Saturday, July 22, 2006St. Mary Magdalene: "The Penitent"
It's a shame that in recent years, much attention has been given to St. Mary Magdalene in the supposed role as Jesus' lover. While I don't even need to dignify such accusations with a defense here (others have articulated it much better anyway)... it's important to realize that in many ways, the Magdalene's role was similar to that of Our Blessed Mother. Little is said about her in the Bible (it's not even certain like so many assume that she was a young, gorgeous, prostitute). Her life's purpose wasn't to draw attention to herself but to point us toward the Living Christ.