Pogłębianie wiedzy religijnej społeczeństwa jako przejaw troski duszpasterskiej św. Maksymiliana
Deepened Religious Social Awareness as an Effect of the Pastoral Ministry of St Maximilian
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This material presents the person of Fr. Kolbe as an untypical kind of preacher. This Franciscan was not a speaker but rather used the written word before all else. His pulpit was the monthly magazine “Rycerz Niepokalanej” published by him. Through it he aimed to deepen the religious knowledge of the average reader. He reached a million faithful through this means. His publications activity was inspired by the mission given by Christ: Go and teach all nations – and essentially was the effect of an authentic pastoral care of the people entrusted to him in the big “world parish”. His figure has become for these times a sign for pastoral activity in the Church today, the time of religious ignorance of the faithful, as well as for the increasing laical and anticlerical mentality. Kolbian preaching, its model and form plus direction for catechism, presents itself as evangelization by the Church about God in the Holy Trinity and work of love. Also it shows about the Church itself as community for salvation, and the human condition infected by sin. At the same time, it is of an apolegetic character. This should become obligatory for preaching since always more so in society Christianity once more is accused of the “foolishness of the Cross” and “foolishness of the Word” (compare 1Cor1:18–21), and thus save humanity in its restless existence.
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