Mary of Magdala, Jordan Hainsey, Digital Photograph, 2017

Mary of Magdala

"Now after this [Jesus] made his way through towns and villages preaching, and proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve, as well as certain women who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments: Mary surnamed the Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and several others who provided for them out of their own resources."

Luke 8

 

This image of Mary of Magdala recalls how moments of sin are arrested and illumined when the light of Divine Grace pierces the soul. Clothed in purple, the color of penance, Mary of Magdala clutches a skull symbolizing her presence at Golgotha during Christ's crucifixion and of the quiet, ascetic life she lived after Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension.

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