When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.

It is that time of the year again when the arguments of Mary’s perpetual virginity are challenged.  I am a believer in her perpetual virginity but being that I’m not a biblical scholar, I’m probably not the best guy to explain fully as to why we Catholics believe this.  So today I’m going to post an apologetics argument I found online after reading today’s Gospel.

The Catholic belief in the Perpetual Virginity of Mary

Again, my devout love for the Blessed Mother comes from my mother and once I married, I was influenced by my wife Sarah.  Might I say I learned respect for the Holy Mother of Christ from two holy mother’s in my life.  I have never understood why people criticize the Church for venerating the Blessed Mother of God.  Ask most people about their mother and they give nothing but glowing remarks.  Ask most people  about THE Blessed Mother, THE woman chosen by God to bear the Savior of the World, THE woman who said YES to God and you get a cold stare back at you.  Let’s revisit two quick quotes from Luke’s Gospel.

First, the angel Gabriel…”Hail, Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with you.”

Second, her cousin Elizabeth…”Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

I don’t need anymore encouragement than that to know that my dedication to the Blessed Mother is a righteous devotion.

Do something great for our Lord today…say a Hail Mary, better yet, say 53 of them and throw in an Apostle’s Creed, 6 Our Father’s and 6 Glory Be’s.  Today are the Luminous Mysteries.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

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