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St. Maximilian Kolbe was known for printing his pamphlets in the years leading up to World War II. Reportedly, he had some very interesting musings on relativity, the speed of light and Christ's redemptive power.

I can't find any of his works in English (or Polish for that matter), although I read his quotes now and again. I've never seen an actual book or collection of writings written by him.

Is there a published collection of his works available anywhere?

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There are a lot of books about him, and I see one Kolbe reader, but I'm specifically looking the pamphlets published by his order in Poland. – Peter Turner Nov 8 '11 at 23:03
Have you tried Google Books?… – user23 Nov 8 '11 at 23:58
@justin Yeah, I've been looking for his stuff for a while, never asked any one about it before. Just searched libraries and the Internet to no avail. – Peter Turner Nov 9 '11 at 2:58
Great man, Kolbe. – Phonics The Hedgehog Nov 9 '11 at 5:25
A complete collection of St. Maximilian's writings will soon be published as a two-volume set in English. – user20908 Apr 22 at 4:05

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The complete writings of St. Maximilian Mary are available in Italian. A good portion are also available in English. A three-volume paperback version was published years ago, probably in the '80s. I don't have anything on hand, but be assured, a good portion of his writing is out there--well worth reading. You can check with Academy of the Immaculate for a copy of his "Roman Conferences" (go to and navigate to the "book store".)

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This site appears to be down at the moment, but they claim, "There is no complete English edition of his writings at the present moment in one collected volumes. Hence, we offer our readers and missionaries the following materials that can be used as supplement for meditation, and/or instruction on Kolbe's Total consecration to the the Immaculate."

Excerpts from Kolbe's Writings on Total Consecration to Mary (Google Cache)

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This might be helpful. I say this and thought of you.

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Normally, link-only answers are strongly discouraged on all StackExchange sites, but in this case, it does answer the question in about the only helpful way possible. So... +1 for giving a good answer, but just for future reference.. – David Jan 22 '13 at 1:45

You've probably found something by now, but if not, St Maximilian's writings are available online, though mostly in Polish (I found a few articles in Latin) on the website of Niepokalanow (Mary's Town), the Franciscan community founded by St Maximilian near Warsaw, Poland) From what I gather, there are 2 volumes published in paper version by the Franciscans of Niepokalanow, (only 2 links are allowed here, so you'd have to look the other volume up yourself). Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate are possibly the best source of information on the subject of the availability of any in English. The writings definitely are a worthy reading, as St Maximilian was an extraordinary man, 'the Patron Saint of our difficult century', as Blessed John Paul II called him.

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Amazon Kindle now has the title "Let Yourself Be Led by the Immaculate", written by Maximilian Kolbe, translated from the polish by a Dominican brother. Most of his works are available in Polish and (in translation) in Russian... but sadly have not yet been translated into English extensively. I hope that after the canonization of PJP II, a renewed interest in this "Saint of the troubled 20th Century" would occurr, but it just hasn't happened yet. He is a truly remarkable man and a wonderful Saint for anyone to follow and learn from.

While not directly related to your quest for his writings, I wondered if you know about the National Shrine to Saint Maximilian Kolbe? Their contact email is: and they also have phone numbers, but I have found that sending an email asking questions or for help is usually fruitful. If you send them a question, I am sure someone could help you out and direct you to the proper documents and whether or not they can be obtained in digital or written format.

The title in the Kindle Store:

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