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Cyndi wrote:

Hi, guys —

I'm 47 years old and sincerely looking into converting to Catholicism. I have a question of curiosity regarding whether Jesus had blood brothers or sisters by his mother, Mary.

Matthew 1:25 says that Joseph stayed away from her until she gave birth to a son named Jesus.

  • Does the word "until" mean that after he took her as a wife, they had normal conjugal relations with each other, like any married Jewish couple?

I would truly appreciate your help.



  { Does the word "until" mean after he took her as a wife, they had normal conjugal relations? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Cyndi —

Thanks for the question.

Within the past few months we have added a new FAQ feature to the site. It contains the most frequently asked questions over the past fifteen years we have been answering questions.

Your question is one of those. Just click on the FAQ link above and you will see an array of postings that answer this question under Privileges of Mary tab — Mary, Ever Virgin section.
I suggestion you bookmark the FAQ feature page for future referencing.

That section includes these postings that address your question.

As a brother Christian I want to welcome your research and reviewing of what we believe as Catholic Christians.

I used to run a free program that sent Catechisms to seeking Protestants and non-Christians but no longer have the financial or operational means to do this anymore. Nevertheless, if you wish to go deeper, consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn everything we believe as Catholics.

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