St. Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene

Feast Day: July 22
Patron of: The contemplative life, hairdressers, converts, sexual temptation, women, those who are mocked for their piety

St. Mary Magdalene was known for being a beautiful but terrible sinner. During Christ’s ministry, St. Mary washed his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. Jesus said that her sins had been forgiven due to her abundance of love. St. Mary Magdalene witnessed Christ’s death, and went to his empty tomb on Easter Sunday. Tradition holds that she spent her old age in solitary prayer in a French cave.

St. Mary Magdalene is a shining example of hope for anyone who has fallen into sin. Her life reflects God’s mercy, and the Church venerates her as open and willing to accept His forgiveness. Her strong faith helped her ignore those who mocked her when she expressed it.