Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth
“She lives now and is protecting us. She is there (in heaven), body and soul, with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. She is the same person who was born in Palestine, who gave herself to God while still a child, who received the message from St. Gabriel, the Archangel, who gave birth to our Savior, and who stood beside him at the foot of the Cross. In her, all ideals become a reality. But we should never think that this sublime greatness of hers makes her inaccessible to us. She is the one who is full of grace and the sum of all perfections….and she is also our Mother.”
St. Josemaria Escriva, “Mother of God and our Mother,” Friends of God, 292
Navarre Bible Commentary on Rev. 12:1
….The description of the woman indicates her heavenly glory, and the twelve stars of her victorious crown symbolize the people of God – the twelve patriarchs (cf. Gen. 37:9) and the twelve apostles. And so, independently of the chronological aspects of the text, the Church sees in this heavenly woman the Blessed Virgin, “taken body and soul into heavenly glory, when her earthly life was over, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords (cf. Rev. 19:16) and conqueror of sin and death” (Lumen gentium, 59). The Blessed Virgin is indeed the great sign, for, as St. Bonaventure says, “God could have made none greater. He could have made a greater world and a greater heaven; but not a woman greater than his own mother” (Speculum, 8).
The CCWG humbly invokes the protection of The Blessed Virgin:
We fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, O ever-glorious and blessed Virgin.
Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth, Pray for us!