**It is sometimes said that many spiritual writings today do not sufficiently reflect the whole doctrine concerning the Holy Spirit. It is the task of specialists . . . to meditate more deeply on the working of the Holy Spirit in the history of salvation, and to ensure that Christian spiritual writings give due prominence to His life-giving action. Such a study will bring out in particular the hidden relationship between the Spirit of God and the Virgin of Nazareth, and show the influence they exert on the Church. From a more profound meditation on the truths of the Faith will flow a more vital piety.1
Thus wrote Pope Paul VI in 1974 in Marialis Cultus, his Apostolic Exhortation “For the Right Ordering and Development of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” What the Supreme Pontiff may or may not have known is that St. Maximillian Kolbe (1894-1941) spent much of his life developing a Marian theology which revealed “the hidden relationship between the Spirit of God and the Virgin of Nazareth”; a theology that is rich in insights, unique in approach, and contributes to “a more vital piety” for the members of Christ’s Mystical Body.
St. Maximillian Kolbe, in keeping with Catholic Tradition, sees Mary as holding a preeminent place in God’s plan of salvation; of being a conscious cooperator with all the grace which comes from God to man. But while Sacred Tradition, represented by writers such as St. Louis de Montfort, emphasize Mary’s Divine Motherhood as being the basis for this teaching, Kolbe views Mary’s universal mediation of grace as primarily being linked with and drawn from her intimate and hidden relationship with the Holy Spirit.**