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Brought into the Church largely through the prolife movement I have always thought that an intended effect of Mary's declaration is to teach us to respect the inviolability and holiness of life from the the first instance of existence. And from this flows the need to sanctify human love, consecrate marriage and purify our participation in the creative act ...


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She calls herself a "handmaid" (ancilla, δούλη) in Luke 1:38 and in her Magnificat canticle (Luke 1:48) because she is very humble. Fr. Cornelius à Lapide, S.J., commentates Luke 1:38: Mark the humility, modesty, and resignation of the Virgin, for though saluted by the angel as Mother of God, she calls herself His handmaid, not His mother; handmaid by ...


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The Gospels do state that Mary was a virgin at the time of the Annunciation, but they do not per se say that she had intended to remain a virgin all trough life, in spite of her betrothal to Joseph. In those days, unmarried girls were called virgins, as is evident from the Parable of Ten Virgins. 1 Cor 7:36 (KJV) reinforces the fact : "But if any man think ...


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There is a simple analogy that helps explain Mary's words. We read in St. Luke's Gospel that the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and she conceived a child: Jesus. It is a reality that Mary was the spouse of the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit is truly the eternal Immaculate Conception. By becoming the spouse of the Holy Spirit, Mary takes His name in the ...


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