Monday, September 29, 2008
Brethren in point of kinship
Domenico Ghirlandaio: St. Jerome in His Study (1480)
[on The Perpetual Virginity of Blessed Mary]
". . . I assert what has already been proved from the Gospel — that he spoke of the brethren of the Lord not as being sons of Mary, but brethren in the sense I have explained, that is to say, brethren in point of kinship not by nature. We are, however, spending our strength on trifles, and, leaving the fountain of truth, are following the tiny streams of opinion. Might I not array against you the whole series of ancient writers? Ignatius, Polycarp, Irenæus, Justin Martyr, and many other apostolic and eloquent men . . ."