“Only those who have fallen in love with God and have no envy in their hearts can begin to grasp the love between the Holy Spirit and the Immaculate Virgin.” – Fr Patrick Greenough
Paul further explores the relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit in this edition of A Minute with Mary.
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Franciscan priest Fr Patrick Greenough, in writing the forward on the writings of St Maximilian Kolbe, wrote this about the relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit:
Only those who have fallen in love with God and have no envy in their hearts can begin to grasp the love between the Holy Spirit and the Immaculate Virgin. It is a love where one seeks only what the other seeks; a love that wills only what the other wills; a love that unites one to the other totally and absolutely without any separation whatsoever; a love so total and unitive and intimate it is “almost” as is there is no distinction between them.
Now this beautiful text takes St Maximilian Kolbe’s Marian theology and captures it in the heart so that we can begin to get a sense of the vastness and depth of God’s love and His special relationship with Mary. It helps us to discover that God’s love is much more than most of us realise. Oh, the great mysteries of God’s love that Mary has experienced in Her life. Her unity of love with God is way beyond what most of us even think is possible.
Mary calls us to enter deeply into this love and to discover for ourselves that His mercy really is unfathomable and that even the angels are in awe of His love and mercy. Every meaningful thing in life has its truth grounded in love. O Mary, teach us these priceless treasures of love!