Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene is listed in the Catholic calendar as a "Penitent." She had been a prostitute out of whom seven devils were cast, and her conversion was profound: it was she who anointed Christ before His burial and washed His feet with her tears, eliciting the response, “she hath wrought a good work upon Me.” At her request Christ brought her brother Lazarus of Bethany back from the dead; she was also the first to arrive at the empty tomb, and she carried the news of the Resurrection back to the Apostles.

The Tomb of Lazarus

In Bethany just outside of Jerusalem stands a church built on the spot where Mary, Martha, and Lazarus dwelled. Here out Lord took His rest among friends.

The Church at Bethany

The life of Mary Magdalene is proof positive that we can’t create a mess big enough for God to not be able to put things right again. The only real obstacle is an unwillingness to let go of our own brilliant ideas and humbly surrender them to the Almighty.

Himself in Bethany

1 comment:

Kindred Spirit said...

This is so uplifting, Sean! Much was forgiven her, so much that Saint Mary Magdalene leads out the Virgins and Widows in the Litany of the Saints--the beauty of holy penitence.
What a grace it is to have the Faith!