Monday, 12 September 2022

Please support the re-election of Ward 4, TCDSB Trustee, Teresa Lubinski!

Mrs. Teresa Lubinski, TCDSB Ward 4 School Trustee

Toronto Catholic Witness received the following via e-mail. Long-time readers will recognize Mrs. Lubinski's name from her chronicled track record of defending Catholic teaching in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). In 2019, she was one of the four (out of 12!) Trustees who opposed the inclusion of gender ideology into the TCDSB's Human Rights Code

Mrs. Lubinski is currently up for re-election as School Trustee. She represents Ward 4, which covers Etobicoke-Lakeshore and Parkdale-High Park. She is an outstanding lady and is deserving of your support. If you live within Ward 4, please read on to find several different ways to directly support her re-election. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Your support is needed to get Teresa Lubinski re-elected as Toronto Catholic School Board trustee in Ward 4, Etobicoke Lakeshore and Parkdale-High Park! She is up against two other candidates who are former trustees, but Teresa Lubinski is the only one who has a consistent record of voting for Catholic values.  We need to get her re-elected! 

Will you help us get her name out to all the 30,000 Catholic voters in Ward 4? Our goal is to get Teresa Lubinski's flyers to most of the Catholic voters by the Advance poll dates on October 7th-14th and to all of the voters by the election date on October 24th. We have less than 5 weeks to go! This is why we need your urgent help.

Please let her know if you are able to make a commitment to distribute flyers to homes, churches or schools by sending Teresa an e-mail.  

If you are not ready to commit to distributing flyers, you can still help by talking to friends, family, neighbours, fellow parishioners, and priests to vote, volunteer, or donate to her campaign.  The future of our children relies on your help protecting Catholic values in our schools. 

To Volunteer: Send an email to with your name and which neighbourhoods you can distribute flyers in.

To Donate: Click here

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Contact for Teresa Lubinski Campaign





No candidate can do it alone, so please consider assisting her in her campaign, in any way you can!

Thursday, 8 September 2022


Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II died today at Balmoral at the age of 96. May Our Lord Jesus Christ be merciful upon her soul. 


Thursday, 1 September 2022

"Come on out, come on out, there's going to be a war". Reflections on the Anniversary of World War 2

This day, 83 years ago, the forces of Satan crossed the Polish border and unleashed on the world a torrent of bloodshed. In the early hours of that fateful day, Nazi aircraft began to bomb Warsaw leading to the eventual occupation of that nation with co-conspirator, Soviet Russia. The Bolsheviks attacked Poland on the 17th, following the secret protocols in the vile Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact. In fact, Nazis had even been training in the Soviet Union in the late 1930s. The right and left hand of Satan met at the river San - the dividing line between the two totalitarian States. Eventually, due to far greater organization and international connections and assorted fellow travellers,  the communist empire would devour more than half of Europe and lead to its monstrous extension over the globe leading to such a death count, that even the fiendish Hitler would end up looking like a choir boy. 

 "Come on out, come on out, there's going to be  a war", were the words my mother recalled to me of her mother hurrying down to the ocean side as she played with my uncle at Southend on Sea. That fateful day was September 3rd, and Britain and France had just declared war on Germany. A few hundred miles away, in my father's country the forces of Satanic evil were busily at work, already bombing hospitals and murdering civilians. 

Stalin directing Hitler into a losing war 
The result for Poland was the virtual extermination of Poland's Jews - protected by King Kazimir the Great centuries earlier, when Jews were being hounded out of other European states. Nazi hatred for the Catholic Church too was on display with arrests and executions of priests. Mass was proscribed, with the sole Mass at the Wawel Cathedral under the eye of the Gestapo. It was in this environment that the great Archbishop Sapiecha would take on a seminarian named Karol Wojtyla. 

My father was a witness to Nazi brutality. Early during the war, he and my grandmother on a number of occasions would sneak food to the Jews of Przemysl and pass food through the wired off area where the Jews were kept, prior to deportation to the death camps. My father always remembered this, and he remembered to his horror seeing behind the wire a young teenage boy from his class in school. Eventually my father would be arrested in a "Lapanka" (or street catch) and sent to Germany for slave labour. He then ended up in Norway on an island doing tree cutting; transferred to a camp near the Swedish border, he and another teenager escaped up into the mountains and to freedom in Sweden. He always remembered seeing the German Army motorbikes travelling along the road far below looking for them. In fact, this escape was even more daring for two young men had tried it earlier and had been shot. From Stockholm he eventually he would end up in Scotland in the armed forces... from then, onto London where he met my very English mother (who left London and spent her war years in Llandudno, Wales) - and the rest is history. 

So, please pray for Poland that she may remain true to her ancient Faith.

Friday, 26 August 2022

Welcome home, Mr. LaBeouf - and make yourself at home for the long haul

My Facebook feed is awash with news of Shia LaBeouf - a Hollywood actor - converting to Holy Mother Church as a consequence of portraying St. Padre Pio for an upcoming movie. He recently gave an interview to Bishop Robert Barron:

The interview is edifying, not just for the story itself, but how Mr. LaBeouf converted. According to LaBeouf, it was experiencing the Old Mass itself that played an instrumental role. Bishop Barron was also on fine form, to give further edification. The Bishop has had a poor record in that arena, so credit where it is due.

The interview has already been shared widely and reported by such outlets as Fox News. It has even gone to the point where people have "meme-fied" the interview, putting up pictures such as this:

It was this picture that led to this post.

Friends, it is very good that Mr. LaBeouf has converted. Praise be to God and All That He Is for the great grace we are witnessing. Our Lord spent a lot of time looking for this lost sheep. 

However, I think we need to give Mr. LaBeouf absolute privacy when it comes to his conversion and the subsequent growth and maturation in the Faith. I say this as a form of caution. I dislike saying this. Mr. LaBeouf is a Hollywood actor and is in the limelight as a consequence. When people are in the limelight as constantly as he is, there is a danger that we (as Catholics) will make them out as greater than he is, or that he will turn around and disappoint us to some degree, perhaps even doing away with the Catholic faith altogether.

There are strong signs this conversion is genuine. However, Catholic Hollywood actors such as Mark Whalberg have disappointed us in the past, simply because we put them on a pedestal and they turned out not so great. (See, for example, the Ted movies and the recent Father Stu.) Mr. LaBeouf is no exception - though I hope he is.

I think it is imperative we leave him alone from here on out, and let his personal friends in the Capuchins (not to mention Bishop Barron) help him.

That being said...

Welcome home, Mr. LaBeouf. Make yourself at home. We hope you stay for the long haul, and discover the richness of the Faith in the same way I and so many others have - and stayed.

God bless you and keep you in the way Only He can.

Friday, 19 August 2022

"In Him there was life, and that life was the light of men." (John 1:4)

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 1747, by Fray Miguel Melchor de Herrara

This beautiful painting has several Scripture references. When I realized that, the Prologue from John came to mind. Scripture and His Sacred Heart are intertwined - for Our Lord Jesus Christ was, and always will be, the Word made Flesh.

Sunday, 7 August 2022

The puppet Kiev Regime shows again what the West's war against Russia is really about


Vladimir Putin with children

Joe Biden with children

Most readers should be aware that following the collapse of the western-imposed Bolshevik terror regime on the peoples of Russia, the Slavic Nation has been making increasing strides towards a Christian revival. Much work needs to be done, however, the campaign of the Putin-Medvedev governments have shown great fruit in rebuilding thousands of churches, as well as an increasing "symphony" between Church and State (anyone read Pius XII's Quas Primas?). 


Meanwhile in the Ukraine, the US-EU puppet regime of "Elensky" (after all "Z" is banned) has now announced that it will be seeking to introduce "civil partnerships" into legislation in a push to fully legalize eventually the horror of same-sex "marriage".

From Interfax Religion: 

The Ukrainian Constitution cannot be changed during martial law or a state of emergency, Zelensky said. "At the same time, the government has elaborated possible solutions to legalize a registered civil partnership in Ukraine in furtherance of the effort to endorse and observe human rights and freedoms," he said.

It should be noted that the long-suffering peoples of the Ukraine (used as cannon fodder in the NATO directed war that commenced with the putsch in 2014) despise sodomy, as all traditional Slavic peoples do. After an abortive "gay pride" parade in Odessa, a priest went about purifying the area with holy water. Would that our priests (dare I say bishops!) in Canada have such courage! But alas, they sit silent like mutes.


This perverted scheme of Elensky and his puppet masters will come to naught. The ultimate fate of Elensky and his corrupt regime remains to be seen, but it is becoming highly likely he will either be overthrown by what is left of the Ukrainian Army (exposed as an enemy of the Ukraine and eventually be tried for treason for dragging the nation into a completely unnecessary war on behalf of the imperialist war-mongering NATO globalist elites and sending 60,000 (and counting) young Ukrainian men to needless death), or flee to one of his mansions in the decadent "West".

Meanwhile in Russia we have the following counter-blow against the "LGBT" juggernaut. Would that Washington, Westminster, Ottawa, or Brussels bring in legislation to stop the dissemination of "LGBT" propaganda. Think carefully friends, as to whom God is looking favourably upon right now. One thing I do know, it is not the demonic West (were not high ranking members of the Biden regime just recently in South Korea pushing "LGBT" ideology? Did not "Taiwan" just recently "legalize" perverted "marriages" as a nod towards its puppet master? How long will it take for people to realize that their governments are run by a bunch of perverts?). 

From Interfax Religion we have the following from Nikolay Burlyayev, first deputy head of the State Duma Committee for the Development of Civil Society, Issues of Public and Religious Associations, member of the Patriarchal Council for Culture:

Question: One of the authors of the law, Alexander Khinshtein, said that it will also affect online cinemas. However, as you rightly noted, in recent decades, in almost every film shot in Europe and America, at least one character turns out to be an LGBT representative. In many of such films, as a rule, superstars were shot, and these films were professionally dubbed at the studios of Russia. Does it mean that the new law will deprive the Russian adult viewer of the opportunity to see or re-watch these films?

Burlyayev: That's right. And thank God, because it will be a boon for Russia. I can't say for sure to what extent the law will affect online cinemas, these measures will be worked out later. The main thing now is to pass the law itself, and the specifics will be further discussed and changed. But what will definitely change is that rental certificates will be issued more deliberately.

Question: What are the chances of adoption of this bill?

Burlyayev: There is opposition, of course, but, as Nikolay Gogol said, there is a battle going on now, the most important battle for the human soul, and this battle has not only not ended since Gogol's time, but it has become tougher. As Dostoevsky wrote, "the devil is fighting with God, and the battlefield is the hearts of people." This struggle is going on in every heart, because sin is attractive, and even the screen shows vice as something very interesting. But that time is passed, I hope.

The full Q and A can be read here. 


Thursday, 28 July 2022

Some thoughts on a Thursday afternoon


  • The Pope is visiting Canada. I have no inclination to keep up on the news about it. As far as I am concerned, it is a political stunt and that is where I am leaving it.
  • I saw this posted earlier. I did not watch it, as the title turned me right off. I did go into the comments on the video, which has a lot of comments badmouthing others, even grandmothers. This is not right. Each and every time I come across the word "radical traditionalists," or "rad trads," it is always used pejoratively  and comes across as smug. As in, "I'm not like those people." I will concur that there are some issues to discuss - such is the nature of our fallen nature - but I think we can do that discussion without resorting to labels or badmouthing those who came before us.
  • Speaking of speaking badly of others, the same can be said about sedevacantists and like groups. It seems to be a cool thing now to push such folks off to the side or use the descriptor sedevacantist as a pejorative. Let's not do that. Yes, there are some who are off their rocker or spend too much time investigating this or that thing, but they have some smart things to say as a whole. I don't think we should write them off so quickly on account on a few bad apples. Many of the sedevacantists I have encountered are just as reasonable as you and I. They are intelligent and collected. Their response just happens to be an extreme response to an equally extreme situation. Bar their ultimate conclusion, which I don't agree with, I find many sedevacantists' observations  and logic hard to dismiss.
  • When you have a moment, check out Vox Cantoris. He has had some things to say over the past few days.
  • Anne Catherine Emmerich's revelations are a boon to meditation.

Monday, 18 July 2022

Russia moves to ban all LGBT propaganda. The "Christian" West goes full degenerate

If someone had said in January of this year that within a month "fifties traditionalists" (allegedly erstwhile enemies of the degenerate western media) would reverse their position and ally with neocon "Catholics" and join with them the open avowed enemies of the Church and agitprop mouthpieces for neoliberal globalism in attacking Russia (including the scandal of re-tweeting Russia-hating notorious sodomites) one would have thought that this was a sick joke.

Alas, the insidiousness of liberalism in the Church (in the United States known as Americanism) enabled this orgy of copulating with such unlikely fellow travellers as: globalists, lockdown fanatics, big-pharma mafiosi, western corporate media, international finance, corporate capitalism, neoliberal ideologues, socialists, "Christian" zionists, communists, freemasons, modernist "Catholics" etc.) to form a cacophony of hatred against a resurgent Orthodox Russia. 

This diabolically inspired hate will rise to a level of apoplectic madness, now that a new law has been tabled in the Duma to extend the criminality of LGBT and gender ideology propaganda irrespective of age. Concomitant with it will be a clause that will also provide for even harsher punishments for those engaged in promoting pedophilia. President Putin had warned the degenerate West last February that it would not succeed in pushing its anti-human and unnatural vices into the Russian world. He was mocked as a "madman" in their "reviews" of his speeches. Let them mock.

Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau:
Mock on, mock on: ‘tis all in vain!
You throw the sand against the wind,
And the wind blows it back again.
William Blake  


The Orthodox "symphony" of church and state

As the Orthodox Church in Russia continues to gain in strength, expect the raging and bellowing from the western Christ-haters (joined by the above-mentioned useful idiots of fake "Catholicism") to become even more demonic and hysterical. 


President Putin attending Divine Liturgy in St. Petersburg

Meanwhile in the "devout Christian" West we find the following from its debauched mis-"leaders", busy promoting a continual, accelerating downward spiral of moral confusion, degeneration, and evil.


Macron with degenerate sybarites


Biden in a gay bar

Trudeau with a drag queen

From Interfax: 

Russia plans to ban propaganda of non-traditional relations for everyone regardless age

Moscow, July 11, Interfax - Propaganda regarding non-traditional relations will be banned in Russia for everyone regardless of their age, State Duma Information Policy, IT and Communications Committee head Alexander Khinshtein said.

"Such a ban [on propaganda regarding non-traditional sexual relations] currently only applies to children. Of course, that is clearly not enough. We suggest generally applying the ban on such propaganda regardless of the age of the audience (offline, in the mass media, on the Internet, on social networks, and also in online movie theaters)," Khinshtein said on his Telegram channel on Monday.

He also said it has been proposed to introduce administrative liability for such propaganda, expanding Article 6.21 of the Code of Administrative Offences (it currently applies only to propaganda among minors and envisages a fine in the amount of up to one million rubles, 15 days of arrest, and suspension of the operations of a legal entity).

It is also envisaged to introduce a separate, even tougher liability for the propaganda of pedophilia.

It is also proposed to "ban the dissemination among children not only of propaganda, but also any other information demonstrating non-traditional sexual relations and perversions," the parliamentarian said.

"These initiatives have already been tentatively coordinated with [Russia's telecoms watchdog] Roskomnadzor and the Digital Development Ministry," Khinshtein said.

The State Duma Information Policy Committee has started working on these initiatives, and "we will be ready to discuss them publicly in the fall session," he said.

Earlier in July, State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin proposed to ban propaganda regarding non-traditional values.

LGBT propaganda among minors is currently banned in Russia. A bill banning this propaganda overall has been submitted to the State Duma.

Saturday, 16 July 2022

Cardinal Collins: Were YOU threatened with "sanctions" if YOU did not support lockdowns and forced experimental injections?


A fearful Cardinal Collins

You will not have heard about it from the degenerate media (unless perchance in glowing terms), and you will not have heard about it (unless likewise in glowing terms) by any number of soi-disant"traditionalist" Catholic websites and propagandists cheering on the western war-mongers. One has to ask: are these self-styled "influencers" receiving covert money from US and UK intelligence agencies to regurgitate media propaganda to ill-informed Catholics as to the real genesis of the tragedy in the Donbass? 

Catholics should take careful heed of the most recent actions just taken by Justin Trudeau and his self-identifying Banderite Deputy PM, Christia Freeland (a well-known fanatical Ukrainian nationalist and apologist for various Nazi-affiliated organizations during World War Two involved in genocidal extermination, including the notorious fascist militia, OUN-B) - namely to impose "sanctions" the the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

No opposition to this shameful deed will come from Canadian politicians, all eagerly clamouring for votes from a radicalized, Banderite Ukrainian diaspora. Freeland and other politicians (including the supposed anti-fascist New Democratic Party, in truth just another globalist-corporatist arm of collective West's failing attempt at world hegemony) regularly march with fascist organizations, such as the fascist organization, "Svoboda". It should be noted this sycophantic prostituting before fascists for votes is a cross-party problem, with the previous Stephen Harper regime giving in July 2015, $70,000 of taxpayers' money to a Calgary-based openly Banderite organization called, "Ukrainian Youth Centre".

That Banderite and self-serving politicians should support this "sanctioning" of the Patriarch should come as no surprise. But that we have not heard a peep from the Catholic bishops is a cause for alarm. If the Canadian government can "sanction" a major world religious leader, the head of the largest Orthodox church, what is there to stop them from "sanctioning" other major religious leaders, including Canada's bishops?  

It is legitimate to ask one's own Ordinary, in my case Cardinal Collins:

Were YOU threatened - directly or indirectly - with negative financial ramifications if you did not comply with lockdowns and/or endorsing and promoting the experimental shots? 

Were YOU bribed - either explicitly or implicitly - with financial benefits in exchange for endorsing lockdowns and/or endorsing and promoting experimental shots? 



Your Eminence, we await your reply. Catholics can draw their own conclusions as to government pressure on bishops to comply, as witnessed in the Cardinal's fearful exclamations in various videos, as well as the constant dwelling on financial arrangements with the government.  Indeed, the very serious issue of Your Eminence even "jumping the gun" to lock us down to show your pandering to the State was exposed by Vox Cantoris. You have yet to answer Catholics for your actions, let alone - dare I suggest - apologize for your cowardice and, quite frankly, cruelty. For what else is not only locking us out of our churches, but even locking up the cemeteries (with police blocking entrances no less!). 

May Canada's bishops follow the example of St. John Fisher in rendering unto Caesar ONLY what is Caesar's...

Sunday, 26 June 2022

EMANUEL JAQUES: Toronto's little saint of purity

It was July 29, 1977 when 12 year old Emanuel Jaques was abducted and tortured for over 12 hours by four homosexual sadists. [warning graphic content]. 

Having raped and tortured Emanuel for half a day, the monsters murdered Emanuel by holding his head in a kitchen sink filled with urine. 

Yes, urine. 


Torture, sadism, perversion, abuse...

This is homosexual depravity at it demonic, satanic conclusion

St. John Chrysostom wrote about this great evil, its causes and effects. 

Emanuel, a Catholic, had recently immigrated to Canada with his family from Portugal. I have written about Emanuel before, and will continue to do so. It is indeed scandalous that Emanuel is forgotten by the local Church. 

Holy Cross Cemetery in north Toronto,
where Emanuel's mortal remains are buried

I call upon the Archdiocese of Toronto to declare Emanuel "venerable".  

Today, in downtown Toronto, a so-called "gay pride parade" will be staged. A degenerate hoard ("hell appearing before its time" St. John Chrysostom) will gather to blaspheme God and His creation ("male and female He created them" Gn 1:27) and to "celebrate" sexual perversion. We cannot forget that many - if not most - of the homosexuals come from broken families, have suffered abuse in their childhood. Far worse than these sad people are the hedonistic non-homosexuals who cheer them on, who encourage them in their sin. But perhaps even worse than these reprobates are the silent bishops and clergy; who, if not encouraging and/or excusing this evil, just sit quietly by and allow this attack on God, the family to proceed without a word. Just as they have sat for decades in virtual silence on the scourge of abortion, allowing over 2 million Canadian babies to be butchered.
While this demonically inspired orgy takes place let us not forget that one of Emanuel's murderers is out on partial parole in B.C. This is how much children are "valued" in our society. But how could they be valued when children are dragged off to be exposed and abused by the horror of drag queens?

Let us turn to Emanuel in prayer. Let us pray that through his death, graces will be accepted by homosexuals who will repent and turn away from sin. 

Let us now once again implore Emanuel to pray for us and for the conversion of homosexuals.

Emanuel Jaques, pray for us. 
"To all homosexuals we say: Peace, Hope, and Joy in your daily pursuit of chastity and holiness. God be with you! May you always keep in your hearts the words of St. Paul, 'You are not called to immorality but to holiness' ".  
Very Rev. Mgr. Vincent Foy 

Friday, 24 June 2022

With the striking down of Roe v. Wade a Window of Grace is opened for America


Today is a day that will go down in history and be remembered long after Dec 6th, 1941 is forgotten, for today is the first step in striking down a far greater infamy: the mass murder of the preborn on an industrial scale. 

June 24, 2022 will go down as one of the most important dates of history. It already is the most important date in the entire history of the United States. 

The monumental clash began as Donald Trump was hounded from the moment he declared his candidacy; the forces of evil knew what the election was about: abortion. 

We can never understand the mysterious power of prayer and sacrifice, from which graces may come centuries after the fact. Take Donald Trump's honouring St. Thomas Beckett. In the eyes of God, honouring His martyr resulted in graces distributed across the centuries. The public honouring of St. John Paul II, the indefatigable foe of abortion, also resulted in the pouring down of graces. So too was the heroic pastoral care of the late, saintly Bishop Robert Morlino, who death no doubt was a holy sacrifice to God for the salvation of souls and the spread of the Gospel.

So it was that the hand of God removed to judgment an evil Supreme Court Justice allowing President Trump to nominate his third pro-life candidate. 

Today we see the results of "small things"; seemingly little gestures of honouring God's saints resulted in a flood of grace, a window of opportunity that God still is giving America a chance to repent and reverse course before a chastisement. The forces of darkness will not rest: the explosion of evil is there to see. The reaction to this ruling should alert us to the fact that most world "leaders" - from the twisted Boris Johnson, to the narcissistic, Justin Trudeau. Let there be no mistake: to lament this ruling in favour of life reveals these men are diabolical, under the influence of Satan: through their smiles and platitudes we see men diabolically oppressed. And what can be said of Joe Biden? Who today gave, without question, the most evil speech a US President has ever given. This malignant reprobate is on the attack against life. Let us redouble of prayers and sacrifices! As St. Paul wrote "where evil abounds, grace did more abound". (Rm 5:20).  



Let us therefore redouble our prayers. May God, through the intercession of Sts. Thomas Beckett and John Paul II pour out His graces upon Donald John Trump.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

"Pray the Mass" (1940) - The Traditional Latin Mass Explained

For the reader's gentle edification. 

The commentary is by Ven. Fulton Sheen, the late Archbishop of Newport, Wales - not of New York.

Praises of the Virgin

We reprint a section from the Aurora, a verse paraphrase and commentary on the Latin Bible which was used as a textbook during the medieval period. It was written by Petrus Riga. This section concerns praises of the Blessed Virgin. Credit to Canticum Salomonus for the text.

Praises of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wrought in the Language of Scripture

She was the Ark,[1] Noe’s dove,[2] Moses’ bush,[3] Aaron’s staff,[4]

Jacob’s ladder,[5] Joseph’s seven sheaths of grain,[6]

The cloud raining Manna,[7] the rock gushing an abundant Stream,[8]

The Serpent’s healing pole,[9]

David’s sling bearing the Stone that struck the enemy,[10]

 Bethlehem’s spring, for whose water David thirsted,[11]

Solomon’s throne made of flashing white ivory,[12]

The scallop shell wet with Dew by Gedeon’s work,[13]

The amber vessel which the prophet saw in the fire,[14]

The ever-closed door in the Lord’s house,[15]

The lamp that gleams brighter than the seven other lights

Which Zacharias saw,[16] a blooming olive,[17]

One of the two staves, which is called Beauty,[18]

The earth spawning the worm which killed Jonas’s shade,[19]

The woman clothed with the sun’s brightness, her head adorned

By a gleaming crown of twelve stars.[20]

Let us go over each of the sentences I have just now gathered about the Virgin

In order; our errant speech seeks a plain path.

May the Golden Virgin gild this writer’s pen,

So that elegant order might grace our speech.

Mary was the Ark, wherein seed was saved;

She rules, saves, and covers her own.

She was a dove: like a dove’s eyes,

Simple, meek, with no gall of evil.[1] 

She is Moses’ burning bush: the fire does not harm the bush,

No lust touched the Virgin’s beauty.

The Virgin is the staff: without a bud that staff bore

Flowers, and without a man she bore God.

She is Jacob’s ladder, whose prayer, intercession,

And example lead you up to the stars of heaven.

She was at once Joseph’s seven sheaves and his store-house, who

Conceived by the Holy Ghost, as mother of the Sacred Bread.

This cloud gives manna, this rock water, when she bears Him

Who was heavenly Food and the Fount of everlasting water.

The Virgin was the pole that raised that Serpent

That saved us, harboring no venom.

The sling David bore, which bore the Stone that bore into the enemy’s brow:

The Virgin bore God, who killed the evil enemy.

She is Bethlehem’s spring, which the king thirsted for, because

In the House of Bread[21] she gave birth to the Bread of Heaven.

When the scallop shell brims with Dew removed from the sodden fleece,

Judea rejoices; the Virgin brims with God.

She is Solomon’s ivory throne, the seat of chastity,

Made God’s chair, white as ivory.

She is the vessel of amber, gleaming with silver, beaming with gold,

When she gives birth to him who is God and man.

The door stays closed because no man could cross

Its threshold: the Virgin conceived without a man.

She is the lamp which seven lights surrounded,

Shining and full of Christ’s seven-fold gift;

She is also the blooming olive because she is light, food, remedy—

Light to the blind, food to the poor, remedy to sinners;

She is also the beautiful staff because the Virgin exceeds the sun’s light

And all heaven’s candles in her beauty.

Earth creates the worm, withering the ivy, because the Virgin

Bore Christ, who cast down the teary Synagogue.

As for the woman bright like the sun and crowned with twelve stars:

I think the stars were the twelve disciples.

Such a beloved Virgin, so noble, was born into the world,

At her rising, light dawned upon our sinful race.

[1] Genesis 6:14–22.

[2] Genesis 7:8–12.

[3] Exodus 3:2.

[4] Numbers 17.

[5] Genesis 28:11–16.

[6] Genesis 37:7.

[7] Exodus 16.

[8] Exodus 17:5–6 ?

[9] Numbers 21:8–9.

[10] 1 Kings 17:19.

[11] 2 Kings 23:15–17.

[12] 3 Kings 10:18–20.

[13] Judges 6:36–38.

[14] Ezechiel 1.

[15] Ezechiel 44:1–3.

[16] Zacharias 4.

[17] Ecclesiasticus 24:19.

[18] Zacharias 11:7.

[19] Jonas 4:7.

[20] Apocalypse 12:1.

[21] The meaning of “Bethlehem.”