St. Mary Magdalene

This image is taken from a fresco by Fra Angelico, the Dominican artist, and depicts Mary Magdalene in the garden of the Resurrection, trying to hold on to Christ. Because she first thought he might be the gardener, Fra Angelico shows Christ carrying what looks like a gardening hoe over his shoulder! St. Mary Magdalene is one of the patronesses of the Dominican Order, and according to legend spent the rest of her life as a hermit in France. As such, she is both a model for active men and women (because she was the first to announce the Resurrection to the apostles) and for contemplatives (because of her life of prayer). You can see our meditation from 2010 here. May we all grow to be great women and men of prayer through her intercession!

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