Mary and the Holy Spirit:
Fashioned by the Spirit (Her whole existence)

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Documents III. Mary and the Holy Spirit / 2. Fashioned by the Spirit (Her whole existence)
Lumen Gentium, 1964
  • [Mary] fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature [cf. Germanus of Constantinople, "Hom. in Annunt. Deiparae": PG 98, 328A, etc.] 56
Signum Magnum, 1967
  • prophetic canticle she had uttered under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit [Magnificat] 3
  • She freely and earnestly heeded the interior promptings of the Holy Spirit at all times. 16
  • her generous efforts under God's inspiration [see "fullness of grace" ahead] 21
General Catechetical Directory, 1971
  • The gift of Christ's Spirit is manifested in her in an altogether singular manner, because Mary is "full of grace" (Lk 1, 28) and is "a model of the Church." (LG, 63) 68
  • In her,
    who was preserved from all stain of original sin,
    who was freely and fully faithful to the Lord,
    and who was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory,
    the Holy Spirit has fully manifested his gift. 68
Behold Your Mother (USA), 1973
  • "fashioned by the Holy Spirit into a kind of new substance and a new creature." (LG 56) 52
  • led by the Holy Spirit in everything (PO 18) 69
  • servant of the Spirit 106
  • The role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Mary is especially pertinent to our time. Mary of the Magnificat is, after Jesus himself, the supreme New Testament example of one who is led by the Holy Spirit. Not only the Magnificat, but Mary's whole life was a song of love inspired by the Holy Spirit. "Led by the Holy Spirit, she devoted herself entirely to the mystery of man's redemption." (PO 18) [Discussed under Mother of the Church] 118
Marialis Cultus, 1974
  • adorned her with gifts of the Spirit granted to no one else 25
  • Theological reflection and the liturgy have in fact noted how the sanctifying intervention of the Spirit in the Virgin of Nazareth was a culminating moment of the Spirit's action in the history of salvation. Thus, for example, some Fathers and writers of the Church attributed to the work of the Spirit the original holiness of Mary, who was as it were "fashioned by the Holy Spirit into a kind of new substance and new creature." (LG 56) 26
Gaudete in Domino, 1975
  • The attainment of such an outlook is not just a matter of psychology. It is also a fruit of the Holy Spirit. This Spirit, who dwells fully in the person of Jesus, made him during his earthy life so alert to the joys of daily life, so tactful and persuasive for putting sinners back on the road to a new youth of heart and mind! It is this same Spirit who animated the Blessed Virgin and each of the saints.
Redemptor Hominis, 1979
  • under the special influence of the Holy Spirit, this heart Final paragraph
Ephesus, 1550th Anniversary, 1981
  • In her there dawned the new humanity which with Christ was presented in the world in order to bring to completion the original plan of the covenant with God, broken by the disobedience of the first man. 4
Redemptoris Mater, 1987
  • [Calvary] And how powerful too is the action of grace in her soul, how all pervading is the influence of the Holy Spirit and of his light and power! 18
The VM in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, 1988
  • "She is, at it were, fashioned and formed into a new creature" (LG 56) by the Holy Spirit. 8
Veritatis Splendor, 1993
  • Mary experiences, in perfect docility to the Spirit, the richness and the universality of God's love, which opens her heart and enables it to embrace the entire human race. 120
Tertio Millennio Adveniente, 1994
  • ...and then in the whole of her life allowed herself to be guided by his interior activity, will be contemplated and imitated during this year above all as the woman who was docile to the voice of the Spirit, a woman of silence and attentiveness, a woman of hope who, like Abraham, accepted God's will "hoping against hope." (cf. Rom 4:18) 48
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994
Fidei Depositum, 1992
493 The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God "the All-Holy" (Panagia) and celebrate her as "free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature." (LG 56) By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long.

722 The Holy Spirit prepared Mary by his grace. It was fitting that the mother of him in whom "the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily" (Col 2:9) should herself be "full of grace." She was, by sheer grace, conceived without sin as the most humble of creatures, the most capable of welcoming the inexpressible gift of the Almighty. It was quite correct for the angel Gabriel to greet her as the "Daughter of Zion": "Rejoice." (Cf. Zeph 3:14; Zech 2:14) It is the thanksgiving of the whole People of God, and thus of the Church, which Mary in her canticle (cf. Lk 1:46-55) lifts up to the Father in the Holy Spirit while carrying within her the eternal Son.

744 In the fullness of time the Holy Spirit completes in Mary all the preparations for Christ's coming among the People of God. By the action of the Holy Spirit in her, the Father gives the world Emmanuel, "God-with-us." (Mt 1:23)

Vita Consecrata, 1996
  • It is in the contemplation of the crucified Christ that all vocations find their inspiration. From this contemplation, together with the primordial gift of the Spirit, all gifts, and in particular the gift of the consecrated life, take their origin. After Mary, the mother of Jesus, it is John who receives this gift.. John is the disciple whom Jesus loved, the witness who together with Mary stood at the foot of the cross (cf. Jn 19:26-27) ... John, together with Mary, is among the first in a long line of men and women who, from the beginning of the church until the end, are touched by God's love and feel called to follow the Lamb (cf. Rv 14:1-5) (cf. Proposition 3). 23
  • Consecrated life looks to her as the sublime model of ... openness to the Spirit 28
Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 2002
  • When in the Rosary we plead with Mary, the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit (cf. Lk 1:35), she intercedes for us before the Father who filled her with grace and before the Son born of her womb, praying with us and for us. 16
  • ...contemplating Christ and his Blessed Mother in glory, they see the goal towards which each of us is called, if we allow ourselves to be healed and transformed by the Holy Spirit. It could be said that each mystery of the Rosary, carefully meditated, sheds light on the mystery of man. 25

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