The Lady with the Twelve-Starred Crown

One of the most absorbing pictures in Scripture, alongside Ezekiel’s Son of Man and Isaiah’s enthroned Adonai, is John’s description of the resplendent woman in Revelation 12. Of all the early commentators, only Primasius seems to have pondered her as the very Divine Majesty of God. Primasius identifies the woman clothed with the sun, lightly… Continue reading The Lady with the Twelve-Starred Crown

Five Days of Wisdom. Day 4: Contemplation

 ‘My name is Contemplation,’ she said, ‘and I am one of the daughters of Wisdom.  You must rise and follow me.’  …    John felt no doubt of her and gathered himself together and leaped.  His leap carried him further than he had intended–though he felt no suprise…and the Lady was there by his side. …… Continue reading Five Days of Wisdom. Day 4: Contemplation

Five Days of Wisdom. Day 3: Dante and Mary

And further do I pray thee, heavenly Queen      With thy protection render him secure   From human impulse; for this boon the saints,   With Beatrice, thronging fold hands and implore.                                    -Paradiso Canto XXXIII, 34-39     Mary, “the handmaiden of the LORD,” is the figure of Lady Wisdom in the culminating stanzas of the Commedia,… Continue reading Five Days of Wisdom. Day 3: Dante and Mary