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A Series Of Mostly Marian Talks To Fight The Good Fight

A Series Of Mostly Marian Talks To Fight The Good Fight

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child… Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod…. When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child… the serpent, however, spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth after the woman to sweep her away with the current. But the earth helped the woman… Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring…

This highly symbolic passage of “the woman” refers foremost to the people of God: Israel and the Church. But the symbolism also includes Eve and the New Eve, Mary, for reasons explicit in the passage. As Pope Pius X wrote in his Encyclical Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum regarding Revelations 12:1:

Everyone knows that this woman signified the Virgin Mary, the stainless one who brought forth our Head… John therefore saw the Most Holy Mother of God already in eternal happiness, yet travailing in a mysterious childbirth. (24.)

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