[quote=RomanRyan1088]If thats the case, than what seperates her from anyother Jewish woman at the time who pledged virginity, why Mary?
there wouldn’t be a significant difference in terms of the pledge. its offered because it shows, as 1ke points out, that Mom had firmly decided not to have relations and even tho there is an angel standing there telling her she is to conceive and bear a son, and even tho she’s about to get a husband, she reponds as if there is still no doubt in her mind about her remaining a virgin.
in and of itself, this probably isn’t sufficient to ‘prove’ Mom’s perpetual virginity. fortunately, we have been blessed with several ‘proofs’, both in Scripture and Tradition.
a personal perspective which i’ve found serves to reinforce the concept regards Joseph. i figure after one angel comes to tell him that Mom had conceived the child through the Holy Spirit, then a ton of angels fill the sky the night He’s born and some kings come to worship Him and leave fantastic gifts, and then another angel comes, now to say ‘hey, get out of here!!’ right before they started killing baby jewish boys, that Joe has got to recognize that ***something ***is up with this Child. now, if you knew the Lord had come upon a woman and she bore His Child, would you consider having relations with her? as radical as the concept would be, he had to have had some inkling that Mom was somehow, in fact, now Daddy’s wife. he wouldn’t have considered physically taking her as his, they most certainly would have lived as brother and sister.
a cool thing we have in my eastern tradition are the icons. a cool thing about the icons of Mom are that they always have three stars on her garments. these represent her virginity before, during and after Jesus’ birth. some of these icons go way back, giving historic evidence of this truth.
the stars qualify as a ‘proof’ from the Church’s deposit of faith, my thought is just my thought. anywho,
thanks for listening, love and peace, terry