While a child, our Blessed Mother asked Maximilian Kolbe to choose the red crown of martyrdom or white crown of sacrificing himself daily. The young Max responded that he wanted both crowns. Saint Maximilian Kolbe became a Franciscan priest and always chose to surrender his human will to God’s will. On fire with the love and mercy of Jesus, this Franciscan spread the good news of Jesus throughout the world and attracted over a thousand men to live in his monastery in Poland. When the Nazi regime invaded Poland, they sent Maximillian to a concentration camp. Even his enemies recognized the power of this priest who professed Jesus as the inspiration of all his thoughts, words and deeds. When one prisoner escaped, ten men had to die. When a family man screamed not to choose him, Maximilian offered himself. ? Do you believe that God’s will guarantees us divine love, peace and joy? How willing are you to sacrifice your life tor family, friends or even a stranger

Jesus elevated a little child in the presence of his disciples by placing the child in a privileged position of honor. It is customary, even today, to seat the guest of honor at the right side of the host. Who is the greatest in God’s kingdom? The one who is humble and lowly of heart – who instead of asserting their rights willingly empty themselves of pride and self-seeking glory by taking the lowly position of a servant or child. Jesus, himself, is our model. Jesus emptied himself and took the form of a servant to clothe us in his divine nature. God wants to fill us with his own glory God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Saint James warns us that if we want to be filled with God’s life and power, then we need to empty ourselves of everything, which stands in the way – pride, self-seeking glory, vanity, prejudice, anger and sloth. God wants empty vessels so he can fill them with his own glory, power, and love. Are you ready to humble yourself and to serve as Jesus did?

We do not know what the future holds, but if we believe that God created us to share his love, mercy and peace, we are destined to be a saint and like Maximillian inspire others. Take a minute for the next nine days and meditate gazing on a crucifix. Listen in your soul and allow Jesus to embrace you so that you can embrace all you love together.

Pray: “Lord Jesus, by your cross you have redeemed the world and revealed your glory and triumph over sin and death. May I never fail to see your glory and victory in the cross? Help me to conform my life to your will and to follow in your way of holiness.”

DEDICATE A CRUCIFIX IN OUR SCHOOL: we purchased new crucifixes for each of our classrooms. The students pray for all of you and if you want to donate one in honor of your family, the offering is $100. Send the offering to our parish office.

The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: An Abundance of Grace for Our Time

The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a devotion that began through a humble widow with 6 children named Elizabeth Kindelmann (1913-1985), who lived in Budapest, Hungary during the height of communism. She began receiving interior locutions from Our Lady and Our Lord 60 years ago in 1961 and they continued until a few years before her death in 1985.

The primary desire of the two hearts is to form an army of willing prayer warriors to stand in the gap for our brothers and sisters through a weekly regime of prayer, fasting and sacrifices. Through this devotion, specific prayers have been given that have the power to blind Satan. By engaging in spiritual combat using these weapon, we can free our brothers and sisters from temptations posed to them by the evil one, helping them to avoid sin, become freed from the snares that have already enslaved them and turn to Jesus for forgiveness. On several occasions, Our Lord told Elizabeth, “The grace from the Flame of Love of My Mother’s Immaculate Heart will be to your generation what Noah’s Ark was to his generation.” One of the most comforting promises that Mary gave for those who join her special fighting force is that they will see the fruit of their efforts while still here on earth.

What are some of the fruits that have already resulted from the Flame of Love grace? The growth of the movement is a fruit itself. What began with a single, poor, humble, widow and one willing priest (12 were invited, only one accepted) in Hungary 60 years ago has grown to a worldwide movement of hundreds of thousands in a matter of only a few years (Bishop Erdo of Hungary only made his official proclamation giving blessing to this movement in 2009). In the United States, the movement began at the kitchen table of the current US National Director’s home with herself and 3 others in 2013. Only 8 years later, the US Flame of Love has grown to tens in not hundreds of thousands and is growing by leaps and bounds every single day. There are also very strong connections between many of Mary’s other apparitions and the Flame of Love (see for more information about these connections.

Members attest to unmistakable callings from Mary to join the ranks of her children in praying for those who are in most need of the mercy of God and to serve as eyewitnesses to great miracles that have resulted through their efforts to spread this Holy Flame (which is Jesus Himself). Take the story of Patti Schwartz, who now serves as the director of the Spanish outreach for the Flame of Love in the United States and as regional director for Florida. Of Hispanic descent, Patti was and still is an avid devotee of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A teacher for 24 years, she began her work for Our Lady in New York where she used to take the traveling image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to various parishes in the evenings and speak about her. She did this for 4 years and then read the book by Father Michael Gaitley called 33 Days to Morning Glory, a 33-day spiritual retreat and consecration to our Lady based on the spiritual wisdom of such giants as St. Maximillian Kolbe, St Louis de Monforte, St John Paul II, and St Mother Teresa. Her humble beginnings led to speaking about Our Lady to 29 different groups during this period of service. But Our Lady had something else in mind. One day during a visit of the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patti saw the eyes on the image look at her and heard Our Lady say in her heart, “Would you like to be my ambassador?” Patti wasn’t sure what that meant at that moment, but she answered with a generous heart, saying “Of course, Mother, I want to be your ambassador.”

Mary introduced Patti to the Flame of Love and soon she became coordinator for New York State. Mary asked her to retire from her job. Then one day, the visitation of the traveling image of Our Lady of Guadalupe got canceled at a nearby parish so Patti arranged to host the image at her house and hold a luncheon in honor of Our Lady. Her husband had always wanted to move to Florida and that very day, he received a good offer for his business and sold it, allowing them to move to Florida. Patti knew Our Lady was behind this move.

One of the first miracles Patti witnessed through the Flame of Love was a miraculous pregnancy in a young woman who had been trying to conceive a child for ten years. She had spent huge sums of money and had undergone many treatments and procedures all of which failed. Patti met this woman in a church and invited her to come to a Flame of Love conference being held that weekend at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs. She gave the woman her contact information and offered to drive her to the conference. When Saturday came, shortly before Patti was about to leave, the woman called saying she was lost on her way to Patti’s home. She got there just in time to leave for the conference. After attending, they formed a Flame of Love prayer cenacle together. After praying for less than one month, the woman became pregnant! She told Patti her story then, explaining that when Patti had approached her, she was lighting a candle at the feet of a statue of Our Lady, offering up her efforts to conceive and leaving that desire in Our Lady’s hands. She named her daughter Grace, in honor of the grace of the Flame of Love she received to enable her to conceive. When someone chooses to help Our Lady spread the Flame of Love, she responds with great generosity!

A second example of Our Lady’s intercession occurred at St John the Evangelist Church. A woman named Debbie came to the little gathering of 6 people: Patti, the priest, Debbie, and 3 others. Debbie had been suffering for a long time from cancer. Her physical distress was evident from her weak appearance and the presence of bandages up and down her arms. Her hair was gone. She was in obvious pain. Debbie began praying the Flame of Love Rosary with Patti and within that year, her illness got progressively better, little by little. Debbie is now cured and took over for Patti in New York when she left for Florida.

There are many others who work to spread Our Lady’s Flame of Love who tell of similar stories of outward and inward miracles and workings of grace in the hearts, minds, and souls of those who are touched by the Flame of Love. Rebecca, a former nun who had to leave the convent because she tuberculosis tells of an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe whose glance also penetrated her very being, and a heavenly encounter with a young woman named Rena (Queen) in a street shop in Mexico near the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. And the story of Mary B. who actually witnessed a shining Flame of Love appear at the base of the Eucharistic Host as a witness that Our little Flame of Love that Mary enkindles in our hearts is enfolded within the Eucharistic Heart of Our Lord. Here is a photo of this reality.

To learn more about the above miracles associated with the Flame of Love grace, listen to the following accounts from the recent national conference: Flame of Love – July 30 – Aug 1 – Zoom

To learn more about the Flame of Love devotion, to join a prayer cenacle, or to learn about the Spiritual Diary of Elizabeth Kindelmann go to

My Adorable Jesus:
May our feet journey together,
May our hands gather in unity,
May our hearts beat in unison,
May our souls be in harmony,
May our thoughts be as one,
May our ears listen to the silence together,
May our glances profoundly penetrate each other,
May our lips pray together to obtain mercy from the Eternal Father.

Győző Kindelmann’s Message to our March 20, 2021 Leaders’ Conference

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I Greet You All in the Love of Jesus Christ!

Since all of us have committed ourselves to Our Blessed Mother and Her Flame of Love, I feel twice as much a brother to the Conference organizers, Speakers, leaders and each participant who is present.

The most important Message in the Flame of Love Spiritual Diary is the Unity Prayer which invites us to be united with Jesus in every moment of our lives, that we let Him be in charge of each of our actions, our feelings and every stirring of our understanding. I believe, that if this becomes a reality then we can be in complete unity not only with Jesus, but also with one another. Since, if we walk together with Jesus, if our hearts beat together, if our thoughts are one, then, In Christ and through Christ, we are all united with each other as well. This Unity is not dependent upon distance or numbers of miles, and precisely because of this, although I live
on the other side of the world, in my spirit, I am with You in this Conference.

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Radio Maria Español – March 05, 2021

Love has no language barriers.

Recently, I asked Eileen Piergiovanni to be my guest at the weekly Spanish radio María show. I was not sure if Eileen would be willing to be interviewed because she does not speak Spanish! I was so pleasantly surprised when she enthusiastically agreed to come and share her deep insights on Our Lady’s Flame of Love Grace. With the help of a translator Eileen ignited the flame in so many Spanish hearts across the United States and specifically in South Florida.

When I thanked Eileen for joining us in our Spanish show, she lovingly responded: “everything for Our Lady “. Eileen proceeded to tell us about how her grandma introduced her to Our Lady, and taught her how to light a candle with a prayer and how to love her Blessed Mother in heaven. These are precious memories for Eileen, and she continued to tell us about how the memories of her grandmother are that she loved our Blessed Mother very much and that she taught her how to love Her very much!!

Among other beautiful things, Eileen also told our Spanish audience of the importance of reading the Spiritual Diary of Elizabeth Kindelmann. In her own words: “ The Diary is a beautiful gift from God. And the most striking feature of the Diary of the FOL is the joy that you receive as a gift. You still have suffering but you do receive joy. The joy comes from prayer and the FOL prayers blind Satan. And when Satan is blind, we are free to experience a taste of heaven on earth !”.

Eileen continued to tell us that Our Lady is simple and humble. She wants to save all souls. Our Lady helps us to grow in holiness in the Diary and the Diary in turn teaches us to grow closer to Jesus !

Fasting and sacrifices saves souls, and we’re supposed to fast and sacrifice. Also, Eileen said we are to eliminate all distractions that take us away from growing in intimacy with Our Lord!

There is much more that Eileen shared with our Spanish listeners , but for the sake of time and space I must end now.

Eileen Piergiovanni, our National director with her example witnessed that there is no barrier such as language that “ Love “ can not overcome!

A BIG thank you to Eileen from our Spanish listeners for such a beautiful interview!! Gracias!!

Patti Schwartz

Radio Maria Español – February 12, 2021

Father Peter has been a priest with the arquidiocese of Philadelphia for 40 years; 26 of these years he has worked as a director for the Hispanic Curia. Faher Peter has also worked as a spiritual advisor for The Legion of Mary in Philadelphia and has been active with Father Gobbi’s Marian Movement of Priests. Father Welch taught us that the devotion to The Sacred Heart of Jesus as well as the devotion to The Immaculate Heart of Mary are both based on The Sacred Scripture: The Sacred Heart of Jesus First Friday devotion originated when the soldier pierced Our Lord”s side on the cross. The Immaculate Heart of Mary devotion began when on the feast of The Presentation, Simeon prophesied that a sword would pierce Her heart. There is a new devotion now, based on the approved apparitions in Brazil in 1998: The devotion to The Three Sacred Hearts. It should be observed on the first Wednesday of every month. Notice that The devotions of THe Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Immaculate Heart of Mary are always celebrated next to each other. Sister Natalia from Hungary in her mystical experiences received messages from Our Lord Jesus telling her that both Hearts are in complete union. Father also reminded us that two Hearts are also united in The Miraculous Medal.