St Maximilian Kolbe was a saint who had a great devotion to Mary. He outlined a way to totally consecrate oneself to Mary as a quick and sure want to find our Lord… “the one mediator between God and men.” (I Timothy 2:5)
Kolbe was surely very poetic in describing his love for our Lady, but we must not let these poetic musings distract from the one goal which is to find Christ…The Church encourages us to go to Mary for maternal assistance towards the goal of a more intimate connection to the one Mediator and Redeemer.
Lumen Gentium #62 states “Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked by the Church under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix. This, however, is to be so understood that it neither takes away from nor adds anything to the dignity and efficaciousness of Christ the one Mediator.” ** Notice that the document stops short of calling Mary the Mediatrix of All Graces… if you read about the formation of the document, you will find that the this omission was very purposeful. Some will reference the footnotes as providing evidence, but even those do not bestow that title.**
LG 67 - “But it exhorts theologians and preachers of the divine word to abstain zealously both from all gross exaggerations as well as from petty narrow-mindedness in considering the singular dignity of the Mother of God”….** Here LG makes it clear that over zealous devotion to our Lady would be an issue while at the same time keeping her very special place in salvation history in tact. **
Kolbe’s teachings were influenced greatly by Monfort… given the Church teachings I’ve referenced above, I wanted to bring attention to some comments Pope John Paul II made in 2003…. see michaeljournal.org/montfort.htm … the entire letter is well worth reading. I wanted to call attention to this piece… “This Saint’s teaching has had a profound influence on the Marian devotion of many of the faithful and on my own life. It is a lived teaching of outstanding ascetic and mystical depth, expressed in a lively and passionate style that makes frequent use of images and symbols. However, the considerable development of Marian theology since St. Louis Marie’s time is largely due to the crucial contribution made by the Second Vatican Council. The Montfort teaching, therefore, which has retained its essential validity should be reread and reinterpreted today in the light of the Council.” Essentially, this is saying that Monfort greatly influenced the Church’s teaching the core what he taught is included in the Church’s teaching, but it must be re-read and reinterpreted in light of the official Church teaching in Lumen Gentium…