[quote=justcatholic]Rev 12 and the woman have been interpreted by many over zealous Catholics as referring to Mary, but this is incorrect. For Mary hardly sprouted wings and flew off into the wilderness for a span of 31/2 yrs. Also the Catholic NAB states that the woman of Revelation portrays the church from all time. See the footnotes in the Catholic bible.
Also as one poster rightly said, if Mary was born immaculately free from sin, then when she gave birth to Jesus, she would have felt no pains from bring forth Jesus from her womb. The woman of Rev 12 is said to “travail with birth pangs.” verse 2. The pain of bringing forth babies for women stems back to Eve’s disobedience and sin. So if one maintains Mary was born sinless, she could not be the symbolic picture of the woman portrayed in Revelation 12.
Have to disagree with you on this one. Your interpretation would tend to imply that the Chruch gave birth to Christ. That the Church was the ark of His covenant. Remember we’re dealing with a different style of writing in Revelations. It wouldn’t be a streatch of the literary technique for the woman depicted representing both Mary and the Church just as the two witnesses in Revelations 11:3-14 represented the Law and Prophets, but also Moses and Elijah.
The Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary is the Crowning of Mary, Queen of Heaven. How do we know this other than from Revelations?
Just my humble opinion, but I feel confident in my conclusion as it’s supported by other authors more learned than me.