I read or heard somewhere that St. Maximilian Kolbe posited that Sanctifying Grace spread throughout the cosmos faster than the speed of light at the moment Jesus died on the cross. I know his works have only recently been translated into English. I have not read them.

Is my understanding of Kolbe's position correct, and what is the source of that summary (beyond Kolbe's original work)? I suspect that it came from the novels distributed by Catholicity.com which I read some years back but am unable to pin it down.

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    According to 2 Timothy 1:9, sanctifying grace predates the cosmos.
    – Andrew
    Jan 24 '18 at 12:03
  • @korvin yes thank you (and Ken). This is why questions should not be asked past midnight. Unfortunately that's when they pop into my head.
    – Peter Turner
    Jan 24 '18 at 16:27
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    Peter, I once heard "ask, and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find" and found no time restrictions in the original source document. 8^D Jan 24 '18 at 16:31
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    Even without considering distant galaxies, we have an example right here on earth: The Blessed Virgin Mary was given sanctifying grace from the moment of her conception, because of the merits of Christ's sacrifice on Calvary, even though her conception occurred years before His sacrifice. (2) It is my understanding that the redemption of the human race required a perfect sacrifice by a human being; this is why the eternal second Person of the Trinity became man to save us. It would seem, then, that sanctifying grace [continued in next comment] Jan 26 '18 at 1:41
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    The procurator of his cause goes into great detail on St. Maximilian's scientific views. However the book that would explain this is Fr. Antonio Ricciardi, OFM Conv.'s works for the official Cause of Beatification and/or Canonization. It will not be found in his popular editions of St. Maximilian's biography: Saint Maximilian Kolbe. The official edition which he wrote for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is quite long and is full of very interesting details. I am sure an English copy does exist somewhere.
    – Ken Graham
    Feb 4 '18 at 14:03

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