Mary and the Holy Spirit©

The charts below are direct quotes from Post-Vatican II Magisterial Documents concerning the theme, Mary and the Holy Spirit. These teachings of the Catholic Church may prove useful to include in talks, in homilies or for research. For the full title and document data, click on the abbreviation code (for example, BYM leads you to the document, Behold Your Mother). This will also lead you to the complete document on this website, or assist you in locating it elsewhere.

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Documents III. Mary and the Holy Spirit
Marialis Cultus, 1974
  • In the Virgin Mary everything is relative to Christ and dependent upon Him. It was with a view to Christ that God the Father from all eternity chose her to be the all-holy Mother and adorned her with gifts of the Spirit granted to no one else. 25
Catechesi Tradendae, 1979
  • May the presence of the Holy Spirit, through the prayers of Mary, grant the Church unprecedented enthusiasm in the catechetical work that is essential for her. 73
Ephesus, 1550th Anniversary, 1981
  • Christ, the Redeemer of man and the world, is the center of history: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever" (Heb 13:8). Our thoughts and our hearts are turned to him in view of the approaching end of the second millennium separating us from his first coming into the world: but for that very reason they turn to the Holy Spirit, through whose power his human conception took place, and to the Virgin Mary, by whom he was conceived and from whom he was born. 8
The VM in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, 1988
  • The relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit is also to be seen in the light of Christ: 8
  • [post-conciliar: new themes, new treatments] the relationship between the Holy Spirit and Mary 16
To All Consecrated Persons, Marian Year, 1988
  • [Mary's motherhood] is to be transferred from her as a "model" to the whole Church, which will be revealed to the world on the day of the descent of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. 21 Mary, the Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit 39
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994
Fidei Depositum, 1992
Holy Spirit and Mary: 485, 486, 504, 695, 697, 722, 723, 724, 725, 726, 744, 2673, 2676, 2682 [BB]
Incarnation and Mary: 461, 466, 467, 469, 470, 475, 476, 483, 485, 602, 973 [BB]

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