'For as God Almighty foresaw, in His unspeakable providence, before He created man, that man would fall by the machinations of the devil, so in the bowels of His unfathomable mercy He predetermined His plan for the redemption of man before the world was made. For as it was impossible that the redemption of man could be accomplished unless God were to be born of a virgin, so it was necessary that a virgin should be born of whom the Eternal Word might take flesh.'

St. Peter Damien