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    From rich@1:15/0 to All on Fri Jul 21 09:59:26 2017
    From: rich <richarra@gmail.com>

    July 22nd =E2=80=93 St. Mary Magdalene

    Mary Magdalene, says the gospel of John, stood by the Cross of Calvary
    with Jesus' mother and Mary the wife of Clopas. Since the burial of
    Christ that evening had been hurried, Mary Magdalene, Mary Clopas and
    another brought spices before dawn on the following Sunday to finish
    the task. Much to their surprise, the stone of His tomb had been
    rolled away, and Jesus' body was no longer within.

    The =E2=80=9CMadeleine=E2=80=9D at once ran back to the Cenacle to tell Pet=
    er and John
    of their discovery. The two apostles hurried over, saw the empty tomb,
    and left puzzled. Mary herself remained sadly at the sepulchre. When
    she looked into the tomb, she saw an angel, who asked her why she was
    crying. Then Jesus himself appeared to her outside. Thinking Him to be
    the gardener, she asked where the body was. Then He greeted her, =E2=80=9CMary!=E2=80=9D When she heard that well known voice she recognized=
    Him. But
    He sent her back to tell His disciples that she had seen Him, and He
    was indeed risen. It has been conjectured that Our Lord first appeared
    to his own mother, but Mary Magdalene was the first public witness to
    His rising.

    There are three women mentioned in the gospels who had a very special
    rapport with Jesus. One is the sinful woman of Galilee who washed His
    feet with her tears and anointed Him with perfume. A second is Mary of
    Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, who loved to hear Him talk,
    and also anointed His head and feet during His last visit to Bethany.
    The third is Mary of Magdala, one of those who accompanied the
    apostles and served them. Since she is at one point described as one
    from whom Jesus expelled seven devils, many Christians have thought
    that she was the nameless sinful woman, and Mary of Bethany, too.

    When the Catholic Church revised the Missal in 1969, the wiser view
    was adopted that Mary Magdalene was separate from the sinning woman
    and Mary of Bethany. Now her feast recognizes only the woman from
    Magdala. The collect of her Mass says, =E2=80=9CFather, your Son first entrusted to Mary Magdalene the joyful news of His resurrection=E2=80=A6=E2= =80=9D In
    the north window of the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, she and St.
    Thomas the Doubter are represented flanking the Risen Christ. Both
    were primary witnesses of His resurrection: Mary Magdalene to whom He
    first lovingly disclosed Himself; Thomas, the skeptic turned rapturous believer: =E2=80=9CMy Lord and my God.=E2=80=9D

    The perhaps natural confusion of the three devoted women was further complicated by divergent legends of what later became of the
    Magdalene. The Eastern Church said, rather plausibly, that she had
    gone to Ephesus to live, when St. John took Our Lady there to live
    with him. The Western Church, or at least the French Church, cherished
    the story that Mary of Magdalene-Bethany set sail with her brother
    Lazarus, her sister Martha, and other Christian friends, in a boat
    without oars, which carried them to the coast of southern France.
    There they became the first spokesmen of Christianity. In her last
    years, says the tale, Mary lived as a hermitess in an Alpine cave. Her
    body was eventually enshrined in the church of Ste. Madeline, Vezelay,
    France. However ancient and popular in France, this narrative is now
    considered to be without foundation.

    This Mary is that fortunate, affectionate person whom Jesus rewarded
    by commissioning her to be the first to announce to the world the Good
    News of His rising. The Church puts on her lips today the words of St.
    Paul: =E2=80=9CHe died for all so that those live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who for their sakes died and was raised up.=E2=80=

    Saint Quote:
    I find myself so bound to the divine will that neither death nor life
    is important: I want to live as He wishes and I want to serve Him as
    He likes, and nothing more.
    -- Saint Rose Venerini

    Bible Quote:
    He who believes in Me, the works that I do he also shall do, and
    greater than these shall he do. (John 14:12)

    May I always hold fast to my baptism

    I beg you, Father, to preserve in me that pure and reverent faith and
    to grant that to my last breath I may testify to my conviction. May I
    always hold fast to what I publicly professed in the creed when I was
    baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
    Spirit. May I worship you, the Father of us all, and your Son together
    with you and may I be counted worthy to receive your Holy Spirit who
    through your only Son proceeds from you. For me there is sufficient
    evidence for this faith in the words: Father, all that I have is
    yours, and all that is yours is mine, spoken by Jesus Christ my Lord
    who remains, in and from and with you, the
    God who is blessed for endless ages. Amen.

    =E2=80=94Hilary of Poitiers
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