Mary Magdalene

SAINTS: Mary Magdalene — Witness To Death And Resurrection, by Greg Friedman

April 15, 2017

From: Lent With The Saints Exodus 14:15-15:1; Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Matthew 28:1-10 Mary Magdalene is one of the main characters in the story of Jesus’s Passion, death, and resurrection. Mary was not a public sinner.  Nor was she the figure who anointed Jesus’s feet with her tears or wiped them with her hair.  She was, however, a faithful disciple.  Unlike the male disciples, who fled from Jesus’s crucifixion, Mary was present.  Matthew and Mark place her among those “looking on from a distance.”  Luke identifies her, as do the other gospels, with the women who went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. We can imagine what she must have endured after Jesus’s violent death.  Like anyone [...]

POETRY: Tell Them, by Edwina Gateley

March 30, 2016

Breaking through the powers of darkness bursting from the stifling tomb he slipped into the graveyard garden to smell the blossomed air. Tell them, Mary, Jesus said, that I have journeyed far into the darkest deeps I’ve been in nights without a star. Tell them Mary, Jesus said, that fear will flee my light that though the ground will tremble and despair will stalk the earth I hold them firmly by the hand through terror to new birth. Tell them, Mary, Jesus said, the globe and all that’s made is clasped to God’s great bosom they must not be afraid for though they fall and die, he said, and the black earth wrap them tight they will know the warmth of God’s healing hands in the early morning light. Tell them, Mary, [...]

HOMILY: Such Love, by Bonaventure

February 1, 2015

Her many sins have been forgiven her, for she has shown great love. (Luke 7:47) First of all, let us ask. . . . Dear friends in Christ Jesus: According to the tradition of sacred scripture, when the world lost its wholeness, “woman” who had been created to help “man” became, in an important way, a stumbling-block for him.  She was involved in the loss of his integrity for, through her, man stumbled into sin; she was also involved in his delay to repent for he used her as the motive to counter his own blame.  Both were important failures.  To right the balance, in the rebuilding of the world, “woman” is also presented to us – first, as a mirror of integrity and second, as a model for repentance. [...]

POETRY: Mary Magdalene, by Catherine Tufariello

January 28, 2015

The squabbling soldiers gone, the women got What fell to them. Beneath the drooping eyes Of Pilate’s guard (the afternoon was hot) They laid him out and shooed the stinging flies, Rubbed linen strips with myrrh and aloes, rinsed The dust from limbs whose wounds no longer bled. As if the crown still pressed there, Mary winced When, with a separate cloth, they wrapped his head; And she recalled the pressure of his palm, The scent of spikenard, Simon’s baleful stare, And how, the whole house filling with the balm, She wiped his wet feet with her loosened hair. Days later, at the empty tomb alone, She thought first of his pierced and broken feet And wept, incredulous. But he was gone, The wrappings, neatly rolled, still faintly [...]

MARY MAGDALENE: A Jewish Woman From Magdala, by Bart D. Ehrman

January 27, 2015

From Peter, Paul, & Mary Magdalene To begin with, what do we know about what it meant to be a Jewish woman in first-century Palestine?  This is one of the many topics that scholars have long been interested in and have devoted entire books to.  One of the interesting features of the study of first-century Jewish women is that it has largely been carried out by twentieth-century Christian men.  And why would such people be interested in knowing about women in first-century Judaism?  For many of these modern scholars, as authority Ross Kraemer has noted, there is a personal agenda involved: they have wanted to show the vast superiority of Christianity over Judaism in the treatment of women. According to the standard stereotype, [...]

MARY MAGDALENE: Wings Of Madness, by Liz Curtis Higgs

January 26, 2015

From Mad Mary Today I felt pass over me A breath of wind from the wings of madness. Charles Baudelaire Jake didn’t see her until it was too late. A woman disguised as a bundle of rags bolted out of the Park View Pet Shop and directly into his path, nearly knocking him to the icy sidewalk.  Instead, she was the one who landed there in an awkward heap, her face crimson, her eyes averted. He bent toward her, shielding her from the bitter January wind.  “Ma’am, are you okay?  I’m sorry I –” She looked up at him, and the words froze on his lips. Lord, help me.  He was face-to-face with a madwoman. Wide, unfocused eyes lit by an unseen fire stared blankly back at him.  Dark smudges down her cheeks – [...]

PRAYER: Chaplet Prayer For Mary Magdalene

January 26, 2015

(The chaplet consists of a medal of Mary of Magdalene, and ten beads plus three for a total of 13 beads.) How to pray the chaplet On the medal say: Mary Magdalene, friend, and follower of Jesus, help me to recognize my sins so that I may seek forgiveness and that I too may be exorcised by him. Pray for me so that I too may be closer to Jesus and love him as my Divine Savior. Pray for (mention your petition here) so that they too may see our Lord Jesus Christ and seek forgiveness for their sins so that they too may always seek the Lord and follow him. Help us to persevere to the end so that we will be saved. First three beads: Act of Contrition: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins, because of [...]