Saint Augustine responds
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Answer... José Antonio Galindo Rodrigo
José Antonio Galindo Rodrigo (1936) an Augustinian Recollect, has been teaching the subject, Theological Anthropology according to Saint Augustine at the Faculty of Theology in Valencia, Spain. He still offers the course. His articles on the Bishop of Hippo appeared in Avgvstinus and in other publications. He authored Pedagogía de san Agustín (Madrid, Avgvustinus, 2002)…
My friend Ricardo,
I think the thoughts of St. Augustine are well reflected in the texts taken from a work of his more adult years: "God sent his son in the likeness of sinful flesh" (Rm. 8,3). And is there anything more free of sin than the womb of Mary, whose body, even if conceived out of sin, did not conceive from sin, in such a way that the law, implanted in the members of the body of death, that fights with the law of the spirit, could not contaminate the body of Christ? (De g. ad lit. 10,18,32).
(1) The body of Mary is not a body of sin, even if it comes from her parents, who conceived her out of concupiscence, which in turn is not sin but which accompanies the entire human generation as result of the original sin.
(2) But Mary did not conceive Jesus in that manner.
(3) In that way, and by God's design, the body of Mary could not contaminate the body of Christ because the body of Mary is not a body of sin and she conceived Jesus without concupiscence, but from the ardor of faith, as Augustine would like to put it.
(4) This text favors the opinion that Augustine thought of Mary as free of original sin, her body is clean of sin and conceives without concupiscence. However, the text that best indicates that Mary, according to Augustine, did not have original sin is De Natura et Gratia, 36,42.