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For all Christians:
That we may bear witness to the inherent dignity of all people as created in the image of God;
All of us must care for life, cherish life, with tenderness, warmth...to give life is to open (our)heart, and to care for life is to (give oneself) in tenderness and warmth for others, to have concern in my heart for others. Caring for life from the beginning to the end, what a simple thing, what a beautiful thing...So, go forth and don't be discouraged. Care for life. It's worth it.
— Cardinal Jorge Bergolio (now Pope Francis), homily for the feast of St. Raymond Nonnatus,
patron saint of expectant mothers and newborns, August 31, 2005
Tuesday, July 22, we celebrate the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, "apostle to the apostles" and friend of Jesus Christ. St. Mary Magdalene, witness to the beauty and diginity of women, pray for us in our fight for religious liberty.
In the Apostolic Letter, Mulieris Dignitatem, Saint John Paul II emphasizes the greatness of the dignity and vocation of women and their active presence in the Church and in society. Citing the Gospel of John, he specifically highlights the unique role of St. Mary Magdalene as the "apostle to apostles."
In our current struggle for the protection of religious freedom, we can learn much from this chosen disciple: "St. Mary Magdalene is the first eyewitness of the Risen Christ and thus the first to bear witness to Him before the Apostles." In her eloquent example, we see a remarkable display of steadfast, unrelenting love for Christ. St. Mary Magdalene demonstrates that Christ's love is not only faithful and supportive, but empowers and emboldens.
St. Mary Magdalene and all holy women, pray for us in our fight for religious liberty!
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