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Our readers asked:

Did Mary have the stigmata?

Ginny Kubitz Moyer Answers:

Mary never had the stigmata (miraculous wounds or pain that correspond to the physical suffering of Christ) . She certainly suffered great emotional pain; Simeon said as much during the Presentation of the infant Jesus, when he told Mary that a sword would pierce her soul. I’ve no doubt she watched her son being crucified and probably had an emotional pain so intense that it felt physical, as is often the case when a mom sees her child hurting. But her suffering never manifested itself in the physical wounds that are the mark of the stigmatic.

 
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The Author : Ginny Kubitz Moyer
Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the author of the award-winning book Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and blogs at randomactsofmomness.com.
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