ST. MARY MAGDALEN.
Feast Day: July 22nd
Gospel of Saint Luke 7: 36-50
"36 And one of the Pharisees desired him to eat with him.
And he went into the house of the Pharisee, and sat down to meat.
37 And behold a woman that was in the city, a sinner, when she knew that he sat at meat in the Pharisee's house,
brought an alabaster box of ointment;
38 And standing behind at his feet, she began to wash his feet, with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39 And the Pharisee, who had invited him, seeing it, spoke within himself, saying: This man, if he were a prophet,
would know surely who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him, that she is a sinner.
40 And Jesus answering, said to him: Simon, I have somewhat to say to thee. But he said: Master, say it.
41 A certain creditor had two debtors, the one who owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And whereas they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which therefore of the two loveth him most?
43 Simon answering, said: I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And he said to him: Thou hast judged
44 And turning to the woman, he said unto Simon: Dost thou see this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet; but she with tears hath washed my feet, and with her hairs hath wiped them.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss; but she, since she came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint; but she with ointment hath anointed my feet.
47 Wherefore I say to thee: Many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much. But to whom less is
forgiven, he loveth less.
48 And he said to her: Thy sins are forgiven thee.
49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves: Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
50 And he said to the woman: Thy faith hath made thee safe, go in peace."
THE LIFE OF SAINT MARY MAGDALEN
[The following teaching is from the Book: Pictorial Lives of the Saints, compiled from "Butler's Lives" and other approved sources, Benziger Brothers, 1899.]
OF the earlier life of Mary Magdalen, we know only that she was "a woman who was a sinner." From the depth of her degradation, she raised her eyes to Jesus with sorrow, hope, and love. All covered with shame, she came in where Jesus was at meat, and knelt behind Him. She said not a word, but bathed His feet with her tears, wiped them with the hair of her head, kissed them in humility, and at their touch her sins and her stain were gone. Then she poured on them the costly unguent prepared for other uses; and His own divine lips rolled away her reproach, spoke her absolution, and bade her go in peace. Thence forward she ministered to Jesus, sat at His feet, and heard His words. She was one of the family " whom Jesus so loved" that He raised her brother Lazarus from the dead. Once again, on the eve of His Passion, she brought the precious ointment, and, now purified and beloved, poured it on His head, and the whole house of God is still filled with the fragrance of her anointing. She stood with our Lady and St. John at the foot of the Cross, the representative of the many who have had much forgiven. To her first, after His Blessed Mother, and through her to His Apostles, our Lord gave the certainty of His Resurrection ; and to her first He made Himself known, calling her by her name, because she was His. When the faithful were scattered by persecution, the family of Bethany found refuge in Provence. The cave in which St. Mary lived for thirty years is still seen, and the chapel on the mountain-top, in which she was caught up daily, like St. Paul, to "visions and revelations of the Lord." When her end drew near, she was borne to a spot still marked by a "sacred pillar," where the holy Bishop Maximin awaited her; and when she had received her Lord, she peacefully fell asleep in death.
REFLECTION.-"Compunction of heart," says St. Bernard, "is a treasure infinitely to be desired, and an unspeakable gladness to the heart. It is healing to the soul ; it is remission of sins ; it brings back again the Holy Spirit into the humble and loving heart."INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Ask Saint Mary Magdalene to intercede for us today that we may turn completely away from ours sins with deep and true sorrow.
EXCERPTS FROM THE VISIONS OF BLESSED ANNE CATHERINE EMMERICH OF SAINT MARY MAGDALENE:
MAGDALEN'S FIRST CONVERSION
MAGDALEN'S SECOND CONVERSION
THE ABOVE EXCERPTS ARE FROM THE FOUR VOLUME BOOK: THE LOWLY LIFE AND BITTER PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND HIS BLESSED MOTHER TOGETHER WITH THE MYSTERIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT , FROM THE VISIONS OF BLESSED ANNE CATHERINE EMMERICH As Recorded in the Journal of Clement Brentano AND EDITED BY VERY REV. C.E. SCHMOGER, C. SS. R. 1914
(State your prayer request to Saint Mary Magdalene)
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us. Saint Mary Magdalene, pray for us. Sister of Martha and Lazarus, pray for us. Thou who didst enter the Pharisee's house to anoint the feet of Jesus, pray for us. Who didst wash His feet with thy tears, pray for us. Who didst dry them with thy hair, pray for us. Who didst cover them with kisses, pray for us. Who wast vindicated by Jesus before the proud Pharisee, pray for us. Who from Jesus received the pardon of thy sins, pray for us. Who before darkness wast restored to light, pray for us. Mirror of penance, pray for us. Disciple of Our Lord, pray for us. Wounded with the love of Christ, pray for us. Most dear to the Heart of Jesus, pray for us. Constant woman, pray for us. Last at the Cross of Jesus, first at His tomb, pray for us. Thou who wast the first to see Jesus risen, pray for us. Whose forehead was sanctified by the touch of thy risen Master, pray for us. Apostle of apostles, pray for us. Who didst choose the "better part," pray for us. Who lived for many years in solitude being miraculously fed, pray for us. Who wast visited by angels seven times a day, pray for us. Sweet advocate of sinners, Spouse of the King of Glory, pray for us. V. Saint Mary Magdalene, earnestly intercede for us with thy Divine Master, R. That we may share thy happiness in Heaven. Let Us Pray May the glorious merits of blessed Mary Magdalene, we beseech Thee, O Lord, make our offerings acceptable to Thee, for Thine only-begotten Son vouchsafed graciously to accept the humble service she rendered. We ask this through Him Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, God forever and ever. Amen. May the prayers of blessed Mary Magdalene help us, O Lord, for it was in answer to them that Thou didst call her brother Lazarus, four days after death, back from the grave to life, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, Unity in Trinity, world without end. Amen.