Bringing you the "Good News" of Jesus Christ and His Church While PROMOTING CATHOLIC Apologetic Support groups loyal to the Holy Father and Church's magisterium
Home About
What's New? Resources The Church Family Life Mass and
Ask A Catholic
Knowledge base
AskACatholic Disclaimer
Search the
AskACatholic Database
Donate and
Support our work
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New Questions
Cool Catholic Videos
About Saints
Disciplines & Practices for distinct Church seasons
Purgatory and Indulgences
About the Holy Mass
About Mary
Searching and Confused
Contemplating becoming a Catholic or Coming home
Homosexual and Gender Issues
Life and Family
No Salvation Outside the Church
Sacred Scripture
non-Catholic Cults
Justification and Salvation
The Pope and Papacy
The Sacraments
Relationships and Marriage situations
Specific people, organizations and events
Doctrine and Teachings
Specific Practices
Church Internals
Church History

Nathan wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church and my question regards CCC 509.

  • Was Mary the Mother of the physical-earthly or non-physical eternal Jesus?



  { Was Mary the Mother of the physical-earthly or non-physical eternal Jesus? }

Mike replied:

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for the very good question.

Mary was the Mother of the physical-earthly Jesus, not any non-physical eternal Jesus.

Now one could on and ask:

  • Was Mary the Mother of Jesus before Jesus was born?

The Church would say No, she was not. Before Jesus was born, He was of one substance with the Father eternally begotten of Him.

Through the Incarnation, Mary conceived Jesus, the God-Man, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Arianism taught the Son of God came to be from things that were not and that He was from another substance than that of the Father.

The Nestorianism heresy regarded Christ as a human person joined to the divine person of God's Son, while the Church teaches Jesus [was/is] the Divine Person.

Mary gave birth to the Divine Person, Jesus. To say Mary gave birth to a human person is a basic Christological error.

My colleagues may have more to add.

I hope this answers your question.


Please report any and all typos or grammatical errors.
Suggestions for this web page and the web site can be sent to Mike Humphrey
© 2012 Panoramic Sites
The Early Church Fathers Church Fathers on the Primacy of Peter. The Early Church Fathers on the Catholic Church and the term Catholic. The Early Church Fathers on the importance of the Roman Catholic Church centered in Rome.