St. Mary Magdalene
The Gospels all accord Mary Magdalene a unique place among Jesus' followers. Her surname probably owes its origin to her birthplace, a town called Magdala near Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. According to the ancient and very plausible tradition in the Latin Church, Mary the sinner is synonymous with Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus and with Mary Magdalene. This "Mary who is called Magdalene" was freed from seven devils (the seven deadly sins) by our Lord; "the sinner" lovingly anointed his feet; and according to St. John she was "Mary of Bethany" (and thus the sister of Martha), who "sat at the Lord's feet" and listened spellbound to his every word. The Eastern Church, however, venerates three distinct persons named Mary.
The Lord's most ardent and loving follower, Mary Magdalene stood with his beloved mother at the foot of the Cross witnessed his burial and was the first to see both the empty tomb and the risen "Rabboni" on Easter morning. Indeed, It was she who was sent by Him with the good news to the other disciples, a commission that earned her the title "Apostle to the Apostles" in the early Church.
Catholics revere Mary Magdalene as a pattern of the contemplative life and even of conversation. She probably died at Ephesus, but a French legend tells of Mary, Martha and Lazarus coming to southern France and converting the Provence district.
Reflection :"When you commit any sin, repent of it at once and resolve to amend. If it is a grievous sin, confess it as soon as possible" (St. Alphonsus Liguori).