Monday, May 24, 2021

Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi

 Feast day:  May 25th

St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi was one of those souls in Carmel endowed by God with the gift of an abundant mystical life.  A reading of her life will make one's head spin from the many flights of supernatural experiences she was gifted with.  Following her in these mystical states is like going on a roller-coaster ride with its ups and downs, and being left with a splitting headache! Although it is true that St. Mary Magdalene's life was characterized by mystical experiences, we should not forget that these experiences were just but the overflow of the one reality we all are invited to experience- a deep love of God.  The Book of the Song of Songs testifies to it: 'deep waters cannot quench love.. if one would give everything one has to acquire it, she would be roundly mocked."  The love of God is pure gift,  infused into our hearts  to produce an overwhelming experience which brings in its trail wonderful things.  It also brings fire of purification necessary to burn the soul's imperfection and to transform it into the likeness of God.  Such was the life of St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, the Seraph of Carmel.  St. Mary Magdalene's body is incorrupt.

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1 comment:

  1. Thankyou for this post. I like stories of the saints, though I would have liked a few "for instances" of some of her mystical experiences. Was she bothered by the devil like St Padre Pio was at times?

    I was wondering something, if someone in your family is far from the Church, can you ask God to add that person's purgatory to your own purgatory so that their soul is saved? I am wondering if this is what Our Lady of Fatima was alluding to when she said "So many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray for them?