from issue no.12 - 2006


Spiritual reading/ 4

We continue the publication of the Creed of the People of God given out by Pope Paul VI on 30 June 1968 at the end of the Year of Faith for the one thousand nine hundredth anniversary of the martyrdom of the apostles Peter and Paul in Rome in 67 A. D.
As an invitation and help to prayer we recall two brief phrases: one from Saint Hilary of Poitiers and one from Don Luigi Giussani.
In the Treatise on the Trinity bishop Saint Hilary writes that the Holy Spirit is «the enjoyment in the gift» (Liturgy of the Hours, Office of the Lessons, Friday of the seventh week of Easter, second Lesson). The Spirit of Jesus makes us know and be joyful about what God has given us and thus stirs gratitude. One does not say thank you if one is not content with the gift.
On Christmas eve 2000 Don Giussani said to the professed of Memores Domini (Luigi Giussani, Into One Body, in 30Days, n. 1, January 2001, pp. 57-58): «Take pleasure in saying ejaculations, which are the successes that God wins for Himself in the otherwise vast emptiness and distraction of our days. The ejaculation that I recommend for your health, so that the endurance of faith and charity be more guaranteed in you, is Veni, Sancte Spiritus, veni per Mariam, Come, Holy Spirit, come through Mary».

from the Creed of the People of God by Pope Paul VI

The grace of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in Mary

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is Lord and Giver of life, who is adored and glorified together with the Father and the Son. He spoke to us by the prophets; He was sent by Christ after His resurrection and His ascension to the Father; He illuminates, vivifies, protects and guides the Church; He purifies the Church’s members if they do not shun His grace. His action, which penetrates to the inmost of the soul, enables man to respond to the call of Jesus: Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect (Mt. 5, 48).
We believe that Mary is the Mother, who remained ever a Virgin, of the Incarnate Word, our God and Savior Jesus Christ, (Denzinger 251-252) and that by reason of this singular election, she was, in consideration of the merits of her Son, redeemed in a more eminent manner, (Lumen gentium, n. 53) preserved from all stain of original sin (cf. Denzinger 2803) and filled with the gift of grace more than all other creatures. (Lumen gentium, n. 53)
Joined by a close and indissoluble bond to the Mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption, the Blessed Virgin, the Immaculate, was at the end of her earthly life raised body and soul to heavenly glory (Denzinger 3903) and likened to her risen Son in anticipation of the future lot of all the just; and we believe that the Blessed Mother of God, the New Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven her maternal role with regard to Christ’s members, cooperating with the birth and growth of divine life in the souls of the redeemed.

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