Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created;
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. LET US PRAY.
O God, who didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful people by sending them the light of Thy Holy Spirit, grant us
by the same Spirit to have right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen
O Holy Spirit, sweet Guest of my soul, abide in me and grant that I may ever abide in Thee.
Devotion to Our Blessed Mother leads to a closer relationship with the Holy Spirit. St. Louis de Montfort so beautifully expressed this: “When the Holy Ghost, her Spouse, has found Mary in a soul, He flies there.”6 The Catechism of the Catholic Church articulates beautifully the unique relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit prepared Mary by His grace. (Catechism 722)
In Mary, the Holy Spirit fulfills the plan of the Father’s loving goodness. Through the Holy Spirit, the Virgin conceives and gives birth to the Son of God. By the Holy Spirit’s power and her faith, her virginity became uniquely fruitful. (Catechism 723)
Finally, through Mary, the Holy Spirit begins to bring men, the objects of God’s merciful love, into communion with Christ. And the humble are always the first to accept Him. (Catechism 725)
We see, therefore, that children in their innocence and humility are more easily drawn into communion with Christ through Mary and the actions of the Holy Spirit.
The Catechism also teaches us the following:
By this power of the Spirit, God’s children can bear much fruit. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear “the fruit of the Spirit: . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” “We live by the Spirit”; the more we renounce ourselves, the more we “walk by the Spirit.” (Catechism 736)
The Spirit prepares men and goes out to them with His grace, in order to draw them to Christ. (Catechism 737)
From the beginning to the end of time, whenever God sends His Son, He always sends His Spirit: Their mission is conjoined and inseparable. (Catechism 743)
In the fullness of time the Holy Spirit completes in Mary all the preparations for Christ’s coming among the People of God. (Catechism 744)
Thus, we see how the Holy Spirit works in Mary and through Mary. When we draw closer to Mary, we likewise draw closer to the Holy Spirit.
Goal: Devotion to Our Blessed Mother leads us to a closer relationship with the Holy Spirit.
OUR FATHER . . .
HAIL MARY . . .
GLORY BE . . .
AVE MARIS STELLA . . .