Kolbe would later contract and would be told he would have limited time to live. We find that the three years that these two saints share on this earth as special, since Kolbe would have a great devotion to the Little Flower, and it would seem as though Thérèse would likewise have fond feelings toward this little knight through her heavenly intercession.

Birthday / Baptism

—1902, JUNE 29th: YOUNG EIGHT YEAR OLD RAYMOND would receive his fist Holy Communion at the parish of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Pabianice, Poland. 
 

A very special day in the life of Kolbe, for the Holy Eucharist through the Immaculate Virgin Mary is who this young child would exuberate throughout his life, especially at the end when the darkness in the world was at its greatest. 

First Holy Communion

—1903: AT THE AGE OF NINE RAYMOND would have a spiritual experience that set him in the direction he would follow the rest of his life. Known as a good and prayerful son, his parents only struggle would come when he would act mischievous from time to

The Two Crowns

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time. One day in particular, his dear mother got so frustrated with him, that she would ask him a serious question, "What is going to become of you?" ....

—1903: AT THE AGE OF NINE RAYMOND would have a spiritual experience that set him in the direction he would follow the rest of his life. Known as a good and prayerful son, his parents only struggle would come when he would act mischievous from time to

Reluctant at first to say anything, young Raymond begin to tell his mother of heavenly apparition he would experience while praying at their parish church. 

Inspired By Preaching Franciscans 

—1907: AT THE AGE OF THIRTEEN RAYMOND and his older brother Francis, would experience a  spiritual experience the preaching of two Conventual Franciscans and would become a inspiration for them to aspire to give their life following the same ideals of the "Little Poor Man" of Assisi. Both of his parents would work and sacrifice to give their sons this opportunity of leading a religious vocation.