by Quentin Hakenewerth, SM
This booklet is not only to be read, but to be prayed and lived. It is about the Mother of Jesus. . . . She is a significant presence in the world and in our lives. It is our grace to experience that presence and to be blessed by it in surprising ways. . . When you arrive at the end of the booklet, may you discover that all along the way, “the Mother of Jesus was there.”
The mutuality of the espousal of the Holy Spirit and Mary is seen in this: at the very time Jesus was conceived in her body, he was also conceived in her soul—Both actions of the Holy Spirit in Mary. That means that while Mary was forming the humanity of Christ in her womb, the Holy Spirit was forming all the traits of Jesus in her person. Every act of God’s love for Mary is echoed in a response of her faith, and each act of Mary’s fidelity to God is confirmed by a new grace of union with the Holy Spirit.
Many of your inner traits are found in Mary as your Mother and Model. Which ones do you recognize?
In God’s selection of Mary as the spouse of the Holy Spirit, we see utter gratuity combined with the munificence of infinite mercy—an exclusive act of the Lord who distributes his gifts as he pleases. But fidelity is not so completely the work of grace as to exclude the cooperation of Mary with the Spirit of God who dwells with her. Now it is precisely in this cooperation that Mary’s greatest glory consists.
The Presence of Mary
God’s Plan to Make All Things New
Enemy of Sin
Forming Us in the Likeness of Jesus
Associating Us in the Mysteries of Jesus
Completing the Mysteries of Mary
The Spirit of Mary