Mary: Uniting Earth to Heaven

“That man [Patriarch Jacob] contemplated heaven joined to earth by the two ends of a ladder and saw angels going up and down upon it and saw himself symbolically wrestling with the Strong One, the Invincible. So you have assumed the role of a mediatrix, having become the ladder by which God comes down to us, assuming the weakness of our nature, embracing it and uniting himself to it, and thus making man into a mind that can see God. Thus [O Mary] you have reunited what had been divided.”  (St. John of Damascus – d. 780AD – in Mary and the Fathers of the Church by Luigi Gambero, p 405)