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    Preface (February 11, 1991)

    Acknowledgement

    Introduction Mary Book

   

   Chapter One: Grace and Devotion to Mary

                          Prayer to the Dead

                          Purgatory

                          Indulgences

                          Grace and Tolerance

                          Different Religions

                          Openness to Devotion to Mary

    Chapter Two: Mary, Holy Objects and God

                          Holy Objects and Holy Places

                          Mary and the Saints

                          Arguments Against Devotion to Mary

    Chapter Three: Primary Teachings - Mary the Virgin

                          Virginity

                          Brothers and Sisters of Jesus

                          Sacred Tradition

                          Motherhood of Mary  

                          Free Will and Love of God 

    Chapter Four: Mary and Jesus   

    Chapter Five: Deeper Teachings -

                          Mary the Spouse of the Holy Spirit

                          St. Joseph the Husband of Mary

                          Apparitions

                          The Assumption or Resurrection

                                  of Mary                                    

                          The Immaculate Conception of Mary     

    Chapter Six: Teachings Not Yet Declared Dogmas -

                          Co-Redemptrix

                          Devotions to the Sacred Hearts of

                                 Jesus and Mary

                          The Tribulation and God's Mercy

                          Mediatrix of All Graces                     

                          Mary Our Advocate -

                                A Mediator with our Mediator    

    Chapter Seven: Final Thoughts and Reflections

                          Marian Devotions

                          Mary and the Charismatic Renewal

                          Salvation, Grace and the Baptism

                                 of the Holy Spirit

                          Spiritual Warfare and Mary

                          The Eucharist, Body and Blood

                                 of Jesus Made Present

                          Development of the Teaching on Mary

                                 and Church Unity

                          Hierarchy of Truths in Christian Faith

                          Fullness of Truth and Mary

                          Mary Essential for the New Pentecost

                          Consecration to Mary Individual and

                                 Group Consecrations

                          Litany of Mary's Faith Journey

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Copyright, J. Roy MacIntyre 2009

 

 

Chapter 3
Primary Teachings
Mary the Virgin

Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. This conception took place without the intervention of a man and therefore Mary continued to be a virgin after the conception of her divine Son, Jesus. This is an indispensable article of faith for every person who would be called Christian.

I should mention at the outset that the work of some so-called biblical scholars have cast doubts on many cherished doctrines of the Christian faith over the last two centuries. Not surprisingly, the virginity of Mary has been questioned. However, in this book I take the view that the Bible is the work of God, guided by divine providence and that, as such, can be used in its entirety to search out and understand the truth of God. I also believe that God has protected the truth of the Bible down through the ages and with the help of Sacred Tradition we can faithfully understand what God is teaching us through the Word of God.

Two issues can be discerned regarding the virginity of Mary; first, that she was a virgin when she conceived Jesus by the power of God, and secondly, that she was ever to be a virgin. These are the teachings that are explored in this chapter. The whole matter of the value of virginity is also examined.

The principal reference to Mary's virginity in the Old Testament is found in Isaiah 7:14, "the maiden is with child and she shall bear a Son and she shall call Him Emmanuel (God with us)". The Hebrew word maiden, which can mean young woman, is more explicitly interpreted as virgin, a woman who has not known man, by Saint Matthew (Mt1:23) in quoting Isaiah 7:14 in his Gospel. However, let us take some time to explore, generally, the call to virginity and then how we know of Mary's call to the virginal state.