The Virginity of Mary and Joseph  in Light of the Theology of the Body
<ul><li>By Sr Marianne Lorraine Trouve’, FSP </li></ul><ul><li>© Daughters of St. Paul, 2007 </li></ul>
If Mary and Joseph had a real marriage, why was it virginal?
The concept of the “gift” captures the essence of TOB. <ul><li>“Gift expresses the essential truth of the human body.” (Pa...
What does John Paul mean by the “gift”? <ul><li>In the Trinity </li></ul><ul><li>We receive the gift of God’s love </li></...
The “gift” has a spousal meaning. <ul><li>Giving and receiving the gift of self creates a communion of persons. </li></ul>
Spousal love
We  receive  the gift. <ul><li>Sin, instead, is to take for ourselves— </li></ul><ul><li>“grasping.” </li></ul>
Mary and Joseph had a real marriage. <ul><li>Offspring </li></ul><ul><li>Fidelity </li></ul><ul><li>The sacrament </li></ul>
Why was it virginal?
Marriage and continence shed light on each other.
The “great mystery” of  Ephesians 5 refers to both marriage and continence.
Continence for the sake of the kingdom is a charismatic sign of eternal life.
Continence has a spousal meaning.
In their marriage, Mary and Joseph lived out both aspects of this spousal love.
Mary and Joseph lived out the “fruitfulness of the Spirit.”
 
Mary and Joseph were “guardians of the mystery of the Incarnation.”
Spousal love Gift of self Virgin Mother
 
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    1. 1. The Virginity of Mary and Joseph in Light of the Theology of the Body
    2. 2. <ul><li>By Sr Marianne Lorraine Trouve’, FSP </li></ul><ul><li>© Daughters of St. Paul, 2007 </li></ul>
    3. 3. If Mary and Joseph had a real marriage, why was it virginal?
    4. 4. The concept of the “gift” captures the essence of TOB. <ul><li>“Gift expresses the essential truth of the human body.” (Pascal Ide) </li></ul>
    5. 5. What does John Paul mean by the “gift”? <ul><li>In the Trinity </li></ul><ul><li>We receive the gift of God’s love </li></ul><ul><li>We in turn make a gift of ourselves to others </li></ul>
    6. 6. The “gift” has a spousal meaning. <ul><li>Giving and receiving the gift of self creates a communion of persons. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Spousal love
    8. 8. We receive the gift. <ul><li>Sin, instead, is to take for ourselves— </li></ul><ul><li>“grasping.” </li></ul>
    9. 9. Mary and Joseph had a real marriage. <ul><li>Offspring </li></ul><ul><li>Fidelity </li></ul><ul><li>The sacrament </li></ul>
    10. 10. Why was it virginal?
    11. 11. Marriage and continence shed light on each other.
    12. 12. The “great mystery” of Ephesians 5 refers to both marriage and continence.
    13. 13. Continence for the sake of the kingdom is a charismatic sign of eternal life.
    14. 14. Continence has a spousal meaning.
    15. 15. In their marriage, Mary and Joseph lived out both aspects of this spousal love.
    16. 16. Mary and Joseph lived out the “fruitfulness of the Spirit.”
    17. 18. Mary and Joseph were “guardians of the mystery of the Incarnation.”
    18. 19. Spousal love Gift of self Virgin Mother

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