Video – Dr. John Mark Miravalle, Mary and Divinization – CONF 308
At the Symposium titled "Sursum Actio" at Notre Dame Univ. from Jun 8-9, 2015, in honor of the life work of Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, F.I., John Mark Miravalle, S.T.D., Assistant Professor of Theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, gives the seventh conference which he titles, "Mary and Divinization: Peter Damian Fehlner on Mary and the Holy Spirit". He starts with six provocative statements by St. Maximilian Kolbe on Mary where he calls her:
- Spouse of the Holy Spirit
- Created Immaculate Conception and the Holy Spirit is Uncreated Immaculate Conception
- Compliment of the Trinity
- Quasi-incarnation of the Holy Spirit
- Quasi-part of the Holy Trinity
- Transubstantiated into the Holy Spirit
Then he describes how Fr. Peter uses all the resources of the Franciscan tradition to contextualize, clarify and confirm these rich insights of St Maximilian. He first mentions that these can be given the proper context by summarizing the astonishing yet biblical Catholic Teaching on Divinization, that we are called to be saints who share in the life of the Divine Trinity in some mysterious way. This happens via exemplar causality which is different from the four Aristotelian causes and is based on the Triune nature of God, which is built into creation, especially Mary. The Father is revealed by the Son, the Son by the Spirit, and the Holy Spirit by Mary.
The talk is followed by a commentary by Fr. Peter and then a round table discussion with the other presenters.
This symposium, Sursum Actio ("Lift up your Actions" or more loosely "Lift up your Hearts"), was organized in honor of the life work of Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner after he won the Cardinal John J. Wright Marialogical Award of 2015 from the Mariological Society of America for his outstanding contributions to Mariology.
For a more complete list of all fourteen talks from this symposium: