Did mary have a vaginal Birth.
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These things appear to have been settled a long time ago.

First, the easy part.  The breaking of the hymen was important to early theologians because while not having a hymen does not disprove sexual virginity, having one does prove it.  That St. Mary was virgo intacta proves that she was physically pure, and that the conception of our Lord was by hearing, and accepting the Word.  As other's have mentioned, the intact hymen fulfilled the prophecies that the new Israel would be born from a Virgin without birth pangs.

Second, the nativity was normal in that Christ came into the world via vaginal birth.  St. John Damascene (The Faith Book IV) attests to it.  However, the Lord miraculously preserved the the body of the Mother of God intact.  The Protoevengelion of James is largely spurious, but does mention that St. Joseph sought a midwife.  The mystery of how this happened is as unknowable as how the bush Moses saw remained unconsumed.  Did God regenerate the branches immediately after they burned, or did the fire somehow burn without carbonizing the branches?  We don't know.  How did God produce the honey or water from the rock?  Did those things pass through the structure of the rock, or merely appear to pass through them? 

I speculate that the answer has less to do with "Newtonian" physics than with time (knowing that there is interplay between the two).  We suffer injury when, in ordinary time, our bodies are acted upon by some force. We do not suffer injury before the force, nor do we suffer the same injury after the force has expended itself.  Christ's birth occurred in Bethlehem in a cave and was visible in time to the Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph, the ox and the donkey who were there.  However, in cosmic terms, the infant Jesus, as a force, was not restricted to that time and place.  He had  always existed, and will always exist, in terms of that birth.  The incarnation is a part of the eternal logos which was spoken from the foundation of all creation.  There was no injury to the body of the Blessed Virgin because the birth had already occurred, or looked at from our point, was yet to occur, since the spiritual  effects of the incarnation are perpetual:  Christ is eternally born anew, just as he is eternally killed, in the life of the Church.  The prophecy concerning the Blessed Mother is still unfolding.  There being no "time" in which to limit the Virgin birth, there was no injury to the Mother of God. 



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Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by jim111 - 04-29-2013, 07:01 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by moneil - 04-29-2013, 08:48 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by DrBombay - 04-29-2013, 09:17 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Poche - 04-30-2013, 04:29 AM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by SCG - 04-30-2013, 09:14 AM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Satori - 04-30-2013, 11:50 AM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Tim - 04-30-2013, 12:49 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Doce Me - 04-30-2013, 01:49 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by loggats - 04-30-2013, 03:56 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by loggats - 04-30-2013, 04:12 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Satori - 04-30-2013, 04:53 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Satori - 04-30-2013, 06:27 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Satori - 04-30-2013, 06:27 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by DrBombay - 04-30-2013, 07:17 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Poche - 05-01-2013, 03:41 AM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Felix E - 05-01-2013, 03:51 AM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Joshua - 05-01-2013, 04:32 AM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Tim - 05-01-2013, 08:48 AM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Satori - 05-01-2013, 10:36 AM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by SCG - 05-01-2013, 12:07 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Joshua - 05-01-2013, 04:29 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Warrenton - 05-01-2013, 05:10 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Doce Me - 05-01-2013, 07:02 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Warrenton - 05-01-2013, 07:26 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Satori - 05-01-2013, 08:04 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Tenmaru - 05-01-2013, 11:03 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Satori - 05-01-2013, 11:06 PM
Re: Did mary have a vaginal Birth. - by Warrenton - 05-02-2013, 01:01 AM
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