Viktor Vasnetsov, Maria Magdalene (mural for St. Vladimir’s Cathedral, Kiev)
The red egg comes from an old Christian legend. Mary Magdalene was invited to a banquet held by the emperor Tiberius and, holding a plain egg in her hand, proclaimed “Christ is risen!” The emperor burst out laughing, saying that a man rising from the dead was as likely as the egg turning red in her hand. Before the words were out of his mouth, the egg was a brilliant blood red, and Mary continued preaching before the imperial court.
Turn in affectionate love, with the dear loving Magdalen, and embrace the sweet venerable cross. There you will find all the sweet solid virtues, since it is there we find all the sweet solid virtues, since it is there we find the God-Man….
Realize that the whole world is against you. Don’t turn back, but with heart courageous and true prepare yourself ahead of time, with shield in hand, to receive the blows. You know that a shield is three-sided; so you need to have three virtues.
You need hatred and contempt for the sins you have committed against your Creator, particularly in the past when you were a devil because you were following in the devil’s footsteps. Next I am saying that you need to have love, considering the goodness of God, who has loved you so much, and not because he had to but gratuitously. Moved by his ineffable love, he did not take your soul from your body while you were rebelling against him. No, the gentle Jesus snatched you from the devil’s hands and brought you grace. And I tell you, as soon as you have this perfect love and hatred, the third virtue will be born to you. I mean patience, so that not only will you not be saddened by any hurtful words or actions, nor moved to impatience by any suffering you may have to bear, but you will endure these things joyfully, holding them in reverence and considering yourself unworthy of such grace. There will be no blow, from the devil or anyone else, that can harm you if you have this shield of hatred, love, and true patience. For these are the three pillars that free the soul from weakness and keep it strong.
St. Mary Magdalene (c.1742). Pompeo Batoni (Italian, 1708-1787). Oil on canvas. Former repository: Gemäldegalerie (Dresden, Germany).
Destroyed February 13-14, 1945, during three allied bombing raids of Dresden, or subsequent fires. The artworks were mostly safely stored away when the gallery building itself was severely damaged. Records from 1963 state that 206 paintings had been destroyed.
Mary Magdalene said, “Guard your intention, and be willful in love; for it is the intention of any activity which is its truth. Many do the right things with wrong intentions and are taken down into the infernal abodes, and there are those who appear to do what is wrong but have entered into the Great Ascension.”
I highly suspect this is quite obvious to people, and/or has already been covered by meta, but:
Furiosa as Jesus-figure.
- Born to a woman called Mary.
- Disappears from history (as in, Vuvalini history) when she’s early teens.
- Wanders lost and confused until her mid- to late-30s.
- Returns to her people to lead them to salvation.
- (Despair in the desert? Wasn’t Jesus tempted by Satan or something?)
- Dies to save her people.
- Is resurrected.
- Ascends to Citadel green paradise.
The Queen is expected to be seen for the first time in more than three weeks on Sunday (1/08) attending church at Sandringham.
It is understood the 90-year-old Monarch is now on the mend from the “heavy cold” that forced her to make the unprecedented decision to miss the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day church services.
Although she will make a final decision in the morning, it is hoped that The Queen will be joining Prince Philip and other family members for the 11am service at St Mary Magdalene Church on her Norfolk Estate.
The Magdalene (c.1550). Jan Massys (Flemish, c.1510-1575). Oil on panel. Fairfax House, York.
Throughout his career Massys continued to work in a traditional style. He seems not to have had any contact with his more progressive contemporaries, such as Frans Floris and Jan Sanders van Hemessen. He stuck mainly to a small number of popular subjects, which he often repeated: the Virgin and Child, St Jerome and Mary Magdalene.