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La Leçon de catéchisme (Catechism Lesson), 1890, by Jules-Alexis Muenier (1863-1942), oil on canvas, Musée des beaux-arts et d’archéologie de Besançon

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”

cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16

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Mary

Perpetual Virginity

QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:

Matthew 13:55-56 proves Jesus had brothers and sisters.  Mary wasn’t forever a virgin.

CATHOLIC ANSWER:

Scripture often calls close relatives “brothers and sisters.”  For example, Abraham and Lot were called “brothers,” but Abraham was really Lot’s uncle.

… and they were separated one brother from the other.”

Genesis 13:11

The “brothers and sisters” of Jesus were actually close relatives, not children of his mother Mary.

Other References:  1 Thess 2:9Lev 10:4Gen 29:151 Chr 23:21-22

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Just as friends and cousins, and other close family members or even close friends still today, may call one another “brother,” such was it in the times of Jesus and in the Old Testament.  It’s a universal moniker of affection between people.  Be careful not to read everything literally from the Bible.  Stay close to the Church in her understanding of Sacred Scripture and you won’t be led astray!

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PRAYER

Let us pray.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

St. Michael the Archangel, by Reni Guido, 1635, 17th Century, originally oil on silk. St. Michael stepping on Devil’s head while holding his sword.

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”

Saint John Paul II, pope

 

Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).

 

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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