Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. Yet she could well be the patron of the slandered, since it has been thought in the Church that she is the unnamed sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus in Luke 7:36-50.

Mary Magdalene was one of the many “who were assisting them [Jesus and the Twelve] out of their means.” She did not deny him or run away in fear as the other disciples did, but remained close to Him every moment, up to and including the tomb. And, of all the “official” witnesses who might have been chosen for the first awareness of the Resurrection, she was the one to whom that privilege was given. “Apostle to the Apostles” is the title given Mary Magdalene by St. Thomas Aquinas.

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