Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Feast of St. Mary Magdalen

That's right, Dan Brown's favorite Catholic feast day is just around the corner.  That whimsical prostitute who, along with Jesus, fathered the Merovingian Dynasty, has her feast day this Sunday - according to the best scholarship of course. 

Don't know what will be done.  As so often happens, in our hip, secular world there isn't much time for big celebrations any more, at least those centered around saints.  July 4th was the last one, and Labor Day will be the next.  But it's worth remembering that there was a time when such days came filled to the brim with customs, traditions, and celebrations.  But we can still do our part as Catholics, and try to put some vim and vigor into days around which the entire annual Catholic calendar once turned.  So dab on some perfume, get a Madeleine or two, and remember someone who didn't point to a vast, global Jewish Catholic conspiracy to murder and take over the world, but rather pointed to the infinite mercy and love of a forgiving Savior.

Surgens autem mane prima sabbati, apparuit primo Mariæ Magdalene, de qua ejecerat septem
                  Mark 16:9

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