Sunday, November 26, 2006

Did Our Lady give birth painlessly?
Taylor Marshall blogs about this. ISTM the main point is God became man and as part of that miracle he was literally born of a virgin, simply meaning he didn’t have a human father*. The rest is opinion (in the classic not modern sense of theologoumenon). I understand the logic here, because she was free from the curse in Genesis not by any merit of her own but thanks to prevenient grace (which in addition to the 8th December the Roman Rite celebrates tomorrow in the feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal), but that said I agree with this comment from Michael Stewart:
My first thought is to lean in the other direction. The writer of Hebrews** seems to go at length to show how Christ was ‘just like us’ in our humanity.

God did not deliver Christ from the natural suffering coming from crucifixion; why would we suppose that he spared Mary from the natural suffering that accompanies childbirth?
A punto. He is God and thus sinless in himself but suffered, so again IMO one can believe that Mary suffered naturally in giving birth and still be safely within Catholic orthodoxy.

*Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine: et homo factus est. Some say that the modern translation used by some churches, ‘by the power of the Holy Spirit’, is a loophole for error because that suggests he worked through a human father.

**And of course there’s Philippians 2:5-8, part of the epistle for some Marian feast-days in the Byzantine Rite.

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