Holy Spirit! People today are very alive with the Holy Spirit and this is fantastic. The thing that always strikes me the most about the importance of the Holy Spirit is during Pentecost. For me, the transformation of the weak apostles to these supermen was mind blowing. To be transformed from men who would betray the Lord to men who would die for his sake is just beautiful. It really gives a testament to how transformative His powers are. The fact that there has been a revival of devotion to the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Church in the last 40-50 years is great; however, I want to mention a cautionary note to those that are on fire with the Holy Spirit which is the intent of my blog today.
So to begin, lets start with a quote from St. Louis de Monfort that I think sums up this post:
If devotion to the Blessed Virgin is necessary for all men simply to work out their salvation, it is even more necessary for those who are called to a special perfection. I do not believe that anyone can acquire intimate union with our Lord and perfect fidelity to the Holy Spirit without a very close union with the most Blessed Virgin and an absolute dependence on her support. – True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin by St. Louis de Montfort
St. Louis de Montfort held a very special devotion to the Blessed Virgin and understood very clearly her role in leading all men to Lord. I bring this up because what I hear often is a lot of discussion about the Holy Spirit but little to none about the Blessed Virgin. This should be a cause for concern, especially in Catholic circles. To be honest, this is what distinguishes us from our other Christian brother and sisters who reject anything to do with the Blessed Virgin. If we were to take St. Louis de Montfort’s words with some seriousness, we would see that he makes the claim that without a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, he does not believe that ANYONE can acquire an intimate union with our Lord and perfect fidelity to the Holy Spirit. Very powerful words. I do want to mention that St. Louis de Montfort’s message states that this is required for “those that are called to a special perfection” which would imply that this is perhaps specific to some. I prefer to err on the side of caution and take the great saints words as one that is applicable to ALL. St. Maximilian Kolbe wrote extensively on the Blessed Virgin being the created Immaculate Conception, which she told to St. Bernadette, and that she holds a special position in relationship to the Godhead. We would be almost foolish NOT to utilize our Blessed Mother as she is the surest and quickest way to our Lord as saints have mentioned time and time again throughout history. What I say is hardly new but there must be a reason why we have to bring certain points time and time again throughout history.
I want to conclude saying that if you desire to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit, you would do well to also have one with the Blessed Virgin. Devotion to her will not make you love the Lord less, quite the opposite, you love for the Lord will greatly increase by her intercession. This could be as simple as doing a rosary daily and mediating on the mysteries of the rosary. If this is too intense, ease into. Perhaps 3 Hail Mary’s in the beginning, then move on to one decade and finally the full rosary. Start small but keep progressing!
Please keep the Lord close to your heart but keep the Blessed Mother there as well for her goal in life is to lead all men and women to Jesus Christ. We would be foolish not to utilize her in our earthly journey towards our heavenly home.