Thursday, July 22, 2010

something about Mary...

... when I chose Mary Magdalene as my patron 5 years ago, or should I say she chose me, it was met with some trepidation on my part. Admittedly, I was a tad embarrassed with my choice because the mere mention of her named seemed to imply a salacious past... "Why would you pick a reformed prostitute?" I was asked.

Whether you follow the eastern or western school of thought about who exactly this the woman from Magdala is makes no difference. That isn't why we ended up together.

She was a convert. She was penitent... THE penitent. She stood at the foot of the Cross. Was the first to witness His resurrection and heralded the news of His return to the apostles. Her life was a conscientious turning away from sin. In this current age where humanity has made peace with their sinfulness, calling it personal choice and freedom, Mary Magdalene reminds us to love and follow God unabashedly and repent. Everyday repent.


Carlo Dulci

17 comments:

Just another mad Catholic said...

I chose St. Mary Magdalene as my patron alongside St. Philomena; one to remind me of the purity of heart I should keep and the other to remind me of how far we can rise even after we fall.

soonerscotty said...

reminds me of why I chose Joseph of Arimathea. Some of the same sorts of reasons.

He denied Jesus early on but, he finally came around. I felt I had a lot in common with him.

My decision was questioned by everyone since he wasn't one of the "popular" saints.

Pablo said...

The Sinner.

She was so wealthy the town of Magdalene was owned by her.

This is the best picture of her I have ever seen.

On my web site, under Sermons, Featured Sermons of Father Joseph Pfeiffer, there is a Sermon on Saint Mary Magdalene I think you might enjoy.

She was the very first person called by name before the Blessed Sacrament.

She was the second to see Christ ressurrected; His Mother was first.

God be with you.

pablo

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s-p said...

If I was a woman I'd have chosen Mary Magdalene.

Terry Nelson said...

Beautiful. Happy feast day! Prayed for you and your son at adoration this afternoon.

WPDunn71901 said...

I'm Sorry, i do not and will not buy into the idea that Mary Maggs was a prostitute

call me a crazy prod-pagan

Pablo said...

I don't recall anyone calling Saint Mary Magdalene a prostitute...

I don't think she charged any money for her sins; besides, she was weaalthy.

Whatever she was, the Lord cast seven demons from her.

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Marco de Puna said...

Happy and blessed saint's day Kat. You and the boy are in my prayers.

PaxetBonum said...

Again with the red hair. Is there some symbolism attached to her hair color?

Marco de Puna said...

Pax guy, one of the most beautiful Jewish woman I have ever had the pleasure of knowing (we were in the same university department and became fast friends) was a redhead - creative, intelligent, challenging, great company, a fun and daring hiker/biker, & yes, completely drop dead gorgeous. If you visit Israel (or for that matter any Jewish neighborhood in NY) you'll see many redheads - but I doubt any of them can beat Limor.

Rick said...

Scriptures say that Magdalene had been possessed before and that she washed the Lord's feet with her tears and dried them with her hair because of her many sins. I think that might be why people think she's a whore before because of the magnitude of her sins. The inspiration that comes with her life is the idea of those being forgiven much as loving much in return. I wonder if she loved the Lord more than those who never fell in sin like Mary of Cleopas? Then again, all the reformed sinners always preached against falling into sin to begin with. No one ever says, sin much but repent even more.

Mimi said...

Happy Patron Saint's Day to you! Many Years!

WPDunn71901 said...

Pablo Mi Amigo
several of the mainline Protestant doctrines cast Mary Maggs as a prostitute, patriarchal conspiracy or lazy co mingling of biblical story, what ever. not being Catholic and barely a Xtian, i read a LOT of stuff and whoo boy was she AOK in my book!

Lola said...

Happy Feast Day CC!I love the Magda too!

She has a special place in my heart. I found out recently that she was found of Southern France, making her home there. Oh another place to visit... (No, I did not learn it from Dan Brown, but from EWTN.)

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Pablo said...

Dear Miss Lola,

Saint Mary Magdalene, Martha, and their brother Lazarus were put to sea by the Jews in a boat with no sail, and no rudder. Also no food.

The Jews were afraid the testimony from Lazarus of Christ raising him from among the dead would be harmful to their interests. They told the three they would be killed if they returned to land; die at sea or else. The Jews thought it was immoral to directly kill someone.

Angels took their boat to what is known today as France. Martha and Lazarus spread the word, Saint Mary Magdalene lived out the next thirty years as the first Christian Hermit.She prayed and did penance.

Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio and Saint Mary Magdalene did a favor for us the other day. The Saints are always willing to help. All we have to do is ask for their help.

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Smiley said...

http://dayofwrathdiesirae.blogspot.com/2009/07/st-mary-magdalene-22-july-2009.html

For your reading pleasure Cat