I implore prayer for wisdom about the difference between a person and a nature or will.
Our Church teaches us that the persons of the Trinity share one nature and one will.
She also teaches us that the one person of the Son has two natures and two wills.
It has therefore come into my mind that even a divinized created person might have more than one nature and more than one will (one of them shared with the Trinity), given the teaching of our recent Council:
``Christ, the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear.’’
Jesus Christ, perhaps, is no “freak” person by having two natures and two wills, but instead reveals to us the unspeakable designs of the Father in the normalcy of this situation for created persons also.
Since the Church contemplates in Mary that which she herself is becoming, the expression of this idea is that Mary, from the first moment of her conception as a created person, has had two natures and two wills-- one created and one uncreated or divine. This does not make her an uncreated person, but rather solidifies the Western doctrine of the Beatific Vision as direct participation in (“having”) the divine nature or essence, while further distancing the Church from the Orthodox conceptions of Palamas who said:
``No single thing of all that is created has or ever will have even the slightest communion with the supreme nature, or nearness to it.’’
Does the created person and particularly the New Eve, by God’s grace, transcend even the human nature and “have” the divine nature as well, in the image of her Son, yet without being more than Nothing in her person by comparison to God? Is this the meaning of “partake” in 2 Pet 1:4? Is this what Jesus was praying about when he prayed that we might be one just as he and the Father are one?
It seems to this poor soul to be a looming question (at least personally), and a potential division between Catholicism and Orthodoxy (yet, while perhaps revealing the true spirit of the schism), and pertinent to the Marian trajectory of dogma, and therefore in need of prayer… particularly for the rescue of Eastern Catholic brethren engaged in Hesychasm if it falls short of the genuine God-given dignity of created persons.
For myself, if my vision of the dignity of the created person is heretical and blasphemous (while yet retaining the humility of the complete contingency and nothingness of the created person), I ask for prayer as well.
I live up this prayer intention to Mary the Mother of God, whose nature(s) it pertains to.