"In being born of a Virgin
who chose to remain a Virgin
even before she
knew who was to be born of her, Christ wanted to approve virginity rather
than to impose it. And he wanted virginity to be of free choice even in that
woman in whom he took upon himself the form of a slave."
"It was not the visible sun, but its invisible Creator who consecrated this
day for us, when the Virgin Mother, fertile of womb and integral in her
virginity, brought him forth, made visible for us, by whom, when he was
invisible, she too was created. A Virgin conceiving, a Virgin bearing, a
a Virgin bringing forth
, a Virgin perpetual. Why do you
wonder at this, O man?"