July 22nd is designated as the ‘feast day’ for Mary Magdalene or Mariamene e Mara (which means Mariamne the Master) in the various traditions that observe calendared remembrances.
While some Protestant communities don’t do feast days, per se, Magdalene is considered “the heroine of the faith” and the first Apostle — the Apostle to the Apostles.*
I appreciate that … the Heroine of the Faith. It’s a nice upgrade from the long-held and shameful reputation-smear of Magdalene.
Our heroine Magdalene’s story and example are inspiring, too: She wasn’t just bopping around doing the spiritual bypass or spiritual entertainment thing.
She was in it.
Devoted. Engaged. Resilient. Loyal. Courageous. Transformed and transformative.
Heroine of the faith. Wise Woman. Devoted companion in her own right. First Apostle to the Apostles.
We remember. We reclaim.
Continue reading, and find links to several more Sophia’s Children reflections on Mariamene e Mara and the inspiration she offers to us now.
Blessings on the Mariamene Way.
Featured Image Credit: The Eastern Lily, by Edwin Long (1829-1891). The lily has long been one symbol associated with Magdalene, and the Divine Feminine in many times and traditions.
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