Some Thoughts on the Holy Spirit from Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

One of the saints celebrated today is Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, a Florentine born in 1566, who joined the Carmelites. I don't really know much about her, but the matins reading excerpted from her writings is lovely and profound.

The Holy Spirit as the motion of God: "You do not, O Holy Spirit, stand still in the unmoved Father or in the Word, and yet You are always in the Father and in the Word and in Yourself and in all blessed spirits and creatures."

This Spiritual motion communicates the cosmic friendship and universal reconciliation worked by the kenotic and passionate philanthropia of Jesus, pouring out from His pierced Heart: "You are the friend of the created because of the blood shed by the only-begotten Word, Who in the greatness of His love made Himself the friend of the created."

The motion of this divine Love finds its sabbath in a heart that reciprocates simply in being made capable of receiving that love through mortification of self by union with the bleeding-out of the Word of God: "You find rest in creatures who are prepared to receive You, so that in the transmission of Your gifts they take on, through purity, their own particular likeness to You. You find rest in those creatures who absorb the effects of the blood of the Word and make themselves a worthy dwelling place for You."

And then the invocation: "Come, Holy Spirit. Let the precious pearl of the Father and the Word's delight come. Spirit of Truth, You are the reward of the saints, the comforter of souls, light in the darkness, riches to the poor, treasure to lovers, food for the hungry, comfort to those who are wandering; to sum up, You are the One in Whom all treasures are contained."

Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, pray for us!