Saint of the Day: Mary Magdalene


St. Mary Magdalene
Feast Day: July 22
Mary, from Magdala in Galilee, was a disciple of Jesus who used her resources, or wealth, to help support him and his followers.

"Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdalena" by Alexander Ivanov
“Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdalena” by Alexander Ivanov

The Gospel of Luke also says Mary was the woman from whom Jesus cast out seven demons and that she was present at his crucifixion and burial.
In all four Gospels, Mary was the first witness to the Resurrection and carried that news to the others; because of this, St. Augustine called her “apostola apostolorum” the apostle to the apostles.
Traditions that identified Mary as a prostitute or penitent sinner are now discounted.