The following quotes are from my work in speculative Roman Catholic Mariology, found in the booklet, the Virginity of Jesus and Mary, and also found in my book, New Insights into the Deposit of Faith:
“From the first moment of her existence, the Virgin Mary was preserved free from all sin and all tendency towards sin. Yet, the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary was miraculous, not only in that she was preserved free from all sin, but also in the manner by which her Immaculate Conception occurred. God desired that the Virginity of Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, be so perfect, complete, and all-encompassing that even the manner of her Immaculate Conception was required by God to be entirely Virginal, occurring solely and entirely by a miracle of God and not in the usual way. Therefore, solely by means of a most wonderful and singular miracle of God, the Virgin Mary was conceived of both her parents, Saint Joachim and Saint Ann, without sexual union and within their complete purity of body, heart, mind, and soul.”
“It is a part of the total and constant Virginity of Mary, the Mother of God, that even the manner of her Immaculate Conception was completely Virginal, occurring solely and entirely by means of a miracle from the Mercy of God, and not by means of human will or action. Saint Joachim and Saint Ann did not conceive the Virgin Mary by means of marital relations. The Immaculate Virgin Conception of the Virgin Mary occurred in a manner which was wholly virginal and wholly miraculous. Such a true virgin conception could never be brought about by nature or science or human intervention, but solely by a miracle of God. Even so, by the power of God, the body of the Virgin Mary came from both her father, Saint Joachim, and her mother, Saint Ann. The Virgin Mary has as her immediate ancestors both Saint Joachim and Saint Ann. Saint Joachim is the Virgin Mary’s real biological father and Saint Ann is the Virgin Mary’s real biological mother, yet the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary occurred solely by means of a miracle of God.”
“The perfect Virginity of Jesus Christ requires that He have a Virgin Conception and Virgin Birth. The Virgin Conception and Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ are a necessary and essential part of Christ’s perfect Virginity. The Virgin Conception and Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ are in no way superfluous or extraneous to Christ’s perfect Virginity. The Virgin Conception and Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ are an integral and meaningful part of His perfect Virginity.”
“The Virginity of Mary is also entirely perfect, therefore she also must necessarily have a Virgin Conception and Virgin Birth. It cannot be otherwise. The Virgin Mary is perfect, therefore her Virginity must also be perfect. To be perfect is to be like Christ. Since Christ has a Virgin Conception and Virgin Birth, Mary must also have a Virgin Conception and Virgin Birth.”
“Objection 6: Mary’s conception and birth cannot be like Christ’s conception and birth, because Christ is Divine and Mary is merely human.”
“Reply 6: Mary’s conception and birth are not entirely the same as Christ’s conception and birth. The three main differences are as follows. First, Christ is Divine, whereas Mary is merely human. Thus, Christ’s conception was an Incarnation, whereas Mary’s conception was not an Incarnation. Christ’s Birth is far greater than Mary’s birth, because Christ is God Incarnate, whereas Mary is not. Second, Mary was conceived, virginally and miraculously, of both her parents, (St. Joachim and St. Ann). Christ was conceived, virginally and miraculously, of only one human parent, (the Virgin Mary). This difference indicates that Christ is Divine, with God alone as His Father, (but it is not what makes Christ Divine). Third, Christ was conceived, virginally and miraculously, of a perfect Virgin. Mary was conceived, virginally and miraculously, of Joachim and Ann, who were not virgins. Joachim and Ann conceived and bore a child years earlier, the older sister of the Virgin Mary (Jn 19:25).”
Prayer to the Perfect Virgin
Perfect Virgin Mary,
your perfect virgin life
began with a miraculous virgin conception
and a miraculous virgin birth.
By virtue of your Divine Son
Jesus Christ’s perfect virginity,
of which your perfect virginity is but an imitation,
from which your perfect virginity proceeds,
grant chastity, modesty, and humility
to us, who trust in your perfect virginity,
and to the whole world.
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and Bible translator