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Our Lady's 'vow' In a previous answer you denied that Our Lady ever made a vow of virginity, but is not this contrary to the tradition of the Church? TRADITION does not appear to be unanimous on this point. Many theologians object to the use of the word "vow" in this context and suggest rather a "desire" or "intention" of virginity, St. Thomas Aquinas (Surnma theologiea. Pt.11l, Q.28, A.3) rejects the idea of an explicit vow prior to Our Lady's marriage with St. Joseph. Complicated problems of exegesis are involved in this matter which are still much disputed by Scripture scholars.

One could certainly say that Our Lady's indisputable intention to place herself utterly at Cod's disposal constituted an implicit vow of virginity since this was in fact what God waisted of her.

St. Philomena query If St. Philornena is a myth, who was it St. John Vianney saw and spoke to so -constantly and to whom he attributed all his miracles?

NOBODY says categorically that she is a myth. but that the historical evidence for her existence is too uncertain for the Church to be able to recommend her to the veneration of the faithful. On the other hand. the Church does not oblige the faith tad to believe private visions and

revelations made to saints.

Whatever may be the true explanation of St. John Vianney's visions, he was not canonized for them but for his heroic virtue.

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