In sorrow, I cry as I write & with an unspoken revelation, my mind is in a state of havoc contemplating the hard times of grief ahead, grief that changes human perspective. My personal inner dialogue ignited, while the Catholic church on, June 10, 2016, announced its feast day of Mary Magdalene, a female biblical presence mentioned twelve times in the gospels. As a follower of Jesus Christ, Mary was present during his public ministry, death, and resurrection. Mary a Jew whose birth & death are unknown, yet her life widely known as a corrupt Woman, her persona lie in the shadow for epochs. *While some have imagined Mary Magdalene as either a prostitute or the wife of Jesus, Western Christianity since the time of St. Gregory the Great has traditionally identified her with three women in the New Testament: the sinful woman who anoints Jesus’ feet with fragrant oils and washes them with her tears; Mary of Magdala; and Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha of Bethany (CNA/EWTNnews). Finally, mystically freed, honoured, by a feast day of July 22, Arch Bishop Roche secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments quotes; “Mary Magdalene an example and model for all women”. Synchronously offering a divine feminine healing in a most profound of times. In parallel, whilst the RCC announced a step up from a memorial day for St. Mary Magdalene to a feast day a joyful occasion to celebrate, a mass act of hatred was committed, and historically one of the largest mass shootings in the United States took place, inside of an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida. Fifty or more killed or injured. Through an outcry on social media, I have observed an interesting and profound Instagram post from Meggan Jane Watterson that brings attention to the timely, divine feminine influx of St. Mary Magdalene’s decree officiated & hailed to by Pope Frances as “the Apostle to the Apostles”. Here her quote states; “Why the divine feminine, and why now?” This is why. It’s time for all of us, male and female, to see the profound significance, the love within us that seeks to unify, not judge or objectify”. Bridging the divide now is needed more than we can imagine. How can we deny in our despair, ugly & grotesque imaged ideas, while our spirit longing for the divine, the holy longing crying, and with desperate faithful hope, this diabolic act will catapult an outreach that instills a holy love.
Crying soul, hear the call of the holy who wait in love. Hallowed be Thy Name.