Did Mary Have Temptations?

By February 16, 2017 Q&A

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Did Mary have temptations?


The Blessed Virgin Mary was immaculately conceived without original or actual sin. She also did not suffer from concupiscence, which is defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church as “the movement of the sensitive appetite contrary to the operation of the human reason” (CCC 2515). While Scripture does not record whether or not the Blessed Virgin experienced temptations, we do know from Scripture that her Son did experience temptations (Matt. 4:1–11). If it was possible for God the Son, who was also without sin and without concupiscence, to experience temptations, then we can conclude that it was at least within the realm of possibility for the Blessed Virgin to experience temptations.

By  Michelle Arnold

One Comment

  • Peter Aiello says:

    Of course she had temptations. Her Son was born without original sin and experienced temptation. Why would there be any question as whether Mary did?
    The dogma of the immaculate conception says that she was preserved immune from the stain or dishonor or original faults. The Latin reads: “ab omni originalis culpae labe praeservatam immunem”.
    The wording of the dogma seems to leave it open to interpretation. It doesn’t exactly say that she was born without original sin.

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