How Christ was (miraculously) born of the Virgin Mary

The Savior, rather, passed through the womb of the virgin Mary without causing any damage whatsoever. Indeed, as he passed through the closed walls of the room after his Resurrection (without breaking the walls themselves), so too did he pass through the closed wall of our Lady’s virginity (without causing any rupture or break).

This is the constant teaching of the Fathers of the Church and of the Popes and Councils. Indeed, it is worth noting that the Apostles’ Creed specifically names the virginity of Mary in relation to the birth of our Savior: “Born of the Virgin Mary”.

By his power as God, the Savior passed through the closed womb of the Virgin Mary as light passing through glass, as thought proceeding from intellect. He did no harm to the physical integrity of our Lady’s virginal cloister, but rather consecrated it!

It is this reality, that Jesus came forth from the womb of Mary without rupturing her virginity, which is the miracle of the birth of Christ. Pope Pius XII (in 1943) refers to this miracle in the encyclical Mystici Corporis, paragraph 110.

If Jesus was born according to the ordinary mode, then we may wonder what exactly is the “mystery” of the third joyful mystery?! But Jesus was not born in the ordinary way, rather he was born in a marvelous and miraculous manner – for he passed through the walled enclosure of his Mother’s virginity causing neither rupture nor pain unto the Virgin.

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  1. Can you tell me where in the Bible this is taught? Mary is referred to as the virgin Mary because she bore Jesus without being impregnated by man. She was still a virgin up to Jesus birth and until the conception of the next natural child she had. I cannot find anywhere in the Bible that states what you have written.

    • Dear Mark,

      Those who personally knew Mary, while she still walked the earth, were also privileged to learn many things that were never included in the Bible, along with many things which were. Those who showed up some 1500 years late, and proceeded to build an entirely new faith tradition, in opposition to the true church, based only on their particular impression of what the meaning of the Bible might be, typically find themselves at a loss in such things. And rightly so, since we Catholics have the rich tradition and the constant, living, eye-witness testimony of the Church as our guide. The others can only attempt to piece things together, seeing them as through a glass, darkly, often getting them precisely wrong.

      The Catholic understanding of the significance and purpose of the Blessed Virgin Mary is based on the fullness of all God’s truth … not merely that which was included in the Bible. And since nowhere is it ever stated that the Bible contains the whole of God’s revealed truth, those who subscribe to the faulty precepts of “faith alone” or Bible alone” often also find themselves totally missing many of the key points of authentic, universal, and traditional Christianity.

      In short, the ancient faith of the Catholic Church, established personally by Jesus Christ, while he still walked the earth, and infallibly guided by the Holy Spirit, contains the fullness of all God’s truth … with the Holy Bible constituting just one very important portion of that whole.

      In stark contrast, the various Protestant faith traditions discount or discard all that came before them … in sole deference to the Bible and the fallible personal opinions and teachings of the leader(s) of their particular sects … mere men who were not there with Jesus and Mary … who never experienced the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost … never knew any of the apostles … and were totally absent during the first 1500 years of church history, a time during which the Catholic Church quite literally converted the world for Christ, and rebuilt fallen western civilization in the image of heaven.

      So Mark, the Bible is not and never has been the final word on things which are not clearly addressed within it. The Catholic Church remains the Christ-ordained, sole governing authority for the Christian faith.

      We Catholics know what we now about the Blessed Virgin Mary because Catholics were there with her during her earthly life. Catholics personally knew her, loved her, cherished her, and venerated her, even as they worshiped her divine son, Jesus. Most prominent among these was Saint John the Apostle, who was responsible for Mary’s care until the end of her earthly existence, and who lived long enough to pass along what he personally knew about Mary and her divine son to the 2nd century church, which was then already known as “Catholic”.

      St. John also wrote in the closing verses of his Gospel:

      This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things and hath written these things: and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did which, if they were written every one, the world itself. I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written.
      (John 21:24-25)

      Merry Christmas!


      • Hi Doug
        I cannot accept your claim that the Bible is not the only inspired word of God. By saying that there is more you leave yourself open to believe anything. Joseph Smith thought as you do and we have the book of Mormon. The Muslims believe as you do and we have the Koran. Both of which contradict Bible teaching but both of which claim the be in harmony with and the next stage of the Bible.

        The Bible is the only inspired word of God and is all we need to understand what God wants of us. In fact there is a place that states this and it is found in the Bible itself. The Apostle Paul encourages Timothy in his faith and says ”

        “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Ti 3:15-17

        Nowhere in the Bible does it say we can only understand God’s word through a priest or a Church. In fact if it were not for God looking after his word and the work of faithful men who translated the Bible into english so that any one can read it (who were killed by your church by the way) the Catholic Church would have destroyed the Bible completely. You certainly gave it a good try and I thank God that He made sure you were not successful.

        On that background how can you say that you are the true church when you spent years burning Bibles, locking them up, inprisoning and killing those who read their Bible, when what you teach does not come from the Bible, when you say there is more than the Bible and have so many pagan traditions and beliefs that cannot be found in the Bible and in fact go against Bible teaching?

        Either the Bible is the true only inspired word of God or you can believe what you want and are told by any religious leader because there is no firm ground on which to walk. You cannot have it both ways. Accept the Bible as God’s only inspired word or reject it in preference to your fallible religious leaders who teach you traditions and doctrines not found in and contrary to clear Bible teaching.


      • Dear Mark,

        First of all, the passage from 2nd Timothy recommends the use of sacred scripture for many good purposes, but it does not mandate the use of scripture alone, since if that were truly the case, the only scripture in use today would be the books of the Old Testament … the ONLY scripture that was in existence at the time 2nd Timothy was written.

        Only much later would the Catholic Church declare the various letters of St. Paul and the works of certain other apostles and disciples to be authentic, sacred scripture. That’s a fact of history, and it pretty much proves my point.

        Another fact is that all the prophets of old were inspired by God to speak his words, without benefit of any applicable sacred texts. When Moses spoke, he used no script. The same was true for Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Samuel, Daniel and others. God inspired them directly. It wasn’t until the Babylonian captivity that the various books of the OT (other than the Pentateuch, which had already been written by Moses) were actually set to writing and properly compiled. Until that time, they had all been preserved, primarily through oral tradition.

        To maintain that God was able to infallibly guide those horrifically sinful OT men, absent certain specific written instructions, in those times of spiritual darkness, while maintaining that such a thing is not possible in this age of grace, comes very close to blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.

        The men who wrote what we now know as the New Testament of the Holy Bible were the leaders of the early church … the church that has been known as “Catholic” since at least the year 107 AD. Those same men actually knew Jesus, Mary, all the apostles and disciples. They were eye-witnesses to (and often, direct participants in) all the events of the Gospels.

        To discount the traditional eye-witness testimony of the Catholic Church in these matters, in deference to the limited accounts preserved in scripture alone, is not only self-serving, short-sighted, and just plain wrong … it also has no basis in the authentic Judeo-Christian faith tradition, which has always relied on three witnesses … scripture, tradition, and authoritative teaching … in order to properly establish, illuminate and publicly proclaim all of God’s revealed truth.

        As for your comments about the church burning Bibles .. and the people who read them: The Catholic Church first translated the Bible into the common language of the people of the Roman Empire in the 4th century. After the fall of Rome, Catholic monks faithfully and painstakingly preserved the written Word of God for future generations. Later, with the advent of the Gutenberg printing press, the Bible became the first widely circulated, printed book in existence … with the express approval of the Catholic Church. None of those Bibles were burned, nor were the monks … or Mr. Gutenberg.

        The only Bibles the Church ever burned were those containing Protestant heresies and deliberate mistranslations. Of course, in those days, the penalty for heresy was death … so the producers of those heresies were also burned, whenever possible. The message was fairly simple: Deliberately adulterating the sacred text of Holy Bible by packing it with modernist heresies was an abomination in the eyes of God … an offense that was very likely to merit an eternity in hell.

        I’m sure you’re familiar with the closing words of the Book of Revelation, which the Catholic Church (both then and now) obviously takes at face value:

        For I testify to every one that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from these things that are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19)

        Based on the above passage, it would seem that the church’s stern treatment of those unrepentant heretics and their equally heretical Bible translations was in fact, totally scriptural … serving as an object lesson for the sinful men of those times.

        Happy New Year!


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