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The HOLY SPIRIT
(Excerpted from the writings
of St. Maximilian Kolbe)
The first person of the Blessed Trinity is the Father because He begets the Son. The Father, with the Son, is also the principle from which the Holy Spirit proceeds… but, this third person is not called a son of the Father, because He does not draw His origin from the Father by generation.
The Holy Spirit is the flowering of the love of the Father and the Son.
If the fruit of created love is a created conception, the fruit of Divine Love, that prototype of all created love, is, then, a divine “conception.”
The Holy Spirit is, therefore, the “uncreated eternal conception,” the prototype of all the conceptions that multiply life throughout the entire universe.
The Father begets; the Son is begotten; the Spirit is the “conception” that springs from their love; there we have the intimate life of the three Persons, by which they can be distinguished, one from another. However, they are united in the oneness of their nature, of their divine existence, their Will.
The Spirit is, then, this thrice holy “conception,” this infinitely holy “immaculate conception.”
This Holy Spirit, God’s maternal love, the Gift of himself because He is the Gift of the God of love, can also be called the uncreated Immaculate Conception. One may say that the Father and the Son “conceive,” each for the other, a Love which is, then, Love’s very conception.
All graces come from the Father, through the Son, by the Holy Spirit, and go back to the Father in like manner.
God is love; that is the Holy Trinity. The ebbing and flowing of love is what constitutes the life found in the bosom of the Trinity.
Our imagination leads us to think of God the Father, of Jesus, of the Immaculata (Mary), as the objects of ‘devotions,’ which are, more or less, similar. Instead, we should think of them as links in a single chain; as elements, all leading to a single goal: God, who is One in His Trinity.
The Immaculata comes forth from the Father, through the Son and the Holy Spirit, as from her creator, who calls all creatures out of nothing… to existence - in the very image of the Trinity – because He loves to find, in them, the image of Himself that they bear.
Mary agreed to become the mother of the Son of God when she spoke her ‘Fiat’ (‘let it be’); her, “Yes.” Instantly, she conceived the Word Incarnate in her womb, by the power of the Holy Spirit – her Divine spouse. Spouses, by the grace of God, become ‘one;’ therefore Mary is ‘one’ with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is in Mary after the fashion, one might say, in which the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Word, is in His humanity. There is, of course, this difference: in Jesus there are two natures – divine and human, but one single person, who is God. Mary’s nature and person are totally distinct from the nature and person of the Holy Spirit. Still, their union is inexpressible, and so perfect that the Holy Spirit acts only by the Immaculata, His spouse. The Holy Spirit and Mary are two persons who live in such intimate union, that they have but one sole life. In this union, heaven and earth meet; all of heaven with all of earth - the totality of divine eternal love with the plentitude of created love. It is the true summit of love.
Mary, as the spouse of the Holy Spirit, and, therefore, raised above all created perfection, accomplishes, in all things, the Will of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in her from the first instant of her conception.
The Holy Spirit never took flesh. Still, our human word, ‘spouse’, is too weak to express the reality of the relationship between the Immaculata and the Holy Spirit, We can affirm that Mary is, in a certain sense, the “incarnation” of the Holy Spirit; the personification of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that we love in her; and, through her, we love the Son.
Among creatures made in God’s image, the union brought about by married love is the most intimate of all. In a much more precise, more interior, more essential manner, the Holy Spirit lives in the soul of Mary… in the depths of her very being. He makes her fruitful from the very first instant of her existence, all during her life, and for all eternity. This eternal “Immaculate Conception” (the Holy Spirit) produces, in an immaculate manner, divine life, itself, in the womb (or depths) of Mary’s soul, making her the Immaculate Conception – the human, the created Immaculate Conception.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety (godliness), and fear of the Lord.
The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are: