Can you live as a virgin? by Athanasius of Alexandria

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“How many virgins Mary will meet ! How she will embrace them and lead them to the Lord’s feet! What joy among the angels when they see an image of their own purity in the bodies of virgins! How the Lord will present them to his Father, saying: “All these were and are [virgins] like Mary, my Mother!”

Athanasius, De virginitate, in Le Musèon 42: 248

Virginity can be understood as a broader concept of abstaining from evil. Many Church and Desert Fathers interpreted a life of virginity in that way. God wants us to be His ambassadors on earth, struggling against evil and shaping our character. In doing so, we preach His death and fulfil the purpose were created for.

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

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