This is a beautiful topic. I have to first say that it is in the writings of St. Maximillian Kolbe that I first understood to a greater extent Mary as the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. He writes so beautifully on this. In a quick sentence, he states that when we call upon Mary – it is never without the Holy Ghost because they cannot be separated. This is so beautiful because God is contained within Mary. Mary is the vessel that brings us God. This helps us to understand Her as the Mediatrix of all Graces.
It was above all at the Incarnation of the Son of God that Mary became the true Spouse of the Holy Ghost for She conceived the Eternal Word in the power of the Holy Ghost. Through Mary, with Mary, and in Mary, the Holy Ghost brought forth the God-man, and in like manner, He brings forth, every day, to the End of Time, the elect children of God. St. Louis deMontfort says, “The Holy Ghost imparted to Mary His immeasurable gifts, and has made Her the dispenser of all His Graces, so that She distributes His gifts and graces to whom She wills, as much as She wills, and how and where She wills. No grace is given by Heaven to man except through her virginal hands.” St. Bernard and St. Alphonsus and many other theologians hold the same opinion.
Mary was present with the Apostles at Pentecost and prayed with them during the nine day Novena preceding this great day of grace. It was chiefly due to Her prayers and ardent desires that the Holy Ghost came down with such treasures of grace. Through Mary we must seek grace, for She is the Spouse of the Holy Ghost and all graces are dispensed through Her hands.
Since God is Love - let our prayer be: Mary teach me to love with Your love – let me love with Your Heart! Her passions, her thoughts, her actions will be placed into the hearts of her children. We should endeavor to have no thoughts and desires but the thoughts and desires of Mary. This desire is not wrong since Mary’s desires are always the desires of God – Her will is perfectly united to God’s.
It should be the desire of every child of Mary to look forward to when their soul is really and truly united to God so strongly that He will be able to make use of it as He wills, knowing that there will be no obstacle put in the way of the working of His Holy Ghost. We must strive to constantly keep watch over our hearts and to keep them pure and our souls empty of everything that is not of God. We must be vigilant in asking Mary to keep us humble. She will teach us that every grace given to us by God through Her should be faithfully attributed to God alone. God will then be able to use us for His greater glory knowing that He can trust that the work will be done in union with the Heart of Mary since that soul has been molded by Her.
How happy we will be once we are founded in truth seeing the things of God by the light given to us by the Holy Ghost through the prayers and intercession of Our Mother Mary. This is the greatest effect of the Total Consecration. St. Louis de Montfort states that Mary’s faithful servant who advances not to the first, second or third step alone, but who makes this devotion their habitual state are souls given graces so great that these graces may be in some sense compared even to those enjoyed by our first parents in their state of innocence. This happy state is not gained without conflict, without struggle, without great molestations from the evil one. However, those who place themselves into the hands of Mary are placed securely and are protected so strongly from any assaults as long as we have recourse to Her – She will crush Satan’s head.
May we seek the Spouse of the Holy Ghost, Mary, in order to be united to God in the most perfect and secure way.
Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost, pray for us!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!