St. Joseph’s doubt, duty and revelation by Basil of Caesarea

“ “Before they came to live together, she was found with child by the working of the Holy Spirit" (Mt I:18). Joseph found both things: both the conception and its cause, namely, the intervention of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, fearing to be called the husband of such a woman, he "wanted to send her away... Continue Reading →

Christ’s true birth from Mary by Basil of Caesarea

“Joseph, speaking with the other prisoners of their own dreams (cf. Gen 40:8), clearly uses the expression: "by means of (diá) God" . instead of the expression: "of (ek) God". Paul, to the contrary, uses the preposition (ek) in the place of (diá), when he says, for example: "Born of (ek) woman" (Gal 4:4), instead... Continue Reading →

Marriage is holy by Basil of Caesarea

“A virgin, who was then given in marriage to a man, was found worthy for the service of [the Incarnation], so that virginity might be honored and marriage not be despised. For virginity was chosen as being apt to sanctification, but with the betrothal, the precepts of marriage were also included.” Basil of Caesarea ,... Continue Reading →

Marriage destroys the Devil’s plan by Basil of Caesarea

“An ancient author offered another reason. The marriage with Joseph was planned so that Mary's virginity might remain hidden from the prince of this world. For the external forms of marriage were adopted by the Virgin, almost as if to distract the Evil One, who has always preyed on virgins, ever since he heard the... Continue Reading →

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