Our Lady experienced no pain in childbirth

December 27, 2021


Tonight at Christmas Mass, during his homily, the priest talked about the birth of a baby in his family, the difficulty and struggle the mother endured. Then he continued on, speaking of Mary, as though she, also, endured the difficulties of child birth. It is my understanding that Catholic belief is that Mary did not suffer through child birth since she is the Virgin, or Ever Virgin. I heard Mother Angelica say something to this effect a long time ago. After all, all things are possible through God. What do you say?


Our Lady experienced no pain in childbirth because she was immaculately conceived. She was born without original sin and never committed actual sin. Pain in childbirth are the consequences for those woman who were born with original sin.  Biblical Christians should know that there is a Scriptural reason for this doctrine. The virtually unanimous opinion of the Fathers of the Church in the first six centuries was that Mary is the "New Eve," the necessary counterpart to Christ, the New Adam (cf. Rom 5:12-14). Just as the old Eve collaborated in the sin of Adam, so the New Eve, with the New Adam, reverses the original disobedience and undoes the curse brought upon the human race by the first sinners. That same curse also brought about the grim consequence of labor pains for all of Eve's daughters (cf. Gn 3:16), but the New Eve who broke the curse was not subject to its dictates.  The Catechism of the Council of Trent tells us: “From Eve we are born children of wrath; from Mary we have received Jesus Christ…To Eve it was said: In sorrow shalt thou bring forth children. Mary was exempt from this law, for preserving her virginal integrity inviolate she brought forth Jesus…without experiencing, as we have already said, any sense of pain.” – Catechism of the Council of Trent, Article III.