Thought of the day
10/22/2020 6:02:45 AM

Burning with a fire of love


Saint Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941)

Franciscan, martyr

Conferences of 02/1932, 20/06/1937, and 22/10/1938

Burning with a fire of love

Everything we are about to do, even if it were a supremely heroic action destroying the foundations of all evil on earth, that act will have no value except to the extent with which our will accords with the will of the Immaculate and, through her, with the will of God (…) It is love in all its profundity (beyond feelings, even though that is also beautiful) that must transform us, through the Immaculate, in God. It should consume us and, through us, set fire to the world and destroy and burn all the evil it finds there. This is the fire of which the Savior said: "I have come to cast fire on the earth and what how I wish that it were already burning!" (Lk 12:49). Consumed by this fire of divine love (I repeat, it is not a question here of sweet tears or of feelings, but of the will, even in the midst of disgust and antipathy), we will set the whole world ablaze! Love never rests but spreads like fire that burns everything. And all of us human beings should tend towards being set alight by this fire of love and that it may burn all souls that are and will be in the world. This is the ideal towards which we should tend. We must remember the words of Jesus: "I have come to set the earth on fire" (Lk 12:49). On our part we should do all we can to make this fire light up more and more every day.