But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
-1 Timothy 3:15
andy’S RESOURCE-OF-THE-MONTH: June 2018
My Resource-of-the-Month: “Mary’s Perpetual Virginity Clearly Confirmed in Scripture & Jewish Tradition” by Dr. David Marzak
The Virgin Mary
This month of May for Catholics has been a busy month. We have celebrated Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, Pentecost, and May is also the month dedicated to Mary. Noteworthy, is that we celebrated a new feast day, the Sunday after Pentecost: the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church.
Mary is revealed to us in many ways. She is the New Eve, the Mother of God, the Arc of the New Covenant, the Queen of Heaven, the Immaculate Conception, and the Perpetual Virgin, to name a few. She is also our spiritual mother.
This month, my commentary will highlight an article from newera.news which focuses on the dogma of Mary’s perpetual virginity, which means that Mary remained a virgin during her entire earthly life. Scholars have referred to the Gospel of Luke as the Gospel of Mary, because it is believed that St. Luke interviewed her for his writing. Therefore this article I chose highlights some of the readings of Luke that confirm Mary’s perpetual virginity. Also, Ancient Jewish tradition is used in context to confirm this dogma of the Catholic faith.
Marian doctrine can be hard to identify in sacred scripture, the internal evidence is explicitly just not there…or so we think. But if we dig deeper, we will find that what is mentioned about Mary in the New Testament, which builds on Old Testament revelation and prophecy, clearly supports Catholic Marian doctrine, and makes scripture come alive!
Scholars and Theologians look for internal evidence (sacred scripture, Old and New Testament) as well as external evidence (Tradition). External evidence would include early writings of the Church Fathers, and also ancient Jewish writings like the Talmud, Mishnah and now the Dead Sea scrolls, etc.
The article that I’ve highlighted this month digs deep into all these resources and comes up with a definitive confirmation of Mary’s perpetual virginity. I encourage you to take the time to read this article, and also to check out the links embedded within it. It is well written and I highly recommend it. Freetruth.ca has a category dedicated to free and faithful resources dedicated to the study of Mary (Mariology), so please check these out also.
If you take the time to study Marian doctrine to its fullest, you will find that Marian doctrine is very much rooted in ancient Jewish history and in sacred scripture. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a good place to start on your search. It includes the Catholic teachings on Mary and references to scripture and other documents to support these. The best part is that the Catechism is available online for free, which is part of what our mission is at FreeTruth.ca. The truth is free and we look to provide you links to faithful Catholic resources to help you in your journey.
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