It is approximately 100 inches high by 51 inches wide. The wise follower of Jesus desires to comprehend God through this mystery. May she dispose all that is in me so that, by her intercession and by the work of the Holy Spirit, Your life and likeness may be formed in me. Look on Mary as your model, unsurpassed and unsurpassable. However, the Church is explicitly mentioned as the Spouse of Christ in Scripture Eph. If the Holy Spirit is also Jehovah, or if the Holy Spirit is the earthly Presence of God that instructs, indwells, and empowers us here -- He is also the majesty and authority of the Creator, the One. He becomes the spouse of Mary.
Now Saint Maximilian shows us that what Nestorius got wrong about Christ, may in fact be close to correct when we consider the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit. Because the people of Israel were to receive God Incarnate in their midst as one of them, they would have to be made exclusively worthy by means of a special holiness imparted by the Old Covenant. It is sometimes said that many spiritual writings today do not sufficiently reflect the whole doctrine concerning the Holy Spirit. You are the Ark in which is found the golden vessel containing the true manna, that is, the flesh in which divinity resides. Hail Mary, spouse of God the Holy Spirit… pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Our eternal destiny has been played out on this field, for with mystical insight we understand that a divine proposal was made to this young woman Mary, and using her free will and reason, she consented to the request to become the Theotokos — the Mother of God. There was a man who had cancer and was dying.
Theologians, saints, and mystics have used marital language to express the love of God for His Church and the mystical relationship between our Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit. The special presence of the Holy Spirit over Mary as described above did not cease with the conception of Jesus. In Exodus 24, we read that the cloud covered the mountain where God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, and His glory settled on Sinai Horeb. At the first Pentecost the Holy Spirit manifested as fire. She is not like God.
She was an immaculate virgin before, during, and after her pregnancy. I assume it is referring to the Church as Bride , Christ being the Bridegroom or Spouse. He has clothed us in the white garment of Baptism so that we can be His authentic disciples who cling to Him and His saving words. If he never opened his mouth no prophecy will be made. Key to Mary's relationship to the Holy Spirit is that her faith, in a sense, consummates the relationship and brings forth the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Word of God. This came about as a result of the power of the Spirit, their prayer and Mary's steadfast faith. The sincere consent given by both parties may not be retracted, so forceful, informed and conscious it was.
Mary and the Holy Spirit cooperate in giving spiritual life to us, as husband and wife do in giving life, from the point of the Incarnation. Our Blessed Mother has already shown us the way to union with Christ: submission to the Lord in everything! Tommy Lane 2013 This homily was delivered when I was engaged in parish ministry in Ireland before joining the faculty of , Emmitsburg, Maryland. If the disciples were without faith Pentecost could not have happened because God designed that the Church would come into being through the faith of its members. Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen, warm the chill, guide the steps that go astray. She worked hard with him to raise and teach Jesus. Although it is something difficult for us to wrap our minds around, it is also important to note that Jesus Christ, the son of God existed from all eternity.
May she always intercede with her Son for mercy on our behalf! It is interesting that modern medical science has shown that. This doctrine of the Church can be likened to the numerous passages of the Bible where God considered Israel as his own wife just as the Church would be called the Bride of Christ, the Bridegroom Ephesians 5:22-33. These are the characteristics of all consecrated virgins, and the characteristics of all faith-filled wives and husbands who freely give the gift of themselves to their spouse in recognition of their marriage covenant. He who loves his wife loves himself. © 1993 Catholic Polls, Inc.
I think we should ponder on the mystery of the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost and ask God for enlightenment on those events and especially on Mary's role there. Her apparitions at Lourdes and Fatima have received the highest Church approval, but Beauraing, Banneux, Knox, Akita, Managua, Amsterdam, La Salette and Kibeho have all been endorsed by their local bishops. We think nothing of in-vitro fertilization and other fertility helps through technology these days. It is true that the words we use to speak of created realities express the divine perfections only in a halting, limited and analogical manner. Further, the terminus or end of this act of love flowing eternally between the Father and the Son, being perfect because it is divine, is personified. All the action takes place when Mary greets Elizabeth who was now an old woman even though in the culture of that time the elder came before the younger.
With the Father and the Son, he kept her free from the stain of sin, and so by the Spirit's intercession the Virgin is all-holy. I guess it would leave Mary as some sort of spiritual being to be spiritually married to God the Holy Spirit, and I don't think Scripture indicates that. . In the Divine espousal of Mary, the lowly handmaid of the Lord in total surrender and obedience Lk. When we have Mary in our lives we will also have the Holy Spirit, just as the Holy Spirit fell on Elizabeth and John the Baptist when Mary spoke. Be our consolation; O Virgin, be our joy; and after this our exile bring us to our heavenly home — O Mary! I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.