Rome, Italy, Aug 9, 2020 / 04:40 am
As World War II raged around him in Poland, St. Maximilian Kolbe fought for souls using a printing press and another "weapon" – the Miraculous Medal.
"Even though a person be the worst sort, if only he agrees to wear the medal, give it to him…and then pray for him, and at the proper moment strive to bring him closer to his Immaculate Mother, so that he have recourse to her in all difficulties and temptations," Kolbe said of the Miraculous Medal.
"This is truly our heavenly weapon," the saint said, describing the medal as "a bullet with which a faithful soldier hits the enemy, i.e. evil, and thus rescues souls."
The Miraculous Medal is a sacramental inspired by the Marian apparition to St. Catherine Laboure in Paris in 1830. The Virgin Mary appeared to Laboure as the Immaculate Conception standing on a globe with light streaming from her hands and crushing a serpent under her foot.