Today is Pentecost! An amazing day in the Church. The day the Holy Spirit comes upon the Apostles in the presence of the Mother of God for all the world to receive the incredible sanctifying gifts with which to sanctify it. Sanctification and possession are the same act: for sanctification is the work of love, and love is possession. The very lowest degree of sanctity demands that the Holy Spirit dwell in our souls, possess them; while supreme sanctity is the supreme possession that the Spirit attains in the soul, the full and perfect possession of love. Archbishop Luis Martinez, author of the book, "The Sanctifier" states that the first relationship that the Holy Spirit has with a soul is that of being the delightful Guest. The entire Blessed Trinity dwells within the soul living the life of grace but Scripture attributes, in a special manner, this indwelling to the Holy Spirit.
"Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?"1Cor. 3:16 Without this dwelling of the Holy Spirit in us we cannot "become Christ". "If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ." Rom 8:9
One of the greatest secrets of Mary that many do not know is that no grace is given by Heaven to man except through the virginal hands of Our Blessed Mother - Spouse of the Holy Spirit. This is something so not understood but if it was - it would help sanctify the world because when we call on Mary - we receive the Holy Spirit who is Her Spouse and She is a tender Mother who refuses no one. This was understood and taught by St. Louis deMontfort, St. Bernard, St. Alphonsus and many others. Whether we know it or not - She is there dispensing graces from the Holy Spirit when God so wills it.
We find written in the Sanctifer: "St. Louis deMontfort understood so clearly the place that belongs to Mary in the work of sanctification that he made devotion to this sweet Mother, not something superficial or intermittent but constant and essential. His teachings simply brought to Christians the traditional Catholic teaching of our Good Queen and Mother which is to declare Her Mediatrix of all Graces. (link below) Christian life is the reproduction of Jesus in souls, and Perfection consists in the transformation of souls into Jesus.
St. Paul says the following:
"Do you not know yourselves that Christ Jesus is in you?" 2Cor 13:5
"For all you who have been baptize into Christ, have put on Christ." Gal 3:27
"....Christ dwelling through faith in your hearts." Eph 3:17
"Those whom He has foreknown He has also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son." Rom 8:29
"It is no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me." Gal. 2:20
"But we all, with faces unveiled, reflecting as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His very image from glory to glory."2Cor 3:18
Archbishop Luis Martinez says: "How will this mystical reproduction be brought about in souls? In the same way in which Jesus was brought into the world, for God gives a wonderful mark of unity to all His works. In His miraculous birth, Jesus was the fruit of Heaven and Earth. The Holy Spirit conveyed the divine fruitfulness of the Father to Mary, and this virginal soil brought forth our Most Loving Savior. "He was conceived by the Holy Ghost.. of the Virgin Mary". That is the way Jesus is always conceived. He is always the fruit of Heaven and Earth. Mary and the Holy Spirit concur in the work that is at once God's masterpiece and humanity's supreme product. They are the ones who can reproduce Christ in a soul.
He continues to say that they sanctify in different ways. The Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier because He is God, Who is infinite sanctity and it belongs to Him to communicate to souls the mystery of that sanctity. The Virgin Mary is the cooperator, the indispensable instrument in and by God's design. From Mary's maternal relation to the human body of Christ is derived her relation to HIS MYSTICAL BODY OF CHRIST which is being formed through all the centuries until the end of time! These two are the indispensable artificers of Jesus , the indispensable sanctifiers of souls.
The Holy Spirit pours charity into our heart, make a habitation of our soul, and directs our spiritual life by means of His gifts. The Virgin Mary has the efficacious influence of Mediatrix in the most profound and delicate operation of grace in our souls. The action of the Holy Spirit and cooperation of the most Holy Virgin Mary are constant; without them, not one single character of Jesus would be traced on our souls, no virtue grow, no gift be developed, no grace increase, no bond of union with God be strengthened in the rich flowering of the spiritual life. Therefore the Catholic Church teaches that devotion to the Holy Spirit and Our Blessed Mother should be necessary - profound and constant. (link below)
This is difficult for many Catholics today especially after Vatican II because of the lowering of our standards to help bring in the Protestants which it did not do - it only caused confusion among Catholics and now our Church is very crippled because of it. We are to go to Mary - Our Mother. Her will is perfectly united to God's. She does NOTHING without the sole Will of God. He has appointed Her for this role and if He did not want Her or need Her -- Jesus would not have been born and subject to Her. We in turn must be born of Her and subject to Her in order to be called Christian. She is blessed among all women and of Herself - She is nothing. All graces come from the Holy Spirit - She is merely the Dispenser of these graces. But She is so much more because She is the tender Mother of Jesus and is now the tender Mother of all mankind! She will never refuse those who have recourse to Her! It would be foolish to say we have no need of Her! Jesus CHOSE to need Her! The Almighty Father chose Her to be the Spouse of the Holy Spirit! We need Her also!
Our Lady, Spouse of the Holy Spirit - pray for us and intercede for us!
Come Holy Spirit Come! Come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well beloved Spouse!!
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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!