Saturday, May 30, 2015: Our Lady--The Daughter of The Father, The Mother of The Son, The Temple/Spouse of The Holy Spirit

J.M.J. "4. Mary's threefold relationship with the divine Persons is confirmed in precise words and with a description of the characteristic relationship which links the Mother of the Lord to the Church: 'She is endowed with the high office and dignity of the Mother of the Son of God, and therefore she is also the beloved daughter of the Father and the temple of the Holy Spirit' (Lumen gentium, n. 53).

"Mary's fundamental dignity is that of being 'Mother of the Son', which is expressed in Christian doctrine and devotion with the title 'Mother of God'.

"This is a surprising term, which shows the humility of God's only-begotten Son in His Incarnation and, in connection with it, the most high privilege granted a creature who was called to give Him birth in the flesh.

"Mother of the Son, Mary is the 'beloved daughter of the Father' in a unique way. She has been granted an utterly special likeness between her motherhood and the divine fatherhood.

"And again: every Christian is a 'temple of the Holy Spirit', according to the Apostle Paul's expression (1 Cor 6:19). But this assertion takes on an extraordinary meaning in Mary: in her the relationship with the Holy Spirit is enriched with a spousal dimension. I recalled this in the Encyclical Redemptoris Mater: "The Holy Spirit had already come down upon her, and she became his faithful spouse at the Annunciation, welcoming the Word of the true God..." (n. 26)."

--Saint John Paul II, General Audience of Wednesday, January 10, 1996

Mary, Chaste Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.

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