I just got an emergency call to go to the hospital and anoint this woman. Her son said that she only has minutes to live. I anointed her, and twenty members of the family prayed the divine mercy chaplet. After I anointed her I felt something of what a mother feels like when she give birth to a child. On Mother’s day even a priest can feel like a mother. Now we know that a priest is not a mother, but he can experience some of the feeling of motherhood. St Paul says in Galatians, ” My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you.” (Gal 4:19) St Paul is certainly drawing on a maternal image.
The Holy Spirit is like a mother. Cardinal Ratzinger wrote, “In both Hebrew and Greek, ‘wisdom’ is a feminine noun, and this is no empty grammatical phenomenon in antiquity’s vivid awareness of language. ‘Sophia’ a feminine noun, stands on that side of reality which is represented by the woman, by what is purely and simply feminine…Spirit too, is feminine in Hebrew…Because of the teaching about the Spirit, one can as it were practically have a presentiment of the primordial type of the feminine, in a mysterious, veiled manner, within God himself.” There are many quotes from the saints where they united the Holy Spirit and Motherhood. This one quote from Saint Catherine will suffice, “The Holy Spirit becomes for people who abandon themselves to providence a mother who feeds them from the breast of divine charity.”
The Blessed Virgin Mary is an image of the Holy Spirit. A mother gives us life in the natural. The Holy Spirit gives life to us in the supernatural. It is not our mother that gives us life? We say in the creed about the Holy Spirit that He is the Lord and the Giver of Life. It was the Holy Spirit that inspired the life of Jesus in the womb of Mary. It is the same Holy Spirit that hovers over the waters of baptism when we are reborn as a child of God. As Jesus was born from the womb of Mary. We are born from the womb of the Church.
Even now we are spiritually in the womb of Mary. One day we will be born anew when we enter into Heaven. Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one in born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God…Truly, Truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”(John 34-6) We are born the first time in water and we are born supernaturally in the waters of baptism.
Even now we are supernaturally in the womb of Mary, and the milk of the Holy Spirit is making us strong and forming Jesus in us.