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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? google.com/… –  JustinY 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

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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 http://www.marymediatrix.com/ and navigate to the "book store".)

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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) http://www.niepokalanow.pl/pisma From what I gather, there are 2 volumes published in paper version by the Franciscans of Niepokalanow, http://www.wydawnictwo.niepokalanow.pl/index.php?products=product&prod_id=17 (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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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 Stratton Jan 22 '13 at 1:45

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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