Mary and the Holy Spirit

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The article Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate stresses the promulgation of The Fifth Marian Dogma to spark a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  The correlation between the Holy Spirit and Mary is strong, and Saint Maximillian Kolbe (1894-1941) developed a Marian theology revealing the hidden relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit.

The saint considered Mary’s preeminent place in God’s plan of salvation as cooperator with all graces from God to man.  They come to us from God the Father and the Holy distributes them with Mary’s cooperation. She stated in Medjugorge during her apparition of October 25, 2015:

“Dear children! Also today, my prayer is for all of you, especially for all those who have become hard of heart to my call. You are living in the days of grace and are not conscious of the gifts which God is giving to you through my presence.”

The special relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit emerged from Christ’s Incarnation by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father and the Son willed Mary united intimately to the Holy Spirit to bring about the Incarnation of the Word within her womb, making Mary the Mother of God; this union enabled her to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, as He wills, in the distribution of grace.

Kolbe examined Mary’s words to Bernadette at Lourdes, “I am the Immaculate Conception”.  Mary was conceived without sin and remained immaculate.  Kolbe said Mary is the created Immaculate Conception through the Father’s love and the Holy Spirit’s work to be uniquely filled with grace and destined to be Christ’s Mother.

The difference between Mary and the rest of humanity concerns grace, for God gave her a singular privilege at her conception making her the created Immaculate Conception and united her ineffably to the Holy Spirit to enable Mary to be the Mother of God. She cooperated with her Son’s redemptive death, and cooperates with the Holy Spirit in the distribution of all grace merited by her Son.

The Holy Spirit is totally receptive to the love that flows eternally between the Father and the Son, and  makes this love fruitful by pouring it forth in infinite abundance.  Kolbe said, “The Holy Spirit made Mary fruitful, from the first instant of her existence, during her life, and for eternity.”

The singular privilege granted to Mary has a dual purpose:  As Christ’s Mother, Mary is the Co-Redemptrix of the humaity; as the Holy Spirit’s spouse, she shares in the distribution of grace.

All graces come from the Father and the Holy Spirit distributes them with Mary’s cooperation, as He wills.  We respond to God’s graces through the Holy Spirit, and Mary may cooperate as humanity mediator before her divine spouse.

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