Oil Dedicated to St Mary Magdalene 4 (Patron for Contemplative Life)
St Mary Magdalene 4 (Patron for Contemplative Life) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Mary Magdalene is a significant figure in Christianity, widely considered to be one of the most important female disciples of Jesus. She mentioned numerous times in the New Testament, notably being the first to witness and report the resurrection of Jesus Christ. She thus sometimes called the “Apostle to the Apostles”.
Though historically she has associated with repentance from a sinful life, this mainly due to a conflation of her identity with other women mentioned in the Bible (like the unnamed sinful woman who anoints Jesus’ feet in Luke 7:36-50). More recent scholarship and official church positions (like the Catholic Church) tend to avoid this depiction.
St. Mary Magdalene’s feast day celebrated on July 22. She is the patron saint of various groups, including women, repentant sinners, penitent women, and people ridiculed for their piety. However, it’s important to note that the specifics can vary between different Christian traditions.
As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, there isn’t a widely recognized tradition of St. Mary Magdalene the patron saint for the Contemplative Life specifically. That said, she often invoked in contemplative practices due to her deep devotion and loyalty to Jesus, as well as her role as a witness to his resurrection. Her contemplation and understanding of Christ’s teachings often highlighted, which might resonate with those leading a contemplative life.
As with all matters of faith and spirituality, different groups and individuals may have unique interpretations and practices. So if there has been a change or a specific tradition developed that recognizes St. Mary Magdalene. As the patron of Contemplative Life after 2021, I would not be able to provide that information. It’s always best to consult with a trusted religious authority or do further research. For the most current and specific information.