Saint John Paul II Explains Our Lady's Virginity after the Birth of Her Divine Son: First Friday, August 7, 2015

J.M.J. "According to some, Mary's virginity after the Birth is denied by the Gospel texts which record the existence of four 'brothers of Jesus': James, Joseph, Simon and Judas (Mt 13:55-56; Mk 6:3), and of several sisters.

"It should be recalled that no specific term exists in Hebrew and Aramaic to express the word 'cousin', and that the terms 'brother' and 'sister', therefore had a far broader meaning which included several degrees of relationship. In fact, the phrase 'brothers of Jesus' indicates 'the children' of a Mary who was a disciple of Christ (cf. Mt 27:56) and who is significantly described as 'the other Mary' (Mt 28:1). 'They are close relations of Jesus, according to an Old Testament expression' (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 500).

"Mary Most Holy is thus the 'Ever Virgin'. Her prerogative is the consequence of her Divine Motherhood which totally consecrated her to Christ's mission of redemption."

--Saint John Paul II, Wednesday General Audience, August 28, 1996.

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