Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What I'm reading...

Mary Magdalen, in the visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich 1774-1824

It at times, has been hard to read...as the Passion of the Christ was hard and painful to watch. A most powerful book.

St. Mary Magdalen, please pray for me to "fall madly in love" with my Lord and to never fall away again, to never be seperated from Him, His Church or Our Lady ever again. Pray for me for the gift of final perseverence. As a woman Mary Magdalen speaks to my heart. As a "sinner" who may or may not have sinned as much, (or perhaps more) pray for us as women, to be more gentle, and repentant. The world clamors for us to "be like one of the guys," to "do all a guy can do"...to be independent, to the point of losing and in some worse cases, cursing our femininity - which is such a wondrous gift. I don't understand the hatred of some in the "womens movement" of all that is truly feminine. I don't understand the anger that propels them into desiring to be priests. Mary Magdalen never clamored for such a thing, for she knew her place was serviing, loving, and at Your Feet. Not because she was "lesser than a man" or not as "good" but because she was a real woman.

We have our roles as women. May we respond with joy in becoming what we were designed and created to be. May men accept their roles as men. May we all be filled with gratitude to simply 'be' who and what we were created to be. We've all sinned and fallen short of Your glory, Lord, but by the Holy Spirit, we are led back to Your waiting arms of love, to fall at your Feet, as did Mary, and find abundant joy and the fullness of Life running over, into our hearts and out of our hearts to love the world as You have loved us.

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