Holy Spirit Novena - May 22-30
Today starts the Novena to the Holy Spirit through and with Mary. Below a link to prayers to the Holy Spirit. Please add your invocation to Mary Spouse of the Holy Spirit each day.
Our Blessed Mother is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit. At the first instant of her conception, He imparted to Her so great a fullness of grace that all the Angels and Saints combined have not attained such a degree of perfection.
Enraptured by Mary's beauty, the Holy Spirit exclaims in admiration: "How beautiful art thou, My Love!" (Cant. 4:1). But it was above all at the Incarnation of the Son of God that Mary became the true Spouse of the Holy Spirit for she conceived the Eternal Word in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Through Mary, with Mary, and in Mary, the Holy Spirit 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 Grignon de Montfort says: "The Holy Spirit 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 will, 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. This puzzles many as they hear this but we must note that Mary's Will is always perfectly in union with that of God. She never does anything without it being in perfect union with God.
Mary was present with the Apostles in the Cenacle, and for nine days had prayed with them and sighed for the coming of the Divine Comforter for the Church. It was due chiefly to Her prayers and ardent desires that the Holy Spirit came down with such treasures of grace.
Through Mary we must seek grace, for She is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and all graces are dispensed through her hands. Let us often greet Mary as the Spouse of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Mother Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit - pray for us!
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Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 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!