This article investigates a Mariological interpretation of the sacrament of confirmation, exploring the figure of Mary as a model recipient of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, with broader implications for understanding the interrelation of nature and grace. It draws upon a strand of patristic Mariology that relates Christian initiation to conformation with Mary. Such passages are found in Origen, Gregory of Nazianzus and Gregory of Nyssa, who all speak of the souls of the faithful being conformed to Mary. As Mary received the Word of God in her womb, so Christ is formed more deeply in the soul of the Christian strengthened by confirmation.
"Confirmation in the Spirit by Conformation to Mary: The Gifts of the Spirit in Mariological Perspective,"
Vol. 68, Article 7, Pages 87-110.
Available at: https://ecommons.udayton.edu/marian_studies/vol68/iss1/7