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Janie Clifton wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have a friend who converted to Catholicism from the Assembly of God Church however she still doesn't understand our belief that Mary remained a virgin after the birth of Christ and that she and Joseph did not have any children.

  • Can you help?

Thanks,

Janie

  { Can you help me explain the Virgin Birth of Jesus and how Joseph and Mary had no children? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Janie —

A lot of non-Catholics falsely assume that the work "until" implies that an action must follow; but this does not follow.

Matthew 1:25 says:

but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus.

Yet 2 Samuel 6:23 says:

Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child until the day of her death.

  • Does this mean that Michal had children after she died?

As Catholics we believe Mary miraculously gave birth to her Divine Son Jesus and in the process, she was a Virgin:

  • Before
  • During, and
  • After the birth of Jesus.

This is also why the Church humbly proclaims Mary as the Mother of all:

  • regular families, and
  • consecrated religious.

Also check out what the Early Church taught.

Hope this helps,

Your brother in prayer, your brother in Christ,

Mike

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