By Fr. H. M. Manteau-Bonamy, OP
“Apostle of a New Marian Age”
St. Maximilian Kolbe’s heroic martyrdom at the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz is world renowned. It is less known that the Polish Franciscan was a ground-breaking Marian theologian. Pope Paul VI called Kolbe “clairvoyant” in his anticipation of the Marian theology of the Second Vatican Council. Pope John Paul II called him an “apostle of a new Marian age.”
Immaculate Conception and the Holy Spirit is a brilliant analysis of the saint’s insights on Mary’s spousal relationship with the Holy Spirit, and her active role in salvation history. Using Kolbe’s own writings, Father Manteau-Bonamy– a master theologian himself– weaves together a profound but accessible study of St. Maximilian’s master thesis: That Mary Immaculate is the chief visible manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s presence in the Church and the world.
This work is especially relevant today, when there is much debate about the possible proclamation of a fifth Marian dogma: Mary’s universal mediation of grace. Some have called Kolbe the “prophet of the fifth Marian dogma” in his utterly original grasp of the Immaculata’s union with the Holy Trinity. Immaculate Conception and the Holy Spirit provides rich insights into this critical theological issue.
This is a Marytown Press book.