Friday, July 22, 2011

She Loves Unspeakably

One of the best books I have ever read on St Mary Magdalen, whose feast we celebrate today, is Mary Magdalen in the Visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich. Through her visions there is a depth and humanness revealed in Magdalen's love for Christ. The visions of this mystic also reveal that Mary Magdalen went through two conversions before she dedicated herself to following Our Lord. May she intercede for us as we strive for holiness in our day to day following of Christ. May we also love unspeakably.
 Here is an excerpt from the book:

I saw Him speaking alone with His Blessed Mother, and I remember some of the words that passed between them. He had, He said, sent Peter the Believing and John the Loving to Jerusalem in order to prepare for the Pasch. Of Magdalen, who was quite out of herself from grief, He said: She loves unspeakably, but her love is still encompassed by the body, therefore she has become like one quite out of her mind with pain...

After His Blessed Mother, perhaps no one loved Jesus more than Mary Magdalen. It was a love that caused her pain, but one she did not mind enduring for through the pain of this love, she found life and Love Itself.
St Mary Magdalen, pray for us!


Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you Karinann for a brief insight on this Saint.

God bless you.

mary333 said...

Thank you, Karin. These words about St. Mary Magdalen are beautiful to read. She will always be one of my favorite saints. Yes, may we all learn from her and love unspeakably.

Daily Grace said...

Beautiful Karinann!

Karinann said...

Victor, DG and Mary,
Thanks for stopping by~glad you liked the short excerpt from Anne Catherine Emmerich.

Anne said...

"Out of her mind with pain." Unbelievably beautiful.

Kathryn said...

So beautiful... will have to read Anne Catherine Emmerich's book. Thank you Karinann!

Karinann said...

Thanks for visiting, Anne and Kathryn.
Yes, the book is well worth reading Kathryn.
God bless you both.

Michael said...

Wow, I just realized how little I know about Mary Magdalen. (I think I was duped into thinking I knew her because of her prominence in Jesus' life.)

Thanks for this - and for adding another book to my list!

God Bless!

Colleen said...

Thank you. This was beautiful. I love Mary Magdalene. I would love to love Jesus with even half her passion.

Karinann said...

Colleen- Me too!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.