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Mary’s Perpetual Virginity – Biblical Evidence 

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity – Biblical Evidence 

 

Biblical Evidence for the Perpetual Virginity of Mary.

Mary “remained a virgin in conceiving her Son, a virgin in giving birth to him, a virgin in carrying him, a virgin in nursing him at her breast, always a virgin” (CCC 510).

The answer is that the Catholic faith is not a product of consumer culture. It proposes certain truths to us not because they suit our lifestyle, but because they’re true. Nobody prefers a universe in which it’s necessary to “take up your cross” (versus, say, a universe in which you just have to take up your TV remote) in order to find life eternal. It’s just that the universe Jesus describes happens to be the universe we live in, like it or not. In the same way, the Church tells us Mary is a perpetual virgin not because it suits somebody’s lifestyle, but because she is a perpetual virgin, and that has real implications for us.

Once upon a time, almost no Christian denied that Mary the mother of Jesus was perpetually a virgin: including Protestants. Of the early leaders of that movement, virtually all fully accepted this doctrine: including Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Bullinger, Turretin, and Cranmer. Moreover, most Protestant exegetes continued to believe it for at least another 350 years or so. 

But today, for various reasons, things are very different, so it’s helpful to revisit the biblical arguments, since the Bible is the authority all Christians revere in common. A surprising number can be found.

1)  Luke 2:41-51 describes Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to the temple at the age of twelve, for the required observance of Passover. Everyone agrees that He was the first child of Mary, so if there were up to five or more siblings, as some maintain (or even one), why is there no hint of them at all in this account?

2) Neither Hebrew nor Aramaic have words for “cousin.” The New Testament was written in Greek, which does have such a word (sungenis), but Jesus and His disciples spoke Aramaic (a late version of Hebrew), and the Hebrew word ach is literally translated as adelphosthe literal equivalent of the English “brother.” In the Bible, it has a very wide range of meanings beyond “sibling”: just as “brother” does in English. Thus, it is routinely used in the New Testament to describe cousins or kinsmen, etc.

3) Jesus Himself uses “brethren” (adelphosin the non-sibling sense. In Matthew 23:8 (cf. 12:49-50), He calls, for example, the “crowds” and His “disciples” (23:1) “brethren.” In other words, they are each other’s“brothers”: the brotherhood of Christians.

4) In comparing Matthew 27:56, Mark 15:40, and John 19:25, we find that James and Joseph (mentioned in Mt 13:55 with Simon and Jude as Jesus’ “brothers”) are the sons of Mary, wife of Clopas. This other Mary (Mt 27:61; 28:1) is called Our Lady’s adelphe in John 19:25. Assuming that there are not two women named “Mary” in one family, this usage apparently means “cousin” or more distant relative. Matthew 13:55-56 and Mark 6:3 mention Simon, Jude and “sisters” along with James and Joseph, calling all adelphoiThe most plausible interpretation of all this related data is a use of adelphos as “cousins” (or possibly, step-brothers) rather than “siblings.” We know for sure, from the above information, that James and Joseph were not Jesus’ siblings.

It’s not mere special pleading to argue in this fashion, nor an alleged “desperation” of Catholics who supposedly “read into” the texts their prior belief in the dogma of perpetual virginity. Plenty of Protestant exegesis and scholarship confirms these views: especially in older commentaries. For example, the prominent 19th century Commentary on the Whole Bible, by Jamieson, Fausset & Brown, states, regarding Matthew 13:55 (my italics added): 

An exceedingly difficult question here arises – What were these “brethren” and “sisters” to Jesus? Were they, First, His full brothers and sisters? or, Secondly, Were they His step-brothers and step-sisters, children of Joseph by a former marriage? or, Thirdly, Were they His cousins, according to a common way of speaking among the Jews respecting persons of collateral descent? On this subject an immense deal has been written, nor are opinions yet by any means agreed . . . In addition to other objections, many of the best interpreters, . . . prefer the third opinion. . . Thus dubiously we prefer to leave this vexed question, encompassed as it is with difficulties.

5) The Blessed Virgin Mary is committed to the care of the Apostle John by Jesus from the Cross (John 19:26-27). Jesus certainly wouldn’t have done this if He had brothers (all of whom would have been younger than He was).

6) Matthew 1:24-25 Joseph . . . knew her not until she had borne a son . . .

This passage has been used as an argument that Mary did not remain a virgin after the birth of Jesus, but the same Protestant commentary also states (my italics again):

The word “till” [until above] does not necessarily imply that they lived on a different footing afterwards (as will be evident from the use of the same word in 1 Samuel 15:35; 2 Samuel 6:23; Matthew 12:20); nor does the word “first-born” decide the much-disputed question, whether Mary had any children to Joseph after the birth of Christ; for, as Lightfoot says, “The law, in speaking of the first-born, regarded not whether any were born after or not, but only that none were born before.”

John Calvin used the same counter-argument in favor of Mary’s perpetual virginity. In fact, in his Harmony of the Gospels, commenting on Matthew 1:25, he thought the contention of further siblings based on this passage was so unfounded that he wrote, “No man will obstinately keep up the argument, except from an extreme fondness for disputation.”

7) Jude is called the Lord’s “brother” in Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3. If this is the same Jude who wrote the epistle bearing that name (as many think), he calls himself “a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James” (Jude 1:1). Now, suppose for a moment that he was Jesus’ blood brother. In that case, he refrains from referring to himself as the Lord’s own sibling (while we are told that such a phraseology occurs several times in the New Testament, referring to a sibling relationship) and chooses instead to identify himself as James‘ brother. 

This is far too strange and implausible to believe. Moreover, James also refrains from calling himself Jesus’ brother, in his epistle (James 1:1: “servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ”): even though St. Paul calls him “the Lord’s brother” (Gal 1:19).

It’s true that Scripture doesn’t come right out and explicitly state that Mary was a perpetual virgin. But nothing in Scripture contradicts that notion, and — to say the same thing another way — nothing in the perpetual virginity doctrine contradicts Scripture

Virgin Mary Reveals To A Mystic What Happens To Aborted Babies – “Their Parents Will Have To Account For Their Sin…”

Virgin Mary Reveals To A Mystic What Happens To Aborted Babies – “Their Parents Will Have To Account For Their Sin…”

 

Mirjana: I wouldn’t like to judge anyone; never. Why a woman had an abortion and what life experience she was going through at that time, only she knows. Generally, I don’t like judgments. I don’t like judging anyone, because I don’t know what goes through the mind of a person and why he has done something. When I was in Sarajevo and went to the high school that I talked to you about, which gathered all those who had been expelled from other schools, many girls had an abortion very easily. Then they came to school in the afternoon and spoke, and were at the concert which was held in the evening. To me it was unthinkable! I was very sad about that situation. I cannot say that I was totally shocked, but to a certain extent I was, because I couldn’t understand that a woman could kill an innocent child within herself, speak calmly and then go to a concert in the evening. 

Once I plucked up my courage and, during an apparition, I asked Our Lady why these children could not go to Heaven; why they had to suffer and be killed if they were innocent. They hadn’t chosen it. I said all sorts of things. Then Our Lady said to me maternally and seriously: “No, these children are with me. There is no limbo. They are with me”. Their parents will have to account for their sin of abortion.” That’s what Our Lady told me. 

Here in Medjugorje, I had the opportunity to meet women who had an abortion and the majority of them  I’d say 95 percent of them  repented. They regretted what they did. It is a sincere regret which really comes from their heart. These women are broken. I always recommend that they be honest in their confession, go to a priest, kneel down before God and express their regret. I think that afterwards they all feel better or at least that is what they have told me.

 

Certain women say it’s their body, so they have a right to decide whatever they want about it.

 

Mirjana: I don’t agree with that. Of course I wouldn’t say I’m right. This is just how I see, but I disagree. If another life grows in my body, I can not say that that’s my body and that I have a right to decide whatever I want about it. It’s someone else’s life. God created a new man or a new woman. You cannot decide that the child will not live. God created it in your body, but not for you to represent God and decide whether it will live or not.

 

Do you think God forgives such a sin?

Mirjana: I cannot say whether or not God will forgive it; only God knows. However, we know that Jesus said that what the priest forgives us, will be forgiven. I believe in what He says. Seeing God as a Father, as our Heavenly Father, if you present yourself before Him kneeling and crying from your heart for the sin that you have committed and the remorse you feel, I don’t think that a priest will turn his back on you. I don’t think so.

‘Tears’ Of Jesus Cures Boy In Medjugorje. Shocked Doctor: ‘I’ve Never Seen This In All My Life’

‘Tears’ Of Jesus Cures Boy In Medjugorje. Shocked Doctor: ‘I’ve Never Seen This In All My Life’

Gabrijel Puljic is an Eight-year-old boy who was miraculously cured of rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease in which the joints, usually the joints of the arms and legs, are attacked at the same time by inflammation, causing tumors, pains and often injuring the pulses. His grandmother Mirjana Aničić, with living faith, witnessed this miraculous God. That is, he delivered this serious illness into the hands of God and experienced a wonderful miracle!

“When my husband came to Medjugorje with Gabriel, he went with him to the statue of Christ to pour water. He raised him by the feet and told him that Jesus was now healing him. ” Then they went to the hill of the apparitions [Monte Podbrdo] where their grandfather told his grandson that they should pray to the Gospa [Our Lady of Medjugorje] for his cure. “The boy replied that Jesus had already healed him,” said his Grandmother. 

“Rheumatoid arthritis in little Gabriel was diagnosed at the age of four after visiting a doctor because of” frequent “colds. After the diagnosis was followed by treatment. The child was constantly taking strong pills and felt excruciating pain. He would remain invalid or end up in a wheelchair. “The idea of ​​a wheelchair was impossible, because I knew that with God anything is possible,” said Gabriel’s grandmother.

The disease worsened and the tests were not good. Grandmother Mirjana decided to surrender her grandson to the Hands of God. She knew that God healed all diseases and that He was the only one who could heal him. She decided to pray for Gabriel’s healing.

Going to the charismatic meeting “Cristophern”

Last year [2017] they went to the charismatic meeting in Zadar [city of croatia] in which American charismatics would be present.

“In the seminary I came with prayers on my lips for my sick grandchild. I saw a lady in a wheelchair who prayed for the people and decided to ask her for prayers. When I was in line, I took the picture of my grandson and with tears in his eyes I told her about his illness. She took the picture and cried with me. And then she told me, “Go to Medjugorje, the boy will be healed, his parents will go through a conversion,” Grandmother Mirjana told us, adding that at that moment she was especially touched and understood that her grandson would be completely healed.

The path of healing in Medjugorje

“I felt great joy when my son-in-law told us to take Gabriel to Medjugorje. I knew this was related to prayer in the seminary. I made my prayers to Our Lady of Medjugorje and felt a strong connection with my husband and grandson who would be in that moment in Medjugorje. ”

“When my husband came to Medjugorje with Gabriel, he went with him to the statue of Christ to pour water. He raised him by the feet and told him that Jesus was now healing him.” Then they went to the hill of the apparitions [Monte Podbrdo] where their grandfather told his grandson that they should pray to the Gospa [Our Lady of Medjugorje] for his cure. “The boy replied that Jesus had already healed him,” said his grandmother.

Completely cured

After they returned from Medjugorje, the parents took the child to a regular inspection, which found that the child had completely recovered.

“The doctor was visibly surprised to see the exams showing complete cure. Gabriel then told the doctor that Jesus had healed him”, said the grandmother, adding that the boy’s mother was skeptical of the cure.

“When the boy told the doctor that Jesus healed him, his mother was skeptical, she did not believe in total healing. The doctor invited her into the office and told her that healing was a great miracle and that he believed in miracles. The doctor explained to his mother that he had never seen a cure like this in all his medical practice,” said Gabriel’s grandmother.

Today, a year after the cure, little Gabriel lives in Germany with his parents who have not yet experienced full conversion, but, as our grandmother says, he left the grace of God and handed them over to God and believes that God has a plan to draw them to His Embrace.

This is What Happens to Your Guardian Angel When You Die

This is What Happens to Your Guardian Angel When You Die

Regarding your guardian angel, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches in number 336 that “from infancy to death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.”

It is clear from this text that we enjoy the protection and vigilance of our guardian angels even at the moment of death. These angels don’t only accompany us in this earthly life; their action extends into the next life.

In order to understand the relationship that continues to exist between angels and human beings during our passing from this life to the next, we must understand that angels have been “sent to serve, for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14).

Similarly, Saint Basil the Great teaches that no one can deny that “beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life” (CCC 336).

That is to say, the primary mission of guardian angels is the salvation of mankind: that each of us enters the life of union with God. This mission includes the assistance that guardian angels give to souls at the moment when they present themselves before God.

The Fathers of the Church speak of this mission when they say that guardian angels are present with the soul at the moment of death, and protect it from the last attacks of demons.

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