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496. From the first formulations of her faith, the Church has confessed that Jesus was conceived solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, affirming also the corporeal aspect of this event: Jesus was conceived “by the Holy Spirit without human seed”. The Fathers see in the virginal conception the sign that it truly was the Son of God who came in a humanity like our own. Thus St. Ignatius of Antioch at the beginning of the second century says:

You are firmly convinced about our Lord, who is truly of the race of David according to the flesh, Son of God according to the will and power of God, truly born of a virgin,. . . he was truly nailed to a tree for us in his flesh under Pontius Pilate. . . he truly suffered, as he is also truly risen.


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

28. What are the characteristics of faith?

66. In what sense do we understand man and woman as created “in the image of God”?

97. How does Mary cooperate in the divine plan of salvation?

178. How are the people of God formed?

290. When must one receive Holy Communion?

560. What is the way of our prayer?

125. What is the “hell” into which Jesus descended?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What are Daniel’s visions of the golden image and the four beasts?

God’s Covenant with David: An Eternal Commitment (2 Samuel 7)

What is the unchanging nature of God, according to Malachi 3:6?

The Holiness of the Priesthood: How does the law of priestly holiness in the book of Numbers teach us about the importance of purity and dedication in the worship of God? (Numbers 18:1-7)

How do the Psalms teach us to be more sensitive to God’s presence (Psalm 139:1-4)?

What is the significance of David’s song of thanksgiving to God in 2 Samuel 22?

What is the role of women in society, according to Ecclesiasticus 26:1-4?

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