DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH: An ecclesiastical writer, noted both for the greatness of his learning and the holiness of his life, whose feast has been extended to the whole Western church with a Mass and Office either of his own or of the common of Doctors.--Donald Attwater, Ed., A Catholic Dictionary, The Macmillan Company (1942) w/Nihil Obstat & Imprimitur
Frances de Sales (1567-1622), a French bishop and founder of the Visitation Order and Doctor of the Church, had nice things to say about Catholic Mary:
The charity of this Mother of Love excels in perfection that of all the saints in Heaven...We must make use of her as our Mediatrix with her Divine Son, if we wish to obtain the Holy Ghost. True, we could go direct to God and ask Him for His grace without the Blessed Virgin...but God has not so willed it.--Quoted by The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in The Mother of God, St. Benedict Center (1957), p. 113
The movement to establish Mary as Mediatrix of God's grace has been around for some time. Did you notice in de Sales' words the implication that one cannot receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit without going through Catholicism's earth-mother goddess Mary? In the above, it would appear, she portrayed as controlling the Holy Spirit, or at least a conduit through which He works. I suppose it makes sense to some, especially those who would redefine the Godhead to be include Father, Mother, Son and Holy Spirit. In her catechism, Mama Church appears to identify her as God:
744 In Mary, the Holy Spirit manifests the Son of the Father, now become the Son of the Virgin. She is the burning bush of the definitive theophany. Filled with the Holy Spirit she makes the Word visible in the humility of his flesh. It is to the poor and the first representatives of the gentiles that she makes him known. - Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), 2nd Ed., (C) 1994/1997 United States Catholic Conference, Inc. [My emphasis]
Some readers might ask what it is in the quoted paragraph that presents Catholic Mary as the Lord God. It is in the words "definitive theophany."
. . . A theophany is a manifestation of God in the Bible that is tangible to the human senses. In its most restrictive sense, it is a visible appearance of God in the Old Testament period often, but not always, in human form. Some of the theophanies are found in: Genesis 12:7-9, 18:1-33, 22:22-30; Exodus 3:2, 4:17, 24:9-11; Job 38-42 - What is a theophany? What is a Christophany? © 2002-2007 Got Questions Ministries
I find nothing in the Scriptures that even hints at the need to go through Catholic Mary in order to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit. In fact, biblical accounts do not mention her having anything to do with God's salvific program, other than her role in the incarnation of the Word. The Holy Spirit is God. He needs no one to open doors for Him.
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word..-- Acts 10:42-44, KJV
My issue in this study is with de Sales' assertion that, though one might go directly to God and petition for Grace, “God has not so willed it.” By his use of the first-person plural pronoun "WE," it appears that de Sales was writing for the edification of "Christians," as the term is understood by the Catholic Church. If that be so, then it would appear that the RCC holds to a different understanding of the believer's relationship with the Son and the spirit: In her Catechism, Mama Church seems to agree with Scripture that
152 One cannot believe in Jesus Christ without sharing in his Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who reveals to men who Jesus is. For "no one can say "Jesus is Lord", except by the Holy Spirit", who "searches everything, even the depths of God. . . - CCC, Op. cit.
Scriptures are quite clear that God not only so wills it, but even encourages believers to go boldly into the Presence.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.--Hebrews 4:14-16, KJV
The choice is yours. Do you wish to continue in association with a cult that not only permits teachings that are contrary to Sacred Scriptures but actually honors those who present them? Or do you not think it wiser to cling to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His Christ, Who is the one and only Savior?
Seems a no-brainer to me.