The woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars (Revelation 12:1) is pregnant with Jesus and mother to all those who follow his way.
According to the Second Vatican Council, "the Mother of Jesus, in the glory which she possesses in body and soul in heaven, is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come. Likewise she shines forth on earth, until the day of the Lord shall come, a sign of certain hope and comfort to the pilgrim People of God." (Light of the Nations) She continues to exercise her maternal role even in heaven. Hence in 1954, Pope Pius XII confirmed this traditional belief by inaugurating the Feast of the Queenship of Mary on August 22.
Because of Mary's participation in the victory of her Son on the Cross, she is crowned by Jesus as Queen of all nations and peoples. By cooperating with her Son through her "obedience, her faith, hope and burning charity..., she is a mother to us in the order of grace." (Catechism of the Catholic Church,968)
The kingship of Jesus begins in a manger and the wood of the crib becomes the throne of the cross. Mary's Queenship, like the authority of Jesus himself, is rooted in suffering. From Simeon's prophecy of the sword that would pierce her heart to the agony of her own Son's death, she knew the pain of a mother, the anguish of a woman whose power was found in knowing how to encounter injustice, hate, anger, and pain through the Spirit of God. The triumph of her coronation will be complete when God's children are carried, body and soul, into the reign of God.