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Thus, just as Joseph is the father of Jesus Christ, so also then, may he be claimed to be

Father of Priests.

The Holy Spirit of God
Jesus was conceived in the immaculate womb of The Virgin by the action of The Spirit

whereby Mary gave
flesh and blood and soul
to the Person of the Son of God.

The Son of God is The Son of The Father. Yet it was the action of The Spirit upon Mary whereby Jesus was conceived and in this do we observe how The Holy Trinity works--in The Father, through The Son, by The Spirit.

In a similar way, I contend,
The Spirit acted on behalf of Joseph,
also the father of Jesus,
in establishing Jesus
in the womb of Mary, wife of Joseph.

One may rightfully contend as well,

that Joseph therefore reflects
The Eternal-spirit in creation.

P 437 To the shepherds, the angel announced the birth of Jesus as the Messiah promised to Israel: "To you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord." [32] From the beginning he was "the one whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world", conceived as "holy"    in Mary's virginal womb. [33]
God called Joseph to "take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit", so that Jesus, "who is called Christ", should be born of Joseph's spouse into the messianic lineage of David. [34]
P Catechism of The Catholic Church.
Mother of God
The Universal Church, with the leadership of the Popes over the past two thousand years, has always revered Jesus' Mother, Mary, as Mother of God, and officially confirmed this.
P On June 22, 431, the Council of Ephesus convened to settle this argument. The Council declared, "If anyone does not confess that the Emmanuel is truly God and therefore that the holy Virgin is the Mother of God (Theotokos) (since she begot according to the flesh the Word of God made flesh), anathema sit." PMary, Mother of God. William Saunders.
We still have people pooh-poohing this grand Truth to this day!
The deceptions of the devil come and go like a bad smell, century after century.
Anti-Catholics were in opposition to this wondrous fact of Mary's Motherhood from the first century and, although The Church has dealt with this time and again, we still get the same old challenge:
How is it possible that Mary is The Mother of God?
Now, if the challenger were a non-Christian, I could understand his doubts and misunderstandings and limited knowledge. But when the challenger is 'Christian' .  !!?
As every Christian knows, Jesus is The Son of God; He is God-made-Man; He IS GOD.
Now, if a person does not believe Jesus' Divinity, then he is not a Christian, simple as that.
However, many a 'Christian' will contend that he believes that Jesus is indeed, God, but will not accept that Mary, Jesus' Mother, as the Mother of God!

But this is so simple a matter!!

Mary is the Mother of Jesus.
Jesus is God.
Therefore, Mary is the Mother of God.
It is not for me to prove this to be correct, so simple is this Truth, but it is for the 'Christian' to prove that Mary is not God's Mother.
He may scoff and thunder that
God is Eternal, so how can a mere creature be God's Mother?
Such a twisted question is proof of NOTHING.
Being a 'Christian' he already believes Jesus is God, so how is it that Mary, His Mother, is suddenly, NOT His Mother?
Is it that the scoffer believes that Mary provided flesh and blood for Jesus but the rest of Jesus, His Godhead, His Soul, have nothing to do with Mary?
Or does he think that Jesus the Son of Man is not the same as Jesus, the Son of God? Thus making two Jesuses, and surely, asking his already doubtful heart to believe an even more difficult thing.
Perhaps the scoffer thinks that Jesus is only a man and not God or that He is God and not a man?
Does God take on the mantle of a creature only in appearance, whereas He is not a real man, thus making God out to be a deceiver?
And if Jesus was only a man and nothing else, then Christianity is a complete deception!!!
It all comes back to the Dogma of Catholicism that Jesus is truly a human being but He is also truly God and, in this, there is only one Person and that Person is God-the-son, Who with The Father and The Spirit, make up The Eternal-trinity.
P  In the end, a person's acceptance of the faith

must be grounded on a sure understanding
of the person of Jesus Christ,
as presented by the Church
in every time and place,

the Lord of all who is "the same yesterday, today and for ever" (Heb 13:8).  P Ecclesia In Asia. John Paul The Great.

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