#017: Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained [Podcast]

Do you believed that Mary experienced a painless delivery of Christ? Did you know that the Catholic Church officially teaches that Mary experienced no pain in giving birth to our Lord Jesus Christ on Christmas?

Find out more in today’s podcast, plus get your Tip of the week, Proverb of the week, and Latin word of the week.

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1) Proverb of the Week:
Prov 14:23

2) Tip of the Week:
Batching

3) Featured Segment:
Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained

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4) Latin Word of the Week:
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  • avemaria

    I believe that Mary was conceived without sin, that she was ever-virgin, and that the birth of Jesus was uniquely miraculous, ect. I do not think that the Church, however, DEFINES the birth of Christ specifically as “painless,” necessarily. Jesus was without sin, and he, in fact, died. Its seems to me that this particular aspect of Christ’s birth–being painless for Mary or not–is meant to be left ambiguous. The description of Jesus’ birth as “light passing through a window” is not necessarily a literal description. ( Saying this is different than opposing official Church doctrine, such as saying, “Christ’s resurrection may not have been literal”). The Church is clear that Christ’s resurrection is more than a metaphor. If the CCC actually says, “The birth of Jesus Christ was painless,” (if so will you point me to where), then that is what I believe, but even if all the doctors of the Church have the theological opinion that the uniqueness of Christ’s birth specifically means “the birth of Jesus Christ was painless”–and that interpretation seems most plausible to me– I still think that the Church’s intention is to leave the mystery of Christ’s birth ambiguous on this specific point.

    • http://taylormarshall.com/ Dr. Taylor Marshall

      From the Roman Catechism, also known as the Catechism of the Council of Trent (equal in magisterial authority to the current Catechism:

      “For in a way wonderful beyond expression or conception, he is born of his Mother without any diminution of her maternal virginity. As he afterwards went forth from the sepulcher while it was closed and sealed, and entered the room in which his disciples were assembled, although “the doors were closed” (Jn. 20:19), or, not to depart from natural events which we witness every day, as the rays of the sun penetrate the substance of glass without breaking or injuring it in the least: so, but in a more incomprehensible manner, did Jesus Christ come forth from his mother’s womb without injury to her maternal virginity…”

      • Justas399 .

        Dr Taylor,
        This is pure speculation and certainly not seen in Scripture nor in the early church.

      • Fr H

        I believe it was St John Chrysostom who made the analogy of the pane of glass. He also said we should not dwell on the topic too much.. – Fr. H

  • Victor

    Dear Dr. Marshall,
    As far as The Miraculous Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus and whether His Blessed Mother went through pain does not really trouble me at this time. Yes spiritually speaking, The Birth of Jesus, I’m sure was like light going through glass but I wonder if we Christians should spend any of our time worrying about whether Mary went through any pain in “Reality” cause as far as I’m concerned, The Spiritual Reality Birth of Jesus was “Special Indeed”.
    We Christians are having all kinds of reality problems convincing many that Jesus really did walk on water and some will go as far as to say, yes, through some kind of Witch craft, he did walk on water but the real truth is, that’s because he probably couldn’t swim.
    Again I agree that The Spiritual Reality Birth of Jesus was painless, peaceful and serene cause GOD and His Angels would have made sure of that but let’s not waste, I mean try and spend too much time as to weather, I mean whether our Blessed Virgin suffered at Birth cause “IT” really doesn’t matter in reality. Let’s remember that there are still good Christians who find “IT” hard to believe Jesus took bread then wine and changed “IT” to His Body and Blood and does “IT” every “TIME” at Mass so I think that if they do believe that our Blessed Virgin did conceive and give birth before any pain came, good for them and if they don’t well, “Spiritually Speaking” that interpretation that Mary did not suffer any birth pain seems most plausible to me also. My wife delivered five beautiful daughters and for some of them she really did not have that much pain. I believe that the Church’s intention at this time is to leave the mystery of Christ’s Birth and whether our Blessed Mother suffered pain ambiguous on this specific point and is a good reality choice as far as I’m concern but I’m sure that any woman who was chosen to carry The Son of GOD would not feel any pain because The LOVE of GOD would not make “IT” possible. Right Dr.?

    Most educated Christians probably believe that we have “Reality” and we have “Spirituality” and we have “Souls” and we have “Guardian Angels” and just because some humans might not accept “IT” and/or understand “IT” all in reality, I would think that “IT” does not make our “Thoughts” Right and/or completely wrong now?
    Long story short, we human beings Catholics are not truly completely made in the image of “GOD” until after death and/or receive THE RESSURECTION OF THE BODY so let’s not rush “IT”.

     By the way Dr. Marshall, I want to thank you for you book on GOD’s Birthday and I’m willing to completely agree with you there until GOD (Good Old Dad) convinces me otherwise. :)

    God Bless

  • Ana M. Vargas

    I am not a theologian nor anything close, but it seems reasonable to me that if childbirthing pains are a result of original sin, then Mary would have been spared from them. I don’t see the issue here, other than the Catholic Church seems to be the only one teaching this, and so we might make others uncomfortable. But we arevthe only ones who believe in the transubstantiation, so again, I don’t see the problem. God bless you all. This page is new to me and I am enjoying it very much.

    • RobinJeanne

      Ana, you wrote just what I was going to say….. I too am a simple person and don’t understand why so many can’t seem to grasp this idea. Even without all the other beautiful quotes Dr Marshall refered to, all one needs to know is Genesis 3:16 (Hmmm, interesting number, makes me think of John 3:16…)

  • Stephen Korsman

    Along with this speculation comes further speculation on whether or not Mary/Jesus ever got flu, etc. I know many who believe it was impossible for them to have flu. Yet Jesus, at least, was subject to entropy in some form – after fasting for 40 days he was hungry.

    • Stephen Korsman

      Although I must say thank you Dr Marshall for the podcast!!

  • Evagrius

    Et signum magnum apparuit in cælo: mulier amicta sole, et luna sub pedibus ejus, et in capite ejus corona stellarum duodecim: 2 et in utero habens, clamabat parturiens, et cruciabatur ut pariat. (Rv. 12:1-3)

    Come off it.

  • Justas399 .

    I’m confused. Roman Catholics claim that Revelation 12:1-2 is about Mary yet in verse 1 it says the woman was in pain childbirth–“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; 2 and she was with child; and she *cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.”

    • JoeAllen

      I really appreciate your comments and insights. You bring a reasonable, critical eye to our discussions. Your Scriptural reference (Revelation 12: 1-3) is profound and must be pondered.

    • http://www.credobiblestudy.com/ Irenaeus of New York

      That is commonly thought of as referring to the birth of the Church. The pain is from the persecution it saw from the very outset.

  • wheezermcg

    I agree that Mary was without pain and had a Miraculous birth. But there are still some Biological questions that need verification. First: since Jesus was “fully human and fully divine, his birth may not have been painful but what happened to the afterbirth? If In fact, he was human (and I am not disputing this) then there would have to be something to show His Humanity i.e. the afterbirth. Some proof of his Humanity. Two: we know He suffered terribly proving His Humanity, but the Na Sayers claim if He was Divine, why didn’t he save himself from so much pain. If He entered painlessly, than why couldn’t He die painlessly?

    • Sophie

      This is a very interesting point! I feel like if Jesus were to die painlessly, then the whole idea of His Passion would not be as intimate as it has been written throughout history. Human beings are meant to suffer and die in this life. If Jesus had not shared in our suffering, then his connection to us human beings wouldn’t be so intimate.. Our suffering is his suffering, and this is where God’s passionate love comes in.. I think the Father had planned it to be that way haha, such a clever guy. And remember that Jesus had allowed the pain to happen according to the will of the Father. Great insight. God bless!

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  • Adam

    A Dead Sea Scrolls discovery of recent years has shed definitive light on the date of Jesus’ birth.
    In 1958, Israeli scholar Shemaryahu Talmon published an in-depth study on the Qumran calendar (Parchment 321 — 4 Q 321) and reconstructed the order of the priestly rota system for the temple of Jerusalem (1 Chron 24:7-18) in New Testament times. According to the Qumran calendar, the family of Abijah, of which John the Baptist’s father Zechariah was a descendant (Lk 1:5), was required to officiate twice a year on the days 8-14 of the 3rd month and on the days 24-30 of the 8th month. This latter period fell at the end of September. The Byzantine calendar celebrates ‘John’s conception’ on September 23 and his birth 9 months later on June 24. The ‘6 months’ after the Annunciation feast on March 25 comes 3 months before the forerunner’s birth, prelude to the 9 months in December. December 25 is real history.

  • Henry Liguori

    Interesting. One might debate this at length. Honestly this is one of those theological speculations of which I am of the opinion that none of this is important to me. I am just totally overpowered by the awareness that God became man, to share in our suffering, to teach us, and to sacrifice His body to offer us salvation! That totally over shadows every detail of the nativity for me. The shepherds and the wise men looked at a baby. I would be staring at God and that thought makes me tremble in awe! I received this comment from a friend, Lucas Graywolf.

  • Constanza Mueller

    Dear Dr. Marshall, we are listening to this podcast just as we end Advent and look forward to the miraculous birth of Our Lord and Savior. You mention in the podcast that you would include the quotes you refer to from Scripture and the several doctors of the Church. Where can I find this?

  • MPR

    This was a great podcast! I just wanted to mention a topic akin to the painless birth of Christ. The Church also affirms Mother Mary’s perpetual virginity in Byzantine Iconography. You can always recognize the Mother of God by the 3 stars upon Her person; one on each shoulder and one upon her forehead. It is Theology in color! :-)
    +God bless
    +JMJ+

  • Catherine Wood

    Anne Catherine Emerich had something to say on the subject. Her vision supports the light through a pane of glass idea.

  • Marian

    “I’m gonna through many the Church Father’s quotes here, and we’re gonna put all the quotes below so you have access to them, because they are very valuable”…
    please where are the quotes/references? I can’t see them here :(

    • http://taylormarshall.com/ Dr. Taylor Marshall

      Dear Marion,

      This audio was a sample from the New Saint Thomas Institute. The notes and further study resources are available to the Members at newsaintthomas.com
      I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

      Godspeed,
      Taylor