[In the thread, Why Is Mary's Virginity So Important?]
In addition to all that has been posted, I add this. Joseph saw the events surrounding Mary's cousin Elizabeth, her husband having been struck mute for doubting the angel, etc. He received visions after Jesus was born. He was there when the wise men sought out Jesus and brought him gifts. He was there for the great Theophany when the angels sang at the nativity and the shepherds came to give adoration. He witnessed Simeon's recognition of Jesus as Messiah during the presentation in the Temple. And of course, Mary told him of the angel Gabriel's message.
Being the holy and upright man that he was, and given all that had transpired, would Joseph even contemplate intercourse with Mary?
Would any man among us, were we in his shoes?
Gerard Nadal, Catholic Answers 87 Comments
[9/28/2009 6:27:34 AM]
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