Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdaleneI was reminded that this week is the Week of the Feasts of Homemaking, or Home Keeping, by Elizabeth Foss. http://www.elizabethfoss.com/reallearning/2013/07/mary-and-martha-and-me-and-you-too.html I love what she had to say about yesterday’s gospel reading and the prayers that she shared.

So, how does St. Mary Magdalene fit into a week of home keeping? For me, it is a reminder that I can always turn from my not so immaculate keeping of my home. I may not always have an immaculate home, but I don’t need to let things slip as they sometimes do.

St. Mary Magdalene turned her life completely around. So much so that she was the first one that our Risen Lord appeared to after his resurrection. He was “my hope” to her. He should be our hope as well.

So, I see one more connection between St. Mary Magdalene and home keeping. Pope Blessed John Paul II described the family as the Domestic Church. The building that we dwell in needs to reflect “our Hope.” Not only should we reflect Christ, our home should be a welcoming place to all who enter.

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