Mary Magdalene and Peter: Pattern for the Ages

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Pope Pius XI, the Holy Father who first received Lucia’s Fatima message, once lamented: “Well, I’m the Vicar of Christ. I somehow thought that if Christ wanted me to know something, He would simply tell me.”

As we listen to the Gospel readings for Easter, we realize that this is not necessarily the case. Rather, Christ did not initially manifest His resurrected glory to Peter the first Pope. Christ instead chose the lowly, penitent, and the devoted woman of Divine Mercy, Mary Magdalene, to be His emissary to the first Pope. Christ showed Himself to Mary Magdalene whom He then instructed, to “Go and tell Peter.”

We find here at the summit of salvation history, the pattern by which Christ shall rule – through Peter but guided by the voices of little women. The question, then, is, “Will Peter listen?”

  • Think of St Catherine of Sienna who told the Pope to leave Avignon, France and return to the rightful Rome. The Pope obeyed the little nun.
  • Recall the Augustinian nun Juliana of Liège through whom Christ asked the Pope to institute the feast of Corpus Christi.
  • Think of St Margaret Mary Alacoque through Whom the Pope approved and spread devotion to to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
  • Think of Saint Catherine Labouré who received the vision of the Miraculous Medal in 1830, which then lead to the popularization of the Immaculate Conception and to dogmatization of this teaching by Pius IX.
  • We can remember Saint Faustina and her appeals that Divine Mercy be recognized by the universal Church – that even a papally sanctioned feast of Divine Mercy be established on the Sunday after Easter.
  • Recall little Lucia of Fatima who for decades unsuccessfully asked the Holy Fathers and the bishops to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart.

Again and again, we find the pattern set down by Christ and Mary Magdalene. A lowly woman comes to Peter and says something nearly unbelievable: “We have seen the Lord…He says…”

I can’t help but wonder, and this is pure speculation, that at the end of time, Christ will again chose some lowly woman with one final request to the world’s last Pope. It seems fitting that it should end that way. That when all seems lost and the Church suffers so terribly, that then the mysterious drama of Easter morning might be somehow reenacted before Christ returns to judge the living and the dead. A lowly woman might bring glad tidings to Peter one last time.

St Mary Magdalene and St Peter, pray for us!

Godspeed,
Taylor Marshall

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  • Carlos

    If I’m not mistaken, Saint Catherine of Sienna wasn’t even a nun, but a Dominican tertiary. So the pope listened to someone who was in the “minor leagues,” as my friend and I jokingly referred to it.

  • Bruce

    This is happening now. She is the prophet called Maria Divine Mercy, and the Second Coming of Jesus is at our doorstep. Just like most of the old Israel did not recognize the First Coming, the New Israel – Catholics – mostly fail to see the Second Coming. We are in the time of the great tribulation, and most are spiritually asleep, which is why Jesus said in the Bible that He would come like thief in the night. But you will have a chance to wake-up first, at the even called the Warning, which is the “Intermediate” or “Hidden” coming of Christ, in Rev 6:12-17. Search those terms and you will find some great saints talking about the intermediate coming.

    • Is Maria Divine Mercy a true or false prophet?

      • Patti Day

        Prophet or Profit?

  • Dan Kennedy

    God sees not as man sees. It keeps those who are renown in the world, and the rest of us both humble and hopeful – we don’t need 15 minutes of fame for God to know who we are. It reminds me of the shepherds being first to hear of the birth of Christ.

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  • carodsv

    And people accuse the Church of not taking women into account? Of not giving them enough ‘power’?

  • Dan

    I think it’s a reverse of the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden. There, the woman (Eve) listened to Satan and the man (Adam) listened to her, with tragic consequences. But now, the woman (Mary I, Mary II, etc., etc.) listens to God and the man (Peter, etc., etc.,) listens to her, with good consequences. God could be undoing the pattern of evil established in the Garden.

    • Jennifer Morgan

      Yes! What a great insight!

  • Incredulous

    The woman’s word is not taken seriously by man. She is willing to listen to the promptings of the Spirit, receive, ponder it in her heart and is boundless in generosity. Man is questioning, skeptical, prejudiced, full of excuses, is less receptive and not open.

  • Jennifer Morgan

    I think it also has to do with our role as receivers.

    I’m pretty doubtful that Maria Devine Mercy is legitimate. Most great profits did not conceal their identity.

  • Susan

    And then there was Joan of Arc…

    Magdalene was chosen by Christ to be, as it is said, the “apostle to the apostles”. .. to be the one to give them the good news of His Resurrection.

    The Virgin Mary, meek and lowly, also chosen to be the Ark of the New Covenant.

    Luke 9:48… for he who is least among you all is the one who is great.

  • Mary

    The pattern you outline is beautifully presented.
    Perhaps the reason humble women (and little children) are often selected by God is because the are more attuned to the supernatural through purity of heart and meditative and contemplative prayer respectively.
    In our day God has indeed chosen this sane method of delivering important messages through the humble to confound the proud and learned.
    Medjugorje has been called<The spiritual center of the world" by Blessed John Paul 11.
    Here 6 are chosen but one lady: Mirjana: will tell the "secrets" to Fr. Petar.
    Together they will fast and pray before Fr Petar announces each "secret" to the whole world.
    So it began with Mary announcing the Resurrection of The Lord to Peter.
    Will the final chapter again be announced byMary?
    Mirjana means Mary?
    Certainly seems fitting.

    Mary

  • Mary

    The pattern you outline is beautifully presented.
    Perhaps the reason humble women (and little children) are often selected by God is because they are more attuned to the supernatural through purity of heart and meditative and contemplative prayer respectively.
    In our day God has indeed chosen this sane method of delivering important messages through the humble to confound the proud and learned.
    Medjugorje has been chosen as the location and this time though 6 are chosen Mirjana :which translates to Mary :is the name of the lady who will impart the “secrets” of Medjugorje to Fr. Petar,(Peter), to announce to the whole world.
    So: as The Resurrection was first revealed to Mary and then shared with Peter before being made known to all others at the beginning,could it be that the closure of this period will indeed come through another Mary,(Mirjana) to Petar, (Fr.Petar) and once again to the whole world.
    Certainly is food for thought.

    Mary