My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Dear Friends
Today, we continue to focus on the mysteries of our faith. Let’s look today at theme: The Holy Mother is the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit.
In Christianity there are many different looks for the Blessed Mother. The Eastern Churches surround her with a great cult from the very beginning. The disciples of Luther, or reformed Churches, almost completely rejected the cult of the Mother of God. In the Catholic Church in various countries, in various ways throughout the centuries, Marian cult has been embraced.
Mary is one of the most perfect works of the Holy Spirit. He shaped her. Already from the moment of her conception in the womb of Saint Anna He was watching over her holiness. Nothing evil has ever touched the Holy Mother. The Holy Spirit was building a shrine for Himself. She is Immaculate from the beginning. She is the most outstanding masterpiece of the Holy Spirit. He also took care to shape her human heart so that she could love as does the heart of God. We know that the Holy Spirit is Love. Our human heart has a limited capacity. For example, if a mother has a dozen or so children, she can barely embrace them all with the same love and must be careful not to make any difference; to be the same loving mother for each child. A loving mother is one of the greatest miracles on earth. A mother embracing her own family with her love. But we can no longer embrace hundreds of thousands of people with our hearts. Our hearts have a small capacity.
The Holy Spirit has shaped the human heart of Mary so much that she can love not only a few dozen people, but can love their millions and billions. A heart that can love billions of people with a specific love that interests each and every one fully, is one of the greatest masterpieces of the Holy Spirit. There is a great prospect ahead of us if we give our heart to the Holy Spirit, it will be more and more capable of great love.
But this is not all. In this masterpiece, in this temple, which the Holy Spirit built, He lived and lives in the present. Therefore, the Blessed Mother is the visible temple of the Holy Spirit. We come to the temple to meet God. We come to the Mother of God to meet with the Holy Spirit. Whoever approaches Mary, he approaches the Holy Spirit who lives in her. This is the basis of Marian cult, otherwise, if we saw only the human being in the Holy Mother, in her worship there would be a danger of deification of man, and then it would be idolatry. Honouring a man and the highest honour that we can afford would be bordering on idolatry. However, when we worship the temple because of the God who lives in it, there is no idolatry. There is also no idolatry in Marian cult, for approaching the Blessed Mother, we approach the Holy Spirit itself. This is more or less the same as with the source. The Holy Mother is a fountain filled with Living Water, which is the Holy Spirit. However, it is impossible to separate the source from the water. People say they are looking for a source, but they are looking for water. If the source is dry, no one is interested in it, because there is no water anymore. We, looking to the Holy Mother, are looking for God. And that’s why we go to her because she understands us. The love of God hidden in her is conveyed through her by understandable human language.
We are touching an even more important matter right now. Every man can come to the Blessed Mother, even one who is afraid to meet God. Please note that Christ was and is being portrayed as a Judge, as a Legislator, as the one who will judge us at the end of time, which is what Advent is preparing us for. The Blessed Mother has never been presented in this way. She shows us this aspect of the manifesting love of God, which is expressed most fully in maternal love, and yet even the worst child always has access to a loving mother. Through the Mother of Jesus Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit, we have access to God Himself.
In the popular catechesis, the Mother of God always appears as the guardian of the secret gate, through which He lets those who do not dare enter through the main door, because they have so much entangled their lives that they are ashamed of their own past. This beautiful picture shows precisely the mystery of the Holy Spirit’s sanctuary, where man meets God. We must not separate the Holy Mother from the Holy Spirit, just as we must not separate the source from the water that is in it.
In this approach, every devotion to the Blessed Mother becomes understandable, even the simplest, almost primitive, when one cannot afford anything more than just a kiss in the picture. Even the handicapped people can pick up a rosary or light the candle for God’s Mother, they can also visit her shrines all over the world. These are not to be taken lightly. They are a sign of the good will of a man who wants to make contact with God. This man seeks the source of the Water of Life.
The Holy Spirit fills Mary, He lives in her. Marian devotion in the Church is always charismatic. That is why there are so many signs and miracles because of Mary. All we need to do is enter the chapels of Our Lady in Lourdes, in Fatima and many other places in the world to see a lot of human gifts in thanksgiving for the gift of healing miracles, release … These are signs of gratitude for the Holy Spirit who lives there. The Blessed Mother is the tabernacle of God (‘the Ark of the Covenant’), the tabernacle of the Spirit of God. This truth allows us to look through the evangelizing spirit of the entire Marian cult. Mary is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Who wants to be healed, cleansed, saved, who wants to touch God, just go to her because the Holy Spirit lives in her.
With love and prayers and asking for yours, Fr. Marcin