Was Virgin Mary Jesus’s Mother ? by Augustine of Hippo

“Nevertheless, if we ask them,”How do you know that Christ said,’Woman, what have you to do with me?’ they respond that they believe the Gospel. Why do they not believe the Gospel when it says,”The Mother of Jesus was there” and “He said to his Mother”?
If the Gospel is lying about this, why believe it when it states that Jesus said, “Woman, what have you to do with me?” Why do these wretches not sincerely believe that the Lord responded in this way, not to a stranger, but to his Mother, and why do they not piously try to find out why he answered in this way?”

Augustine of Hippo, In Joannem, tr. 8, 7; PL 35, 1454; NBA 24, I554.

St. Augustine holds that the motherhood of the Virgin Mary is central to the Christian faith. If Jesus had no mother, then he would not be a real man. If Jesus was not a real man, we are still dead.

If you are interested in more quotes on Virgin Mary, you can find them in Mary and the Fathers of the Church on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats.


Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

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