Happy Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene!

By Giotto

We have a model in the Magdalene, a model of reparation. It was she who preemptively bathed the Feet of Christ with her tears, which would traverse the path to Calvary and pour forth the Healing Balm of our souls, the Most Precious Blood. It was she who in her charity first perfumed the Head which would bear the crown of thorns, the Head of Christ, the thinker of thoughts of consolation. And thus, it was the penitent who would first witness the joys at the Tomb after the Resurrection of Christ and hear her Savior call her name, “Mary!”

Altar of the Magdalene at Clear Creek Monastery in Oklahoma

A prayer of reparation:

O Jesus, my Savior and Redeemer, Son of the living God, behold, we kneel before Thee and offer Thee our reparation; we would make amends for all the blasphemies uttered against Thy holy name, for all the injuries done to Thee in the Blessed Sacrament, for all the irreverence shown toward Thine immaculate Virgin Mother, for all the calumnies and slanders spoken against Thy spouse, the holy Catholic and Roman Church. O Jesus, who hast said: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you”, we pray and beseech Thee for all our brethren who are in danger of sin; shield them from every temptation to fall away from the true faith; save those who are even now standing on the brink of the abyss; to all of them give light and knowledge of the truth, courage and strength for the conflict with evil, perseverance in faith and active charity! For this do we pray, most merciful Jesus, in Thy name, unto God the Father, with whom Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the Holy Spirit world without end. Amen

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