(continued from the last post on the previous page...) This dynamic, his ascent from poverty, coheres with one of the most important themes of Sacred Scripture referred to by the Virgin Mary, Our Lady, in her Magnificat in Luke: And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty." (Luke 1:46-53) St. Bonaventure, a thirteenth century Franciscan Doctor of the Church, makes it clear in his Collations on the Hexaemeron (a series of sermons delivered to the Franciscan community at Paris in the Spring of 1273) that Cyrus the Great liberating the Jews from Babylonian Captivity is a 'type' of the age of the Great Monarch, who will thus be modelled after Cyrus: Nevertheless, it is first necessary that the tribulation come. The End is not to be placed there, because no one knows how long that time of great peace will last since ''when they said 'Peace and security,' then suddenly destruction came upon them" (Matt. 24:21). The seventh time or age, that of quiet, begins with the shout of the angel who "swore through Him who lives forever and ever that there would be no more time; but in the days of the seventh angel the mystery of God will be completed" (Rev. 10:&-7).In the sixth age three things take place - excellence of victory, excellence of teaching, and excellence of the prophetic life....In this age there ought to come a life through an order which will possess the prophetic life. This age is double. Just as in the Lord's Passion there was first light, then darkness, and then light, so it is necessary that first there be the light of teaching and that Josiah succeed Hezekiah, after which came the tribulation of the Jews through their captivity. It is necessary that One Ruler, a defender of the Church, arise. After him will come the darkness of tribulations... In the seventh age [of the Old Testament] we know that these things took place - the rebuilding of the Temple, the restoration of the city, and the granting of peace. Likewise in the coming seventh age there will be a restoration of divine worship and a rebuilding of the city. (Collation 16:17-19. Translated from Opera omnia 5:405-6, 408.) Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser emphasised the same in 1646: "The spread of the church over all countries will take place by the instrumentality of this Strong Monarch, and before the destruction of the world, Christianity will be preached to all nations of the earth; as this is foretold in Matthew 24:4; in Isaiah 2:2; and in Micheas (Micah) 4:2. To this wide diffusion of Christianity allusion is made, when John is obliged to measure the temple of God.(Apocalypse 11:1). A type of this period was the sixth age of the old world, from the deliverance of the Israelites out of the Babylonian Captivity, and the rebuilding of the City and the Temple of Jerusalem, down to the Coming of Christ. As God gladdened His people by the rebuilding of the Temple and the Holy City; as all nations and kingdoms were subjected to the Roman Empire; and Caesar Augustus, the most powerful and excellent Monarch, after vanquishing all his enemies gave peace to the world - so will God pour out upon His Church the most abundant consolations"