The universal church honors St. Mary Magdalen next Thursday, July 22nd. We wish a most joyous day to Father Charles Mitchell and our faithful sisters and brothers in Christ in Altamonte Springs. In celebration, we feature the audio CD series, “30 Remarkable Saints” by the engaging theologian, Father John Jay Hughes. His vivid teaching brings the listener into the company of this steadfast friend of Jesus. Upon our dear Lord’s arrest in the garden of Gethsemane, Mark the Evangelist starkly observes: “All of them deserted him and fled” (14:50). Yes, “all of them,” except the women and foremost among the women, Mary of Magdala, “The First Apostle.” St. Mary Magdalen has, nevertheless, been variously portrayed for centuries. Dating from Pope St. Gregory the Great’s misidentification of her as Martha and Lazarus’ sister and as the woman who bathed Jesus’ feet with tears, contradictory legends have swirled around the saint and have culminated in fantastically fictional claims. From the literature of the immediate post-biblical period, however, we are sure that St. Mary Magdalen was a preeminent figure in the early church. As the only woman mentioned by name in each of the four gospels, we are also sure of her courageous discipleship. In her witness at Jesus’ death, burial and rising, Fr. Hughes likens her to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Both women share an affirmation of life, love of community and striking individuality. Use the on-line Order Form and request this 7 audio CD set of 25 minute segments about saints from Augustine to Therese of Lisieux. Or search related resources with the key word: magdalen @ https://www.orlandodiocese.org/media_center/media_center.php or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).
The universal church honors St. Mary Magdalen next Thursday, July 22nd. We wish a most joyous day to Father Charles Mitchell and our faithful sisters and brothers in Christ in Altamonte Springs.