Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene, “the apostle to the apostles”
patron of apothecaries; contemplative life; converts; glove makers; hairdressers; penitent sinners; people ridiculed for their piety; perfumeries; pharmacists; reformed prostitutes; sexual temptation; tanners; women
I have seen the Lord.
— Mary Magdalene to the apostles
- Read bio at americancatholic.com
- Read bio at EWTN
- Pray to Saint Mary Magdalene
- Watch / listen readings and homily (EWTN)
Church tradition teaches that the seven demons Jesus cast out of Mary Magdalene represent the seven capital sins: pride, envy, anger, sloth, avarice, gluttony, and lust. These vices are considered deadly because they prevent God’s grace from acting within us. They way to remedy these vices is through the practice of the seven lively virtues: humility, admiration, forgiveness, zeal, generosity, asceticism, and chastity.
- Listen Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues (Fr Robert Barron on Catholic Answers Live)
- Read What are capital sins? by Fr William Saunders (CERC)
- Practice virtue Examen for Laymen