Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Memorial of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary: "I made the whole house of Israel"

... to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty.

"God sent forth his Son", but to prepare a body for him, he wanted the free co-operation of a creature. For this, from all eternity God chose for the mother of his Son a daughter of Israel, a young Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee, "a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary":

The Father of mercies willed that the Incarnation should be preceded by assent on the part of the predestined mother, so that just as a woman had a share in the coming of death, so also should a woman contribute to the coming of life.
-- CCC 488

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