When the Holy Ghost Has Found Mary in a Soul

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When the Holy Ghost, her Spouse, has found Mary in a soul, He flies there. He enters there in His fullness; He communicates Himself to that soul abundantly, and to the full extent to which it makes room for His spouse. Nay, one of the greatest reasons why the Holy Ghost does not do startling wonders in our souls is because He does not find there a sufficiently great union with His faithful and inseparable spouse. I say "inseparable" spouse, because since that Substantial Love of the Father and the Son has espoused Mary, in order to produce Jesus Christ, the Head of the elect, And Jesus Christ in the elect, He has never repudiated her, because she has always been fruitful and faithful.

Saint Louis–Marie Grignion de Montfort
Father Faber's Translation

Those who have taken this teaching to heart know, by experience, just how true it is. Expertus potest credere. Seeking Mary, one finds the grace of the Holy Spirit. Listening to Mary, one hears the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. Entrusting oneself to Mary, one surrenders to the Holy Spirit.

All the ministrations that the liturgy ascribes to the Holy Spirit, it pleases Him to carry out with and through Mary. Mary consoles the afflicted. She prepares the soul for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. She is Advocate — advocata nostra — Mother of Good Counsel in every perplexity and doubt, and Mother of Perpetual Help in our every weakness.

Certain crises can be resolved and certain weaknesses overcome only through confident recourse to the Mother of God. Why? Because it pleases the Father to administer the infinite treasury of mercies revealed by Our Lord Jesus Christ for us on the Cross through the hands of His Most Pure Mother, in the strength and sweetness of the Holy Spirit.

Many years ago, out of personal conviction and experience, I began saying to those who came to me asking questions and seeking answers, "Seek ye therefore first Mary, and all these things shall be added unto you." She is the Mediatrix of All Graces. Pope Benedict XVI made this clear in his homily at the Canonization of Frey Antônio de Sant'Anna Galvão in Brazil on May 11, 2007:

Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, stands particularly close to us at this moment. . . . She, the Tota Pulchra, the Virgin Most Pure, who conceived in her womb the Redeemer of mankind and was preserved from all stain of original sin, wishes to be the definitive seal of our encounter with God our Saviour. There is no fruit of grace in the history of salvation that does not have as its necessary instrument the mediation of Our Lady.


is the icon above the one that was in the cell of St Seraphim of Sarov? it was an icon very dear to him, and he also taught the goal of the Christian life was the acquistion of the holy spirit, like St Louis who first wanted to call his community the missionaries of the holy spirit.

is there a reason you prefer the Fr. Faber translation of True Devotion?

thank you!

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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